Summer ‘Movie Madness’
As the end of summer closes in on us, parents rejoice. Kids, not so much. If you’ve gone through this season without the fun of family travels to theme parks or beaches or even road trips to visit family or friends out of state, here’s a fun, free activity the entire family can enjoy together, before the school bell rings.
The city of North Las Vegas hosts a variety of events that generates a sense of community and cultural enrichment. “Movie Madness” is one of them.
“The ‘Movie Madness’ series is about 15 years old,” explains Tracey Farage. Recreation supervisor since February, Farage has worked for the city for 14 years. “We started out doing it in all of our different neighborhood parks, [mostly] at Nature Discovery, the dinosaur park. Even now we flip-flop between locations, but in the upcoming years you will see movies at different neighborhood parks throughout the city as well.”
Farage and recreation coordinator Donna Newman encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a free viewing of a recently released, family friendly movie on a 20-foot-tall screen.
“Everyone is welcome. Two legs and four,” laughs Newman.
Previous movies featured include “Transformers,” “Inside Out,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and Disney’s “Frozen.” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has also been featured and was, perhaps, the most entertaining movie event of the year.
The viewing of “Star Wars” took place in downtown North Las Vegas on the City Hall campus and featured a costume contest, for kids and kids-at-heart, where city staff members and a city dignitary had the honor of voting for their favorite costumes. There was also a free Jedi training academy where kids could learn the skills for becoming a Jedi.
If you haven’t been able to catch any of the movies, don’t worry. There are still a couple more left in the series. “Zootopia” will show Aug. 19 and feature a “Zootopia”-themed police academy complete with drills, detective training and a petting zoo.
The events kick off at 6 p.m. with pre-activities for the kids to enjoy. Just as the sun has set, movie viewing takes place around 8:15. While moviegoers are encouraged to pack a picnic, local sponsors and vendors are available, providing free popcorn with other snacks and beverages available for purchase.
For additional listings of upcoming events and movies, visit the Parks and Recreation Division webpage of the city of North Las Vegas website.
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