The Rammys Honoree: Heart of Rancho Mirage – Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

February 15, 2024

The Rammys is the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Awards & Installation Dinner where we honor our outstanding local businesses, non profit organizations and dignitaries. Also at this event we will be installing our new board of directors and recognizing our outgoing board. Please RSVP and register online at:

For over three decades, The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, the only facility of its kind in Greater Palm Springs, offers learning experiences in a creative and engaging environment. This valuable resource is designed for the youngest members of the community and their families to experience the joy of learning about themselves and the world around them through hands-on explorations of exhibits and programs.

CDMoD shuttered at the beginning of the pandemic. During the closure of the beloved community facility, the CDMoD Board of Directors initiated a program to prioritize steps for the future of the organization which included a “Re-Imagination” of the museum’s offerings, a five-phase capital campaign and the hiring of CEO Cindy Burreson to lead the charge.  Through the combination of over two years of tireless fundraising efforts and a loan from First Bank, Phase One has achieved its $3 million budget to enable the reopening in March 2024.

The public will be able to experience a reIMAGINED Main Gallery (Building One), which is being renewed to create a whimsical, creative, and exciting space for 0 to 8 year-olds. The space will include creative ways to “Imagine,” “Express,” “Move,” “Experiment,” “Explore” and “Dream.”  Nearly 40 new exhibits are being created for the six themed program areas by Hands On! Studios, the same designers of the museum’s original exhibits.

The Museum will reopen as a Certified Autism Center and with a focus on increased accessibility so that all families feel welcome and have the resources they need to have their very best visit.  The Museum will open with Spring Break Camps and Field Trips right away in addition to daily admissions and memberships.  In the long term, the five phases of the Re-Imagination Campaign will include a renovation of all three existing buildings, a building expansion, new construction, and an exterior plan.

We are grateful to our Board of Directors for their guidance and support and for the hard work of our team who are making the vision a reality!