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Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Rancho Mirage, California
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This is less of a "science museum" and more of a hodge-podge of various random activities, but somehow it works: our son had a great time and at the end didn't want to leave (after 2 hours!). Highlights included "paint a VW beetle", a station where you could connect various tubes together and put a ball through them, a dress-up area, and a PRETEND SUPERMARKET, which was, inexplicably, the biggest hit of them all. Not just for our son: every kid in the place seemed to gravitate to the play supermarket, which has little shopping carts, toy food, and even provides a "PlayTM" ("ATM") card for kids to slide through to make their purchases. The younger kids had fun stuffing the shopping carts with food, while the older ones seemed to enjoy taking turns playing "cashier". There is also an area for smaller kids, with plenty of Melissa and Doug puzzles for them to play with.
Tips for Families
If your kid decides to paint the VW Beetle, they provide smocks and booties to protect clothes and shoes...you still might want to dress them in older clothes anyway.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly accommodations
Westin Mission Hills -- it was very, very close.
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