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Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog

Spend the Summer with Everyone’s Favorite “Top Dog”

Visitors experience Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog by passing Birdwell Island’s lighthouses and board the ferry. Children and adults can join “Victor” and “Pedro” in the pilot house and try their hand at “steering” the ferry. Visitors hear the sounds of seagulls and ocean waves roaring as they navigate their way to Birdwell Island with the help of a three-dimensional map of the island. Children can move “tourists” around the map and visit Samuel’s Restaurant, the Post Office, Cleo’s Backyard, and all of Clifford’s favorite places on the Island.

And you won’t want to miss out on experiencing the Birdwell Island Library and Norman Bridwell Art Retrospective. Cozy-up for a reading adventure as “Ms. Lee” welcomes visitors to the library, host to a collection of Clifford books. Children can practice believing in themselves and building confidence Oust like Clifford!) as they share Clifford stories and play Clifford’s Learning Adventures , an interactive CD-ROM, on the computer.

At the Norman Bridwell Art Retrospective, “Jetta” invites visitors to view clips from an interview with Norman Bridwell. Children and adults can also browse artwork and get an inside look at Clifford’s character and story development during the past 50 years.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit DiscoveryKidsLV.org.

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum together with Scholastic Entertainment.

SeaQuest Aquarium to Open with Thousands of Animal Species

Las Vegas will gain a indoor attraction this year when the new SeaQuest opens in Las Vegas in the Boulevard Mall.  Family entertainment will be a primary focus of the aquarium, with hands-on exhibits ranging from aviaries to shark and stingray touch exhibits. For a limited time, annual pass sales are discounted at www.seaquestaquariums.com.

Shane Shimada, owner and operator of SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, has partnered with The Boulevard Mall to bring this interactive experience to families and visitors of Las Vegas.  “Being a resident and raising my family in Las Vegas we are excited to bring this fun educational aquarium where people can go escape the heat and bring families and the community together”. 

Mall Owner Roland Sansone stated, “When we purchased this mall, our vision was to create a family entertainment destination.  This interactive aquarium will be a tremendous asset as we continue to turn that vision into reality.“ 

SeaQuest brings to The Boulevard Mall the majestic wonders of our planet, ranging from rainforests and deserts to exotic marine life. Themed exhibits create an exciting quest for visitors as they make their way through the California Coast to the Amazon River. Guests are invited to connect with animals and their eco-systems through various hands-on activities which include hand feeding sharks, stingrays, birds and tropical animals. Anyone in search of a more daring experience can enjoy walk-in aviaries or snorkeling in the premier 45,000 gallon exhibit filled with reef sharks, stingrays and hundreds of tropical fish.

Sea Quest Interactive Aquarium is an ideal venue for school field trips, birthday parties, and private events. For more information visit www.seaquestaquariums.com.

For an electronic sneak peek, further information can be found here.

About SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium:

SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium brings to Las Vegas the majestic wonders of our planet, ranging from rainforests and deserts to exotic marine life. Themed exhibits create an exciting quest for visitors as they make their way through the California Coast to the Amazon River. Guests are invited to connect with animals and their eco-systems through various hands-on activities which include hand feeding sharks, stingrays, birds and tropical animals. Anyone in search of a more daring experience can enjoy walk-in aviaries, feeding caiman alligators or snorkeling in the premier 45,000-gallon exhibit filled with reef sharks, stingrays and hundreds of tropical fish. The attraction will open up Late 2016 at The Boulevard Mall.  SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium is an ideal venue for school field trips, birthday parties, and private events. For more information, visit www.seaquestaquariums.com.

Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts Presents MOVE 2016!

On June 18th, 2016 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM, the Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts will present “MOVE 2016!” an experience in dance at the Del Sol Academy for the Performing Arts Theatre. Unlike concerts in the past featuring all departments of the Conservatory, dance gymnastics, theatre, martial arts, and music, “MOVE 2016!” will highlight the many styles offered only in the dance department.

The Gymnastics Department recently took their applause and awards performing in two sessions of their Mini-Olympics much to the delight of all attending.

“MOVE 2016!” is the opportunity for beginner through advanced students to experience the highly technical staging that has been their gift for over 40 years in the Las Vegas community. Audiences will enjoy this unique combination of student ability within a professional presentation!

Tickets are available at the Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts, 3265 East Patrick Lane, LV, (across the street from Del Sol Academy), or on June 18th at the Del Sol Academy box office.

