Generally, some places are always there to help new families and new arrivals to Las Vegas. They’re churches, preschools, community centers and municipal service organizations. Their locations and services can be found online. Beyond that, here are some of the best places to make friends with new parents in Las Vegas. – Ted Sherman
The Well Rounded Momma
6000 South Eastern Avenue,
Las Vegas, NV 89119
The Las Vegas Well Rounded Momma (WRM) Center is more than a babysitting service. It also offers instructions and practical demonstrations by certified trainers. They work closely with pregnant women and families, and then follow new mothers in coping with the birth process and guidance in the first critical days of new motherhood. They also provide fitness and health exercises and lifestyle training. When new parents, soon-to-be parents and new-in-Vegas couples participate with Well Rounded Momma, they’re sure to find new friends there. The best way to make friends with new parents in Las Vegas is to get out of the house and participate in some of the many interesting activities where they gather. Hourly rate is $20, four-hour day is $70 and an eight-hour day is $120.
Ice Rink Atop Lake Las Vegas
29 Montelago Boulevard
Henderson, NV 89011
Las Vegas rarely has temperatures below freezing, even on coldest winter nights. That’s why this outdoor ice skating rink is so popular, especially among new residents who may feel a bit of nostalgia for winters. Whether you’re new parents or have a young family, the MonteLago Village floating fun ice rink is the place for some winter fun. Bring your kids, including the littlest, to meet other parents for some gliding on the ice. With desert sand and palm trees all around, you can discuss the latest in baby care, formulas and how to get more sleep. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for children (under 12) and free for babies. Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Baby Storytime at Rainbow Library
3150 North Buffalo Drive
Las Vegas, NV
The library offers many activities, reading, sing-alongs and games for kids from newborn to 18 months old, and it’s all free. Baby storytime is held at the Rainbow branch every Friday at 11 a.m. Meet with other new parents, and while volunteers are busy with little ones, sit back and relax together with a cup of coffee.
Daily Family Storytime
Clark County Library
1401 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
The Clark County Library system offers families a wide variety of books, songs, games and other fun activities. Each branch features its own activities, and all the locations feature several storytime sessions for kids of various ages. The storytime varies by branch; complete storytime schedule can be found HYPERLINK “http://www.lvccld.org/events/events_youth.cfm”here. Various branches feature free storytime for different age groups, with a group from 0 to 15 months, a group for children 18 to 36 months old, another group for kids under 18 months and yet another for toddlers from 3 through 5 years old. Other upcoming events for kids where parents can make friends with other new parents at the library include celebrations of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.