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Twentynine Palms is a family-friendly destination. From a variety of food and lodging options to its proximity to Joshua Tree National Park and Oasis Visitor Center to a long list of local attractions, activities, and events, there is always something to do. See our Explore and Attractions sections, including the Parks page, for information about our community parks, playgrounds, public swimming pool, and skateboard park. And visit our Calendar of Events so you can plan ahead to attend one of our many community events.

Art Happenings

29 Palms Creative CenterThe 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery welcomes walk-ins of all ages to paint pottery or create a canvas painting in the inspiring open studio. Gretchen Grunt and Selina Phanara offer art activities directly out of their studios for the local or traveling art adventurer. Choose from a selection of ready-to-paint pottery: cups, plates, tiles, and tons of figurines, starting at $15 (plus tax); or instant canvas painting, starting at $20 (plus tax) a canvas. The Creative Center also offers a variety of instructed art classes for children, adults, groups, including paint nights, art parties, and Summer Art Camp.

29 Palms Creative CenterThe Creative Center is open to the public every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays until 3 p.m., and by appointment for “Art After Dark” parties. The art gallery also exhibits local jewelry, fabric, art, pottery, fused glass, desert nuances and recent art created by the studio artists who work on the premises. 6847 adobe Road, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 361-3461. www.29palmsart.com

29 Palms Art Gallery

29 Palms Art Gallery Art ClassThe 29 Palms Art Gallery hosts art education classes for all ages throughout the year, from drawing to painting, sculpture to murals, for a minimal fee. Members of the 29 Palms 1. Artists’ Guild receive a discount, and adult and student memberships are available.

29 Palms Art Gallery Art ClassSee their website for a schedule of upcoming classes and art activities for youth and adults, plus other seasonal events and fundraisers. A historic landmark in the community, the gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with monthly desert art shows featuring work by Guild members and other desert artists, and receptions on the First Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. Admission free. 74055 Cottonwood Drive (off National Park Drive), Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-7819. www.29palmsartgallery.com

Sky’s The Limit Observatory & Nature Center

Skys The Limit StargazingBring the whole family to one of the free star parties on Saturday nights (except during full moon) at Sky’s The Limit Observatory, located at the top of Utah Trail right next to the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms. The campus is open every day for people to stop by, walk the nature trail, experience the sculptures and meditation garden, and view the native plant life and orrery (model of the solar system). Of course, the real excitement happens on several Saturday nights each month when local and visiting astronomers take you on a tour of the night sky, with various telescopes set up on site, including the 14-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the astronomical dome. Bring your own chairs, snacks and water. Admission free. 9697 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, Ray (760) 365-7897. www.skysthelimit29.org

Junior Ranger Program

JTNP Family Things to Do“Explore, Learn, Protect!” (Junior Ranger motto) Like many other national parks, Joshua Tree offers young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service “family” as Junior Rangers. Interested youth complete a series of activities during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger badge. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate. Kids visiting Joshua Tree National Park may earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing a number of activities as they explore the park. The Junior Ranger booklet is available at park entrance stations and visitor centers. Booklet activities include drawing, writing, attending a ranger program, and picking up trash in the park. Stop by the Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-5500. www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/kidsyouth/beajuniorranger.htm

JTNp Jr Ranger ProgramJoshua Tree also participates in national Junior Ranger programs like Junior Paleontologist, Junior Ranger Night Explorer, and Wilderness Explorer. www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm

Can’t make it to a park? Learn how to become a WebRanger! www.nps.gov/webrangers

Young Historian Program

29 Palms Historical SocietyThe Twentynine Palms Historical Society hosts a program to encourage youth to become more familiar with the history of our area, which has been a crossroads and melting pot for many cultures throughout time. Exhibits at the Old Schoolhouse Museum touch on the history of our local Native Americans, gold miners, cattlemen, early desert homesteaders and pioneer families, and the military. It is a wonderful launch point for young minds.
Accompanied by an adult, the prospective Young Historian will:

1. Complete the Hunting for History at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.

2. Complete a Mural Tour of Twentynine Palms and visit Veterans Park.

3. Visit Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center and walk the Oasis of Mara Nature Trail.

4. On the Old Schoolhouse grounds, walk the Frances Sabol Eco Trail, visit the Old Mining and Hastie Bus Exhibits, and describe the Twentynine Palms Historical Society logo to the docent on staff.

Once this mission is complete, each inductee will receive a commemorative T-shirt designating their new status as a Young Historian. The program currently focuses on students in grades 3 through 6. Admission is FREE to the museum. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. (or Friday, Saturday, Sunday during summer months). Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-2366. www.29palmshistorical.com