It’s Trains, Dinosaurs and Football This Week

A curated guide to this week in your city


Thursday, Jan. 29

Listen up, Hendersonians: Mayor Andy Hafen will deliver his annual State of the City address, at noon at Green Valley Ranch Resort’s Grand Events Center. It may not be as world-shaking as President Obama’s recent State of the Union speech, but don’t you want to know Hafen’s vision for the place you call home?

Friday, Jan. 30

Soccer—it’s not just for World Cup time anymore. Which is why you should head over to the Orleans Arena at 7:35 p.m., when the Las Vegas Legends take on the Tacoma Stars. Our local indoor soccer team would like your support, and tickets are only $9. What do you have to lose?

Saturday, Jan. 31

If you weren’t aware that homelessness among teens is a big problem in our city, we suggest you attend the grand opening of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth’s newly expanded Drop-in Center, 4981 Shirley St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’re having a party, which means you can score a free hot dog or two and learn about the scope of the problem.

super_bowl_WEBSunday, Feb. 1

There’s this thing called the Super Bowl today. If you’re still looking for a place to watch it, check out Downtown Container Park for its Big Game Party. There will be food and drink specials, and it’s billed as “family friendly,” so you can bring the little fans. Just keep the swearing down if things don’t go your way.

Monday, Feb. 2

Whatever you or your kids are afraid of, the Discovery Children’s Museum’s new featured exhibit Goose Bumps, the Science of Fear will tap into it, exploit it and explain it so you can better understand why some things are so frightening. This interactive exhibit runs through May 3.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

When it comes to academic competitions, the Scholastic Achievement Awards (which has been around since 1923) is the Emmys, Grammys and Super Bowl all rolled into one. Winning is a big deal, because the competition is tough. See the winning art and writing from Southern Nevada’s teen contingent at Springs Preserve’s Big Springs Gallery, through March 1.

dino_train_WEBWednesday, Feb. 4

Dinosaurs and trains. That just about covers it when it comes to what fascinates kids. Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure, 6 p.m. at The Smith Center, hits both of these tot-button issues with a show that encourages scientific thinking skills while it entertains.