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Art Sprouts

Art Sprouts at the University of Arizona Museum of Art is a fun story time and art making event for families with children ages 2 to 5 years. Adults and their children will explore works of art, move their bodies, read a book, and investigate objects and art materials. Choice-based studio activities extend the learning and fun. All of these components are designed to not only inspire, but to also foster cognitive, fine, and gross motor skills, which are essential to child development. It’s also a great bonding experience for families! To RSVP, contact Chelsea Farrar at or call (520) 621-9504. Art Sprouts is FREE with Museum admission ($8/general, $6.50/65+) and is always FREE for Museum members, and University of Arizona students, staff, and faculty (with CatCard). Scholarships are available, please contact Chelsea Farrar at for more information.


Cool Summer Nights - Creatures of the Night

The desert is the place to be for lively nightlife! From bats, to owls to kangaroo rats, meet the creatures that wake up once the sun sets. Discover adaptations these animals have evolved for nocturnal living at live animal presentations by Museum’s educators. Event takes place at the Sonoran Desert Museum from 5-10 p.m. and is free with Museum admission.


Dog Days of Summer

We’re once again celebrating the Dog Days of Summer by opening our gates to leashed dogs. As part of the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ Urban Oasis Series, guests are welcome to bring their well-behaved dogs to enjoy our Urban Oasis in the Heart of Tucson. Dog Admission is $3 per dog per visit or purchase a Dog Membership for $20. With a Dog Membership your canine companion will receive unlimited daily admission during the summer months and a special canine membership card with ring that can be attached to any collar or leash. Additional dog members may be added for only $10 each. Dog memberships can be purchased in the Gardens Gift Shop or by calling (520) 326-9686, Ext 13.


Al Fresco Fridays

Enjoy summer nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Every Friday evening, as part of the Summer Oasis Series, the Gardens will open for guests to enjoy the lovely garden setting without the intense summer sun. Café Botanica will be open and serving dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring their own beer or wine to enjoy with dinner. Al Fresco Fridays will offer live music on select dates. Please see the website for more details. Call 326-9686 Ext. 37 for Dinner reservations.


John Wayne Days

John Wayne Days is a family fun event with three rodeos in two days. Starting on June 3rd the Junior Rodeo at 9:00 a.m. with a free dance at 7:00 p.m and June 4th at 9:00 a.m. a non-motorized Parade and at 11:00 a.m. Open Rodeo and 4:00 p.m. Ranch Rodeo. The John Wayne Days includes fundraising activities for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to fund innovative programs that improve cancer patients' outcomes and save lives. Event takes place at teh Eagar, AZ Rodeo Grounds, 7 S. Hwy 180 #3.


Cool Summer Nights - World Oceans Night

The Desert Museum partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to join in this global event honoring the world's oceans, celebrating the products the ocean provides and the marine life the oceans support. Children will especially enjoy the Warden Aquarium’s hands-on touch tank and ocean activity stations, as well as two special presentations of Fins, Fur, Feather and Fangs! Event takes place at the Sonoran Desert Museum and is free with Museum admission.


Cool Summer Nights - Living in Harmony with the Sun

The Desert Museum and the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute team up for this event all about the Sun – its magnificence as well as its potential harm. Learn about sun safety and the importance of skin cancer checks. See birds, reptiles and spiders and learn about special adaptations that protect them from the sun. Plus, two presentations of the venomous reptile demonstration, Live and (sort of) on the Loose are planned. Event takes place at the Sonoran Desert Museum and is free with Museum admission.


Spacefest VII

Space enthusiasts will be in orbit June 9-12, as Spacefest VII launches its stellar convention at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa located at 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. in Tucson. Spacefest is the most unique space event on the planet, bringing together astronauts, planetary scientists, authors, astronomers, space artists, and fans from around the world. The conference agenda posted on the Spacefest VII website lists the date and time of scheduled speakers, author talks, book signings, movies, and a stargazing party.


Cool Summer Nights - Full Moon Festival

The moon has long been an inspiration for artists from all different cultures and tonight art, improv and music take center stage. As the sun sets and the moon rises, take a leisurely stroll around the grounds. Participate in hands-on art activities as well as watch Tucson’s own, Tucson Improv Movement lead the charge with freestyle rapping, comedy challenges, stand-up on-the-spot jokes and a chance for audience participation. Providing the musical accompaniment for the evening will be Entre Peruanos, the Tucson-based Andean folk music group for a very special performance! Event takes place at the Sonoran Desert Museum from 5-10 p.m. and is free with Museum admission.


Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture Series

The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) is pleased to present Matthew Liebmann, who will discuss, “Pueblo People, Franciscan Missions, and the Arrival of the ‘Refuse Wind’: The Archaeology of Native American Depopulation, Reforestation, and the Dawn of the Anthropocene. Meetings are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 pm. For more information please visit the AAHS website.


Cool Summer Nights - Monsoon Madness

Tucson’s monsoons each summer are seasonal wind shifts that bring in much needed moisture to the parched landscape. But where do they come from, how do they work and what do they look like? Join us for tonight’s Monsoon presentations by three experts – one on monsoons, one on lightning, and one on lightning photography. Event takes place at the Sonoran Desert Museum from 5-10 p.m. and is free with Museum admission.


Storytime with Martha Speaks!

On the first Saturday of every month, UA BookStores hosts Storytime Character Hour at our SUMC location. Storytime is an engaging event for children ages two to five years old. It's full of reading, activities, and crafts— complete with the chance for kids to meet and take pictures with their favorite storybook characters! Best of all, the event is absolutely FREE and open to the public. For more information, click here.