Children of all ages can celebrate the joys of childhood by celebrating two decades of the Clark County Children’s Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Winchester Cultural Center and Park, 3130 S. McLeod Drive. Founded in 1993, the festival is an annual spring event for children in the Las Vegas Valley. Admission and many activities are free, but there are minimal fees for selected activities, rides and concessions. The award-winning festival combines recreational, cultural and creative activities to entertain and educate children of all ages.
Participants can make arts and crafts and create memories at this year’s festival with music and dance performances and interactive experiences and workshops, including a variety of exotic animals from Roos ‘n’ More, percussion workshops, storytelling, fun train, face painting, balloon artists, magic show, carnival games and costumed performers strolling the park. Children also can climb the rock wall, participate in a historical battle and ride a pony for a small fee.
Music workshops will be provided by Jazz Out the Box, musical guides for children and those who want to learn more about music. The jazz trio, with historical roots in America’s music, has its own playful blend and brings interactive music education to children of Clark County through partnerships with the Clark County School District, the Las Vegas Jazz Society and others.
Two Renaissance re-enactment groups will engage children in historical re-enactments. Black Talon will fight mock battles with children with medieval weapons, and Kingdom of Albion will conduct interactive demonstrations of rope braiding, butter making and archery.
During indoor and outdoor crafts workshops, children will learn how to play drums and tell stories. The workshops, strolling performers and ongoing dance and music performers keep the day fun, entertaining and engaging.
Featured on the outdoor stage will be the Winchester Star Catchers, a hip-hop and contemporary youth dance team and Encore Show Choir and Tiny Tots Glee Club, the center’s resident youth vocal groups. Other performers include magician Dixie Dooley, the festival emcee; Caribbean steel drummer Harris Todman and CBoyz Starz.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors and organizations. Some activities require registration and information can be found at the front desk.
Those interested in the festival can call Winchester Cultural Center at 455-7340 or visit the Web site at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Additional Clark County Parks and Recreation activities also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.