April is one of the most delightful months to be in Las Vegas, both for fans of nearly perfect weather and casino promotions.
At Mandalay Bay on the famed Strip, its Shark Reef Aquarium is hosting a free Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 18.
The environmental celebration will have informational booths, entertainment and goodies for all those interested in "going green" and establishing conservation and sustainability habits. Children can have their photo taken with Sharkie the Shark and make a special Earth Day craft during event hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), while supplies last (Shark Reef Aquarium admission required).
The first 500 guests to recycle batteries or cell phones at the event will receive 2-for-1 admission to Shark Reef Aquarium.
The festival takes place indoors at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Entrance.
What's in your wallet?
At the historic El Cortez casino in downtown Las Vegas, players who hit a minimum jackpot in April will receive a wallet containing $10 to $1,000 in free play. They are also entered a weekly Saturday night drawing for a 40-inch, LCD HDTV and $2,000 cash.
The minimum jackpots to qualify include: $200 on a slot machine; $200 on a video poker machine (nickel or lower denomination); $300 on video poker, 10¢ or higher; $200 or higher playing live keno.
Also this month, players who cash their tax refund check or casino payroll check will receive 5 percent of their check in free play, up to $50.
April showers of gifts
At the Cannery Casino, slot club members can swipe their cards once a day for a chance to win free gifts and prizes. Swipe days include April 14, 19, 22, 26 and 28.
Players who earn at least 999 points one day will receive a free "Trinket of Treasure" along with a cash prize, up to $1,000 per player. A total of $10,000 will be given away each day - April 18 and 25.
New Cannery Club members are given one free game at Sign-Up Bingo, with a chance to win up to $15,000 instantly.