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Chocolate: The ExhibitionTHROUGH MAY 3

Enter a tropical rainforest to learn how cacao is grown and how it is processed to fulfill today’s global demand. Examine chocolate’s role throughout history and learn how mass production of chocolate bars fueled the Industrial Revolution. Free with general admission. Springs Preserve


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Artists Justin Favela and Sean Slattery will collaborate to create an indoor car show featuring three new, life-size recreations, including one built piñata-style. Free. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery,


Art Festival Of HendersonMAY 9-10, 9A-4P

Showcasing art from some of the region’s best artisans and featuring hours of live entertainment, a chalk artwork competition and a children’s interactive arts district. Free. Henderson Events Plaza and Henderson Convention Center,

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Music TogetherAPRIL 17, 9A

Families with babies, infants, toddlers and preschoolers are invited for some singing, dancing, music-making fun and even a free CD of award-winning music! Free. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane,


Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CinderellaAPRIL 28-MAY 3, TUE-SUN 7:30P; SAT-SUN 2P

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The musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. $39-$139. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center


Charlie Chaplin’s The KidJUNE 6, 8:30P

The Henderson Symphony Orchestra performs the musical soundtrack to a screening of the silent comedic feature The Kid. Chaplin’s iconic Tramp raises an abandoned child until the authorities intervene. Slapstick and tears soon follow. $10-$20. Henderson Pavilion,


Ivy + Bean The MusicalAPRIL 15, 6P

Based on The New York Times’ best-selling children’s book series by author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackall, this is the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different second graders. $12.95-$19.95. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center


Peter Pan; Or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow UpAPRIL 17, 7P; APRIL 18, 12P & 5P

The Winchester Headliners present the 1904 play by J.M. Barrie, the very first incarnation of the story of Peter, Wendy and Captain Hook, which Barrie revised until its 1928 publication. $7. Winchester Cultural Center,


Las Vegas Improvisational PlayersAPRIL 18, MAY 16, JUNE 20, JULY 18, AUG. 15, 7P

Clean-burning, kid-friendly fun “Whose Line is it Anyway?” style. Be part of the show as the audience chooses each scene and song’s inspiration. $10 at the door, kids free. American Heritage Academy, 6126 S. Sandhill Road,


You’re A Good Man, Charlie BrownMAY 15, 16, 22, 23, 7:30P

This classic musical based on Charles Schulz’ beloved PEANUTS comic strip is being presented by The Shakespeare Institute of Nevada. Come see the Peanuts gang! $10-$22.50. Henderson Pavilion,


Nevada High School Musical Theater AwardsMAY 17, 3P

Recognizing nominees for Best Lead Actor and Actress from this year’s local high school musical theater productions. $10. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center


AnnieMAY 26-31, 7:30P; MAY 30, 2P

Leapin’ Lizards! One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin, this new production of Annie will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original. $34-$129. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center


Camp Broadwayclassic camp, June 15-19; shining stars camp, june 22-26

Camp Broadway is a summer camp experience that enables theater-loving kids, ages 6-17, to develop their confidence, character and presentation skills through ensemble performance. The immersive week-long program highlights musical theater and drama, and includes acting technique workshops, exposure to the Broadway movement and music rehearsal process and performance opportunities led by trained Broadway professionals. $450-$695. The Smith Center,



Mary Poppins StorytimeMAY 28, JUNE 25, JULY 30, 11A

Everyone’s favorite nanny will be engaging Toddler Town visitors in song, dance and storytelling. Stop by to see Mary as she will raffle off a children’s book and special services courtesy of Nannies and Housekeepers USA. $14.50. Discovery Children’s Museum,


Battle Of The Books: ShowdownMAY 7, 5:30-7P

Students from several elementary schools have been reading and studying a total of eight books and now the top two teams will compete in the final battle. Free. Whitney Library,



Rox In Sox Children’s Music FestivalAPRIL 11, 10A-3P

A festival of children’s music and reading featuring kindie music artists Alphabet Rockers, Recess Monkey, Aaron Nigel Smith and Las Vegas Family Puppet Theatre. Come for a fun-filled day of entertainment and family-friendly activities. Refreshments will be available for sale from several food truck vendors. Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive,

Henderson Heritage Parade & FestivalAPRIL 18, 9A-7P

Join the city for its special birthday celebration chronicling more than six decades of Henderson history. Bring the family to enjoy a parade, car show, live entertainment and full-on festival! Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St.,


22nd Annual Clark County International Children’s FestivalAPRIL 18, 10A-3P

Exotic animals from Roos ‘n’ More highlight this event with dance and music performances, arts and crafts, clown workshops, percussion workshops, storytelling and carnival games while performers stroll the park. Includes a rock climbing wall, historic battles, pony rides and food and drink. Free; fee for some rides and vendors. Winchester Cultural Center,


Día Del NiñoAPRIL 25, 12-5P

Celebrate and honor children (or the child in you) with hours of fun including clowns and magicians, dancing and singing groups, interactive games, traditional Mexican food and drink, hands-on arts and crafts and much more. $6 adults; $4 children 5-17; children 4 and under are free. Springs Amphitheater at Springs Preserve


A Celebrar El Cinco De MayoMAY 5, 4P

An event commemorating the Mexican holiday celebrating the Battle of Pueblo featuring stories, crafts, songs and a piñata. Free. Mesquite Library,


Flip Through SummerMAY 16, 10A-1P

United Way of Southern Nevada will be hosting this family fun summer kickoff event featuring six book nooks with live readings and various creative and imaginative children’s activities. Free. Springs Preserve,


Summer-Fun CampsJUNE 8-AUG 21, MON-FRI 9A-4P

Each week’s camp features a different theme and includes explorations of Springs Preserve and Nevada State Museum, swimming at the YMCA, guest speakers, crafts, games and more. Ages 6-12. Members, $190/week; Non-members, $215/week. $50/week for after-hours care. Springs Preserve


