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The Nutcracker Extravaganza: Behind the Scenes

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Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) and Discovery Children’s Museum have joined forces for the holidays to bring you and your family a behind-the-scenes look at The Nutcracker Extravaganza!

In the spirit of NBT’s annual holiday production at The Smith Center, we invite you and your loved ones to celebrate the season with an exclusive view of original set and costume pieces from this acclaimed production—all while in a safe environment. 

Check it out in the Traveling Exhibit Hall at DISCOVERY Children's Museum!

Daily DISCOVERIES (Dec. 26 - Jan. 3)

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The Nutcracker Ballet

  • Time: Ongoing throughout the Day
  • Location: Art Zone
  • Gallery: Toddler Town – Level 1
  • Description: Decorate your own spiraling lollipop wand inspired by the magical Land of Sweets.

  • Time: Ongoing throughout the Day
  • Location: Creative Stations
  • Gallery: Young at Art – Level 3
  • Description: Explore the different art style renditions of The Nutcracker Ballet and create your own Nutcracker character.

  • Time: Ongoing throughout the Day
  • Location: Presentation Space
  • Gallery: Patents Pending – Level 3
  • Description: Join us as we experiment with sodium polyacrylate and whip up a batch of cold, white, fluffy stuff inspired by the Land of Snow. 

  • Time: Ongoing throughout the Day
  • Location: Activity Table
  • Gallery: Solve It! – Level 3
  • Description: Create your own Nutcracker hand puppets to keep you safe from the Mouse King. 

  • Time: Ongoing throughout the Day
  • Location: Activity Table
  • Gallery: DISCOVERY Lab – Level 2
  • Description: Take a trip to the Land of Spring and design your own vibrant tissue paper flowers.

Horton Hears a Who Story Time – Special for Little Learners 5 and Younger

  • Time: 10:30am and 1:30pm 
  • Location: Art Zone
  • Gallery: Toddler Town – Level 1
  • Description: Make elephant ears to wear while listening to a Dr. Seuss favorite, and then explore scent molecules.

A Closer Look at Art: Texture & Line

  • Time: 11:00am
  • Location: Presentation Space
  • Gallery: Young at Art – Level 3
  • Description: Explore the elements of texture and line and learn how to use them in three-dimensional and two-dimensional works of art.

Fun with Polymers - At the Science Bench

  • Time: 11:30am
  • Location: Presentation Space
  • Gallery: Patents Pending – Level 3
  • Description: Discover the importance of polymers and learn why they are an integral part of our everyday lives.

Mummies of the World

  • Time: 12:30pm
  • Location: Presentation Space
  • Gallery: Solve It – Level 3
  • Description: Discover the science behind mummification and learn about the cultural methods behind this ancient practice.  

Theatre Games

  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Location: Stage Area
  • Gallery: Fantasy Festival – Level 1
  • Description: Meet us on the stage, and learn the basics of putting on a performance as you work together and engage your imagination.

Snap Circuits

  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Location: Presentation Space
  • Gallery: DISCOVERY Lab – Level 2
  • Description: Learn how to use electrical circuits to power lights and motors, and then practice your own hand at electrical engineering as a team!

What Makes a Community?

  • Time: 2:30pm
  • Location: Presentation Space
  • Gallery: Eco City – Level 2
  • Description: Join us in Eco City as we explore all of the places that make our community a comfortable place to live, work and play!

Action, Reaction! - At the Science Bench

  • Time: 3:00pm 
  • Location: Presentation Space
  • Gallery: Patents Pending – Level 3
  • Description: Flames, color changes, awesome actions and neat reactions! Explore chemistry through dazzling demonstrations!

Cody Coyote Puppet Show

  • Time: 4:00pm
  • Location: Riseman Family Theatre 
  • Gallery: Fantasy Festival – Level 1
  • Description: Meet some of the interesting animals that live in the Mojave Desert as Cody the coyote searches for his family.

3D Printshop

  • Time: 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm
  • Location: Tech Lab
  • Gallery: DISCOVERY Lab
  • Description: Spark that creative engineer in every child's mind, and DISCOVER the world of 3D printing! Learn about free design software and other online resources, see a 3D printer in action, and select a sample model of your choice to print and take home! $6.00 General Admission or $3.00 Members. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

Special Programming for January 2021

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Here's a look at our special programming for the month of January.

january 2020 special programming

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