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Top Rainy Day Activities In Las Vegas

April 26, 2014 6:00 AM

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Rainy days are rare in Las Vegas, so they are very welcome to desert dwellers. But often, they make a change of plans from outdoor to indoor activities necessary. If you have a lively brood of children, or are looking to entertain guests visiting from elsewhere, there are quite a few interesting experiences that can be enjoyed, rain or shine. Some are best on drizzly days while all can be enjoyed despite the rain or heat.
 Top Rainy Day Activities In Las Vegas

Clark County Museum (Credit, Sharon Damon)

Clark County Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway
Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 455-7955
www.clarkcountynv.gov/clark-county-museum

The Clark County Museum is a testament to Nevada’s past. For a nominal fee of just $1 per person, you can learn everything you wanted to know about the history of this fascinating area. The Museum itself boasts displays and memorabilia from the Ice Age to Native American teepees through the mining and settler years and into the not-so-distant boom of Las Vegas as we know it. It is easy to spend an hour or two simply exploring this treasure trove. But once the rain dies to a drizzle, take the group outside to stroll the paths lined by elegant historic houses, with the interiors faithfully refurbished in period furnishings and mannequins. Get up close to a real 1918 steam engine or explore the Printing Shop. Visit a pueblo or a General Store, or stop by the small refurbished wedding chapel to relive a totally unique view of Las Vegas’ history. With displays inside and out, a little rain won’t hinder your exploration and even adds to the reality of the restored buildings.

Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89017
(702) 822-7700
www.springspreserve.org

Whether you love science, nature, plants, animals or history, you can find something of interest for everyone at Springs Preserve. A drizzly day is the perfect time to explore the Origen Museum and discover Las Vegas’s natural wonders, historical recreations, live desert critters and so much more. Filled with fascinating traveling exhibits and permanent attractions, children of all ages (including adults) will be enthralled. Have you ever been in a flash flood? You can even experience that firsthand at the Springs Preserve. Take a “ride” on a fixed railroad car, explore the Native American settlements or you may want to see how the Hoover Dam was constructed. Hands-on exhibits, videos and dramatizations abound at this marvelous museum.

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KISS by Monster Mini Golf
4503 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 558-6256
www.monsterminigolf.com/kiss

Are you fascinated by Gene Simmons’ antics onstage as he performs “God of Thunder?” Do you love Paul Stanley’s vocals or Eric and Tommy’s musical stylings? Or maybe you are just a fan of vintage rock and metal. Whatever the draw, this mini golf is a gold mine. After all, the band was present for the opening, and its memorabilia covers the walls and floors of this unique arena. There is even an arcade and a gift shop for hardcore fans. Celebrate the group’s 40+ years of music-making while playing an excellently designed game of 18-hole mini golf.

Galaxy Theatre
4500 E. Sunset Road, Suite 10
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 442-0244
www.galaxytheatres.com/green-valley

A rainy day can be the perfect time to take in a good movie at a comfortable theater, and no theater is more comfortable than the new Galaxy on East Sunset Road. You can reserve seats online before arrival for a nominal ($1) fee and then simply enter the theater and relax in the plush, fully reclining seats (think: ultimate lounge chair nestled in a row), with ample foot room for folks to get to their seats without jostling you. There’s a great selection of treats and snacks at the concession, and even a wine and beer bar for adults who like some liquid libations with their show, You”ll find 3D and DFX shows, as well as regular movies, for all ages and all genres of film. This is the ultimate movie experience for movie lovers.

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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.
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