Playground Lets Kids Be Packrats

Do you know what animals use their pee for glue? Packrats use it to glue papers, scraps, twigs, leaves and anything they can find into their middens (nest). At the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, you can become a packrat and scurry around the new Packrat Playground.

First, climb up the giant prickly pear. When you get to the top, roll across the net toward the big, fast slide. Crawl through the tunnels toward the big glasses, but watch out for the black widow. There will be baskets of food there. Take the fruits, vegetables and other foods up the dice to the tippy top of the first cactus or farthest net to hide your stash. Then climb the ladder ropes to the window and peek out at the desert. 

If you need a break, buy some snacks at the snack bar or souvenir at the gift shop. If you have a younger sibling, you can leave them with your parents at the little kids section where they can play with fake baby scorpions and stack rattlesnake rattles and go down a gila monster’s tail.

The fun Packrat Playground opened in April. If it’s too hot outside, you can cool of at this air-conditioned adventure. Don’t miss the Packrat Playground when you visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

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