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Take your kids to the
Springs Preserve Halloween Event!
The "Haunted Harvest" is a terrific Las Vegas Halloween activity for families!
In the slides above, you're viewing pictures of the Springs Preserve Halloween event...called the Haunted Harvest! Although this fun Las Vegas Halloween activity for kids debuted only recently (in 2008,) it was an instant "hit". Word of mouth spread like wildfire, and nearly overnight, this new Springs Preserve seasonal attraction became one of the top Las Vegas Halloween events for children and families!
Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest attractions
There's plenty to do at this fun Vegas Halloween activity!
What can your family do at the Springs Preserve's Halloween event? Plenty! What each family will like best, though, depends on your interests and the age of your children.
The biggest thing you should know FIRST, however, is that this event is very popular! Our family has enjoyed Haunted Harvest several times, including opening weekend last year. Each time, there were lines both to get tickets and to participate in some of the attractions.
1.) Enjoy an exciting atmosphere and fun Halloween decorations: Some of the most fun of this event is enjoying the Halloween decorations displayed in the museum's courtyard and gardens. (This is an outdoor event.) The trees, shrubs and cacti in the botanical gardens are ablaze with colorful lights. In spots, fog machines add their eerie white blur to the atmosphere.
2.) Trick or Treat stations: Kids may think that the Haunted Harvest's trick or treating stops are the best part. There are a number of different stations dispensing goodies scattered throughout the grounds of the Springs Preserve. You may want to bring a small trick or treat bag for each of your kids if you don't want to fill your pockets or purse!
3.) Live entertainment: Several shows play in the Springs Preserve's outdoor theaters. In one amphitheater, you'll see a fun "mad scientist." A second theater has a cute song & dance show going. Despite the trouble we had getting into the event (because of its popularity) we didn't have any trouble getting to see the shows.
4.) Coloring activity: In the crafts area, kids can color trick or treat pictures.
5.) Games: There were about a half dozen games of skill that kids could play. These were very crowded by the time we arrived, and so we didn't participate. If your kids would like to play, a good strategy would be to arrive early and head to the games section first thing.
6.) Haunted Hay Ride (extra fee activity): A major attraction at this event has a separate charge. Even so, grab your hay ride tickets early, because by the time our family decided that we'd pay extra, the hay ride tickets for the evening had sold out!
2013 Springs Preserve Halloween Event's dates and hours
When can you head to the Haunted Harvest at the Springs Preserve? The 2013 Halloween event dates have now been announced...and here they are:
The 2013 Haunted Harvest begins on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Other dates for this year's event are as follows: Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13; Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Oct 18, 19, 20; and Friday/Saturday/Sunday, Oct 25, 26, 27. (This year, there will be NO Haunted Harvest on October 31st, Halloween night.)
On its dates of operation, the Springs Preserve's Haunted Harvest opens at 5 pm and closes at 9 pm. Major entertainment begins about 5:15 pm and ends by about 8:30 pm. The Halloween decorations & exhibits stay open until closing time.
How much does it cost to attend the Springs Preserve's Haunted Harvest?
Ticket prices for the 2013 Haunted Harvest event will be $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5 thru 12, and ages 4 and under are admitted free. A half-price discount will be given to members of the Springs Preserve Museum.
We found the ticket booths to be overwhelmed by the number of visitors who came to the event our first year. This doesn't mean you shouldn't go; it's still a terrific Las Vegas children's Halloween event. It just means that you should definitely plan ahead.
Buying tickets online ahead of time is one way to save having a big wait in line. Or, arriving earlier might can save time, too. We have shown up around 6 pm, which seems to be a popular time for arrivals (and yes, there were ticket lines at this time.) If you come just before the event's 5 pm opening time you should also fare better. (Note: By 7 pm, the mad crush dies down at the ticket booths...so that's another option you might consider, if you don't mind missing half of the event!)
Museum members have their own separate ticket line. If you BUY a museum membership on the night you attend, you may get into the shorter line. (No, museum members do NOT get free admission to the Halloween event...but they DO get a half-price discount!)
Springs Preserve Address and Contact Information
The Springs Preserve's phone number is 702/822-7700.
The Springs Preserve's address is 333 S. Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89107. Directions: This is an easy-to-find location, just a block south of the US 95 freeway at the Valley View Blvd exit. Visiting out-of-towners should note that from The Strip, you should take I-15 north to US 95 West. Here's a Google map to the Springs Preserve Museum and Halloween Haunted Harvest.
Springs Preserve website: To discover the museum's exhibit details (or make plans to visit on other occasions,) you'll want to read through its very informative website, which is www.SpringsPreserve.org Also, here's a link to this year's Haunted Harvest page of the Springs Preserve website.