The Clark County Heritage Museum is just off Boulder Highway as you head into Henderson. You’ve probably driven by it a million times but never pulled in. This summer take the opportunity to visit and learn about the history of the Las Vegas Valley. They have many exhibits and photos. You can visit the 1932 Boulder City Train Depot or stroll down “Heritage Street,” which is a historic neighborhood. The admission fee is only $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
The Lied Discovery Children’s Museum (www.ldcm.org) on Las Vegas Blvd. and Washington is a longer drive but worth the effort. It is home to over 100 interactive science, art and humanity stations. They are currently hosting a traveling exhibit “Home Sweet Home,” featuring Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl. Summer camps are also available. The admission is $9.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. However, you can roam the 22,000 square foot facility for the entire day.
The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay never loses its appeal for me. It houses over 1,200 species of marine life. Your kids will get a chance to pet a manta ray, stare face to face with a shark and be amazed by the glowing jelly fish. You can receive a Nevada resident discount for admission with a valid ID. This is a world class facility and it’s only a short drive away. You can take a virtual tour at www.sharkreef.com.
Last, don’t forget the Boulder City Library. Books are a great way to enhance your child’s summer vacation. The library offers a summer reading program and book clubs. They have a new website www.bclibrary.org, which features a list of wonderful resources in the children’s section.
Visit one of the local attractions and enjoy the summer. There may be something your child sees that spurs their interest in reading. That could reduce the number of times you hear “I’m bored.”