Childrens Museum

If you’re bringing the wee ones to the Palm Springs Valley this summer, be sure to go cool off at the very cool Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage—at least for one hot morning or afternoon.

If you’re in town between now and April 27, be sure to check out “Chagall For Children,” a spectacular interactive traveling exhibit created by the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago that has alighted in the desert for a spell. Developed in 1996, the exhibit—sponsored locally by Sharon and Robert Freed and Hohmann Fine Art—has been crisscrossing the country for the last 18 years. It boasts reproductions of more than a dozen Chagall masterpieces, each with a hands-on element that permits kids to explore their own creativity by putting puzzles together, listening to music, sniffing artificial florals, making rubbings, affixing magnets, etc.

“Marc Chagall had such a unique and whimsical style, children immediately pick up on the unusual aspects of his work,” says Carol Scott, the museum’s CEO, whose idea it was to transform an entire building on campus and devote it to travelling shows. “It really appeals to their sense of wonder and fantasy.”

All I can tell you is that playing in that room for just a half hour, I felt like a kid again. And that felt great! www.cdmod.org