Tomorrow, 200-million-year-old knock-off dinosaurs will be roaring and grazing in Las Vegas. Amazingly, they won’t be looking for tasty prey by lounging in Las Vegas nightclubs.
Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 15 life-size dinosaurs and present them in a live stadium show, Walking with Dinosaurs. The show follows the dinosaurs’ domination of life on earth, including showcasing the supreme terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus Rex, fighting for survival and supremacy.
Viewers watch the curious beasts walk and hear their roars in the show comprised of two acts, 40 minutes each, blending technology, natural history, art, and music.
And, parents, there is no gore or actual violence, so take your kids, especially appropriate if they’re 6-to-12-year-olds. Home schoolers can use it as a science/natural history lesson. Though there is plenty of tension – heightened by appropriate music that is often quite lovely – the dinosaurs have apparently been sedated, or at least had their fill of humans because they don’t lunge at anyone. The nightmare factor is pretty low.
The show is at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, March 24 – 28. Tickets range in price from $27 to $70 each. Tickets: 739-FANS (3267) or 1-866-388-FANS (3267).
Las Vegas is making a pitch to have an area including fossil beds northwest of Las Vegas designated as a national park.
A Clark County spokesman says commissioners endorsed the idea last week and officials say Las Vegas and North Las Vegas are expected to take similar action this week.
Dubbed the Upper Las Vegas Wash, the area is more than 10 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.
Local officials cite fossil finds from the Pleistocene age and the work of scientists in 1962 who catalogued the remains of ice age mammals such as the Columbian mammoth, American lion and ancient horses.
No word on whether any mobster remains may be there.
The legislative resolution asks Congress to designate the area a national park with visitor facilities and working field sites where the public could observe scientific research.
With business bankruptcies, closures and layoffs predominate in the news, it’s refreshing to learn that Henderson City Council in Nevada has transferred funds last week from the sale of city land to help spur development of the science museum on a 160-acre site on U.S. Highway 95 near Russell Road.
It’s a dream come true for Henderson, with talks about building a museum a leading topic for the past 15 years.
The money is considered a gift to the Henderson Space and Science Center Board, which was formed by the city earlier this year to oversee the nonprofit corporation that will plan and run the attraction.
The $21 million gift comes from the city’s land fund, which can be used only for capital improvements or the acquisition of property, buildings, furniture and equipment.
Several years ago the land was to be a spring training facility for a Major League Baseball team that never came to pass.