Performing And Visual Arts Summer Camp For KidsJUNE 15-AUG 8, MON-FRI 7A-5P

These camps provide community youth with pivotal opportunities for civil engagement and social justice projects through the disciplines of arts education. $400. West Las Vegas Arts Center,



Grant A Gift Autism 5K Run For Hope & Fun WalkAPRIL 25, 7A-12P

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month and support families affected by autism in Southern Nevada. Activities include an autism resource fair, balloon artists, face painting, awards and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation for Southern Nevada. $10-$125. The Green at Town Square,




Dig This Heavy Equipment Playground3012 S. Rancho Drive, 702-222-4344;

Families will have loads of fun when they get behind the controls of a Caterpillar bulldozer or excavator and begin to build dirt mounds, push gigantic tires, dig huge trenches, play “bucket basketball” and more. Guests must complete a breathalyzer, safety procedures, in-cab orientations and warm-up exercises before digging in! Days/times vary, must make reservation; prices start at $249 per dig. Ages 14-plus.


GameWorks Las Vegas At Town Square6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S. #171, 702-978-4263;

This family-friendly destination features 8,700 square feet of arcade game floor containing classic and modern arcade attractions, including an eight-lane bowling alley, two pool tables, 30 TVs playing all your favorite sports and the flagship eGaming Arena, complete with 60 computers for multiplayer online gaming. Plus gastropub-style American cuisine and an outdoor dining patio. 11a-midnight Sun-Thu and 11-1a Fri-Sat; new game cards range from $5-$52 plus $2 activation fee.


King Putt Entertainment Center27 S. Stephanie St., Henderson, 702-541-6807;

Boasting more animations and interactive props than any other mini-golf course, this indoor Egyptian-themed black-light course is unique and challenging. There’s also a laser-tag arena, an arcade and a pizzeria. 2-10p Mon-Thu; noon-1a Fri; 10-1a Sat; and 10a-10p Sun; $5-$9 per person for one round of golf, $5-$7 for game of laser tag and $12 per person for one game each of golf and laser tag.


King Putt7230 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-823-1519;

This 18-hole indoor mini-golf course takes visitors through a winding black-lit jungle of exotic animals, then submerges them into an underwater world. An arcade with air hockey, driving games and prize-earning games is also on-site. 2-10p Mon-Thu, noon-midnight Fri, 10a-midnight Sat and 10a-10p Sun; $5-$9 per person for one round.


KISS by Monster Mini Golf4503 Paradise Road, 702-558-6256;

Play miniature golf under black lights in this indoor KISS-themed glow-in-the-dark course featuring 18 holes surrounded by animatronic figures, exaggerated replicas and hit music of the iconic band, as well as a huge Gene Simmons head sculpture complete with outstretched tongue. Also, arcade games, gift shop, café and even a wedding chapel. 10a-midnight daily; $11.95 per person per round.


Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix1401 N. Rainbow Blvd., 702-259-7000;

Having the longest go-cart track in Nevada, it offers rides for all ages, including four go-cart tracks with 80 carts. Also available: four amusement rides, arcade games and a 600-seat restaurant. You can book birthday or corporate parties in a 7,000-square-foot party room, too. 10a-9p Sun, 11a-9p Mon-Thu and 11a-10p Fri-Sat (hours vary seasonally); $7.50 each for one to four tickets, $7 each for five or more purchased at same time or $21.50 per person for one-hour Mega-Ride wristbands.


Pinball Hall of Fame1610 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-597-2627;

At 10,000 square feet and exhibiting the world’s largest pinball collection, this museum features wall-to-wall popular pinball machines from the 1950s through the 1990s that have been restored to like-new condition, as well as a few retro arcade games like Super Mario Brothers. But the best part is, visitors can play all the machines for 25 or 50 cents each, and since the PHoF is nonprofit, all excess revenue goes to nondenominational charities. 11a-11p Sun-Thu and 11a-midnight Fri-Sat; free admission.


Pole Position Raceway Indoor Karting4175 S. Arville St. and 7350 Prairie Falcon Road, 702-227-7223;

Pole Position features a quarter-mile track, electric European carts for adults that can get up to 45 mph and side-by-side racing action. Also available are junior carts that get up to 25 mph. Several indoor racing options are offered, including the popular Arrive & Drive that allows walk-in customers to race on a first-come, first-served basis. Or sign up for one of the raceway’s public events. 11a-11p Sun-Thu and 11a-midnight Fri-Sat; $25.50 per adult nonmember and $20 per adult member; $22 per child for nonmembers and $18 per child for members; $5.95 temporary race license valid for one week. All minors must have waiver signed by parent or guardian to race.


Silver Nugget Bowling CenterInside Silver Nugget Casino, 2140 Las Vegas Blvd. N., North Las Vegas, 702-399-1111;

If you’re looking for family fun on a budget, this 24-lane AMF bowling facility features $1 games, automatic scoring, cosmic bowling on Fridays and Saturdays, an arcade and air hockey tables, a snack bar and pro shop. 9a-9p Sun-Thu and 9a-midnight Fri-Sat; games starting at $1.


Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park7440 Dean Martin Drive #201, 702-560-5900;

This is the world’s first all-trampoline, walled playing court. The park offers open jump, the Foam Zone, low-impact fitness classes, 3-D dodgeball and the SkySlam basketball court that’s great for most ages, shapes or sizes. 2-8p Mon-Thu, 2-10p Fri, 10a-11p Sat and 10a-8p Sun; Toddler Time, 10a-noon Mon, Wed and Fri; $13 for 30 mins.; $16 for 60 mins.; $21 for 90 mins.; $26 for 120 mins. All minors must have waiver signed by parent or guardian.


