Virtual LIVE Concert on Friday for CDMoD

June 15, 2020


FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020 @5pm

Concert is LIVE from the CDMOD Facebook Page:

Donate Here:


Rancho Mirage, CA – (June 16, 2020) Get ready for some fun this Friday, June 19th at 5:00 pm online on the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert’s (CDMoD) Facebook page and donate here to support the joy of learning.


The Live Virtual Concert fundraiser for CDMoD will feature incredible local artists that we all know and love as host and emcee Bryan Gallo take us through the evening and tells the story of our very own hands-on museum. Special guests appearances will pop in to welcome viewers! CMDoD has an exciting matching grant opportunity up to $35,000 from Ed and Susan Burger to help make it through this rough spot!


Like many businesses and nonprofit organizations, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert made the difficult decision to close its doors for public safety in mid-March.


“CDMOD is a private, nonprofit institution that depends on memberships, daily admissions sales, and program enrollment as a majority of its revenue,” said Carol E. Scott, CEO of CDMOD. “This shutdown will be difficult for us to bounce back from. We had to postponed the All-American Discovery Duck Pluck, our signature spring fundraiser. We also had to make a gut-wrenching decision to furlough 25 employees. But, we trust that when stay-at-home orders are lifted, members and donors will come back and support us. In the meantime, we welcome you and your family to the virtual concert this week.”


“We need each other more than ever right now,” said Scott. “The museum has been a place families have come to rely on for safe family fun for nearly 30 years. And, although we are closed during the pandemic, we are still a community resource and a parental partner by offering children meaningful, constructive playtime activities.”


Artist Line Up:

Kal David and Lauri Bono

Kevin Henry of The Nest

Doug & Meg Duo

Barry Baughn

Plus one surprise guest



CDMoD’s Online activities include:

“Discover at Home” programming is offered virtually on CDMOD’s website and its social media platforms. The museum is creating videos for IGTV and Facebook Live segments, which are archived on the website for later viewing.


Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and Saturdays at 10 a.m., Gregoria Rodriguez, Chief Programs and Exhibits Officer, leads a toddler/elementary-age story time. The “Full STEAM Ahead!” video series offers activities inspired by science, technology, engineering, art, and math. “Home Cooking Junior” features fun, kid-friendly recipes. All hands-on activities will consider items already likely at home and make suggestions for substitutions, to minimize leaving the house during the stay-at-home orders. Material lists needed for STEAM and cooking activities are posted in advance on social media platforms, to ensure participants have time to prepare.


Another social post creating a buzz is the museum’s conversation starters. Each Monday, CDMOD’s Instagram and Facebook pages have a question or concept (in both English and Spanish) that parents can ask their kids to get those creative juices flowing, such as, “If you had one million marshmallows, what would you build?” Participants are encouraged to share their responses on the CDMOD social media pages.


“We really miss our families at the museum, and we want to stay engaged. We can’t wait to take part in this live concert,” said Rodriguez.


Production is created by SwingPoint Media


About Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert:

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is a private, nonprofit, award-winning institution that inspires and promotes intellectual curiosity and self-expression through inventive and interactive exhibits and programs. Founded in 1986, the Museum encourages children to learn about themselves and the world around them by exploring the natural environment and the community. Children of all ages are served by the Museum, with particular emphasis on primary school age children of the Coachella Valley. The Museum also serves as a resource to families, teachers, and the community through the development of special programs and collaborations with other organizations. The Museum is located at 71-701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. For more information, email, visit, or call 760-321-0602.