No one would ever guess the wealth of experiences available to children in Las Vegas. Best yet, so many cost nothing or just a couple of dollars. You can visit an orchard, share a book at the library, explore a hidden gem of a museum, go swimming at a seasonal pool or play at a park designed for the whole family and save your budget in the process. Talk about win/win. So leave the glitz, handheld games and entertainment behind, and take a journey of the imagination for a day inside or outdoors with the kids.
Container Park
707 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 637-4244

The new Container Park on Fremont Street offers something special for everyone: shopping in unique stores, a variety of dining options, entertainment, children’s learning experiences and more. Within Downtown Container Park is a one-of-a-kind interactive play area for children. The play area is a dynamic, interactive zone where all ages can have fun and be active while being creative and exploring the environment. The Treehouse includes a 33-foot-tall slide, “NEOS” play system and water play. No one under 21 years of age is permitted on the premises after 9 p.m.

Whitney Ranch Recreation Center/Aquatic Complex
1575 Galleria Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 267-5860

Whether you prefer to have your children swim outdoors in the beautiful seasonal activity pool or inside of the Aquatic Complex, the cost is reasonable and the amenities are all there. The outdoor pool has waterslides, lots of room to splash, water play areas, lifeguards for child safety and to enforce the rules and more for the entire family. This is simply a fun, inexpensive way to spend a morning or afternoon, with costs at $3 and less per person for the outdoor pool.

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Green Valley Library
2797 N. Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 207-4260

When’s the last time you visited a library? Have you visited lately with your children? This is still one of the best values for entertainment in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. For the minimal cost of a library card, you can find activities for children of all ages (most are free or at very low cost), a wonderful children’s area in which to share a variety of books and so much more. Green Valley Library also has an awesome new Teen Lounge. In this era of computers, Nooks, Kiindles and other devices, children still need to experience the feel of a book in their hands and the magic of discovering the pictures on the next page. Visit your local library today and see what it has to offer.

Clark County Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway
Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 455-7955

The Clark County Museum is a hidden treasure that showcases the history of southern Nevada, from prehistoric to modern times. The Anna Roberts Park Exhibit Hall introduces you to the timeline from prehistory to the age of glitz and glamour. Heritage Street takes you back in time, giving you the chance to enter and gawk at restored homes from different decades, salvaged from their sites in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson and Goldfield. Railroad buffs will be fascinated by the 1932 Boulder City Depot and the 1918 Union Pacific steam engine and Crummy (caboose). The outdoor paths lead you by pueblos, a general store, a real (restored) wedding chapel and, during suitable weather, a stroll through the Ghost Town and Mining Trail. It is easy to spend a few hours exploring, taking photos and talking about the sights and living history at this excellent museum, a maximum value for a minimal cost.

Gilcrease Orchard
7800 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89131

The Gilcrease Orchard is unique to Las Vegas. It is a place where you can go to pick your own seasonal fruit and vegetables. It’s an amazing experience to walk among apple and pear trees in the desert, picking your own fruit during the fall or snipping kale or lettuce in the spring. Every season brings new discoveries and this is the place for children to learn about how produce grows and how magical it is to choose your own carrots, corn and more. There’s also a wonderful little surprise: a stand to buy the best cider donuts anywhere – hot, crisp and wonderfully sweet. You can buy cider, natural peanut butter and more at the stands if you don’t feel like getting “down in the dirt,” all at a reasonable cost. This is a great place to do a lot of your grocery shopping at a bargain while teaching children about the importance of sustainability, irrigation and farming.

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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