Next Year’s (2016-2017) McCallum Shows!

Michelle from the Morongo Basin School District’s independent study program helps us all out by organizing the free McCallum Education Field Trips each year. Reservations will be put in on August 9th this year for the coming school year, so check out the line up below and send an email to to sign up. She’ll need the name, date, and time of each show and how many people will be attending.

Please remember, these tickets are free to us but the shows cost money to put on, paid for by donations, and seats are limited. If you say you are going, please make every effort to be there or find someone else to take your spot. If we consistently reserve far more seats than we fill, the theater may have to stop offering them to us.

There are no tickets to hold. You just say you’re coming and she will make the reservation for the whole group. On the day of the event, tell the docent at the door that you are with the homeschoolers (they usually can guess!) and they will direct you to your seats. Be sure to come a few minutes early so that you can be ready to watch the show at show time!

The following is from Michelle’s post to the Facebook group and the Education Department of the McCallum. Please email info@californiadeserthomeschoolers with questions and requests!

“Greetings from the McCallum Theatre Institute in Palm Desert CA! The last few days in our lovely desert valley has felt like the hottest place on earth, but before we know it, Fall 2016 will arrive and we will forget all about these scorching summer days and nights.

Accompanying the arrival of fall is the ever-popular field trip series at the McCallum Theatre! Our 2016-17 season will prove to be no exception to our rule of Artistic, Educational, Informative and Entertaining presentations for the young people of the Coachella Valley and beyond!

We begin the season at the end of September with Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China for a total of 4 performances – Tue, Sep 27th at 9:30am & 11am and Wed, Sep 28th at 9:30am & 11am – (recommended Grades K – 12)

We then present a sweet, funny and thought-provoking play – “Walking the Tightrope” by 24th Street Theatre on Tue, Oct 4th at 11:30am – (recommended Grades 3 – 12) 

Followed by 4 timely performances of “Rock the Presidents” by Childsplay on Thu, Oct 6th at 9:30am & 11:30am and Fri, Oct 7th at 9:30am & 11:30am – (recommended Grades 3 – 8)

In November Roseneath Theatre will bring their play “The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh” to the McCallum stage for 3 performances on Mon, Nov 14 at 11am and Tue, Nov 15 at 9:30am & 11:30am – (recommended Grades 3rd – 12th)

Soon after the Thanksgiving holiday, we will have the ukulele aficionado Jake Shimabukuro for 2 performances on Tue, Nov 29 at 9:30am & 11am – (recommended Grades K – 12)

Our last field trip of 2016 will be a visual arts performer from Los Angeles – Miwa Matreyek performing 2 of her solo works: “This World Made Itself” & “Myth and Infrastructure” on Mon, Dec 12th at 11am – (recommended Grades 6 – 12)

We are still finalizing booking additional field trip shows for Spring 2017. As a result, we will accept reservation requests for Spring 2017 field trips in December 2016 (date is TBD).

We currently have 1 performance scheduled in March 2017, which is the one-woman presentation of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” performed by Mona Golabek on Wed, Mar 22nd at 11am – (recommended Grades 5 – 12)

We will begin accepting reservation requests FOR THE FALL 2016 PERFORMANCES ONLY on Tuesday, August 9th at 8am, so that you and your students can attend another year of amazing performances presented by the McCallum Theatre Institute.”

“Step Into Art” at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum

This looks exciting! The Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley opened its latest art exhibition on June 9th and it runs through September 24!

“Experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art™. This engaging exhibit transports visitors into a world where paintings leap off the canvas and invite children inside the art experience.”

They have a lot of other exciting things for kids this summer. Youth Summer Camp starts tomorrow and runs through the first week of July. And don’t forget the Brown Bag Lunch Lectures. This week the talk is about rattlesnakes!

These are the kinds of things I built my sons’ elementary education around. I’d look into it and see if there was anything we could read or watch before we went. That way they’d have an idea of what they were seeing and experiencing. For the “Step into Art” exhibit, there is a video about it here. And of course there are always books and shows about snakes! Knowing a little about it before you go helps you get more out of it. You’ll have more questions to ask and things to think about.

After an adventure like this, sometimes kids are ready to build on what they discovered. They might want to put on a show of their own, build or draw their own art installation, or go for a hike and find likely places to watch for snakes and other creatures. Lots of fun all inspired by something right in our own backyard. Have fun!