Escape To The Springs Preserve In December 2012

Escape to the springs preserve in december 2012 all aboard for holiday fun, crafts and shows
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Nov. 20, 2012 - PRLog -- EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Night at the Museum: Polar Express

Local parents looking for a few hours to do some holiday shopping -- without their children in tow -- will have that chance when the Springs Preserve hosts its annual, kids-only "Night at the Museum: The Polar Express" event. Drop off the kids at the Springs Preserve for a safe night of entertainment, including a screening of the holiday film, "The Polar Express." During the evening, kids can make holiday crafts, explore the Origen Museum's exhibits, and enjoy a pizza dinner and snacks. Friday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $25 per child (ages 5 to 12, does not include $1 online convenience fee). Members receive a $5 discount. Reservations are required. Registration deadline is December 12. Only 125 spots are available for this event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holiday Spectacular

The Springs Preserve will usher in the holiday season -- complete with Santa Claus, “reindeer” rides and holiday arts and crafts -- with its annual, family friendly Holiday Spectacular, beginning Saturday, December 8. Featuring live nightly entertainment by community troupes, snow flurries, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, all set amid the glow of nearly a million LED lights throughout the property, the Holiday Spectacular also will feature “snow” in the Springs Amphitheater where a Christmas tree and Menorah and Kwanza displays will help set the holiday spirit.  The Springs Cafe by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas will offer holiday goodies, and visitors can shop for “green” holiday presents at the gift shop. On Sunday, December 16, the Springs Preserve will present a Posada, a Mexican Christmas celebration with music, dance, piñatas, and unique decorations, as well as traditional food and hot drinks as part of the Holiday Spectacular festivities. Holiday Spectacular is made possible in part through the generous contributions of MGM Resorts International, Lexus-Your Southern Nevada Lexus Dealer, and Tytre, Inc. December 8 - 9 and 15 - 23, 2012, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 - 12, and free for those 4 and under. Members receive half off the regular admission price. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Springs Preserve ticket window. *On Friday, December 21, all public, private and charter school teachers, administrators and school staff will receive half-off admission with their school ID.

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. December 6 – Snowman Party. Roll through the holidays on our 2.2 mile Exploration Loop Trail! Bike rentals are available weekends and all December school holidays, $6 members/$8 non-members per hour. Last rental at 3 pm, personal bikes not permitted.


Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling

Don't be a pain in the drain! Bring your used cooking oil and grease to the Springs Preserve to be safely recycled this holiday season. It's easy to recycle your cooking oil. Just use a funnel to carefully pour the used oil back into its original container, seal it, and then bring it to the Preserve's South Ticketing parking lot during regular hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), where a special collection receptacle will be available. The holiday cooking oil recycling program is a component of the Clark County Water Reclamation District's "Don't be a Pain in the Drain" campaign. To learn more about how you can keep our sewers free of blockages and overflows caused by fat, oil, grease and grit, visit November 23-26, 2012 and December 26, 2012 - January 15, 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling

The Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee is giving our community a gift: Recycle your tree. Each year from December 26 to January 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., you can take your cut Christmas trees one of more than 20 convenient drop sites throughout the valley, including the Springs Preserve. Before dropping off your tree, remove all non-organic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. For more information go to


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 through January 13, 2013. 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 through 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 February 2013. Check 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 February 2013. **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.

*Fall/Winter Hours - Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven days a week (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day); hours vary for classes and special events. Gardens and trails close at 4 p.m. or dusk (whichever comes first.)

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 for more information.
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