Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, CA Hosts World Wide Day of Play Weekend

Rancho Mirage, CA - The Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert will celebrate Nickelodeon's annual World Wide Day of Play will a special fun-filled weekend, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 and 11 am. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 30!

Ashley Hicks, of Palm Desert, and her daughter Tallulah Hicks, 3, make block prints with the help of Ben Shearer, of Cathedral City, during the Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play at the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert on Saturday, September 28, 2018 in Palm Desert. The block print was organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum. Photo credit: Richard Lui/The Desert Sun

Worldwide Day of Play encourages children and parents to step away from the TV and computers and play, especially outside, Gregoria Rodriguez, school tour and camp coordinator for the museum, told the Desert Sun.

Other valley location participating include The Living Desert, Palm Springs Art Museum, Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, First 5 of Riverside County and Palm Valley School.

Each site will host a variety of different activities throughout the day, including printmaking and story times, Rodriguez said.

The children's museum will also host a “Building Challenge” in its Makerspace area.

Sept 30, the museum partners with Desert YMCA, Coachella Valley Autism Society, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire, Variety of the Desert and Desert Ability Center for Sensory Day, a Worldwide Day of Play for children with special needs and their families.

Events are included with the museum admission price of $9.95 per person over the age of 1.

The museum sits on six acres off of Gerald Ford Drive and includes three buildings of more than 100 interactive exhibits and creative programs for children of all ages as well as an outdoor picnic area, Discovery Garden of edible foods and haven for traveling butterflies.

Below is the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert's official World Wide Day of Play event description:

We're so excited for this weekend's Worldwide Days of Play! We have so many organizations joining us. Make sure you stop by this weekend to take part in all the activities.

*Saturday, 9/29 @ 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
*Sunday, 9/30 @ 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Don't forget - "Playing Together: Games" will open this weekend!

Thank you to all the organizations who are joining us this weekend!
* First 5 of Riverside County
* The Living Desert
* Rancho Mirage Public Library and Observatory
* Palm Springs Art Museum
* Palm Valley School
* Family YMCA
* First Tee of the Coachella Valley
* Firefighters of Station #69
* Coachella Valley Autism Society
* United Cerebral Palsy of Inland Empire
* Variety of the Desert

For more information about the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert, please visit

The museum also now has two resident, donated tortoises, Smiley and Abigail.

On Saturday, Shannon Demboski and her four children, ages 3-11 years, were visiting the museum for the first time.

On a weekend trip to Palm Springs from Long Beach, they were looking for something to do and they found plenty at the museum.

“I love it,” Dembowski said.

Worldwide Day of Play is Nickelodeon's summer-long play campaign, a slime-filled cross-country tour that celebrates all the ways kids love to play.

On the ground, Nickelodeon will celebrate with over 4,000 events hosted by local and national partners including: Afterschool Alliance; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Girl Scouts of the USA; Kiwanis International’s Builders Club and K-Kids; Laureus Sport for Good; National Fitness Foundation; NFL PLAY 60; Playworks; Police Athletic League; Special Olympics International; The Aspen Institute’s Project Play; The Association of Children’s Museums; US Play Coalition and USA BMX. Additionally, the network will launch two new grant programs in partnership with Laureus Sport for Good and National Fitness Foundation in honor of Worldwide Day of Play’s 15th anniversary.

Nickelodeon will commemorate Worldwide Day of Play on-air on Saturday, September 29 with interstitials featuring cast members from Nick’s hit series I Am Frankie. The interstitials, which highlight the importance of physical play in kids’ lives and encourage them to get outside and get active, will air across all Nickelodeon platforms.

In addition to hosting nationwide grassroots events with its partners, the network will also mark Worldwide Day of Play with the launch of two new grant programs in partnership with Laureus Sport for Good, funding underserved communities’ afterschool programs, and National Fitness Foundation along with DonorsChoose, which will fund in-school activities. Both grant programs aim to bring fitness and play to kids across the country.

In May, Nick kicked off its summer-long play campaign, a slime-filled cross-country tour which visited: Phoenix, Ariz.; St. Louis, Mo.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Houston, TX and Oakland, Calif.; for Worldwide Day of Play events in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Phoenix; The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum; the Pittsburgh Steelers; Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Precinct One; and the After-School All-Stars, the Oakland Athletics and the Oakland A’s Community Fund.

The tour culminates in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Sept. 15, with Nick teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City’s Walk for the Kids. The fun-filled event will feature appearances by stars from Nickelodeon’s hit series I Am Frankie, Alex Hook, and Carson Rowland; Nick-themed games and activities; a slime booth; costumed characters; a Nick Radio dance party and more. The network will be joined by longstanding partners including: Canine Companions for Independence; Jr. NBA; KidTribe; MLB “PLAY BALL;” New York Red Bulls; NFL PLAY 60; Peppa Pig and George; Playworks; The Muddy Puddles Project; Tough Mudder’s “Mini Mudder” and USA BMX; and new partner Nike.

Nickelodeon is expanding Worldwide Day of Play’s reach through a new partnership with Mini Mudder, Tough Mudder’s one-mile Mud Run designed for adventure-seeking kids and consists of eight to ten fun and challenging team-focused obstacles. In celebration of Worldwide Day of Play, Mini Mudder will add a brand-new Nickelodeon-themed “Slime” obstacle to its courses, providing kids with the opportunity to be physically active while also having fun.

Nike is a proud partner of Nickelodeon’s 15th annual Worldwide Day of Play.

To find out more about Worldwide Day of Play and Nickelodeon's partners helping bringing the initiative alive for kids all around the US, visit To register a event as a official Worldwide Day of Play event, visit

More Nick: Nickelodeon Kicks Off Summer Celebration Of Play, Bringing Worldwide Day Of Play Events To Cities Across The USA!

Original source: Tampa Bay Times, Green Bench Monthly.
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