Summer Science and Arts Fun for Kids

Summer public programming in historic Silver City is sponsored by a number of different groups. This summer, events include a free family-friendly concert by Kantu Inka, visits from award-winning visiting artists and writers, kids science and engineering activities, plus a floral design class, a coding workshop, lectures and more for adults and teens. Healthy Communities has been co-sponsoring the children’s portion of the Comstock town’s event series each summer since 2004. For more information, contact Quest Lakes at Healthy Communities at 287-7598.

WHERE: Events take place at the Silver City School House (community center) and/or town park at 385 High Street, Silver City, Nevada 89428 (three miles from Virginia City; seven miles from Dayton).

WHEN: This year’s summer public programming kicks off on Tuesday June 18th with a visit from the scientists of Nevada Bugs & Butterflies! Join scientist Kevin Burls, PhD, for an Insect Petting Zoo at the Silver City park and School House (community center) from 10am-noon.

Next up, join United Way for a School Readiness and Educational Fun Fair for preschoolers and their parents on Tuesday, June 25 from 10am-noon at the Silver City School House. Perfect for ages 1 year to 6 years and their parents and grandparents.On Tuesday July 2nd and also Tuesday July 9th, join popular teacher Jim Barcellos of the University Nevada Cooperative Extension for his interactive science experiments for 8-13 year olds with their parents.

On August 6th, one of our most popular summer events, the Engineering/Robotics Mini-Camp for kids ages 8-14 and their parents takes place on Tuesday, August 6th from 10am – noon at the Silver City School House. The popular annual event is led by the Society of Women Engineers and First Nevada, in partnership with HCC.

Summer events include something for teens and adults too, with a Floral Design Class for adults and teens, Tuesday, August 20 from 10am-noon at the School House with the very talented Lynnette Edmondson of Community Roots & Shoots. There will also be a free Computer Coding Workshop for teens with programmer Zephyr Perkins (time and day to be determined).

In addition, a number of other Silver City groups are hosting family-friendly movies in the park, free concerts, lectures, art shows, and visits from artists and writers this summer. Events hosted by groups other than HCC are listed below:

Family Art & Memorabilia Show, Sunday, June 23 from 1-4pm. Locals will share treasured paintings, quilts, handcrafted items, poems, etc. created by their grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. Hosted by Silver City Arts.

Reading and book signing by Shaun Griffin from his latest book of essays. Sunday July 28, at 2pm. Free.

Free Concert for All Ages in the Park by Kantu Inka Sat., Aug. 3 (featuring music of Peru and the Andes with traditional instruments like zampoñas, quenas, charangos, bombos, chacchas, and cajón). Sponsored by Silver City Historic Preservation Society and local donations. Time TBD.

Presentation and Q & A with Assemblywoman and Environmental Engineer Sarah Peters. Review of the 2019 Legislative Session, with a focus on legislation impacting Nevada’s water, air, land use, etc. Date to be determined. Sponsored by Silver City Library. Assemblywoman Peters was born in Silver City.

Movies in the Park: Watch the bulletin board at the post office for flyers about family-friendly, Saturday evening films. The first movie is “Up” on Saturday, June 15, starting at dark. Bring a blanket or chair. Equipment use donated by the Silver City Volunteer Fire Department.

Monthly Acoustic Jam, 4th Sat. of month (3-5pm) in the park or School House (depending on weather). Bring your instrument and join in. Sponsored by Silver City Arts group.

Plus, visiting artists at the local Resident Artist Program will offer artist talks, workshops, and pop-up shows: 1) David Cote, a talented playwright/ librettist from Manhattan 2) award-winning painter Morgan Craig of Philadelphia 3) dancer Jessica Sanford of Earlham College. 4) Stewart Easton of the UK, whose unique artwork has been shown at the Tate Modern, the Ashmolean, etc. 5) Claire Scully of London (she has a new book of illustrations that is like “jazz for the eyes.”)

Screening of the short film “A Night in the Garden” with commentary afteward by area historians. Event date to be announced. Sponsored by the Silver City Volunteer Library.

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