Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Springs Preserve Halloween

Springs Preserve
333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 822-7700

Haunted Harvest Event

Spooktacular fun for all ages awaits those who dare enter the Spring Preserve's annual Haunted Harvest. The family-friendly event features a haunted hay maze, trick or treat stations, carnival games, a petting zoo, live entertainment from Mad Science and Halloween High's Monster Bash, and much more spooktacular fun.
For an additional $3 for members and $5 for non-members, guests can take a "haunted" train ride down our trails! These train rides sell out fast - be sure to get your tickets as soon as you arrive!

The Haunted Harvest Event was my mom's idea. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was worth it. Advice would be buy your tickets early and plan to arrive early. When we were leaving the line stretched out the facilty to the parking lot and they closed it down completely due to the crowd.

The Springs Preserve of course is here in Las Vegas. The Springs Preserve is a 180 acre area of preserved land dedicated to the maintaining the natural habitat of this area being Southern Nevada or more importantly Las Vegas. I've live here my entire life and I have never seen the natural landscape seeing as everything is modernized with Casinos and tourist industry. It is worth it whether it is for this event or not.

My favorite is the traveling exhibits and of course the educational attractions. We are members so we visit quite often. Each month they offer a new attraction.

This month we plan to also see the Dia de Muertos being held the weekend of Halloween (November 1st and 2nd).

Dia de Muertos 

This 3,000-year-old Hispanic celebration honoring loved ones is full of joy and tradition.

This family-friendly event blends rich customs with exciting activities such as live theater and dance performances, mariachis, face painting, sugar skull decorating and an art exhibition.

For an additional $3 for members and $5 for non-members, guests can take a "Legends from Old Mexico" train ride down our trails! Tickets for this go fast—be sure to buy them as soon as you arrive.

Of course our membership allows us to enter the park free but we still must pay for tickets to the additional events such as the Haunted Harvest Event and the Dia de Muertos.

Madison is going to be Elsa for Halloween. We decided since it was too hot for her full gown dress costume and matching cape that we would just wear hats. Me being Anna.

We stopped first at the MAD SCIENCE. I don't know who the scientist is that put the show together as I haven't seen her around before, but she was brilliant. I LOVE her! She was so happy to be there and engaged the kids. It was fantastic just to watch her. Madison absorbed a ton of information and had fun doing it. Couldn't stop talking about this substance (dry ice) that is colder than Antarctica, but also made up of this gas we breath out. (Carbon Dioxide)

Second stop was the petting zoo which Jace stayed in the stroller for. Followed by a maze of haunted booths and trick or treating. It was a lot of fun to see but as it got later the crowds got bigger. There was a concert happening in the front amphitheater area with booths designed for kids to play. Madison also was able to design her own cookie. We did not ride the train though as the tickets were sold out by the time we reached the area.

Family! We rarely get to bring everyone out to family events. It is one thing I regret most and wish we could do more of. With Jace being so sick it put a huge toll on us, and I know we cater to his needs more often putting Madison out because he has to leave. This time Nana and Papa came so they could take her should Jace have a problem.

Dad drove so our fancy stroller wasn't in the back of his truck, which this place isn't the best with small children and no stroller. Luckily for the event they had these available. 

We arrived 15 minutes before the event started and so glad we did. The line extended through the grounds and toward the parking lot. We arrived just in time so we weren't lost in the back of the line. We printed tickets ahead of time due to my mother being prepared so we walked right up to the front.

I told Jace to go get his spider-man hat. He loves the crocheted hat of his favorite superhero except he saw Madison wearing hers and says 'rawwwwwrrrrr' then storms back to his room. I wasn't sure why because his hat was in the living room. He comes back wearing these hair antenna looking headband. He wanted to wear this to the event not his spider-man hat. Not sure what we are going to do for Halloween and it is only a short amount of time away.

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