Once Upon a TimeExploring the World of Fairy Tales will be at Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert through Sunday, January 7, 2018 and features seven different fairy tales, each with a distinct imaginative environment and engaging interactive components. The featured fairy tales are:

Anansi and the Talking Melon

It's a jungle in there as visitors enter the world of Anansi, a mischievous spider from African folktales. Visitors will cross a wooden bridge, sit on the monkey king's throne, and play interactive games to discover all the ways that Anansi has tricked his friends.

Beauty and the Beast

One of literature's oldest tales, this French story tells of Beauty, a selfless heroine who takes her father's place as a prisoner in the Beast's castle. Visitors will also get to enter the Beast's opulent palace, where they can play the harpsichord, look inside Beauty's dressing table and try on costumes to become the story's characters.

Jack and the Beanstalk

This is an English story of a small boy who outwits a giant ogre. Just like Jack, visitors will climb up the beanstalk into the ogre's oversized house. They'll hide in a cubbyhole while the giant shouts out "Fee-fi-fo-fum," play a magical talking harp and discover a hen that lays golden eggs.


This story with both Chinese and French roots is the classic rags to riches tale. Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she meets her Prince Channing at a ball. Just like Cinderella, visitors will climb inside the pumpkin coach and watch the scenery go by on their way to the ball, try on the glass slipper to see if the shoe fits and hear the clock chimes ring at the stroke of midnight.


Wishes come true in this Danish tale from Hans Christian Anderson of a tiny girl who uses her mind instead of muscle to make her way in the big world. Guests will become pixie sized as they crawl through the mole's tunnel, pass the seasons with Thumbelina and search for the little fairy in her secret hiding places.

The Shoemaker and the Elves

This German tale from the Brothers Grimm teaches that it's better to give than to receive. A poor shoemaker and his wife receive help from a crew of hardworking elves, so they make clothes for the elves in return. Visitors will get to recreate the story in a magical interactive picture box by changing the scene from day to night, and then get to work at the cobbler's bench making some fancy footwear of their own.

Lon Po Po

This 1000-year-old Chinese tale is an early version of the Little Red Riding Hood story. Visitors will get to peer through a picture window and make the wolf pop up from beneath its covers, touch his bushy tail and use a rope to hoist him into a tree. Children will discover how this tale is different from the European and American versions, and even learn Chinese translations of English words.