There are lots of activities and events competing for your family’s time. Each month ParentsGuide of Las Vegas highlights some of the best in this “Best Bet Family Calendar.” To see more calendar events go to ParentsGuideLV.com.
Arts & Crafts
Puppet Show Fun
Join puppets Toy and Roy as they fracture another fairy tale. Everyone can make a craft and some can help act out the story.
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30pm-7:15pm
Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 89146
Abrakadoodle Art for Toddlers: Geometric Art
Little fingers can experiment with painting, gluing, sticking, printing, and creating with staffers from Abrakadoodle. Parents are invited to come get messy too! Children leave with a framed masterpiece ready for display. Participants should dress for mess and call ahead to reserve a spot.
Saturday April 17 5:40pm-6:25pm.
Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Pkwy., 89012
$15; Additional instructor’s supply fee $4
Abrakadoodle Art for Doodlers: Landscape Art
Young artists can experiment with painting, gluing, sticking, printing, Abrakadoodleand creating with staffers from. Artwork goes home framed and ready for display. Participants should bring drinks and snacks. Please register in advance.
Saturday April 17 6:30-8:30pm.
Henderson Multi-generational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway, 89012
$30; Additional instructor’s supply fee $7
Babies between the ages of six months and one year (pre-walking) are invited to practice their new movement skills at Gymcats during a drop-in event involving interactive play, gross motor development, and lots of fun stimulation. No pre-registration is required.
Call for times (702) 566-1414
Jump for Fun
The Whitney Ranch Rec Center opens its doors to bouncing toddlers and preschoolers each month for an hour of tumbling, sliding fun in a jump house.
Friday April 17.
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Dr., 89014
Family Time Expo
One-day event featuring over 40 vendors offering products and services for the whole family. Just for the kids, we will have a balloon artist, crafts, face painting, entertainment as well as a visit from the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget to bring your Easter baskets. Raffles every 30 minutes and our first 75 guests receive a Free goodie bag.
April 4, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Durango Hills YMCA
located at 3521 N. Durango Drive.
AS THEY GROW
A Unique Children’s Consignment Event open to local consignors and valley shoppers searching for gently-used children’s items. Started by three local Las Vegas mothers, the event allows parents to drop off their items in advance and keep 65– 70% of the profits from the sale.
April 24 – 26: 10am-8pm on Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday and 9am-2pm on Sunday
2630 S. Decatur Blvd.
$2 (entire weekend)
Clark County Fair & Rodeo
Livestock, rides and cotton candy. This is an annual event you need to attend at least once.
April 9–12, Thursday 10am-11pm. Friday & Saturday 10am-Midnight. Sunday 10am-9pm
1301 West Whipple Ave. Logandale, NV. 89021 (North on I 95, 50 miles from Vegas)
Tickets start at $6.
This gallery presents the Barry Becker Jr. Art Show and Auction, featuring works from local, national and international artists. This annual event benefits New Horizons Academy—a licensed, non-profit alternative day school for K-12 students with learning disabilities.
May 2, 2009 6pm
5720 S. Arville St., Ste. 114, Las Vegas, NV
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Current featured exhibit is titled “Class Contemporary: LIchenstein, Warhol & Friends”
Exhibit runs from Jan. 23 to Sept. 8, Sun. to Thurs. 10am-6pm, Fri. and Sat. 10am-7pm
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
$15, general admission, $12, Nevada residents and seniors 65+, $10, military, students & teachers, children under 12 free
Southern Nevada Center for the Arts
Located at the Neonopolis in the heart of the historic downtown, the center is home to 30 artist studios and galleries.
Workshop and art classes will soon be Available for both children and adults.
450 Fremont St., Second Floor
Admission is free and all of the displayed artwork is available for purchase.
