Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert CDMOD inspires & promotes intellectual curiosity & self expression through inventive & interactive exhibits & programs. Why a Discovery Museum?
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Occasionally a visitor asks why a parent or guardian is asked to stay with their child during a visit to the Museum. Our answer is best expressed by our passionate belief in our greater mission to families in addition to the educational experience of children. It is important to remember that a child's motivation to learn depends on meaningful activities and a supportive environment where imaginat

Occasionally a visitor asks why a parent or guardian is asked to stay with their child during a visit to the Museum. Our answer is best expressed by our passionate belief in our greater mission to families in addition to the educational experience of children. It is important to remember that a child's motivation to learn depends on meaningful activities and a supportive environment where imaginat

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Happy #nationaldogday🐶 We know your doggies are a loved member of your family so help us celebrate them by posting their...
08/26/2021

Happy #nationaldogday🐶 We know your doggies are a loved member of your family so help us celebrate them by posting their name and picture in the comments below! Be sure to give them extra love today!

Happy #nationaldogday🐶 We know your doggies are a loved member of your family so help us celebrate them by posting their name and picture in the comments below! Be sure to give them extra love today!

It's Thankful Thursday and today we would like to give thanks to all of the kids and their adults who donated water for ...
08/26/2021

It's Thankful Thursday and today we would like to give thanks to all of the kids and their adults who donated water for our Little Kids, Big Impact drive on Saturday. Thanks to you, we were able to give over 60 cases of water to @coachellavalleyrescuemission . Thank you for sharing the love in your hearts. Our next drive will be September 18th- stay tuned for details.

08/23/2021

Our series, "The Countdown to Blastoff at CDMoD" is a kids'-eye- view of every day happenings at the Museum and SNEAK PEEKS as we countdown to reopening in late 2022...486 days!!

Thank you to our Community, our Board and my family who rallied to donate water for our Little Kids, Big Impact drive to...
08/21/2021

Thank you to our Community, our Board and my family who rallied to donate water for our Little Kids, Big Impact drive today benefiting Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. We collected over 1300 bottles of water for our Valley's needy and the best part was the kids who were proud to turn the waters over, used their own money to buy the water and understood the difference they were making. Here are a few pics of some of the donors. ❤️ Another remarkable day at the Museum!

08/21/2021

Come see us today between 10-2 at the Museum where we are partnering with Coachella Valley Rescue Mission to collect cases of bottled water for our Valley's most needy. Happy Saturday!

It's Thankful Thursday and today we give many thanks to our friends at @westinmissionhills for taking care of our desert...
08/19/2021

It's Thankful Thursday and today we give many thanks to our friends at @westinmissionhills for taking care of our desert tortoises for the last few months. Smiley and Abigail are back home at the Museum and are tan and rested and can't WAIT for the renovation at the resort! Thank you Tom Scaramellino and Team for taking care of our "kids". We appreciate you!

It's Thankful Thursday and today we give many thanks to our friends at @westinmissionhills for taking care of our desert tortoises for the last few months. Smiley and Abigail are back home at the Museum and are tan and rested and can't WAIT for the renovation at the resort! Thank you Tom Scaramellino and Team for taking care of our "kids". We appreciate you!

What an exciting opportunity for our Community's kids and those who would like to volunteer!  Details to follow: Are you...
08/18/2021

What an exciting opportunity for our Community's kids and those who would like to volunteer! Details to follow:

Are you interested in making new friends, watching incredible tennis and becoming a part of the most spectacular tournaments ever? The BNP Paribas Open is returning for the first ever fall edition October 4 – 17th and is looking for Volunteers and Ball Persons, and registration is now available.

Ball Persons: https://bnpparibasopen.com/get-involved/ball-kids/

Volunteers: https://bnpparibasopen.com/get-involved/volunteer-committees/

What an exciting opportunity for our Community's kids and those who would like to volunteer! Details to follow:

Are you interested in making new friends, watching incredible tennis and becoming a part of the most spectacular tournaments ever? The BNP Paribas Open is returning for the first ever fall edition October 4 – 17th and is looking for Volunteers and Ball Persons, and registration is now available.

