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Located in the Springs Preserve, the Desert Living Center is made up of five buildings which are all Platinum LEED certified. This means that they were built in a sustainable way and are energy efficient. There are various events and exhibits at this ecologically focused establishment. Kids will enjoy learning about green living through the Compost Crawl and Garbage Truck Theater attractions. It's also home to the NV Energy Foundation Sustainability Gallery, which teaches visitors about recycling and other eco-friendly practices through interactive exhibits.
The Origen Museum combines the ideas of origins and generations to discover and honor the past. This museum houses three galleries and more than 75 permanent exhibits to educate the public on the history and arts of the local Las Vegas culture. There are also live animal exhibits, historical recreations and educational films to complete the experience.
Nevada has fought hard to keep nuclear waste from crossing over the state line and this official Department of Energy office, has every bit of information there about nuclear energy. Yucca Mountain, the potential dumping ground for nuclear waste, is located on the Nevada Test Site and is off-limits to the public, but this office of the same name encourages public education on what happens in the Nevada desert and what it means to the rest of the United States. Admission and information are free, thanks to your tax dollars.
Located in Springs Preserve, this eclectic museum houses both regional and natural history displays. Visitors learn about life in Las Vegas in the 1940s and view a 13-foot articulated Mammoth skeleton. The history of Nevada is archived in the Cahlan Library, which features books, maps and newspapers for research and reading. Check out the rose garden, located in the park near the entrance to the museum. There is a playground for the kids and everyone can enjoy a picnic by the lake.
One of the oldest parks in Las Vegas, the place does show its age a bit with its metal playground equipment but the kids love it. A popular feature is the fishing pond, which although sometimes algae-covered, is accessible year-round and stocked with rainbow trout in winter and catfish in summer. The pond limit is three fish per day. This park is also home to the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, a great learning experience for all ages. There are barbeque facilities and bathrooms. The park is more of a place for relaxation than active exercise but adventurous types can go for a swim. Admission to the park is free.
Get ready for some giant fun at Dig This! Climb inside one of the gigantic excavators or bulldozers and dig huge trenches, build mounds, push and stack tires, and have a blast while you laugh your way through your session. Don't worry if you don't have any experience, the staff teaches and guides you through all the steps of how to use the machines as well as a few practice drills. Try your hand at “Bulldozer Teeter-Totter” or “Excavator Basketball." Finally, they also provide you with a certificate of completion to further brighten your day.
Battlefield Vegas is a Fire Range in Las Vegas which gives you an opportunity to experience impressive weapons firsthand. They have an arsenal of guns to choose from and adventure lovers can select packages based on their favorite weapon and learn shooting from their range safety officers. You can even fire a machine gun! They have series of military vehicles parked in the vicinity for guests to click unlimited pictures. In addition, they also provide free Humvee pick ups.