3-D Family Fun Center3315 E. Russell Road #4K, 702-608-4653;

This is Southern Nevada’s only 3-D mini-golf, laser tag and arcade. The 18-hole course takes guests on a glow-in-the-dark 3-D journey through space, down Route 66, under the sea, through a volcano and more. Featuring flashing lights, sirens and fog, the 2,000-square-foot laser tag arena can accommodate up to 11 players at a time. The arcade features numerous redemption prize games, as well as driving skills and shooting combat games. 2-10p Mon-Thu, 2-11p Fri, 10a-11p Sat and 10a-10p Sun; $3-$30 plus $1.50 glasses rental for mini golf; $4-$7 for laser tag; $24.99 unlimited play; specials available 6-10p weeknights.


Vegas Indoor Skydiving200 Convention Center Drive, 702-731-4768;

America’s first indoor skydiving facility, complete with a vertical wind tunnel, mesh trampoline floor and foam-padded walls — experience body flight and the free-fall sensation during a simulated skydiving session. 9:45a-8p daily; $75 first-time single flight; $40 second flight, same day; $350 for 15-minute block with two to five flyers; $200 book of five flights for one person. No age limit but weight guidelines apply. Participants younger than 18 years old must fly with an adult.



National Atomic Testing Museum755 E. Flamingo Road, 702-794-5151;

Features one of the most comprehensive collections of nuclear history — more than 12,000 unique artifacts relating to atomic testing, the Nevada Test Site, the Cold War and nuclear and radiological science and technology. The current display includes thousands of rare photographs, videos, artifacts, scientific and nuclear reports and data and one-of-a-kind scientist collections, as well as the Area 51 — Myth or Reality exhibit. 10a-5p Mon-Sat and noon-5p Sun; free-$20. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.


Barrick MuseumUNLV campus, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-895-3381; museum/about-the-barrick

The museum’s goal is to provide an engaging space consisting of works of art and cultural objects that represent past and present cultures, as well as artistic creativity, to promote the understanding of art as an enduring human endeavor. 9a-5p Mon-Wed and Fri, 9a-8p Thu and noon-5p Sat; free; suggested voluntary contribution: $5 adults, $2 children and seniors.


Bellagio Gallery of Fine ArtInside Bellagio hotel-casino, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-693-7871;

This fine-art gallery features rotating exhibitions that include paintings, sculptures and more created by renowned artists ranging from Picasso to Warhol. The artworks showcased are drawn from prestigious internationally known museums and private collections. An audio tour of the gallery is included in the price of admission. 10a-8p daily; $14 for Nevada residents, $12 for students, teachers and military, free for ages 12 and younger. Locals night 5-7p Wed; $8 with Nevada ID. Annual memberships available.


Bodies ... The ExhibitionInside Luxor hotel-casino, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-492-3960;

This one-of-a-kind exhibit features nine rooms, each dedicated to different functions of the human body, including the circulatory, digestive, muscular, nervous and respiratory systems. Displays showcase 13 preserved whole-body specimens and more than 260 organs and parts. 10a-10p daily; $24-$32, free for children ages 3 and younger.


Clark County Museum1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, 702-455-7955;

Located on this 30-acre site is a unique collection of historic homes that re-creates the daily lifestyle of the decade in which each was built, the Ghost Town and Mining Trail, and a contemporary pueblo-style exhibit hall that presents a timeline of Southern Nevada from prehistoric to modern times. The exhibit hall also features changing art and artifacts, as well as special themed displays. 9a-4:30p daily; $1-$2. Museum memberships available.


The Discovery Children’s Museum360 Promenade Place, 702-382-KIDS;

This nonprofit museum inspires kids to want to learn! It consists of nine hands-on exhibits that feature interactive science, sliding and climbing structures, green living, design and engineering challenges, role-playing and problem-solving, the art of investigation, the elements of art and more. Also on display is a traveling featured exhibit. Winter hours (through May): 9a-4p Tue-Fri and 10a-5p Sat, noon-5p Sun, Summer hours (June through Labor Day): 10a-5p Mon-Sat and noon-5 p.m. Sun; $14.50 or free to members, children younger than 1 year old and adults 100+. Children younger than age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.


Hoover Dam30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, 702-494-2517;

Drawing more than a million visitors annually, the Hoover Dam is considered one of the 20th century’s top 10 construction projects. The one-hour guided Hoover Dam Tour provides a unique way to see, learn and appreciate this immense undertaking. The tour includes visitor access through the power plant and passageways within the dam, where guests will learn about the dam’s construction and see a panoramic view of eight of the dam’s enormous generators. Also included is admission to the Visitor Center. 8a-5p (Visitor Center), 9:25a-3:55p (power plant tour) and 9:30a-3:30p (dam tour); $10 (parking), free-$10 (Visitor Center), free-$15 (power plant tour), $30 (dam tour); no children under 8 years of age permitted on dam tour.


Las Vegas Natural History Museum900 Las Vegas Blvd. N., 702-384-3466;

With nine permanent interactive exhibits, as well as traveling exhibits, this private nonprofit institution educates the community in the natural sciences, such as wildlife, ecosystems and cultures. Permanent exhibits include dinosaurs, Egyptian treasures, wild mammals, African jungle animals and prehistoric primates, Mojave Desert plants and animals, marine life and terrestrial animals, a young scientist center with computers and microscopes, and geological natural resources and minerals. 9a-4p daily; free-$10. Membership program available.


Nevada Southern Railway601 Yucca St., Boulder City, 702-486-5933;

Climb aboard an authentic open-air car or air-conditioned/heated Pullman coach for a 3.5-mile train ride and learn about the history of the railway dating back to the 1930s, when it brought supplies to the Hoover Dam project. 10-11:30a and 1-2:30p Sat-Sun; $10 adults, $5 children 4-11 years, free for kids 3 years and younger.

 Nevada State Museum, Las VegasInside Springs Preserve, 309 S. Valley View Blvd., 702-486-5205;

Focusing on the prehistory, history and natural history of Nevada, this two-level, 70,000-square-foot museum features a 13,000-square-foot permanent exhibit gallery that informs visitors about the state’s geology, early flora and fauna, Native Americans and first settlers, mining and railroad histories, the Hoover Dam, the Atomic Era and more. 10a-6p Thu-Mon; admission included with paid general admission to Springs Preserve, $4.95-$9.95 for Nevada residents, $10.95-$18.95 general admission and free for Preserve members.


