Although some people would not believe it, there is life beyond the Super Bowl, and not everyone is ‘into’ football. Families with children may want to consider pooling resources and having one or two folks not interested in the game take the kids out for an afternoon or evening of child-appropriate fun. This will let the others who want to hoot and holler at the game have an unhindered celebration while the rest of the family has their own fun, out of the house and away from the television.
Discovery Children’s Museum
360 Promenade Place
Las Vegas, NV 89106
This is the place for children of all ages and the adults they allow to accompany them. It’s the perfect way to spend a fun afternoon away from the TV and chaos of the Super Bowl. Children can explore and discover the natural and scientific world around them with numerous hands-on exhibits, physical experiments and above all, play! They can dress up, explore a ship and be a pirate, play with water or blocks, make some crafts, be an actor, visit a town constructed just for them and so much more. Little ones can crawl and explore their own safe environment as the older ones run about.
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
When you visit the Springs Preserve, it’s more than simply getting back to nature. Of course, there are the well-manicured grounds with walking paths, gardens, attractions and natural beauty. There is even a train you can ride to see the grounds. But inside you have some of the most varied and interesting exhibits to be found anywhere: real desert-dwelling critters in a natural Mohave exhibit, a simulated flash flood and more. This is the perfect learning place to while away a pleasant afternoon with any age of child.
Las Vegas Pinball Hall Of Fame
1610 E. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89119
If you have ever loved pinball, you will find your favorite game restored, housed and well-played within this pinball museum. This is the place die-hard pinball lovers dream of, and the perfect place to while away a Super Bowl afternoon or evening with the kids, if you are not into that particular sport. Folks come here to share memories while they play games from the 1950s to the 1990s, introducing a new generation to a true arcade and to simply have fun. All proceeds go to non-denominational charities, so there is nothing to lose. It’s not Chuck E Cheese, so there are no tickets to redeem for prizes, but it truly is a great experience and provides instant nostalgia.
Henderson Kids Play Cafe
The Henderson Kids Play Cafe is just what it says it is: a wonderful place for kids to play. Boasting a huge playground with quality play equipment, various activities and a restaurant with surprisingly cool menu items (including kids’ favorites), this spot will have something for all kids. Parents are welcome, free of charge, with a comfortable waiting area available. This place also does birthday parties. The Play Cafe is a shoe-free zone, so make sure your kids are wearing socks or you can purchase them for $1. A waiver is required.
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.