The last few weeks of summer are upon us. The children want to go and do things before they lose their freedom to the next school year. Parents are trying to be frugal knowing that new school clothes soon need to be purchased. The temperatures are still soaring in Las Vegas in August and some days can be very humid. Thunderstorms can threaten a five minute downpour almost every afternoon and everyone is on flash flood watch. All these things are part of August in Vegas for locals and tourists, but nothing can deter us from taking advantage of the really cool and inexpensive activities for families available during this month.
ENJOY A BREAK FROM THE HEAT AT MT CHARLESTON
"Festival in the Pines" is being held at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort on August 6, 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be outdoor arts and crafts, music and food. Admission is open to all ages and prices are $2 per person or $5 per family. It is rumored that there might be a special appearance by Smokey the Bear! For more information please visit www.unce.unr.edu.
"Handmade in Vegas" is sponsoring a Mt. Charleston Arts and Crafts Fair at the Resort at Mt. Charleston on August 7, 2011. The fair will be held from 10 am to 4 pm and admission is free and open to all ages. Fine art, jewelry, toys, pottery, and many other crafts will be featured. Food will also be available. This is the perfect family outing to get a break from the heat and enjoy the craftsmanship of local artisans. For additional information please visit www.mtcharlestonartsandcraftsfair.webs.com.
KIDS ONLY NIGHT
The Springs Preserve is hosting a safe night of fun, pizza and a movie for children only. "Night at the Museum" is being held on 8/13 with event hours being 6 pm to 9 pm. Kids will have quite an adventure watching the PG rated movie "Rango", with group activites and a pizza dinner. The event is being held at the Origen Museum inside the Springs Preserve. The cost is $25 per child and the age range is 5 to 12 years old. Reservation are required and can be made online. Hurry, there are only 125 spots available and the deadline is 8/10. Please visit www.springspreserve.com for more information.
FAMILY FUN THEATER
The M & M Dance Theater is presenting "Love 2 Dance", a romantic musical comedy on August 19, 2011. Show time is 7:30 pm at the South Point Showroom. The musical features comedy, dance, music, laughter and is appropriate for all ages. Ticket prices start at $20. Visit www.southpointcasino.com.
Enjoy an afternoon of laughter with the kids at the Jubilee Theater at Planet Hollywood being amazed by Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater. Gregory is the star of the Moscow Circus, famous for his juggling and performing pets. All dogs and cats performing in his show were rescued from shelters and turned into stars. The performance is being held on August 1, 2011. Showtime is 4 pm to 5:30 pm and tickets start at $25. Please visit www.comedypet.com for more information.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is presenting the classic musical production of "Fiddler on the Roof". The whole family can experience outdoor theater in the grass amphitheatre or bring along some lawn chairs. There will be a concession stand available or you can bring along a picnic. Show times are 8 pm on August 10-13, August 17-20 and August 24-17. Children 5 and under are free and all other are $12. More information is on their website at www.parks.nv.gov.
BIGFOOT, JET CARS, AND MIDGET CARS AT THE LAS VEGAS SPEEDWAY
USAC Midgets and NASCAR Racing at the Las Vegas Speedway on August 20, 2011. Races start at 5 pm to 10 pm. Be thrilled watching Midgets, Super Late Models, Chargers, Bombers, Legend Cars, Bandolers, and Thunder Roadsters zooming around the track. Advanced tickets start at $8.00 for children and $10.00 for adults.
The "Back-to-School Bash Thrill Show" is a two day event being held on August 26-27, 2011. See Bigfoot vs. the Jet Cars drag race for the first time ever in Las Vegas. There will be a Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show, 300 mile per hour Jet Dragsters, and Bigfoot, Snakebite, Mavrick and Shocker will perform a Monster Truck Freestyle. Advance 2-Day Event tickets are $15.00 for children and $32 for Adults. For additional information regarding either event please visit www.lasvegasmotorspeedway.com.
FUN FOR JUST ONE PENNY!
The Mirabelli Community Center, located at 6200 Hargrove Ave. will hold their Mirabelli Penny Carnival on August 5 from 1 pm to 3 pm. The carnival is open to all ages and the entire family can enjoy carnival games testing your skills to win prizes and candy. Everyone is a winner at this carnival! The entrance fee is only one single penny and activities cost is 5 cents to 25 cents each. For more information please visit www.clvbeyondtheneon.com, click on Activities, then click on Recreation.
MOVIES! MOVIES! MOVIES!
Town Square Park, located at 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South is the place to be on August 4, August 18 and August 25. They will be showing "Toy Story 3", "The Mighty Ducks" and "Tangled" respectively. Admission is free and for all ages. Movies start at dusk and entertainment and kids' activities will be available. They recommend that you arrive early. More information can be found on their website at www.mytownsquarelasvegas.com.
The Pavilion Center Pool, located at 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive is having "Dive in Movie Night" on August 5 from 6 to 8 pm. They will show a family movie appropriate for all ages. The fee is $3. Parents and kids will have a blast lounging in deck chairs or taking a dip in the pool while watching a movie on the big screen. The Pavilion Center will provide light refreshments. Additional information can be viewed at www.lasvegasnevada.gov.
WHAT IS SUMMER WITHOUT BASEBALL!
Our very own Las Vegas 51s takes to the field at Cashman Field on August 3 and August 6 playing Oklahoma, and on August 7 and August 10 they take on New Orleans. Games start at 7:05 pm with ticket prices ranging from $10 to $20. Baseball fans of all ages will enjoy watching the action on the diamond. For a complete schedule visit www.lasvegas.51s.milb.com.
COWBOYS AND HORSES!
The Southpoint Hotel Arena and Equestrian Center located at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South will be presenting the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association's Western US Championship August 10 - August 13. The event is free to the public. This is the fastest growing equestrian sport in the nation. The mounted contestants compete in fast action timed events using "blank ammunition" using two .45 caliber single action revolvers. There will be a variety of levels of competition. Additional information can be found at www.southpointeventscenter.com.
SUMMER ENDS SO SOON AND THEN IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL
There are going to be several "Back To School Fairs" held throughout the Las Vegas area in preparation for the new school year. Children and their parents are welcomed to attend.
Fairs sponsored by the Clark County School District will be held from 10 am to 4 pm at the Meadows Mall on August 13, The Boulevard Mall on August 20 and the Galleria Mall on August 27. Additional information can be found at www.ccsd.net.
The City of Las Vegas' Councilmen will be hosting their individual "Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park" at different locations and dates. The events will start at 6 pm, with the movie starting at dusk. Admission is free. School supplies will be offered at no cost while supplies last. Food will be available for purchase. There will also be vendors and instructional demonstrations. Please visit your Councilman's individual website by entering www.lasvegasnevada.gov/ward[enter your ward number here].