Just for Kids

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Just for Kids

For the Kid in All of Us

Playing, laughing and learning, the gardens at Tohono Chul provide a wonderful place to enjoy the day with your little one. Chasing lizards and butterflies or floating your boat down our children’s stream, your children will delight at the beauty of Tohono Chul. It’s a wonderful place to learn about the Sonoran deserts unique habitat and special critters and create lasting memories.

I’ve been bringing my granddaughters to play since they were toddlers and even now that they’re teenagers they always want to come back with me – Julia Wait Bonse


Stories in the Garden

Tuesday | 10 a.m.

Traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures. Appropriate age range: preschool to 10:

Included in the cost of admission.


Reptile Ramble

Apr. – Jun. & Aug. – Oct. | Fridays at 10 a.m.

Learn to identify resident reptiles and find the answer to the age-old question, “Why do lizards do push ups?” Be prepared to meet a few non-poisonous snakes, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise. Free with admission


For Schools:

With a focus on inquiry-based learning, the Park works to facilitate the integration of environmental education and life-science concepts into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. We can customize any tour to meet the specific needs of your group. For example, if your class is in a social studies unit on Arizona history, we can focus on the role of native plants in the lives of the indigenous people of the region. If our current indoor arts and culture exhibits are of special interest to your students, arrangements can be made to include them as part of your tour.

• Number of tour participants – 5 minimum | 60 maximum
• Number of student chaperons requested – 1 adult per 10 students
• Length of tour – approximately one hour
• Subjects – adaptations, birds, Sonoran Desert ecology, ethnobotany, Riparian Habitat, Saguaro Discovery Trail, xeriscape landscaping, and others by pre-arrangement
Pre-visit materials and Guidelines for Teachers and Chaperones
Arizona State Standards
Desert Pathfinders Activity Booklet — for 1st-3rd grades a multi-page booklet (printed on legal paper) with 20 different desert activities to engage students
• Cost – $2 per student, free admission for 1 chaperone for every 10 children, $2 for each additional caperone

To schedule a tour for your school group please contact Lauren Malanga at lmalanga@tohonochul.org


Fun and Smart Projects for Kids

Before your next visit, why not explore one of these activity sheets, great for a rainy (or too hot) day at home! Note: activity sheets are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (portable document format) and some are for legal-sized paper (8-1/2 × 14″). (To access these forms you need the free downloadable software, Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
• Arizona: A to Z (requires legal paper)
• Desert Pathfinders Activity Booklet (requires legal paper)
• Monsoon
• Saguaros
• Seasons of the Saguaro
• For the Birds


Tohono Chul in your Library!

Each summer we travel to the Pima County Library branches with activities that interweave the story of the Sonoran Desert with the theme of the libraries’ summer reading programs, linking valuable natural history lessons for children of all ages with the message to “read more about it.”

Not Just for Kids! – Stories in the Garden featuring The Desert Players

June 7, July 5, August 2 | 10 a.m. | Children’s Ramada

The Desert Players are taking over Stories in the Garden the first Tuesday of the month this summer! Enjoy a new, masked pantomime entitled The Ghost of Coyote Canyon. Rumplepigskin, the javelina, is going camping on the rim of infamous Coyote Canyon and he can already taste the yummy s’mores he is planning for his campfire party. Trouble is, Coyote Canyon is said to be haunted by a ghost who appears during the full moon. “Rumpy” has invited his girlfriend Jacqueline Jackrabbit to his party, along with many other animal friends. However, there are two he didn’t invite — sneaky Coyote and his dangerous sidekick Mountain Lion — and now they are mad and vowing to crash the party! Will “Rumpy” and his friends see the ghost? What kind of trouble will Coyote and Mountain Lion make for our plucky partygoers. Free with admission.

Going to the Library!

And if you want to catch the Desert Players at your local library this summer, here are the dates:
June 2 | Martha Cooper Library | 2 p.m.
June 8 | Oro Valley Library | 1 p.m.
June 21 | Wilmot Library | 2 p.m.
July 2 | Himmel Library | 10:30 a.m.
July 11 | Marana Library | 11 a.m.
July 15 | Ajo Library | 2 p.m.
August 20 | Bear Canyon Library | 2 p.m.