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Storybook Adventures begin at Rock Art Center

August 20, 2010

Would you like to introduce your preschooler to archaeology, desert wildlife, and Native American cultures? Then bring them to Ollie’s Storybook Adventures at Arizona State University's Deer Valley Rock Art Center.

The fall season of the center's popular children's program begins on Friday, Sept. 24, with a storytime themed "Slithering Sonoran Snakes."

All storybook programs are from 10 to 11 a.m. at the center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, two blocks west of 35th Ave., Phoenix.

Other fall dates are Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. Admission is $2.50 per child; older siblings are $2; members and accompanying adults are free; and additional adults are $2. Each session is limited to 12 children. Reservations are required. Call (623) 582-8007 to sign up or for more information.

Storytime is for children ages 3 to 6 and their parents. Storybook is an educational program that offers fun and interactive ways for children to learn about Native American cultures as well as the plants, animals, and archaeology of the American southwest. Each adventure includes a story, art activity, music, and outdoor games.
The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley.

Visitors hike a 1⁄4-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago.

The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and is a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard. The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country at ASU and is a Phoenix Point of Pride.