When it comes to aging, the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage is doing it with polish, finesse and style. The adage is true — it’s not getting older, it’s getting better.

It is full of life, kept youthful by those who visit, linger and learn.

Children’s Discovery Museum Turns 20

Birthday Cake

The family-friendly destination will celebrate its 20th year at its home on Gerald Ford Drive with a birthday party celebration on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. And, everyone gets the gift of free admission. Museum admission for the day is gratis as a thank you to all the families who continue to support the Museum. General public of all ages are welcome to join the free event to get acquainted with the Museum.

The Museum was founded 30 years ago by a group of citizens who wanted to make sure that the children of the Coachella Valley had a safe place to explore and imagine. Twenty years ago, the Honorable Walter Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation gifted the land on Gerald Ford to Children’s Discovery Museum of the  Desert.

“This location has been the Museum’s home for the past 20 years. We are celebrating this milestone as a community treasure,” CEO Carol E. Scott said in a prepared statement.

Building on the idea that the Museum is a community treasure, birthday party guests are encouraged to dress up as pirates and look for the many treasures within the Museum. Each family will have the opportunity to participate in a treasure hunt and can win prizes like museum membership, admission passes, and even a party of their own.

Children's Discovery Museum Turns 20

Face Painting

There will also be cake, music, face painting, a photo booth from Depiction Photography, performances and more activities available throughout the afternoon. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is a private, nonprofit, award-winning institution that is designed to inspir and promote intellectual curiosity and self-expression through inventive and interactive exhibits and programs. The Museum encourages children to learn about themselves and the world around them by exploring the natural environment and the community. Children of all ages are served by the Museum, with particular emphasis on primary school age children of the Coachella Valley. The Museum also serves as a resource to families, teachers, and the community through the development of special programs and collaborations with other organizations.

For more information, click HERE or call (760) 321-0602.