Titanic: The Artifact ExhibitionInside the Luxor hotel-casino, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-262-4400;

This 25,000-square-foot exhibit brings to life the wonder and tragedy of the world’s most famous ocean liner, including 250 authentic recovered artifacts and re-creations of some of the most popular rooms of the ship. 10a-10p daily; $32 adults, $30 seniors 65+, $24 children 4-12 years, free for children 3 years and younger and $29 for locals with valid ID.



The AdventuredomeCircus Circus hotel-casino, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-794-3939;

America’s largest indoor theme park at five acres offers visitors both thrill and traditional carnival rides that include two coaster, eight premium, two large, three junior and four family rides. And it keeps the fun going with seven featured attractions where guests can enjoy rock climbing, bungee jumping, miniature golf, midway and video arcade games, clown shows, bowling or navigating a maze of lasers. 10a-9p Sun; 11a-6p Mon-Thu; 10a-midnight Fri-Sat (hours may vary); $5-$12 per ride; $29.95 regular (48 inches or taller) all-day pass and $17.95 junior (under 48 inches tall) all-day pass.


Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical GardensBellagio hotel-casino, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-693-7111;

Guests can leisurely stroll through and take in the enticing sights and smells that fill the conservatory’s seasonally themed gardens, which are made up of beautiful, captivating displays of plants, flowers, trees, water features and more. The gardens present changing themes that reflect the holidays, seasons and Chinese New Year and are meticulously maintained by 140 expert horticulturists. Open 24/7, free.


Bonnie Springs Ranch Old Nevada16395 Bonnie Springs Road, 702-875-4191;

Originally a stopover for wagon trains heading to California down the Old Spanish Trail, Bonnie Springs now features a replica of an authentic 1880s mining town where live performances, a hanging and gunfight reenactments take place in the street! Plus: A petting zoo, horseback riding, pony rides, a train ride, motel and full-service restaurant and bar. 10:30a-5p (until 6p in summer) daily; $7-$10.


Cowabunga Bay Water Park900 Galleria Drive, Henderson, 702-850-9000;

Offering eight one-of-a-kind water slides, including Wild Surf, which features the world’s largest man-made wave, and the new Beach Blanket Banzai, which lets raft-riders race more than 600 feet through 180-degree turns, S-curves and more; plus beaches, pools, bays and rivers; and an area just for the kiddies. Park hours vary; $9.99-$36.99 for all-day admission, free for children 2 years and younger. Season passes and add-ons, group pricing and birthday party packages are also available.


Dolphin HabitatInside Mirage hotel-casino, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-791-7188;

This 2.5-million-gallon habitat containing four connected pools and an artificial coral reef system is home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Both an educational and research facility, it lets visitors observe these magnificent creatures in a naturalistic environment and participate in two special programs — Painting With the Dolphins and Trainer for a Day. 10a-5:30p daily (hours may vary); $19.95 adults, $14.95 children 4-12 years, free for children 3 years and younger. Annual passes also available.


Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, 702-435-2608;

Not only can visitors take a self-guided Ethel M factory tour, learn about making chocolates and get a free sample, they can explore the Botanical Cactus Garden, touted as Nevada’s largest. The garden features four acres and more than 300 species of plants. And be sure to stop back around Christmastime for the garden’s annual holiday lighting. 8:30a-6p daily (garden) and 8:30a-4:30p Mon-Fri (factory); free and open to public. 


Hershey’s Chocolate WorldInside New York-New York hotel-casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-437-7439;

This whimsical two-story retail attraction features 13,000 square feet of all things Hershey’s — personalize chocolate bar wrappers, and star in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup TV ad. Check out the Statue of Liberty chocolate sculpture and Empire State Building made of Hershey’s bars. 9a-11p daily; free admission.


The Lion Habitat Ranch382 Bruner Ave., Henderson, 702-595-6666;

An accredited facility by the Zoological Association of America, this is home to the lions that previously were at the MGM Lion Habitat attraction on the Las Vegas Strip. At the ranch, the public can get a private tour; interact with new cubs; participate in a three- to four-hour Trainer for a Day program in which guests are instructed in such lion care activities as preparing daily food, cleaning a cage, feeding, watering and bathing; or book a Feast with Beast catered lunch or dinner for up to 10 people where they will be surrounded by lions watching their every move. 11a-3p Fri-Mon; $20 per local adult and one child age 4-14, $8 per extra child, free for children younger than 3 years and $50 per local family; nonresident prices range from $10-$60.


Madame Tussauds Las VegasInside Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-862-7800;

Featuring nearly 100 lifelike wax figures within seven themed settings — the Sports Arena, TV Studio and Music Room, Viva Las Vegas, Club Tussauds nightclub, The Hangover Experience and Marvel Super Heroes 4-D Experience — visitors will have up-close and interactive encounters with the likes of Shaq, Chuck Liddell, Wayne Brady, Jerry Springer, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, the Rat Pack, Elvis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Hugh Hefner, Hulk, Iron Man and more. Hours vary; $29.95 for locals ages 4+ or purchase online for $19.47 (minimum of two ticket purchase required), free for children 3 years and younger.


The PlanetariumAt College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, 702-651-4138;

Southern Nevada’s only public planetarium presents programs to the public and local schools utilizing a high-definition hemispheric video projection that creates virtual realities on a domed screen above the audience. As an added bonus, after the 8 o’clock showing, the telescopes at the Student Observatory are open for viewing when the weather is clear. 6p, 7p and 8p Fri; 3:30p, 6p, 7p and 8p Sat; no late seating. General: $6; Discount: $4 seniors 55+, children younger than 12 years, CSN students and youth groups.


