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Flashlight Nights at Desert Botanical Garden

Flashlight Nights at Desert Botanical Garden is a great way to escape the heat and explore with family and friends! Discover the Garden’s five thematic trails, encounter desert creatures, and immerse yourself in the captivating nighttime ambiance with cool drinks and treats.

Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

Flashlight Nights at Desert Botanical Garden is a great way to escape the heat and explore with family and friends! Discover the Garden’s five thematic trails, encounter desert creatures, and immerse yourself in the captivating nighttime ambiance with cool drinks and treats.

We had a blast coloring with glow in the dark chalk, shining black lights on scorpions, matching animal tracks with our flash lights, dancing with glow sticks, making s’mores, seeing tadpoles, learning about how cactus survive once an animal digs a hole, drawing star consolation and so much more!

Everyone was allowed to decorate with glow in the dark chalk. It was so much fun!

This gorgeous area was where you could take photos, they set up activities and later in the night a telescope was set up.

The Phoenix Library supplied books for visitors, one book per person. We grabbed ours at the end of the night but the selection early in the evening was amazing.

Activities

Poking holes in a cup in the pattern of a constellation in the sky. There were several to choose from, and each person got to make their own. Then you use your flashlight (we did our in a box because the sun was not down yet when we were there) and you can see the constellation. Kids asked to do this again at home.

Making moon sculptures out of clay and random materials to make “texture”. It was fun to watch the adults and kids different versions of how they saw the moon.

Garden

Before it was dark, we toured some of the garden where they were growing vegetables and composting for inspiration for home. Spent some time looking at how they had things covered, what was actually still goring in June in Phoenix, and learning about what composting was all about.

The Beauty of The Botanical Garden

No photo can do actually going to the garden justice, but here are a couple that I loved from that night.

You can not beat a desert sunset view from the gardens. How beautiful is this?

After Dark

There was a DJ, glow sticks, dancing and all kinds of fun on the night we visited. The kids were wearing all kinds of different glow items and loved dancing and playing with some of the neat light up items.

Animal Tracks

Searching one of the many paths at the garden for animal tracks in the cement. It could be fun during the day, but I loved doing it at night! We were examining everything on the ground. We matched them to a tracks guide they gave us. Kids also took the opportunity to learn how to act like all the different animals too.

We arrived at 6:30 and had so much fun we stayed til almost 9:30. We brought ice water in insulated cups, and coolest off with popsicles.
All Flashlight Nights include a book giveaway, moon sculptures made out of clay, constellation cups, star gazing, mesquite pitch painting, prickly pear pop-up, magnificent mesquites, making tracks, desert critters, and super Saguaro.

Flashlight Nights at Desert Botanical Garden

You can buy tickets and read more here.
Upcoming Dates: July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 7 & 14
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
PRICE: Included with Membership or General Admission
  • Bring your own small flashlight or ask for one at the admissions window.
  • Also bring lots of water, we brought our large water bottles full of ice and were able to refill them throughout the garden, however the water is not that cool.
  • More upcoming events to look out for include: Storytime July 12, 26
  • Herbarium Tours July 10, 12, 31 & August 2, 21, 23
  • Desert Camp Discovery July 18
  • Cactus Clubhouse returns October 3
  • Their website offers fun garden related activities too including endangered species coloring pages, crafts, weaving with nature and more here!
  • Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

    Kim is a chef, dishwasher, dry cleaner, housekeeper, landscaper, snack fetcher, photographer and personal assistant to toddler twins. Curently homeschooling her three year olds and loving teaching preschool. She loves exploring everything with her kids and photographing every minute of it. Follow her on Instagram @phoenixwithtwins.

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