Ball Persons: https://bnpparibasopen.com/get-involved/ball-kids/

Volunteers: https://bnpparibasopen.com/get-involved/volunteer-committees/

08/17/2021

Our series, "The Countdown to Blastoff at CDMoD" is a kids'-eye- view of every day happenings at the Museum and SNEAK PEEKS as we countdown to reopening in late 2022...492 days!!

One week from tomorrow, you and your kids can help our Valley's needy by dropping off cases of bottled water during our ...
08/13/2021

One week from tomorrow, you and your kids can help our Valley's needy by dropping off cases of bottled water during our Little Kids, Big Impact drive in partnership with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. The drive will be on August 21st from 10-2 at the Museum. Simply pull up to the front and we will unload your water for you.
Get your kids involved; they are our future philanthropists!

One week from tomorrow, you and your kids can help our Valley's needy by dropping off cases of bottled water during our Little Kids, Big Impact drive in partnership with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. The drive will be on August 21st from 10-2 at the Museum. Simply pull up to the front and we will unload your water for you.
Get your kids involved; they are our future philanthropists!

Tonight is the night!!  Please join us at Kitchen 86 for this FUN-draiser, organized by Desert YPN.  If you are unable t...
08/12/2021

Tonight is the night!! Please join us at Kitchen 86 for this FUN-draiser, organized by Desert YPN. If you are unable to make it or would like to make an additional donation, please text YPN to 44321 and you can contribute there! Thank you for your support and looking forward to seeing you all tonight!

It's Thankful Thursday and this week we'd like to thank the Desert Young Professionals Network for organizing this fundraiser which is only a week away!!! Please join us for this fun event to raise money for the Museum- see you there!

Today is National Book Lovers Day!  What is YOUR favorite Children's Book?  Ours are Charlotte's Web and Oh The Places Y...
08/09/2021

Today is National Book Lovers Day! What is YOUR favorite Children's Book? Ours are Charlotte's Web and Oh The Places You'll Go. Comment below with your choice for the best book and be sure to read today! :)

Today is National Book Lovers Day! What is YOUR favorite Children's Book? Ours are Charlotte's Web and Oh The Places You'll Go. Comment below with your choice for the best book and be sure to read today! :)

It's Thankful Thursday and this week we'd like to thank the Desert Young Professionals Network for organizing this fundr...
08/05/2021

It's Thankful Thursday and this week we'd like to thank the Desert Young Professionals Network for organizing this fundraiser which is only a week away!!! Please join us for this fun event to raise money for the Museum- see you there!

It's Thankful Thursday and this week we'd like to thank the Desert Young Professionals Network for organizing this fundraiser which is only a week away!!! Please join us for this fun event to raise money for the Museum- see you there!

08/03/2021

Our series, "The Countdown to Blastoff at CDMoD" is a kids'-eye- view of every day happenings at the Museum and SNEAK PEEKS as we countdown to reopening in late 2022...506 days!!

Even though the Museum is temporarily closed, we still have lots of "visitors". Each Friday we will introduce you to som...
07/30/2021

Even though the Museum is temporarily closed, we still have lots of "visitors". Each Friday we will introduce you to some of our Friends of the Museum who are keeping an eye on things until our guests can return.
Today we bring you this beautiful guy who is watching us like a hawk...pun intended. :) Enjoy the weekend!

Our next drive for Little Kids, Big Impact will be collecting bottled water for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission on A...
07/28/2021

Our next drive for Little Kids, Big Impact will be collecting bottled water for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission on August 21st from 10-2 at the Museum. When you donate to the Mission, you are helping them serve 350,000 meals a year to those in need in our community.

Get your kids involved; they are our future philanthropists!

Our next drive for Little Kids, Big Impact will be collecting bottled water for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission on August 21st from 10-2 at the Museum. When you donate to the Mission, you are helping them serve 350,000 meals a year to those in need in our community.

Get your kids involved; they are our future philanthropists!

Only two more weeks until this fun-draiser!!! Join us!
07/27/2021

Only two more weeks until this fun-draiser!!! Join us!