Siegfried & Roy’s Secret GardenInside Mirage hotel-casino, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-791-7188;

Legendary magicians Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn have worked for years to help save endangered animals, primarily white tigers and lions. Modeled after these animals’ natural habitat, this open-air tropical environment that the duo created as part of their conservation effort is filled with palm trees, lush foliage and simulated mountain terrain and is also home to black panthers, golden tigers and leopards. 10a-5:30p daily (hours may vary); $19.95 adults, $14.95 children 4-12 years, free for children 3 years and younger. Annual passes also available.


Shark Reef AquariumInside Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-632-4555;

A definite standout, this aquarium immerses visitors in a unique, total sensory experience where they’ll have close-up encounters with dangerous underwater predators and unusual aquatic creatures from the world’s tropical waters. It features an amazing 1.3-million-gallon shipwreck that allows for an almost 360-degree view of various kinds of sharks and colorful fish through an acrylic tunnel, 14 exhibits, a Touch Pool and more than 2,000 animals, many of which are rare. 10a-6p daily; $15 Nevada adults, $10 children ages 5-12, free for children ages 4 and younger; out-of-state prices range from $12-$18. Packages and annual passes available.


Springs Preserve333 S. Valley View Blvd., 702-822-7700;

At 180 acres, families have plenty of room to explore and learn about the history of the Las Vegas Valley. The Preserve features 110 acres of display and natural gardens with more than 1,200 species of native and non-native desert-adapted plants; wildlife habitats; walking and biking trails; museums with interactive gallery displays, traveling exhibits and a theater; animal shows and activities; and family events. 10a-6p daily; $4.95-$9.95 for Nevada residents and $10.95-$18.95 general admission.


Wet ’n’ Wild7055 S. Fort Apache Road, 702-979-1600;

This 33.5-acre water-themed amusement park offers more than 25 adrenaline-pumping water slides, but for those who desire a milder form of excitement, it also features the a winding river, interactive fun zones, nine slides and a wave pool. Amenities include shower and changing facilities, lockers, cabana rentals and tube rentals. Dive ’n’ Movie program offers a unique outdoor movie-viewing experience shortly after sundown every other Friday. Days and hours vary, see schedule online; $39.99 adults; $29.99 children under 42 inches tall and seniors; free for children 2 years and younger.


Parent ResourcesBaby’s Bounty

840 Rancho Drive #4-556, 702-485-2229;

This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides essential new and gently used infant clothing and gear, such as car seats, bottles, teethers and toys (new only), and baby carriers, receiving blankets, diaper bags, bath tubs, reclining strollers, bouncy seats and more, to babies born to victims of domestic abuse, teen mothers and low-income families. Call or email for assistance, or to volunteer or donate.


The Children’s Free Clinic of Southern Nevada1140 Almond Tree Lane, 702-826-2300;

In partnership with the nonprofit organization Children’s Medical Assistance Inc., which gives uninsured and underinsured children the opportunity to receive the same medical care as the more fortunate through community and professional partnerships, this is the first and only completely free pediatric clinic in Nevada. The clinic offers immunizations and medical/lab services for children ages 0 to 18 years of age, as well as a free prescription drug program; school, sports and camp physicals; vision screenings; referrals to free/low-cost dental and vision care services; and Pap tests, pregnancy tests and testing/treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome. 8:30a-noon Mon-Fri (hours may vary); free.


Children’s Medical Assistance Inc.1120 Village Center Circle #3-411, 702-823-4954;

A nonprofit organization dedicated to giving uninsured and underinsured children the opportunity to receive the same medical care as the more fortunate through community and professional partnerships, such as The Children’s Free Clinic of Southern Nevada. Other partnerships provide immunizations, children’s mental health services, free health school-based clinics for Clark County School District students and more.


Head Start702-387-0179 for all locations;

This federal government-created and -funded program helps lower-income children up to 5 years of age and their families gain access to various social services and development programs, such as educational programs, free medical and dental care, and overall child development assistance. Parents may be able to receive assistance through the program to gain long-term self-sufficiency in terms of finding a job or other social services.


Helping Kids Clinic968 E. Sahara Ave., 702-732-7001;

Treating about 10,000 kids up to age 18 annually, this private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization’s goal is to provide affordable medical services to under-served and uninsured children in the Las Vegas area who cannot afford health care. The clinic is staffed with three to six medical doctors and advanced practice registered nurses who offer such medical services as immunizations, wellness checks, daycare, sport and camp physicals, Denver screening, minor illness care, newborn screenings and TB tests. Bilingual specialists are available. Call to schedule an appointment Mon-Fri; $10 donation to cover office visit, though no child will be turned away for family’s inability to pay.


HopeLink of Southern Nevada178 Westminster Way, Henderson, 702-566-0576;

The mission of this Family Resource Centers program, which is funded by a grant from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, is “to build a better community by preventing homelessness, keeping families intact, and promoting self-sufficiency.” Since its beginnings, the organization has made such notable contributions as distributing school supplies, backpacks, clothing and books to schoolchildren; assisting families with rent and utilities; establishing a literacy program that is held in 12 at-risk elementary schools; providing food, bus passes and parenting and life skills classes, and parental resources; assistance with job searches and interviews. 8a-6p Mon-Thu.


Nevada Department of Health and Human ServicesMultiple locations,

Offers numerous agencies and family resources to assist with child support enforcement, child care and development, professional development, energy, food, financial and medical assistance to Nevada families, the disabled and elderly. 8a-5p Mon-Fri.


The Nevada Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)Multiple locations,

For more than 40 years, this federally funded short-term special supplemental nutrition program has been providing free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health and social services referrals to pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children younger than 5 years of age who are at nutrition risk and meet income eligibility requirements. 7:30a-noon, 1-4:30p for all locations except Cambridge (8a-noon, 1-5p); free.


The Public Education Foundation4350 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-799-1042;

The Public Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that addresses the toughest challenges facing schools by championing educational strategies that foster innovation, promote excellence and produce results. Programs include Clark County READS, which offers a variety of literacy programs to children and families in Clark County to empower educators and students, while improving student attitudes toward reading; higher education scholarships; We R Community service-learning and volunteerism project for teens; Artists 4 Kidz; and Project Smile, which provides high-need children with dental health treatment and prevention services.


