Children's museum looks at Day of the Dead holiday

Lied Discovery Children's Museum will explore the traditional Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with nearly a month of programming, starting Saturday through Nov. 6.

The holiday, now celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 in conjunction with the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day in Mexico, is observed by family and friends gathering to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died.

Prayers are offered and grave sites and special altars, called ofrendas, are decorated with colorful cloth, streamers, candles, flowers and photographs.

The museum's Dias de los Muertos program will include an exhibition of ofrendas and workshops. Arts and crafts activities scheduled for the first week include skeleton candy baskets and skeleton figurines. Future activities include Calavera and Katrina puppets, sugar skulls and Halloween-themed events.

The program at Lied Discovery Children's Museum, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, is sponsored by Nevada Humanities.

For further details, contact the museum at 382-3445.