The countdown continues! It's just a little over two weeks 'til the #YPN #CDMoD Fundraiser! Join us on Thurs., August 12th at 4:30 PM for a happy hour menu, great company, and surprises galore! Everyone is welcome for an awesome night at Kitchen 86 El PASEO - no need to register, just bring your checkbooks and wallets to help raise funds for the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert! #DesertYPN #Fundraiser #August12 #Kitchen86 #HappyHour #JoinUs #REALTOR #RealEstate

07/27/2021

Our series, "The Countdown to Blastoff at CDMoD" is a kids'-eye- view of every day happenings at the Museum and SNEAK PEEKS as we countdown to reopening in late 2022...513 days!!

It's Thankful Thursday and this week we'd like to thank our Board of Directors who are instrumental in the reimagined vi...
07/22/2021

It's Thankful Thursday and this week we'd like to thank our Board of Directors who are instrumental in the reimagined vision for the Museum. Their leadership, passion and support are much appreciated and will be felt by all when we reopen in 2022!

It's Thankful Thursday and this week we'd like to thank our Board of Directors who are instrumental in the reimagined vision for the Museum. Their leadership, passion and support are much appreciated and will be felt by all when we reopen in 2022!

My goal for the book drive today was 100 books.....due to the generosity of our community and our KIDS, we collected ove...
07/17/2021

My goal for the book drive today was 100 books.....due to the generosity of our community and our KIDS, we collected over 200 books for the United Way of the Desert ! Thank you to everyone who made a difference today with our Little Kids, Big Impact initiative. ❤️

Our next drive will be on August 21, benefitting Coachella Valley Rescue Mission with your donations of bottled water. Stay tuned for more details!

07/17/2021
It's Thankful Thursday and we are VERY thankful to our "cool" partners, @timos Air Conditioning and Heating for keeping ...
07/15/2021

It's Thankful Thursday and we are VERY thankful to our "cool" partners, @timos Air Conditioning and Heating for keeping us comfortable all year long. Thank you!

Thank you to YPN for hosting this event for our community to come and enjoy great food and drinks while supporting the M...
07/13/2021

Thank you to YPN for hosting this event for our community to come and enjoy great food and drinks while supporting the Museum! It is going to be a lot of fun! Mark your calendars now!

Thank you to YPN for hosting this event for our community to come and enjoy great food and drinks while supporting the Museum! It is going to be a lot of fun! Mark your calendars now!

07/10/2021

Just one week until our Book Drive at CDMoD! As part of our Little Kids, Big Impact initiative, we are collecting new Pre-K to 2nd grade books for The United Way of the Desert's Raising a Reader program.
Our goal with the LKBI program is to support our community and raise our next generation of givers. Please join us in this great cause! Just pull right up to the curb and we'll pick them up! July 17th 10-2 @CDMoD

Even though the Museum is temporarily closed, we still have lots of "visitors". Each Friday we will introduce you to som...
07/09/2021

Even though the Museum is temporarily closed, we still have lots of "visitors". Each Friday we will introduce you to some of our Friends of the Museum who are keeping an eye on things until our guests can return.

A lot of people think you need to "bee" extra careful around this guy, but truthfully, if you just leave him alone he will likely do the same. Did you know that the California Deserts are home to an estimated 750 native bee species?

It's Thankful Thursday and we are so excited to thank Desert 4 Baggers for their generosity.  What started out as a co**...
07/08/2021

It's Thankful Thursday and we are so excited to thank Desert 4 Baggers for their generosity. What started out as a co****le league to facilitate networking and fun, has turned into an organization that gives back to our community in a big way. Last night they gave away a total of $15,000 to local non-profits including Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert. We appreciate being selected as a recipient and applaud all you are doing in the Valley! Thank you very much.

It's Thankful Thursday and we are so excited to thank Desert 4 Baggers for their generosity. What started out as a co****le league to facilitate networking and fun, has turned into an organization that gives back to our community in a big way. Last night they gave away a total of $15,000 to local non-profits including Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert. We appreciate being selected as a recipient and applaud all you are doing in the Valley! Thank you very much.

07/06/2021

Our new series, "The Countdown to Blastoff at CDMoD" is a kids'-eye- view of every day happenings at the Museum and sneak peeks as we countdown to reopening in late 2022...534 days!

07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert! Celebrate safely 🇺🇸 !