Social Services Department, Clark County3885 S. Maryland Parkway; 1600 Pinto Lane; 2432 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #D, North Las Vegas; 522 E. Lake Mead Blvd. #4, Henderson; 702-455-4270 for all office locations;

Provides a variety of assistance services and aid — emergency crisis and financial, medical, child care, protective services for seniors, help with rent and utility bills, food, transportation, debt and foreclosure, legal aid, cremation and burial and more — for needy residents of Clark County and Las Vegas who aren’t assisted by other federal, state or local government assistance programs. Offices open 8a-5p.


Southern Nevada Health District Immunization ProgramMultiple locations, 702-759-0850;

The SNHD provides adolescent, back-to-school, flu, immunizations and travel vaccine clinics. For children under 18 years of age, written consent must be provided to the health district from a parent or legal guardian at the time of service. Costs vary based on type of immunization; in addition to vaccine costs, an administrative fee of $16 per child for one vaccine and $25 per child for two or more vaccines is charged.


Ultimate Summer Campat Alexander Dawson School 10845 W. Desert Inn Road, 702-253-2802;
The Alexander Dawson School, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, runs an affordable pay-as-you-go summer camp program. Open to the public, the camp utilizes more than 15,000 square feet of indoor space, including the gymnasium, a large game room, cultural arts center, acting lab, science center and dining hall, as well as multiple outdoor fields and playgrounds. Campers also receive a healthy lunch and afternoon snack daily that are included in the weekly registration fee. Several camps offered weekly throughout summer beginning June 15, full nine-week package runs June 15-Aug. 14, 7a-6p Mon-Fri; $210/week or $1,700/full package; children in kindergarten through eighth grade.



Alexander Villas Park3620 Lincoln Road, 702-455-8200;

This 13-acre Sunrise Manor neighborhood park features ball fields, basketball courts, a fitness course and walking path, water-play park, playground and picnic areas. 6a-11p daily.


Anthem Hills Park and Anthem East Trailhead2256 N. Reunion Drive, Henderson, 702-267-4000;

At 53 acres, this park offers a plethora of amenities, such as lighted ball fields, basketball and volleyball courts and multipurpose fields, roller hockey, lighted skate park, walking course, barbecue grills, covered picnic shelters with picnic tables and a playground. The Anthem East Trail runs along the McCullough Mountain Range from the park to Shadow Canyon. For the first .75 miles from the park, the 7-mile trail is paved, but then becomes a dirt surface. From the trail, hikers can see Las Vegas and the surrounding desert. Park: 6a-midnight daily; Skate park: 7a-10p daily; Trail: 5a-11p daily unless posted otherwise.


Arroyo Grande Sports Complex and Pittman Wash Trail298 Arroyo Grande Blvd., Henderson, 702-267-4000;

Named Outstanding Park in 2011 and 2012 by the National Softball Association, this 56-acre park with entrances at American Pacific and Santiago Drive features a sports park, lighted ball fields and basketball courts, disc golf, bicycle terrain amenities, open turf area, a playground, dog park with agility elements, horseshoe pits and covered picnic shelters. A bridge connects the 4-mile-long paved scenic Pittman Wash Trail to Union Pacific Railroad Trail and Cornerstone Park. Park: 6a-midnight daily; Trail: 5a-11p daily unless posted otherwise.


Centennial Hills Park7101 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, 702-229-6718;

At approximately 120 acres, Centennial Hills boasts two dog runs, a walking-jogging path with interpretive signage highlighting the historical significance of the area, a fossil wall, an amphitheater offering grass seating for more than 3,000 guests, two water-play areas, playgrounds — one of which has ramps and features for all abilities — two concession stands and picnic areas. The park also has 10 sand volleyball courts, two soccer fields and open space. 6a-11p daily.


Children’s Memorial Park6601 W. Gowan Road, 702-229-6718;

With six baseball-softball fields, two each basketball, tennis and bocce courts, a roller hockey rink, fitness course, two jogging-walking paths, four playgrounds, two horseshoe pits, a dog park with two runs, open space, a concession stand and nine picnic areas, visitors won’t be left wanting for anything at the 34.7-acre park. 6a-11p daily.


Craig Ranch Regional Park628 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, 702-633-2418

A 170-acre park that offers numerous amenities — a skate park, a sports plaza featuring two basketball, four sand volleyball, six tennis courts and two youth baseball fields, three dog parks, a garden plaza and memorial tree grove, two ponds, two themed playgrounds and a rock climbing area, a water splash area, walking-biking-skating paths, open space, barbecue grills and picnic shelters — and connects the Las Vegas Valley Regional Trail System. 6a-11p daily.


Desert Breeze Park8275 Spring Mountain Road, 702-455-8334;

Located in the valley’s southwest, Desert Breeze offers a community center that holds numerous classes and events, including educational, arts & crafts, dance, music, exercise and fitness, and sports for all ages and features a game room. The park offers a skate park, two regulation roller hockey rinks, a dog park with three runs, four baseball fields, soccer fields, picnic areas and specialty areas for archery, model boats, model carts and more. Center: 6a-8p Mon-Fri and 8a-5p Sat; Park: 6a-11p daily.


Desert Horizons Park3750 Simmons St., North Las Vegas, 702-633-1600;

One of North Las Vegas’s newest sites, this 11-acre park offers features for young and old alike, including playground units, jogging-walking track, lighted tennis and basketball courts, a T-ball diamond, two horseshoe pits, six bocce courts, as well as a demo garden, shade structures, picnic tables, barbecue grills and restrooms. Ideal location for picnics, family gatherings or other outdoor activities. 6a-11p daily.


Duck Creek Park8650 Pollock Drive, 702-455-7723;

Located near Maryland Parkway and Pebble Road, this southeast park features a skate park with a shade structure for beginner to intermediate levels but also includes some advanced-level aspects. Additionally, visitors can play basketball, bocce, horseshoes and tennis, as well as enjoy a walking course, spray pool, playground and picnic areas. 6a-11p daily.


