Discover the wonder with our summer fun guide

By Emily Knight

As a mother to two young boys, one of the things I love to do most with my family is find adventures that we can all enjoy. Southern Nevada (and neighboring Utah) is filled with family friendly activities; you just have to know where to look!

This summer, plan an adventure with the kids. Let imaginations soar with these fun things to do in and around the Las Vegas Valley.

For Your Little ArcheologistFor Your Little Archeologist:
Grab your archeology tools and head over to Aliante Discovery Park (located at 2600 Nature Park Drive, North Las Vegas, 89084) and let your little ones dig up some dinosaur bones. While they may not actually find bones; they can play in the sand, slide down the gigantic tree house slides and even “hatch” out of a dinosaur egg. During the summer months, there is a wonderful splash pad to cool down while playing in the water.

If you have time for a road trip, head out to St. George, Utah, to the Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm. Located about two hours from Las Vegas, this museum would make a perfect day trip for any family. The farm is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 through 11, and children under 4 are free. Kids of all ages will love seeing the fossils, tracks and even remains of these amazing beasts. Dinosaur Discovery is located at 2180 E. Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah 84790. For more info, call 435.574.DINO (3466) or visit dinosite.org

For Your Little Pirates:
If you see a shovel in your son’s hand and he isn’t digging for dinosaur bones, chances are he is pretending he is a pirate and looking for treasure. What if I told you there is a place in Las Vegas where your child can not only dig for treasure but find some as well? Head over to Kettlemucks Toy Shoppe to find your chest of gold.

This toy shop is so much more than just a toy shopping experience! Let kids discover their inner pirate at the Treasure Dig. The Treasure Dig is a sand pit made from recycled milk cartons so it’s safe for kids of all ages. For $5.95, each child is given a pouch to fill with all the toys and gems they find! Kettlemucks is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Kettlemucks Toy Shoppe is located in the Eastern Hills Shopping Center at 10895 Eastern Ave., Suite 120 Henderson, 89052. For more info, visit kettlemuckstoyshoppe.com or call 702.776.8349 for more information.

For Your Little Princess:
If you have a little girl who loves to feel like a princess, look no further than Ooh La La Girly Spa. This spa can create the perfect birthday party or set up pampering for just one. Packages start at $12.95 and are by appointment only. The spa is closed on Tuesdays. Ooh La La Girly Spa is located at 8380 W. Sahara Ave. Suite 120, Las Vegas, 89117. Call 702.487.5252 to make an appointment. For more info, visit oohlalagirlyspa.com

For Your Little Scientist:
The Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is now The Discovery Children’s Museum which opened in its new home in the spring. Your little one will be having so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning at the same time. With so many different exhibits to choose from ranging from the Eco-room to Water World and The Summit; your child will have hours of learning and play at their fingertips. Admission starts at $12, with an option for memberships. The Discovery Museum is located in the Smith Center at 360 Promenade Place Las Vegas, 89106. Hours vary based on the time of year so it is best to check the website at discoverykidslv.org or call 702.382.KIDS.

For Your Little ChefFor Your Little Chef:
Get ready to get some fresh ingredients for an adventure in your kitchen. Every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Tivoli Village, the Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan market takes over the streets for booth after booth of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and more. My son and I love to head over and pick out the best local fruits to create an amazing fruit salad to beat the heat in the summertime. They often have live music and many fun vendors geared towards kids. Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes to enjoy the refreshing splash pad and play area to cool down before you head home. Tivoli Village is located at 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, 89145

For Your Little EngineerFor Your Little Engineer:
Located in Boulder City, Nev., about 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, is the Nevada Southern Railway. Adults and kids can ride the train every Saturday (with the exception of special events). Children will step back in time and fall in love with trains as they ride in their choice of an open-air car or air conditioned/heated Pullman coaches. Kids 3 and under are free, kids 4 through 11 are $5, and adults ride for $10. The Nevada Southern Railway is located at 600 Yucca Street, Boulder City, 89006. Call 702.486.5933 for more information or visit nevadasouthern.com

For Your Little Fish:
If you have had your fill of splash pads, why not check out the new Wet ‘n’ Wild making its grand re-opening this Memorial Day weekend. The park has something for kids of all ages. If your child isn’t ready for the slides and rides, they will love Splash Island.

Splash Island – Located in the middle of the Colorado Cooler, this awesome multilevel attraction weaves colorful, interactive elements throughout five fun zones, nine slides and features a massive timed tipping bucket that spills 300 gallons of water onto eagerly waiting guests below. With more than 10,500 square feet of aquatic adventure, this playground is full of fun and fantasy.

Tickets start at $39.99 for general admission; junior admission for guests less than 42 inches is $29.99; senior admission for guests over the age of 65 is $29.99; and children 2 and under will be admitted for free. Parking will cost $5. Wet ‘n’ Wild is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Road, Las Vegas, 89148. For more information, visit wetnwildlasvegas.com or call 702.979.1600.

No matter what kind of adventure you are looking for, you are sure to find something for everyone in your family to enjoy this summer.

Emily KnightEmily Knight is the mother of two young boys and author of the blog called Our Knight Life – Family and Life in Las Vegas where she shares her adventures in family, fitness and all the fun in between. Follow along with her blog at familylifeinlv.com and follow her on Twitter @FamilyNLifeLV.

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