07/03/2021

Our series, "The Countdown to Blastoff at CDMoD" is a kids'-eye- view of every day happenings at the Museum and sneak peeks as we countdown to reopening in late 2022...537 days

Even though the Museum is temporarily closed, we still have lots of "visitors". Each Friday we will introduce you to som...
07/02/2021

Even though the Museum is temporarily closed, we still have lots of "visitors". Each Friday we will introduce you to some of our Friends of the Museum who are keeping an eye on things until our guests can return.

Today we meet this little guy who is SO fast when he scurries away that he has made our heart race on more than one occasion. Our pals at @friendsofthedesertmountains have informed us that this is a Desert Iguana. You can see here that the 3/4 of the Desert Iguana's body is made up of its tail! Desert iguanas change color to regulate body temperature. They are darkest in the morning to absorb more heat from the sun, and they will turn nearly pure white by early afternoon to reflect sunlight. Most of the time when we see them, they are white due to the high heat!

It's Thankful Thursday and today we want to thank Ms. Peggy Bakke who takes such great pride in our gardens at the Museu...
07/01/2021

It's Thankful Thursday and today we want to thank Ms. Peggy Bakke who takes such great pride in our gardens at the Museum. She leads the Master Gardeners in their efforts to beautify and learn about nature. Peggy, we appreciate you and your team so much for this and for being part of our programming throughout the years. Thank you ❤

Even though the Museum is temporarily closed, we still have lots of "visitors". Each Friday we will introduce you to som...
06/25/2021

Even though the Museum is temporarily closed, we still have lots of "visitors". Each Friday we will introduce you to some of our Friends of the Museum who are keeping an eye on things until our guests can return.
Today we meet a baby praying mantis who was friendly enough to let me hold him. Did you know that a praying mantis has a very big appetite? So it's fortunate that it is also a great hunter. They eat moths, mosquitoes, roaches, flies and aphids. Doesn't sound like a very good lunch to me!

Join CDMoD in our new initiative, Little Kids, Big Impact- a program designed to support our community AND teach kids th...
06/24/2021

Join CDMoD in our new initiative, Little Kids, Big Impact- a program designed to support our community AND teach kids the value of philanthropy. Each month we will host a tangible item drive for a different Valley non-profit and will provide guidance on how to get our littles involved in the process. We kick the program off by partnering with @uwdesert for a book drive on July 17th in our Museum parking lot. The books will be going towards the children in their Raising A Reader program. There are 2100 kids in the program across all three school districts in the Valley. This helps United Way of the Desert give kids new books to take home as they complete the program and continue those good at-home reading habits

See details on the flyer below!

Join CDMoD in our new initiative, Little Kids, Big Impact- a program designed to support our community AND teach kids the value of philanthropy. Each month we will host a tangible item drive for a different Valley non-profit and will provide guidance on how to get our littles involved in the process. We kick the program off by partnering with @uwdesert for a book drive on July 17th in our Museum parking lot. The books will be going towards the children in their Raising A Reader program. There are 2100 kids in the program across all three school districts in the Valley. This helps United Way of the Desert give kids new books to take home as they complete the program and continue those good at-home reading habits

See details on the flyer below!

Thankful Thursday!  We want to recognize @frazierpestcontrol for being such a great partner and affording us such friend...
06/24/2021

Thankful Thursday! We want to recognize @frazierpestcontrol for being such a great partner and affording us such friendly and reliable service. Thank you very much!

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So disappointed in this place, waited in line to get trick or treat for my granddaughter for 30 min. to be turned away with nothing but very upset little girl.
Added a few Pentas plants to the pollinator bed today. Should attract some butterflies.
5/26/20 Mammoth Sunflower seeds, planted (planted just before the pandemic) in a pom bottle greenhouse to protect them from the squirrels, have survived, and we have our 1st Giant bloom. 🙂. So exciting❣
The Mammoth Sunflower is above the fence.
At the CDMOD GARDEN Today 6/2/20
This memory just popped up on my timeline and I was *JUST* talking to my now 17-year-old about whether he'd still fit in the apron to be able to paint the bug in your museum!!! Fond memories all around!
It was a great day and a lot of fun
Please share your events here. We'd love to have you! https://www.facebook.com/groups/134605266635254/
Giant Lite Brite!
Such cute. Much exquisite. ❤️
Hi! Any plans for Springs Break? April 15-19. Camp/classes 😊