Educational Venues

Knowledge is power!

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

The Desert Museum is ranked on as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors!

The 98 acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium.

  • 21 interpreted acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats

  • 230 animal species

  • 1,200 types of plants — 56,000 individual specimens

  • One of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections

Food & beverage: Bring Your Own (no outside food allowed in museum)
Cost: $13.50 per adult and $7 per child
Zip code: 85743 
Website:  Click Here

Address: 2021 N Kinney Road

Package details: The museum doesn't offer a traditional birthday party package, but if you have a minimum group of ten people, you can get the group rate above and design your own party. You can start the day with cake at the picnic ramada just before the main entrance (outside food is not allowed inside the museum). Click here for a list of exhibit areas and activities designed for kids. They can dig for fossils, try on bat ears or a tortoise shell and crawl through kid-sized tunnels. Or, get Animal Tracking Guides on the entrance patio for $1 each and have the kids complete them for a certificate.  

More Info: 883-3018

Children's Museum Tucson

DescriptionPovideds a  fun, play-based, interactive, hands-on learning experiences for children and their families.

They inspire children and their families to reach their full potential through discovery, creativity and learning.

Cost: $180-$600

Food & beverage: Bring Your Own

Zip code: 85701

Address: 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Website: Click Here

Package Details: Use of the Fiesta Room. 20-30 guests allowed,  additional guests at $6 each. 1-2 Discovery Guide-led activities of your choice. Children's Museum latex balloons. Table cover. Activities to choose from- Glitter Tattoos, Crowns, Masks, Sand Art, Ooblek, Volcanoes

More Info: 792-9985, ext. 113

Description: Come play with us and enjoy an early learning experience for children ages 0-5 focused on Early Childhood Education and school readiness. Our exhibits create an experience that focuses on childhood education, strengthens arts, literacy and science-based activities and delivers school readiness programming.

Cost: $200 - $350++

Food & beverage: Bring Your Own

Zip code: 85737

Website: Click Here

Address: 11015 N. Oracle Road, Suite 101

Package Details: Two Discovery Guide-led activities, children's museum latex balloons and table covers. Activities to choose from: glitter tattoos, crowns, masks, rainbow foam, ribbon wands and finger painting. Free downloadable invitations. 

More Info: 792-9985, ext. 113 or

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Description: Flandrau brings together the University and regional communities to inspire the teaching and learning of science and technology. The science center and planetarium is available to the public 7 days a week. Built to promote public appreciation and understanding of science, it’s your chance to bring your friends, family, or even your class class for a complete, interactive science experience!

Cost: $175 for up to 20 guests (adults and children)

Food & beverage: Bring Your Own

Zip code: 85719

Website: Click Here

Address: 1601 E. University Blvd.

More info: 624-5867

Package Details: You get two hours in the Mezzanine, choice of red or blue table covers, access to all science center exhibits, free roam of the mineral museum and a planetarium show. You can add on a slime science demonstration for $25 or a liquid nitrogen demonstration for $40. You have to bring your own food, drinks and decorations. Tip: You must book at least two weeks in advance. 

Party time slots are 6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and or 3 p.m. Saturdays and noon or 1 p.m. Sundays.

More Info: 621-4516

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Description: The mission of The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is to provide in a state-of-the-art building, a cultural and educational atmosphere for the preservation and display of antique and contemporary miniatures. The artistic, historic, architectural and creative aspects of miniatures will be shared in an entertaining and interactive way with community members of all ages.

Cost: $250

Food & beverage: Bring Your Own

Zip code: 85712

Website: Click Here

Address: 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive

Package details: Private use of party room for 90 minutes for up to 20 adults and 16 children, craft activity, scavenger hunt
in the Enchanted Realm Gallery, treat bags, tables and chairs, vinyl tablecloths, centerpieces, cups, plats and plastic
cutlery and party music.  

More info881-0606 ext. 100

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

Description: You can schedule birthday parties, weddings, anniversary parties, business, and professional receptions, and other social activities at the museum, engine 1673, and the Old Pueblo Trolley. 

Food & beverage: Bring Your Own

Cost: $150

Zip code: 85701

Website:  Click Here

Address: 414 N. Toole Ave.

Package details: Parties are two hours with an extra hour for set up. The museum handles set-up and clean up. You are welcome to decorate while museum staff does the rest. Bring your own food and drinks. For an extra $50 Fun Farm Choo Choo, which is a motorized kids pull train, can provide rides for children for one hour. 

More info: 623-2223