Hidden Falls Park and Amargosa Trailhead281 W. Horizon Drive, Henderson, 702-267-4000;

A lighted skate park and basketball courts, walking course, playground, splash pads, barbecue grills, covered picnic shelters and tables, a walking course, an open grass area and a dog park occupy this 18-acre park. The trailhead for the Amargosa Trail is also located here. Although still being constructed, this 4-mile asphalt trail runs from Ione Road and South Eastern Avenue to Richland Hills Avenue and Paseo Verde Parkway. Once completed, the trail will present educational kiosks and interpretive signage on the native wildlife and plants. Park: 6a-midnight daily; Skate park: 7a-10p daily; Trail: 5a-11p unless posted otherwise.


James K. Seastrand Park6330 Camino Eldorado Blvd., North Las Vegas, 702-633-1600; cityof ParksAndRecreation/PDFs/CityParksBrochure.pdf

One of the newest parks in North Las Vegas designed as a children’s athletic facility, this 22.3-acre park includes open space, play units for two age groups, exercise stations, walking-jogging trails, lighted tennis courts, two lighted Little League baseball diamonds, three lighted youth soccer fields, a basketball court, group shelters, picnic tables, barbecue grills and restrooms. Great for birthday parties and family gatherings. 6a-11p daily.


Nature Discovery Park2627 Nature Park Drive, North Las Vegas, 702-633-1600;

This popular 20-acre park features a large man-made lake and waterfall, walking paths, an amphitheater, a dinosaur-themed nature discovery area and multistory playground unit. It also offers gazebos, picnic tables, barbecue grills, jogging trails, lighted tennis courts, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard and bocce courts. 6a-11p daily.


Sandstone Ridge Park1661 W. Hammer Lane, North Las Vegas, 702-633-1600;

This $5.9 million park project located within the upper plateaus of the Lower Las Vegas Wash Detention Basin offers approximately 14.7 acres consisting of a lighted baseball diamond, soccer field and basketball courts, as well as a walking-jogging trail, skateboard element, shaded and lighted playground, desert landscaping and shade structures. It also serves as the trailhead for the city’s multi-use 70-mile Regional Trail System. 6a-11p daily.


Sunset Regional Park2601 E. Sunset Road, 702-455-8200;

The crown jewel of Clark County parks with an expansive 325 acres, Sunset Park is not only Southern Nevada’s most popular public parks, it’s the largest. A master-planned regional park, Sunset features a lake for fishing, more than 200 rare Mojave Desert plant species and an abundance of wildlife. It offers numerous urban park amenities, such as tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, softball fields, disc golf and fitness courses, interpretive walking-jogging trails, a splash pad, playgrounds, a remote-control boat facility, a dog park, amphitheater, shaded picnic areas, barbecue grills and plenty of open space. The park also hosts numerous special family events throughout the year, and bicycle, sports and fishing equipment rentals are available. 6a-11p daily.

 West Flamingo Park6255 W. Flamingo Road, 702-455-7742;

Picnic areas, ball fields, a hockey rink, skate park, walking course, playground and an indoor pool are available at this Southwest Las Vegas park. Also on-site is a senior center and an activity center offering a varied selection of special events, classes and workshops that contains dance, craft, game, exercise, meeting and multipurpose rooms, as well as a computer lab, lending library card room and horseshoe pits. Park: 6a-11p daily; Activity Center: 8a-5:30p Mon-Fri, ages 50+.


Sports/RecreationBlack Mountain Recreation Center/Aquatic Complex

599 Greenway Road, 702-267-4070, Henderson;

Offering a wide selection of programming and special events, this 41,000-square-foot center is designed for all ages. It features a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor cycling area, racquetball and wallyball courts, tennis courts, an adjacent seasonal aquatic complex with an outdoor pool, Kids Corner, game room, classes and meeting rooms, a multi-use room and a covered patio. The aquatic complex offers interactive water apparatus and a raindrop waterfall and three-loop slide. Center: 6a-8p Mon-Thu, 6 a-6p Fri and 9a-3p Sat; Pool: open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day; call for pool hours and pricing.


Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility8275 Spring Mountain Road, 702-455-7798;

The facility features an indoor pool with lap swim and family swim hours, as well as a seasonal outdoor water park that provides a shallow water beach entry, play structure and two water slides designed for those 48 inches and taller. Lap Swim: 5:30a-8p Mon, Wed and Fri; 5:30-10a, 3-9p Tue and Thu and 8a-2p Sat; Family Swim: noon-4p Mon and Wed, 8-9p Tue and Thu, noon-4p and 6-8p Fri, 10a-2p Sat; Outdoor: Opens May 23, call for hours; $2 per day for youths 3-17 years, $3 per day for adults 18-54 years, $1 for seniors 55+ and free for children younger than 2 years. Additional pass packages are available.


Fit4Mom Stroller Strides ClassesMultiple locations,

A fitness program for moms and their babies, Stroller Strides classes offer moms a total body workout while their babies are engaged in songs and activities in their stroller. The program features hour-long classes that include a five-minute warm-up, 45 minutes of power walking with intervals of strength and body toning exercises using tubing, the stroller and the environment. The class concludes with 10 minutes of abs and stretching. Babies should be at least six weeks of age to participate, and they can be up to any age as long as they remain in the stroller. Moms should wear athletic shoes, bring a towel or mat for ground exercises and any type of stroller. Town Square: 8:30-9:30a Mon, Wed and Fri, 7-8a Tue and Thu; Tivoli Village at The District: 9-10a Tue, Thu and Sat; WomensCare Center: 1p Wed.; complimentary first class, then $11 per class with 10 Class Pass.