24th Annual Boulder City Fine Arts Festival
April 18-19, 10am-5pm both days
Bicentennial Park, Boulder City, Nevada
Nevada Ballet Theatre
Presents American Masters which features a production of Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, a fusion of classical ballet and African song and movement, with the music of Bach as the driving force. Also performing Neon Glass Pas de Deux.
Friday, April 10 at 8pm, Saturday, April 11 at 2pm
Performing Arts Center, Artemus Ham Hall, UNLV
Arctic Tale (Rated G)
From the producers who brought you March of the Penguins, comes this film which follows a walrus and a polar bear from birth to maturity and parenthood in the frozen wilderness of the Great North
Wednesday, April 9th at 9am.
Sahara West Public Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue, 89117
Twilight (Rated PG-13)
An action-packed, modern day love story based on the bestselling novel by Stephanie Meyer.
Saturday, April 11, 2pm
Clark County Library, Large Conference Room, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., 89119
Prince Caspian (Rated PG)
The second movie based on C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia
Saturday, April 11, 2pm-4:30pm
5400 Harris Ave., 89110
Fiddler on the Roof (Rated G)
Filmed on location in Eastern Europe, Fiddler on the Roof is the spectacular screen adaptation of one of Broadway’s most successful and best-loved musicals, based on the Yiddish stories of Sholom Aleichem. (1971, 179 minutes)
Tuesday, Apr 21, 1pm
Clark County Library, Large Conference Room, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 89119
Control the Chaos
This free family entertainment festival is an outdoor public event featuring delicious food from world cultures and live performances from top independent artists.
Henderson Pavilion 200 So. Green Valley Parkway, 89012
Come to Gallo’s to enjoy some great food along with a fun-filled family evening out.
Every Monday Night 7-9pm
Gallo’s is located at 3250 N. Tenaya Way (at Cheyenne in the Target Shopping Center).
Nature & Science
Super Science Saturday
Learn about the world around us through science. Real-life science stories and hands on experiments, will make this a great way to spend an hour.
Saturday, April 4th 11am–12noon
1771 Inner Circle Dr., 89134
, but space is limited. Reservations: (702) 507-3865.
Mad Science Presents: Kitchen Chemistry
Chemistry is all around you! Discover new and practical applications of this amazing science within the laboratory you know as a kitchen. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
Thursday, April 9 4pm-5pm
Rainbow Library, 3150 North Buffalo Dr., 89128
Mad Science Presents: Dirt on Garbage
Discover which resources can be used and reused in this introduction to improving the environment around us. Children will make a great eco-art project out of biodegradable materials. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
Wednesday, April 22
Centennial Hills Library, 6711 North Buffalo Dr., 89131
Learn how to prepare your family in the event of a major emergency such as a terrorist attack, an earthquake, a fire or flood. You will also understand the role local, state and federal agencies play in a disaster. For more information
Monday, April 6th 7–8:30pm
Las Vegas Library, 833 Las Vegas Blvd., 89101
Tuesday, April 21 7pm-8:30pm.
5400 Harris Ave., 89110
Tuesday, April 28, 7pm-8:30pm
Rainbow Library, 3150 North Buffalo Dr., 89128
Kids can ready themselves for the Easter holiday by making bead bunnies, fluffy bunnies, and a carrot treat to keep or give to someone special. Please register at least one week in advance
Thursday, April 2, 5-6pm
Becker Community School, 9110 Hillpointe Road, 89134
Spring Easter Egg Hunt
Get ready for an egg-citing time as we hear funny bunny stories, go on an egg hunt and make egg-celent crafts! Sign-up at the YPL
Tuesday, April 6th, 6:30-8pm
Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave., 89110
Host Families Needed
International high school exchange students for 2009-2010 school year. For more information on hosting an exchange student or to apply online please go to our website
Ronald McDonald House
Prepare and serve homemade meals for our families – great for groups and families. Groups cannot exceed 10. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
(Teens Involved In Their Community)
The North Las Vegas Fun Zone is looking for dedicated teenagers ages 13-17 interested in improving the community. If you fit the description and enjoy participating in community service events, fund raisers, and field trips, etc. Participating members may earn high school credits with approval from their school.
