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Kids’ Arts and Science Summer Activities in Silver City


SILVER CITY — Every summer, the historic community of Silver City offers a free Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math program, STEAM, for the region’s children and their parents. The annual program began in 2003 and has provided engaging activities with a variety of themes that focus on the key STEAM concepts.

This year’s program will be held in the town’s shady park and adjacent community center, which is known as the School House and located at 385 High Street, Silver City NV 89428. Activities this year will take place between 10am and noon and will include separate events for pre-K, elementary schoolers, and teenagers. Parents are invited to join in the fun and assist with the cleanup. Any help would be appreciated. Please see below for dates.
Location: Silver City is about about 5 miles from Virginia City, and 7 miles from Dayton. The park and community center (School House) are at 385 High Street.


Silver City is about about 5 miles from Virginia City, and 29 miles from Reno. The park and community center (School House) are at 385 High Street.
Photo by Theo McCormick. Permission to use.

2015 STEAM Summer Calendar

Art Lessons for Teens and Adults: Tuesday, June 9th and Tuesday June 16th; 10am until about 1pm

Beginners’ art lessons will be taught for teens and adults by professional artist Karen Kreynski. The award-winning artist and educator’s first lecture, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: Drawing Objects the Way You See Them,” takes place on Tuesday, June 9th. And, Ms. Kreyeski’s second class, “Painting with the Spirit of Nature: Free Form Techniques Using Water, Sand and Salt,” will be on Tuesday, June 16th.

Space is limited for these classes.

Please reserve your spot by emailing Quest at [email protected].

Fun Fair for Parents and Kids Ages 3 to 6: Tuesday, June 23rd; 10am to noon

The renowned “Tune into Kids” arts and science fun fair, hosted by United Way, will be held in the park on Tuesday, June 23rd. At this exciting fair for parents and their children from ages 3 to 6, participants will be given free books through United Way. Space is limited.

Please reserve your child’s spot by emailing Quest at [email protected] or calling 287-7598.

Bike Safety Rodeo for Kids 5 to 12: Tuesday, June 30th, 10am-noon

In an effort to teach kids proper bike safety procedures, there will be a bike safety “rodeo” with Western Safe Routes to Schools. Parents and their children ages 5-12 are invited to attend at the park and basketball court. Kids will learn road rules and safety, participate in bike maneuvers and exercises. Parents are asked to sign a Safe Routes permission slip for this activity and kids will receive new bike helmets.

Engineering: Tuesday, July 7th; 10am-noon

There will be hands-on activities that encourage innovation provided by some of Nevada’s sharpest engineering minds. Guest teachers from the Society of Women Engineers will teach a class for kids between 5 and 12 at the School House, the town’s community center.

Science: Wednesday, July 15 and Wednesday July 22; 10am-noon

Back by popular demand, Jim Barcellos of 4-H and the University of Nevada Coopoerative Extension will perform a variety of exciting science experiments for kids between ages 8 and 12 and their parents. The spectacle will take place at the School House, Silver City’s community center.

Resident Artist: Tuesdays, July 14th, 21st and 28th; times to be announced

This year’s youth program will include lessons and presentations featuring Brian Schorn, the remarkable visual artist, poet. Lecture topics and times for this visiting artist who has taught at Brown University, Michigan University, and the Interlochen Arts Academy – a boarding school for grades 9-12 – will be announced soon.

Shakespeare: August 4th; 10am

The summer program will conclude with a family-friendly field trip to see Shakespeare on the Beach at Sand Harbor on Lake Tahoe. This year’s play is Romeo and Juliet.

Support: The yearly youth summer program is made possible, in part, by Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey, local fundraisers, donations and volunteer work from dozens of Silver City residents and groups, plus guest teachers from many regional groups.

The community of Silver City will be celebrating this popular children’s summer program’s 12th anniversary this year in one of Nevada’s National Historic Landmark sites.

For additional information or to reserve your child’s spot, contact Quest Lakes at (775)847-0742

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