Helen Meyer Community Center4525 New Forest Drive, near Flamingo and Tenaya, 702-455-7723;

This center’s amenities include ball fields, tennis courts, a recreation center, fitness course, walking course, playground, spray pool and picnic areas. The center also offers a variety of classes and events, including a 10-week Kindergarten Prep session, a 10-week Preschool Prep session and an open recreation program, which is a free after-school program for 6 to 12 year olds that provides homework time, sports, activities, arts & crafts, field trips and socialization. 8a-6p Mon-Fri; call for costs.


Henderson Multigenerational Center/Aquatic Complex250 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, 702-267-5800;

One of the largest recreational facilities in Nevada and the first facility of its kind in Southern Nevada, this 84,120-square-foot center features an aquatic complex, including indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, walking-jogging track, dance and aerobics rooms, indoor cycling area, indoor multi-sport area with basketball court, rock climbing wall, Kids Corner, an art gallery, teaching kitchen, adult lounge with reading area and kitchenette and a game room. The center also offers community services that include AIMS free health screenings that provide echocardiogram and carotid artery test screenings, as well as SCORE’s free start-up and small business counseling. Center: 6a-8p Mon-Thu, 6a-6p Fri and 9a-3p Sat; Indoor/Activity Pools: 6-11a and 1-8p Mon-Thu, 6-11a and 1-6p Fri and 9a-3p Sat; call for pricing. Outdoor Pool: opens on Memorial Day weekend; call for hours.


Mount CharlestonKyle Canyon Road, 702-872-5486;

The highest mountain in Clark County, Mount Charleston, also known as the Spring Mountain Recreation Area, is situated about 35 miles northwest of the Las Vegas Strip on State Route 157. The area offers opportunities for year-round fun, including hiking, camping, picnicking, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, wildlife/wildflower viewing, playing in the snow, skiing and many programs, such as guided snowshoe hikes, interpretive and night hikes with a trained naturalist, junior ranger programs, art workshops, science safaris and more. Fees may apply.


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area3205 State Route 159, 702-515-5350;;

Located 17 miles west of the Strip on Charleston Boulevard and State Route 159, Red Rock attracts more than 1 million visitors annually. At 195,819 acres, it offers a 13-mile scenic loop, 19 hiking trails covering more than 390 miles, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain and road biking, camping, picnic areas and observation overlooks, and a visitor center with exhibit rooms and gift shop. Here visitors can see extraordinary geologic formations, Mojave Desert plant and animal life. Conservation Area: opens 6a daily, closing times vary by season between 5p and 8p; Visitor Center: 8a-4:30p daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas; Campground: open Labor Day through Memorial Day weekends; $7 daily per vehicle, $5 daily per commercial vehicle (tour buses, limousines, etc., $3 daily per motorcycle and tour bus riders, free for bicyclists/pedestrians who park at entrance and $30 per person for an annual pass.


Silver Mesa Recreation Center & Pool4025 Allen Lane, North Las Vegas, 702-633-2550;

This 5-acre rec center provides numerous leisure activities, educational opportunities and athletic outlets, including a fully equipped fitness facility with free weights, circuit and cardiovascular machines, exercise classes, a gymnasium, swimming pool with waterslide and mushroom shower and shaded picnic areas. The center also offers classrooms, multipurpose rooms, and dance and art studios for arts & crafts activities, guitar and piano lessons, computer skills instruction and more for all ages. 9a-7p Mon-Thu; 9a-2p Sat.


SkyView Multi-Generational Center3050 E. Centennial Parkway, North Las Vegas, 702-522-7500;

Set amongst the mountains, this nearly 40,000-square-foot facility is located in the far north but is easily accessed from the 215 Beltway. Featuring award-winning programs from the YMCA, this new state-of-the-art community center accommodates all ages and fitness levels. It offers a heated indoor lap pool with spacious deck and lesson area; wellness center that houses cardio equipment, circuit machines and dumbbells; cycling studio; aerobics and yoga studio; fully equipped locker rooms with showers; kids’ gym; lounge areas with free Wi-Fi; multipurpose rooms for public use; and games such as Xbox, Kinect, air hockey, billiards and foosball. Facility: 6a-8p Mon-Thu, 6a-6p Fri, 8a-4p Sat and Sun seasonally; Pool: 6-9a, 10a-noon and 6-7:30p Mon-Thu, 6-9a, 10a-noon and 4-6p Fri, 8a-3:45p Sat; call for pricing, no one turned away for inability to pay and financial assistance is available.


Whitney Ranch Recreation Center and Aquatic Complex575 Galleria Drive, Henderson, 702-267-5860;

Located adjacent to the Whitney Ranch Aquatic Complex, the 41,000-square-foot center includes a fitness center, dance and aerobics room, gymnasium, courts for racquetball and wallyball, a Kids Corner, game room, classrooms and meeting rooms and a conference room. The state-of-the-art aquatic complex offers two pools: an outdoor activity pool featuring 25-yard competition lanes, a shallow training area and water-play features that are open during summer months and indoor pool that is open year-round featuring a retractable roof, 10 competitive lanes, a shallow water instructional area and a wheelchair lift. Center: 6a-8p Mon-Thu; 6a-6p Fri and 9a-3p Sat; Indoor Pool: 5-11a and 1-8p Mon-Thu; 5-11a and 1-6p Fri, 9a-3p Sat; Activity Pool: opens Memorial Day weekend; call for pricing.


Walnut Recreation Center3075 N. Walnut Road, 702-455-8402;

This northwest rec center features a water park; fitness center; numerous recreation and education classes such as dance and cheer, early childhood for kids and their parents, exercise and fitness, martial arts and sports; computer lab; game room; day camps; community service program; free supervised open recreation program for ages 6-17; and party room. The facility also serves the community through several programs, including Back on Track, a gang intervention program focusing on mentoring and case management; free ESL classes sponsored by College of Southern Nevada; Nevada Early Intervention Service that helps identify infants and toddlers who may be at-risk or have developmental delays; Parenting Project, which offers free parenting classes like Nurturing Parents and Families; ABCs of Parenting; Parent/Teen Solutions; and more. 7a-8p Mon-Fri; 10a-6p Sat; call for pricing, discount program is available.