2nd Fri of month 6pm
1638 N. Bruce Street, N. Las Vegas, NV. 89030
FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Show
Las Vegas is the lucky city to host the Federation Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) World Cup competition in show jumping and dressage – the two Olympic equestrian disciplines.
Daily April 15–19
Thomas and Mack Center, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 89154
Reading is Fun at Town Square
This program is great for stimulating interest in reading. Magic, balloons, and bubbles are combined in a way that makes kids excited about listening to the stories.
Every Wednesday 11am-12noon
Town Square Mall is located at 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Welcome to Seussville
Families are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 105th birthday with stories, a craft station, games, and refreshments.
Friday, April 3rd 10am-12noon
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 J Street, Las Vegas, NV 89106
Be prepared to laugh yourself silly as we listen to kooky stories and sing ridiculous songs. Make a zany craft to take home and learn how to make Silly Slime.
Saturday, Apr 4, 11am
Centennial Hills Library, 6711 North Buffalo Drive, 89131
Spring Preserve Storytime
Tuesdays in April 10:30am-11:30am
Spring Preserve is located on Valley View just off of I-95. (702) 822-8344
Free with paid admission
Join us for a special story time that will help your toddlers explore their creative side. We’ll read a story and then do a craft that goes along with the book’s theme. Pre-registration is required. Class sizes are limited. Call 507-3865 or visit the children’s services desk to sign up today!
Monday April 27, 10am-11am.
Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Las Vegas, NV 89134
The Music Man: Preview
The 50th Anniversary Production of the World’s greatest family musical marches into the Judy Bayley in this lavish production by veteran Broadway Director Glenn Casale. Songs include: Seventy-Six Trombones, Till There Was You, and many more. Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, while the film score won the Academy Award! One of the most joyous musicals of all time! Don’t miss it!
Apr 30, 2009 8pm-10:15 pm (Thursday)
, Judy Bayley Theatre
Jennifer Vaughan (702) 895-1575
The Samurai and the Shadow Princess
A loyal samurai stands in battle against his family to stop a rebellion. The Emperor offers him whatever he wants as a reward. But the samurai’s request begins an even greater conflict—one that will have all on the edge of their seats.
April 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 7pm, April 5, 11, 12, 2pm
Reed Whipple Cultural Center, Studio Theatre, Box Office (702) 229-6211
Children 12 & under only $3, Teens/Seniors $5, Adults $7.
Las Vegas Children’s Musical Theater presents the classical tale of Aladdin. Performance will run in
Entire month of April.
7501 North Cimarron Road Suite 112, 89131
You Can’t Take It With You
This whimsical Pultizer Prize winning Broadway comedy by Kaufman and Hart is one of the best-loved plays of the American theatre. Adapted into the Academy Award winning film directed by Frank Capra film in 1938, You Can’t Take It With You helped to define the screwball genre of classical film. LVA
Theatre’s live production is a tribute to the Swing Generation, featuring the fun-loving Sycamore family “busting out” into swing dance. Add some pyrotechnical special effects, and you’re sure to get a real bang out of this one!
April 23, 24, 25, 30
The Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts. 315 S. 7th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Signature Productions this classic Broadway performance.This Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a 1922 small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City for all the wrong reasons.
Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat through April 23rd.
The Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Dr., 89134
$15 to $25
The Little Mermaid
The Missoula Children’s Theater presents a theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid starring some of Las Vegas’s up-and-coming youth talent.
Saturday April 11 3pm & 7pm
Henderson Events Plaza & Amphitheater, 200 South Water Street, Henderson, NV 89015
The Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection
The Henderson Nevada Anthem Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commemorates the 2009 Easter season with a two-hour musical production.
April 17-18, 21-25, 7:30pm
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy.
$5, $7 after March 15