By Carissa Cascio

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert will host a spring fundraiser with a Family Game Night on Friday, May 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and showcase its newest interactive exhibit “Playing Together: Games.” Admission is $20 per person or $70 for a family of four. This event is sponsored by Mitch’s on El Paseo.

“All families are invited to this event to experience the fun ways they can play and learn together at the Museum,” said Carol Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. “We encourage them to use the exhibit as an educational tool as it teaches young museum-goers about games kids play around the world.”

“Playing Together: Games” is a full-scale, colorful exhibit featuring classics like tic-tac-toe, dominoes, hopscotch, table ice hockey, Mancala, chess and checkers on an oversized board with giant pieces. Favorites from around the world are also included, such as Nine Men’s Morris, Pigs in a Pen, Skittles, Dutch shuffleboard, Senet and Bot-Tin.

CDM Game Night 1The event will feature golf professionals from local resorts that will give instructions using SNAG (Starting New At Golf), a program designed to teach golf fundamentals to players of all ages. Kids can also play soccer in giant clear inflatable balls and safely bounce and roll around, in partnership with Desert Bubble Ball.

Additionally, Family Game Night will feature prize drawings and gift cards from various restaurants around the Coachella Valley and attendees can purchase food and beverages from the onsite Carl’s Jr food truck.

Games of strategy, math, physical coordination and luck are featured throughout the exhibit and will reinforce cooperation, teamwork and critical thinking while trying and learning new things.

For more information, visit www.CDMOD.org or call (760) 321-0602.