Raising Healthy Teens: The Power of Serving Others

(Note: This is Part 2 of a 3-Part series on raising healthy teenagers)

Devoted parents spend a great deal of time, energy, and resources to ensure that their children have everything they need to succeed in life. We want the best for our kids, so in addition to meeting their basic needs, we provide opportunities for education as well as activities such as sports, music, dance, and so forth. Sometimes this enthusiasm to give children what they need (or want) can have an unfortunate side effect: parents may create a sense of entitlement and narcissism in their children. Teens are especially vulnerable to thinking that the world revolves around them. Fortunately, there is an effective antidote for this that helps create healthy kids: focusing on the needs of others through service.

Recent research by Dr. Laura Padilla-Walker published in the journal Child Development outlines the benefits teenagers experience when they help others. Studies indicate that “prosocial behavior” (i.e., action intended to help someone) is associated with higher levels of self-esteem, empathy, moral reasoning, and academic achievement. Serving others also provides a number of protective benefits for adolescents. Teens who provide service to others reduce their risk of being involved in harmful behaviors such as aggression, delinquency, substance use, and negative peer relationships.

In addition to highlighting the benefits of helping others, the study describes the effects of serving different groups of people. Researchers discovered that teens benefit most from serving strangers, or people they do not know. The authors say that this “high cost helping” brings the highest rewards. They found that providing service to family members also helped protect teenagers against problem behaviors. Interestingly, helping peers provided the least benefits for teens.

Giving service can be likened to taking vitamins. Vitamins increase health and protect against illness and other health problems. For teens, getting outside of themselves and focusing on the needs of others can increase emotional health and provide protection against potential problems.

Parents should encourage their children to get involved in service. There are plenty of opportunities: school clubs, church youth groups, and community service groups. For example, Henderson youth meet monthly as a part of a community service club named “Club HOPE” (Helping Other People Everywhere). They gather donations for a local domestic violence shelter called Safe Nest, and make blankets to send to victims of natural disasters worldwide. Maddie Barrie, a member of Club HOPE, commented about the rewards she feels when serving others: “Service helps you realize the blessings in your life and the gifts that you have been given to help those in need.” Another member, Nathan Gerrard, remarked, “I’m glad that I have the opportunity to serve. I feel like I gain more from the experience than the person that I’m serving.”

Parents, although good intentioned, may raise teenagers with a sense of self-importance that can lead to future problems in life. To help teenagers grow up to be responsible citizens and adults, parents should encourage them to serve others, particularly family and strangers, on a regular basis. By doing this, teens will learn life lessons that can lead to future success and happiness.

Dr. Stephen Fife is an Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at UNLV. Aaron Fife is a student at Coronado High School. E-mail Dr. Fife at stephen.fife@unlv.edu.

A School Year of Hope

Imagine a school where there is no crying over excessive amounts of homework because homework is not given. Imagine a classroom where each student is equipped with the tools to succeed instead of falling behind because the curriculum is self-paced. Imagine a learning environment where students thrive and reach their potential because the student-teacher ratio is 10:1. Wishful thinking? Not at Academic Solutions for Kids (A.S.K.), an educational alternative now entering its fourth year of offering families hope.

Every student faces challenges, but sometimes the traditional academic environment seems skewed in favor of those who are bright and gifted. Academic Solutions for Kids or A.S.K. seeks to level the playing field for middle school students during a formative and vulnerable time in their lives. We believe in encouraging divergent, independent thinking versus conformity. It’s a Las Vegas program created by Las Vegas educators that offers a small, depressurized group setting that honors the dignity of each person.

One student who has been with us for three years recently described what he wanted out of school by saying, “I wanted time to think and to be challenged.” We believe that is a great definition of what a successful learning environment should provide.

Our team of educators has a combined total of over 50 years experience working with children in a variety of settings. We understand that not everyone thrives in a traditional classroom so we deliberately work outside the box on a regular basis. In addition to fulfilling the academic requirements of a school day, we also believe in delving into the extra-curricular pursuits of volunteering within the community and taking field trips to enrich and cement what is being taught in the classroom.

In our academic community, learning can move as fast as it can, but as slow as it needs to, for your child. We are greatly interested in reaching and developing the whole child. We want to know what they are passionate about and then find a way to incorporate that into their daily academic routine. We don’t want them just to know the “what” but also the “why” and how that relates to them.

In the end, we want to give families back their time together. In the end, we want to enable children to retain more of what they learn. In the end, we believe we are partners with parents in forming a successful, reflective adult who is both compassionate and dedicated to making the world a better place just by being in it. Will you join us?

We are now enrolling students for the 2016-2017 academic year. Space is limited, so if you are seeking a progressive learning alternative for your family, please contact us today through Brain Solutions Inc. at (702) 340-2248 or email News@AskGoAhead.com. Hope starts here.

Kirsten Lopez, MA is the founder and director of Brain Solutions Inc. and Academic Solutions for Kids. She has a background in psychology, special education and educational consulting, as well as having been a program director in a neuropsychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. Learn more at AskGoAhead.com or call 702 340 2248.

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