Escape To The Springs Preserve In February 2014
Make the most of your visit with new classes, exhibits, live shows and activities
The Springs Preserve is open daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., seven days a week (closed 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).
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
New year, new you! Join instructor Ashley Erickson to integrate breath and movement into your daily life. We’ll practice Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in the serene Origen Rotunda. 9 a.m. Sundays, February 1, 8, 15, 22. $8/class members, $10 non-members.
CCSD schools are closed February 14, but kids age 6 - 12 can spend the day with us! Explore "Mad Machines" through our Leonardo da Vinci: Machines and More exhibit, projects, fun and awesome STEM-based learning! These camps sell out so register now! Friday, February 14, 2014, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Extended care available 6:30 - 9 a.m., 4 - 6:30 p.m.) $40 for members, $50 for non-members;
Black History Month Festival
Commemorating the contributions of African-Americans to Southern Nevada's history and culture, the Springs Preserve presents its annual Black History Month Festival every February. This family-friendly event includes a children's film festival, historic black Las Vegas photography exhibit, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and much more. Saturday, February 15, 2014,10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tickets for this event are $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Regular admission applies to museums and galleries.
Bet on the Farm
Join us for Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich's sustainable farmers market, Bet on the Farm, every Thursday. Weekly cooking demonstrations from growers and vendors give guests tips and tricks to hone their inner green chef and create amazing edibles. 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.
Ride the Trails - Train and Bike Rides
RIDE THE TRAIN: $3 members, $5 non-members. Narrated life-size locomotive ride around our historic 2.2 mile Exploration Trail departs daily. Check onsite for times. BIKE THE TRAILS: $6 members, $8 non-members for 1-hour bike rental, helmet included. Electric bike rentals $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Weekends, last rental 1 hour before close. Personal bikes not permitted.
Bring your little ones for kid-friendly activitiesand 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. 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Activity Center. February 6 – Cowboy Storytime. February 13 – Be My Valentine. February 20 - Birthday Party. February 27 - Garden Growers. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
We love a good story, and your young ones will, too! Share snowy stories with us to celebrate the season. 1:30 - 2 p.m. Mondays in the Library. February 3 – “I Love You, Stinky Face" by Lisa McCourt. February 10 – “Love, Splat” by Rob Scotton. February 17 – “Pete the Cat; I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin. February 24 – “Monster Love Colors” by Mike Austin. Free for members or with paid general admission.
EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion
Experience genius in motion as you interact with 40 machines from the mind of Leonardo da Vinci. These full-scale machines were built after detailed study of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs by a group of scientists and skilled craftsmen in Florence, Italy. The machines are grouped into four sections based upon applications linked to the elements--air, water, land and fire--which held a strong fascination for Leonardo da Vinci. Visitors may touch and set them in motion, creating a captivating hands-on experience with an exploration of the principles da Vinci utilized to create each machine. Machines include such visionary inventions as the helicopter and glider, the armored tank, the drive transmission, the printing press and the bicycle. The exhibit is on display daily through May 4, 2014. This exhibit is free for Springs Preserve members and included with general admission.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Springs Preserve partners with The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to host the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Southern Nevada Regional Competition. Visit our Big Springs Gallery to explore the best artwork from local students (grades 7 to 12) in a variety of formats, from photography to painting and jewelry to digital design. See the Gold Key winners from the region before they are submitted for the national awards competition!
Mad Science MANIA live show
Mad Scientists are roaming the Springs Preserve! You’re invited into the “lab” for weird, wild and wonderful science fun in this live, interactive show. We’ve got NEW experiments and explosive antics every month! Two shows presented Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through May 2014 inside the Big Springs Theater. Included with paid general admission.
Mad Science MANIA - Backstage Pass
Want more Mad Science MANIA? A Backstage Pass earns you a prime seat in the lab for extra-exclusive, up-close science adventures and free takeaways. Every young Einstein needs a spark! Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 2 p.m., following the live shows. Through May 2014 inside the Big Springs Theater.$10 members and non-members with paid general admission.
Feature Film - Satoyama: Japan’s Secret Forest
Satoyama: Japan’s Secret Forest (51 min.) takes you on a journey to places where people quietly live with nature. Japan’s tapestry of traditional Satoyama landscapes is no relic—rather it is filled with hints for sustainable life in the future (award-winning film, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival). Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Big Springs Theater throughout February. Included with paid general admission.