Thursday, June 12
Let’s kick this one off with a little cerebral entertainment, namely the Las Vegas International Chess Festival. Perhaps you’ve heard of the event; it has been around since 1965, after all. If not, just understand that this four-day chess party at the Riviera includes open play, youth events and the National Open in which players compete for $80,000 in prizes. VegasChessFestival.com.
Friday, June 13
And now let’s get artsy via the Vegas Fringe Festival. Today marks the beginning of the second—and last—weekend of this homage to experimental theater. Check out more than 12 plays all conveniently located in the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Dr. LVLT.org.
Saturday, June 14
Odds are that at some point in your life, you or someone you know will be affected by cancer. That alone is reason enough to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today at Sunset Park. It’s not only part of the world’s largest cancer research fundraiser, it’s also a good place to learn about prevention and treatment. SouthWestValleyRelay.org.
Sunday, June 15
Ever wonder why eggs are egg-shaped? Because if they were pear-shaped they wouldn’t be called eggs, duh. But the shape is actually surprisingly strong and well-suited to protect its contents, which you will learn by attending Egg-speriment at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. today. LVNHM.org.
Monday, June 16
Your kids can sit around the TV all summer and be bored, or they could sign up for the City of Las Vegas’ Performing and Visual Arts Summer Camp. Sessions run weekdays beginning today through Aug. 9, and help kids develop an appreciation for dance, theater, music and spoken-word performances. ArtsLasVegas.org.
Tuesday, June 17
Springs Preserve is out to prove that nightlife in Las Vegas is wilder than you think with the Vegas Night Life Animal Show. See the desert creatures that only come out when the sun goes down at this interactive show, twice daily, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. SpringsPreserve.org.
Wednesday, June 18
Looking for another way to get the kids away from the TV and video games all summer? The Malcolm Library, 2960 Sunridge Heights Pkwy. in Henderson, has come up with a novel approach: the Question of the Day. Every Monday and Wednesday, 2-5:30 p.m., librarians pose a question and kids use the resources at hand to come up with an answer. Suitable for kids ages 6-17. MyPublicLibrary.com.