Past Family Programs & Events


Orienteering in the Boneyard, Sunday, October 4 


Join us on Sunday, October 4, 2015, for Orienteering/Wayfinding in the Boneyard!  Families will learn to use compasses to navigate and locate a series of points or stations in the Neon Museum Boneyard and North Gallery. Orienteering, originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers in Scandinavia, is fun for families of all sizes and ages. This program is held in partnership with REI and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation.  Cost to attend is $5 per person. Children 6 and under are free but they must be registered on the ticket purchase page.  Tickets for the noon session may be purchased HERE.  Tickets for the 1 p.m. session may be purchased HERE.  Space is limited.

"Motor Court Magic: Mid-Century Architecture and the Roadside Motel



On Saturday, May 23, 2015 join the Neon Museum for “Motor Court Magic: Mid-Century Architecture and the Roadside Motel” from 6 to 8 p.m. This public discussion is in conjunction with a brand-new survey of historic downtown Las Vegas motor courts designed to inform the public and motel property owners of the economic and cultural value of their properties and signs.  The panel will also address how motor courts originated, impacted travel and eventually evolved into resort hotels. In addition, the ways in which roadside architecture helped shape the Southwest and subsequent landscape preservation strategies will be explored. 

“Motor Court Magic” will be moderated by Urban Design Coordinator and Historic Preservation Officer Courtney Mooney, City of Las Vegas, and represents a collaboration between the Neon Museum, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Nevada Preservation Foundation and the City of Las Vegas. Panelists will include Demion Clinco, President of the Tucson Hisoric Preservation Foundation Board; Jerry Stefani, roadside historian and creator of "Then and Now - Las Vegas Motels Driving Tours;" Susanna Newbury, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada, and Craig Palacios and Tina Wichmann, co-founders and principals, BUNNYFiSH studio. This discussion is free to attend but advance registration is required and can be made HERE.  A cash bar will be available.

Artist-in-residence program on May 9, 2015

"Dramatic Signs: Bringing Neon to Life"


Join the Neon Museum on May 9 from 10 a.m. until noon in the North Gallery for its second artist-in-residence program. Theatre director Troy Heard will present “Dramatic Signs: Bringing Neon to Life." Participants in this exciting, one-time-only workshop will be coached on using creative drama skills to invent new stories about the legendary signs housed in the Neon Museum. A playful blend of improvisation and storytelling, combined with a healthy dose of teamwork, will bring neon to life.

A Georgia native, Heard has been working in entertainment more than half his life. Locally he has directed for Cockroach Theatre, Las Vegas Little Theatre, British National Theatre of America, Super Summer Theatre and serves as creative director for Table 8 Productions. In January he was hired as producing director for the 10-year-old Onyx Theatre as part of its rebranding and revitalization. Honors include being named "Best Director" by Desert Companion magazine in 2012 and 2014, and by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for his 2012 production of "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom." Heard has an MFA in Directing from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.S.Ed. in Theatre Education from Columbus State University.

This artist-in-residence event is designed for participants aged 10 to 12; there is no cost to attend but registration is required. Parents/guardians may stay in the Boneyard Park for the duration of the program and must provide emergency contact information via signing waiver upon check in. For more information, call (702) 387-6366. To register, click HERE.



On Sunday, April 26, explore the science and technology of electrified signs while learning how neon, incandescent, and LED lights have illuminated the world-famous Las Vegas skyline. This free program, held in conjunction with the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival, is recommended for families with children in the third grade and older.  Registration is required. Register for the 6 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. program by clickingHERE.   Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to the  sequential nature of the program latecomers will NOT be admitted – thank you in advance for understanding.  Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to check in.



Installation and visitor participation project to take place in Neon Museum’s North Gallery April 18-19, 2015

This April, the Neon Museum will host its first artist in residence, Las Vegas artist David Sanchez Burr. His work, titled citizen speak, will be built and exhibited in the Neon Museum’s North Gallery on Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, before being transferred to the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV. citizen speak will be on view in the Barrick Museum’s lobby from April 27 to May 20.

The residency, a partnership between the Neon Museum and the Barrick Museum, calls for artist-parents to create work inspired and enjoyed by their children—and, by extension, children of all ages. Both museums hope the residency becomes an annual event, with the first part of the project housed at the Neon Museum and the second part at the Barrick.

citizen speak will be an interactive work of art involving audio and video media, modified specifically for children. For this project, Sanchez Burr will create a portable version of his project nowhereradio, which began in 2011 as part of a personal journey to produce an artwork that would encourage meaning and interactivity with the audience as a social event and broadcast. 

On April 18 and 19, families will be encouraged to visit citizen speak at the Neon Museum’s North Gallery and join in the “itinerant communal radio” experience. They will interact with the installation, which is composed of alternative and traditional radio instrumentation attached to a freestanding support system. In doing so, they will be able to play instruments, voice their thoughts and ideas and listen to the broadcast while investigating the range of transmission the piece offers. Following this installation, the piece will move to the Marjorie Barrick Museum, where select objects, as well as audio and video recordings from its Neon Museum installation, will be on view for a month. Also at the Barrick, a reception will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. for all participants in the piece.

