Family Friendly Activities

Here are links to some of our posts about our adventures in and around Las Vegas, Nevada.

Charity

City of Henderson Animal Shelter – Bring a donation and visit the animals.

Events

Bellagio Conservatory January 2012 – We checked out the blown glass ceiling, the conservatory, and the chocolate fountain – if you are there in the evening you can also see the beautiful fountain show outside the Bellagio as well.

Christmas Tree Recycling at Sunset Park – Not so much an activity, but useful to know!

Ethel M Chocolates Annual Cactus Garden Lights – We’ve gone the last 3 years and will certainly go again – free and beautiful.

FAAN (now FARE) Walk – We’ve participated in the 2011 and 2012 FAAN walk for Food Allergy Awareness so far.

Free Comic Book Day – Exactly what the name implies, my favorite store is Alternate Reality Comics.

Gilcrease Orchard Pumpkin Patch – Worth the drive to the northern part of town, many friends also take family photos in the beautiful orchards.

Las Vegas Comic Book Festival – This free event is a great way to be introduced to the local Las Vegas comic book scene – meet fans, cosplayers, creators, and comic shop owners.

Las Vegas Children’s Book Festival – Often the same weekend as the Pomegranate Festival, this is a great event – you’ll walk away with a bag full of new books for your little ones.

Moapa Valley Art Guild Pomegranate Art Festival – We’ve gone in 2009 and 2011, be sure to drive through the Valley of Fire on the way there or back if you make the trip!

Tivoli Truckin’ Tuesdays for Children – For the month of July in 2012 Tivoli Village near Summerlin had a free truck event, also be sure to keep the March Touch a Truck event on your calendar as it is an annual fundraiser with a huge selection of trucks.

The Smith Center Broadway Series – Beautiful building, fantastic shows. (My Reviews so far: The Color PurpleMary PoppinsMillion Dollar QuartetMemphis, and Wicked)

Santa Train at Boulder City – Seasonal fun!

Springs Preserve Bet on the Farm Farmer’s Market – Every Thursday at the Springs Preserve.

Springs Preserve Plant Sale – Stock up on water-tolerant plants, there are also booths and raffles.  Arrive early to get the best selection.

Libraries

Clark County Library – An entire floor is the children’s library with great story times.  You can also catch free shows like the Maori Dancers from New Zealand.  We saw the Fratello Marionettes there in 2012 for the second time.

Sahara Library – We saw Jim Gill here, it was wonderful!  This has to be my favorite children’s library, there are puzzles and games to play with as well as kid sized shelves.

Whitney Library – E got her first library card here and we love the storytimes they offer.

Windmill Library – We saw the Fratello Marionettes and a Gallery Exhibition by Dave Thompson here.

Museums

Clark County Museum – Affordable (only $2 for adults!) and teeming with interesting local history, we loved our visit.  I posted about another visit here.

Las Vegas Discovery Children’s Museum – Brand new and worth the wait!

Las Vegas Natural History Museum – Downtown Las Vegas, a little bit in disrepair but they have enough to occupy a couple hours.

Outdoors

Backyard – We’ve got some great wildlife in our own backyard, like these Desert Spiny Lizards.  Also, here are some of our plants, and the grass – gardening is a great family activity.

Desert National Wildlife Refuge – A bit of a drive but a great place to hunt for wildflowers and enjoy the silence.

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve – Tucked away in the south east part of town, this is a wonderful morning walk.

Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail – We loved this, a great hike or bike ride near Lake Mead.

McCarran Airport Plane Viewing – Off of Sunset there’s a great place to stop and watch the planes take off and land at our local airport.

Parks

Acacia Park – Attend classes at the demonstration gardens or play at the playground.

Aliante Nature Discovery Park – Dinosaur themed with nearby duck ponds and waterfalls out in Aliante.

Centennial Hills Park – Rolling grassy hills, playground, and splash pad.  Perfect for get togethers.

Esselmont Park – In Anthem, this park has a castle theme and a small splash pad.

Harmony Park – One of the few well kept parks in Las Vegas, usually we prefer Henderson parks but this is a nice small neighborhood park.

Heritage Park – Next to the Natural History Museum, a great picnic spot.

Hidden Falls Park – Another new park in Henderson, this one is set high in the hills and has a lovely playspace for younger and older children.

Mission Hills Splash Pad – Fenced in and a great way to cool off.

Morrell Park – Adjacent to the Valley View Recreation Center, an older but well maintained park.

Paseo Vista Park – Expansive and toddler friendly with a basic but spacious splash pad.

Pebble Park – Small park and small splash pad without a bathroom but usually not very crowded.

Reunion Trails Park – Brand new, with some interesting features and a splash pad.

Stephanie Lynn Craig Park – Pretty basic but lots of space and a nice play structure.

Silver Springs Park – Newly reopened and a lot of fun for even toddlers.

Springs Preserve Play Area – Unique, don’t forget sand tools.

Sunset Park – Under renovation but still some wonderful trails and open spaces.

Town Square Playground – Do some shopping and get a little playground time in too.

Pools

Black Mountain Activity Pool – We love the grassy area by the pool.

Henderson Multigenerational Center Activity Pool – Includes a zero depth entry and play area but not much shaded seating.

Whitney Ranch Activity Pool – A zero depth entry and a more toddler friendly water feature.

Running

Calico Racing – So far I’ve run the 2012 Recycled 5k and 2013 Running from an Angel 10K offered by Calico Racing.

Couch to 5k Review & One Hour Runner Review – My progress trying to be active.

Terminal 3 5k – A one time event before they opened the new international terminal at our local airport.

Shopping

Alternate Reality Comics – A comic book store near UNLV that even features a small artist’s gallery.

Bountiful Baskets – The local food co-op, weekly baskets of fruits and veggies.

Star Nursery – They have a lot of plants to look at as well as a nice fish pond.  Another bonus, pulling the kids around in red wagons while you shop!

The Las Vegas “Strip”

Bellagio and City Center – The two are connected by the City Center Tram but check out the Conservatory at the Bellagio before you head over to see the Water Tornadoes at the Aria.

Trips

La Jolla Cove, California – This is around San Diego, a perfect getaway.

Legoland California – I love Legoland, even though it is under new ownership.  Even if you don’t go on any rides, just seeing the models is a treat.

Mission Beach – Kind of the classic California beach.

San Diego Wild Animal Park – The Safari is worth it but it is a long walk to get there!

Traveling With Food Allergies – Part OnePart Two.

(Updated 5/17/2013)

Other sites with ideas for family friendly activities in and around Las Vegas:

Desert Wildflower Reports for Nevada

Kid Friendly Activities in Las Vegas at Wandering Off

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