Escape To The Springs Preserve In October 2012

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Sept. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Grapes & Hops Festival

Sample fine wines, a unique selection of beers and food from some of Las Vegas' finest restaurants--while helping to raise money for a good cause--at the Springs Preserve's third annual Grapes & Hops Festival. Kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, this charity event benefits Par for The Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research. Grapes & Hops will feature Afro-Cuban and salsa music by Rick Arroyo and the Latin Percussion Ensemble, as well as a silent auction. Restaurants slated to participate include El Segundo Sol, Stripburger, Mon Ami Gabi, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and P.F. Chang's China Bistro. The event is open to guests 21 and over. Saturday, October 6, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. $35 in advance for individuals, or $60 per couple. Admission includes a sampling glass and unlimited wine, beer and food samples. Springs Preserve members receive a $5 discount per ticket.

Haunted Harvest

In October, spooktacular fun for all ages awaits those who dare enter the Spring Preserve's annual Haunted Harvest. The family-friendly event features trick or treat stations, a petting zoo, carnival games, live entertainment and much more, including a haunted house. This event is made possible through the generous contributions of our sponsors Lexus Dealers of Southern Nevada, MGM Resorts International, Shift4 and Sunny 106.5. October 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28, with a special safe street night on Halloween, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12 and free those 4 and under. Annual pass members receive half off the regular admission price. $1 per ticket convenience fee will apply if purchased online.

Bet on the Farm – Farmers Market at the Springs Preserve
Join us for Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s sustainable farmers market, Bet on the Farm, every Thursday. Regionally and locally grown seasonal offerings include fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, honey, nuts, dates, locally roasted coffee, and many more delectable treats. Every Thursday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. inside the Desert Living Center. Access to the market is free. Purchases are cash only.

Toddler Time

Bring your little ones for kid-friendly activities and stories—new themes weekly! It’s a perfect time for family fun before or after you shop at our Thursday farmers market. Ages 5-under recommended. 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Activity Center. October 4 – Crawling Critters.  October 11 – Night-time Animals. October 18 – Scarecrows. October 25– Toddler Time Costume Party. Free for members or with paid general admission.

Bike Rentals on the Exploration Loop Trail
Let the good times roll as you rent bikes and wheel on down our 2.2 mile Exploration Loop Trail! Keep your eyes open for birds, wildlife and breathtaking views as you follow in the path of adventurous explorers and ancient peoples drawn to the artesian waters of the spring. Weekends throughout October. Members receive early access beginning at 8 a.m. Bike rental is $6 members/ $8 nonmembers per hour, includes helmet. Child carrier rentals are available. Personal bikes are not permitted on the Trails.


Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders

Step right up and behold the Devil with Two Heads! Witness scorpions that glow-in-the-dark! Experience the offending stench of the Giant Vinagaroon! Freakish, bewildering marvels of the insect world are on display in "Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders." Resembling an old-fashioned circus sideshow, this exhibit explores the truth, myths and mysteries surrounding some of nature's most curious creatures -- many of them alive and on view. Live insects on display include: Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, Zebra Tarantula, Emperor Scorpion, African Millipedes, Giant mealworms/Darkling Beetles, Giant Sonoran Centipede, Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula... and many more! This exhibit is organized by Outhouse Exhibit Services. Exhibit on display October 8, 2012 to January 13, 2013. Member-only preview October 7. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

Stillman: Architecture as Art
Stillman and Marilyn Clark's photography shows that the architecture of Las Vegas is art itself. They have been photographing the architecture of Las Vegas for 25 years, most recently documenting the construction of the Lou Ruvo Brain Center, a Frank Gehry project. Exhibit on display October 19, 2012 to January 21, 2013. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

Wings over the Springs
Soar with the raptors! Our live show—a visitor/member favorite—engages you face-to-face with hawk eagles, falcons, owls and more, highlighting how raptors behave in nature. On weekends and select holidays, two live shows presented each day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through December 2012. Check vsxvo for show schedule. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

Wings over the Springs Backstage Pass - A Bird Encounter
Love our raptor show? Then make sure you get a Backstage Pass to spend quality time up close and personal with these unique and rarely seen raptors. Offered weekends and select holidays at 2 p.m. through December 2012. **Backstage Pass: $10 members and non-members with paid general admission. A paying adult must accompany children under 5. All guests 2-up must be ticketed for the Backstage Pass.

Springs Preserve Photo Contest
Marvel at how professional, amateur and youth photographers have captured “Las Vegas at Work”—that’s the theme of our fifth-annual juried photo contest, which has produced some of the most enduring images to grace our galleries. Who won Best in Show? Come find out! Exhibit on display through October 7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

Insects: Facts and Folklore – Feature Film

Insects: Facts and Folklore (27 min.) sets the record straight! Learn about these misunderstood creatures, who are often too small for us to truly see and appreciate. Showing at 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday throughout October. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

About the Springs Preserve
Located three miles from the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve is the best place to explore the Las Vegas Valley's vibrant history through interactive science and nature exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking trails and animal shows. Indoor experiences include exhibition galleries dedicated to showcasing cultural, art and traveling exhibitions of local and national significance, on-site technologically advanced learning centers, the Springs Cafe operated by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas and the Nevada State Museum. The Springs Preserve also hosts seasonal special events including concerts, arts shows and holiday experiences. Visit or call 702-822-7700. Follow us on-line via Facebook/Twitter/YouTube. Find us on Google Maps.

Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas); hours vary for classes and special events. Gardens and trails close at 6 p.m. or dusk (whichever comes first.) The Springs Preserve is located at 333 South Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107.
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