David Sanchez Burr is a mixed-media artist, currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born in Madrid Spain, David began his experimental sound and visual work in Richmond, Va., while studying at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited nationally at art centers and cultural spaces, including the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz Intervene:Interrupt conference on new practices, Stanford  University as part of Performance Studies International, In-Light at the 1708 Gallery in Richmond and H2O Film on Water at the Brattleboro Museum in Vermont. His international exhibits include the Cantocore Gallery in Guangzhou, China, and Loris Contemporary in Berlin. His work was exhibited as part of Memphis Social an Apex Art Franchise Exhibit, and had two solo exhibitions in 2013 at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda and P3Studios in Las Vegas. Along with his art practice, David’s curatorial experience includes The Wildlife Divide, a series of art events and workshops related to the high contrast between urban and natural habitats; Multiplexer Gallery Intercept Series; co-curated Tuba-Exotica digital collection; the ansurbana collaborative; and Citizen Gallery. He has received funding from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Art Production Fund and The Media Arts Project.

citizen speak will be open to public involvement at the Neon Museum North Gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19. There is no cost to participate. For more information, call (702) 387-6366.


Looking for a fun and enriching way to entertain the kids during Spring Break?  On Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Neon Museum will host a family fun event titled, "Drawing History in 3D."  Children will learn how to draw their own 3D/anaglyph sign based on historic signs in the Neon Museum's collection.  In addition to drawing an anaglyph 3D sign, children will fabricate their own pair of 3D glasses with which to view their sign.

This event is one of several presented by the Neon Museum’s education department. All family events at the Neon Museum are designed to extend the museum’s impact on the community by offering opportunities for families to enjoy time together in a culturally important, historic and creatively inspiring setting. For all events, children must be accompanied by an adult.

This event costs $5 per person and is recommended for kindergartners through sixth graders accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. To make reservations, click HERE or call (702) 387-6366.





The Neon Museum Boneyard and Boneyard Park will provide a magical backdrop for a very special family event in March. The museum will host Aladdin’s March Magic on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is designed for preschoolers through third graders, accompanied by a parent or guardian, and the cost is $5 per person; limited space is available.

The Neon Museum genie will perform a dramatic reading of the traditional version of the Aladdin folktale in the Boneyard Park. After story time, participants will make a magic “flying carpet” with paper and markers before learning to “fly” their carpet around the park. 

Next, everyone will “fly” their carpets into the Neon Boneyard in search of Aladdin’s lamp (rumored to be lost in Las Vegas). When they find the lamp, all will gather around to enjoy magic tricks performed by the Genie, before learning some magic tricks themselves. Attendees will be encouraged to take photos beside Aladdin’s lamp and, finally, will receive a magical “wish jewel” to take home, along with their magic carpets. 

Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Latecomers cannot be accommodated due to the sequential nature of the program. Make your reservation here or call (702) 387-6366.



In honor of Black History Month, the Neon Museum will spotlight notable aspects of African-American history on tours of the Neon Boneyard throughout February. In addition, the museum is presenting a special art program on February 21, 2015, related to Paul Revere Williams, the African-American architect of the iconic La Concha Motel lobby which today serves as the museum’s visitor’s center.

Families will enjoy “Pop-Up Architecture: Paul Revere Williams in Las Vegas,” scheduled for Saturday, February 21 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. During this program, children will create a pop-up card of architect Paul Revere Williams’ iconic La Concha Motel lobby, which today serves as the Neon Museum’s visitor’s center. This event is for children in sixth grade or older, accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. All participants must have a ticket.   The cost for the event is $5 per person; members are free of charge.  Space is extremely limited.  Tickets are available here.

Notable points of African-American history visitors will learn during the month of February include:

•Paul Revere Williams was involved in pivotal events of World War II that brought thousands of African-Americans to Las Vegas. He was hired to design the housing for workers at Basic Industries—many of whom were African-Americans recruited from Fordyce, Ark., and Tallulah, La., and Los Angeles—which manufactured titanium for war-time uses.

•Sarann Knight-Preddy owned the Moulin Rouge casino for many years and was the first African-American to receive a Nevada gaming license.

•In the days of discrimination, Foxy’s Casino at Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard was one of the few places to serve black patrons.

For questions or more information, call the Neon Museum at 702-387-6366.

Join the Neon Museum for December to Remember on December 13, 2014


The Neon Museum Boneyard’s collection of more than 150 vintage neon signs will be illuminated with a special, holiday-inspired palette of lights—red, green, gold, blue and white—beginning Friday, November 28, through Thursday, January 1. All visitors taking night tours of the Neon Boneyard will be able to experience the seasonal lighting.

Families can also enjoy the second-annual “December to Remember” holiday ornament-making event, which will take place Saturday, December 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Boneyard Park. This event will be followed by hot chocolate and caroling by Las Vegas Academy choir in the Neon Museum Boneyard from 5 to 6 p.m., during which time families will also enjoy the dazzling atmosphere of the seasonal lighting. “December to Remember” is part of the City of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor’s holiday festival. This event is free and open to the public; reservations are not required.

 Educators' Afternoon, September 11, 2014




Thursday, September 11, 2014 the Neon Museum is hosting an Educators’ Afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Neon Museum. The event, open to credentialed educators will allow teaches to learn more about the sign collection, the beautiful La Concha visitors’ center and the Museum’s educational mission. The Neon Museum’s education team will be on hand to answer any questions and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and participants must show current teaching credentials and/or Clark County School District i.d. upon arrival.