Summer is playtime, and that means parents spend these sun-soaked days facilitating playdates galore. In the desert, hot-weather playtime means heading indoors or slapping on those swimsuits for a wet one. The best spots for summer playdates promise plenty of those options and so much more, making them perfect for any play group.
7260 S. Cimmaron Road, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89113
7060 N. Durango Drive, Suite 130
Las Vegas, NV 89149
Price: $10 per child first visit/$28 per month membership for one child/$14 for each sibling/$150 15-punch passes for guests/$200 25-punch passes for guests
A fitness center designed for children, Child’s Play has become a widely popular meeting place for parents and children in both areas of town. Children may play on the Backyard Adventures play set featuring a wide variety of slides, rock climbing walls, forts and play stations. Kids learn together using the center’s computers, and play one-on-one on the mini basketball courts. There is a designated area for wee ones, with soft pads and mats for safe play. Meanwhile, parents who prefer to socialize rather than play may gather in the comfortable parent area, with music, coffee, snacks, a big screen TV and WiFi. Child’s Play is perfect for birthdays, get-togethers and especially play dates when Vegas heats up.
Whitney Ranch Activity Pool
1575 Galleria Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
Price: $2 seniors/$3 ages 18 to 54/$2 ages 3 to 17/free ages 2 and younger
Whitney Ranch Activity Pool has it all, featuring the thrills of a water park in a pool, with great water play, slides and sprinklers. It’s the perfect place for your children to play with their friends on a hot summer day. If your child wants to take lessons, there’s always the indoor pool, or kids may cool off inside the game room of the recreation center itself. More of a lap pool than a play center, the indoor pool is a great option for more organized fun.
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Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
Family Fun Center
1401 N. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
Price: $7 each for up to four tickets/$6.50 each after purchasing five or more/$20 one-hour mega-ride wristbands
This location has everything it could possibly pack into one place, featuring go karts, roller coasters with names like the Dragon Coaster and Tornado Twister, slides, kiddie rides and a party room. It’s ideal for casual get-togethers, birthday parties or the ultimate play date. Make a day of it and grab a $5 pizza — made right in front of the kids — at the on-site restaurant for an affordable playdate every family will love.
Desert Breeze Indoor Pool and Outdoor Water Park
8275 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Price: $1 ages 55 and older/$3 ages 18 to 54/$2 ages 3 to 17/free ages 2 and younger
This is where local parents and kids meet on hot summer days in Vegas. Toddlers and young children may splash in the shallow end of the pool and enjoy the play structure and smaller water slides, while older siblings (taller than 48 inches) rack up the thrills on two water slides. The shallow beach entry is perfect for the entire family, but be warned it can get a little dusty here on windy days.
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3901 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Price: $8 weekdays/$9 weekends/$1 off if you bring skates
Relive those days at the skating rink with your kids and their friends at Crystal Palace. Enjoy special evenings for groups, or book your own party and enjoy the facilities with groups of more than 50 people. Children may enjoy cosmic skating, birthday parties or family night with pizza, soft drinks and tokens at this awesome rink. Don’t miss out on meal specials that make this an all-day playdate with plenty of bang for your family’s buck.
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com