Ultimate Guide to Summer in Las Vegas & Henderson (Updated 2023)

Please note that we are updating this post throughout the summer months, so if something is missing let us know in the comments!

Schools out, summer is here, and we’ve got the ultimate guide to summer in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City. If you’re looking for things to do this summer, Southern Nevada Moms has got your back!

There’s no better place to be with kids than Las Vegas. With so many kid-friendly attractions and activities, you’re sure to find something to keep everyone entertained.

Here’s a roundup of the best summer fun in Las Vegas for families and kids:

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Ongoing Activities in Our Area

Pogo Pass Las Vegas

The kids can have a blast with the Las Vegas Pogo Pass. Enjoy over $400 worth of activities for less than $50 with promo code NVMOMS.

You can also check out any of these family-friendly activities on those days you aren’t looking for a specific event to attend:

Looking for local discounts for Nevada Moms readers to enjoy? Check all of our active offers and promo codes over here.

Guide to Summer in Las Vegas & Henderson

Summer is in full swing, and that means it’s time for some fun in the sun or indoors when it’s over 100 outside! If you’re looking for some ideas for family-friendly activities in Nevada, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the best summer fun in Southern Nevada, from water parks and splash pads to museums and historical sites.

If you want to jump to a specific section, click + Quick Links > select section you’re interested in on the links below!

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  • Summer Bucket List (Free Printable!)
  • FREE Community Calendar of BEST Family Events in Las Vegas
    • 4th of July
  • Things To Do
    • 80+ Splash Pads
    • Pools for Locals (Non-Guest Access!)
    • Summer Movie Deals as low as $1.50
    • 50 + Things to Do Off-Strip with Kids
    • Indoor Playgrounds
    • Farms, Zoos, & Aquariums
    • 15+ Farmers Markets
    • Visit a Park
    • Local Reviews
      • DISCOVERY Museum
      • Springs Preserve
      • Barn & Buddies Rescue
      • Shark Reef Aquarium
      • Dino Safari
      • Imaginarium
  • Travel Guides
    • Mt. Charleston
    • San Diego
    • Santa Cruz
    • Reno
  • Food & Drink
    • Donut Shops
    • Pizza
    • Sushi
    • Purple Penguin

 

Print Out Our Summer Bucket List

Download this FREE Vegas summer bucket list for the whole family. We love printing it out and putting it on the fridge or in a picture frame and marking everything off throughout the summer.

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The Best List of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas Family Events

Did you know we have a FREE COMMUNITY CALENDAR? Nevada Moms offers the best list of Boulder City, Henderson, and Las Vegas events in town!

Our calendar is updated as soon as new events are shared and community members/businesses can even submit their own events if they are family-friendly. Click the link above to access the FULL calendar as below is just a preview.

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4th of July in Las Vegas Area

Check out these amazing ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Vegas and surrounding areas. From parades to fireworks shows, what will you be doing?

Things To Do

Splash Pad at Town Square
Splash Pad at Town Square

80+ Splash Pads & Free Interactive Map

Operating Hours:

  • Splash pads in the City of Henderson are OPEN for the season from 9:00am to 8:00pm, April 1 – October 31, 2023. Esslemont Park, Mission Hills Park and Weston Hills Splash Pads will be available starting April 7. Hidden Falls Park splash pad will be available starting April 15.
  • Splash pads in Clark County are OPEN for the season daily from 8:00am to  10:00pm, April 1 – TBD.
  • Splash pads in the City of North Las Vegas are OPEN for the season daily from 8:00am to  10:00pm, May 1 – TBD.
  • The splash pad at The District at Green Valley Ranch is OPEN for the season daily, April 7 – TBD.
  • The splash pad at Town Square is OPEN for the season daily, April 22 – TBD.
  • The splash pads operated by Summerlin HOA are OPEN for the season daily, starting the first weekend of May (May 5).
  • The splash pads operated by Southern Highlands are OPEN for the season daily, starting the last weekend of from 6am-11pm, May 1-TBD.
  • The splash pad at Springs Preserve is now OPEN for the season (new bathrooms being added!).

*Please note that operating hours are subject to change due to holidays, school days, and location (some may close early).

Visit the link above for a complete list of over 80 splash pads to visit this year.

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Pools for Locals (Non-Guest Access!)

Pool days are a must during the summer in Las Vegas! Did you know that if you’re a Henderson or Vegas local, you can get access to pools without being a hotel guest – you just need your Resident ID!)

PARTICIPATING:

  • City of Henderson | 6 Pools, $3-5/person, Ages 0-2 FREE
  • Cowabunga Vegas | 2 Locations, $35-46/person
  • Green Valley Ranch | 2 Pools, $20-50/person, Ages 0-3 FREE
  • M Pool | $10-30
  • Caesars Entertainment Pools | Cost Varies from FREE to Paid
  • City of Las Vegas | 6 Pools, $2-3/person, Ages 0-3 FREE
  • JW Marriot | $12-22/person
  • Red Rock | $20-35/person, Ages 0-3 FREE
  • Summerlin Community | 3 Pools, $1-5/person
  • Golden Nugget | $30+
  • Tropicana Pool | $5-15/person, Ages 0-3 FREE

For the full list, pool must-haves, operational hours, and more, visit the link above.

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Summer Movie Deals as low as $1.50

Summer movie deals are BACK! Snag tickets for an upcoming movie for as little as $1.50/ticket with other perks for the summer! Plus, there are some free movies being shown! We’ve updated our annual guide just for YOU!

Click the link above for the full details – pricing, movies, showtimes and dates, and more!

PARTICIPATING:

  • Galaxy Theaters | $2/ticket & $3.50 snack packs
  • Cinemark Theaters | $1.50/ticket & $1/select snack items
  • Westwind Family Night | $6/adult, $2/child (Free under 4!)
  • Maya Cinemas | $2/ticket (previously $1)
  • AT&T Thanks | BOGO Tuesdays
  • T-Mobile | as low as $4 Tuesdays
  • The District Movies on the Green | Free
  • City of NLV Movie Madness | Free
  • CC Parks & Rec | Free
  • GLVA | Free
  • Town of Pahrump Movies in the Park | Free

PRO TIP: purchase your ticket early (online may include additional fees) or in advance in person to ensure ticket availability.

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50 + Things to Do Off the Strip with Kids

Looking for things to do with kids in Las Vegas off the Strip? You’ve come to the right place. As a Las Vegas local, there are so many things to do in our amazing town that doesn’t include being on that 4.2-mile piece tourist attraction known as the Strip.

Some examples:

  • Area15
  • Baseball Game
  • Soccer Game
  • Dig This
  • Museums
  • Chocolate Factory
  • National Parks

Visit the link above for the full list.

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15+ Farmers Markets

 

Visit a Park

Popup Parks & Recreation

Date: Jun 22 – Aug 4, Tuesday – Saturday

Location: Varies by Date

Mark your calendar now to bring your family to a city of Las Vegas park near you for free pop-up fun. There will be sports, field day games, crafts and other fun activities led by Parks and Recreation staff and community partners. Look for the mobile city of Las Vegas Recreation Van and registration table at the days and times listed below.

The program will not be available during inclement weather (i.e., extreme heat or cold, high winds and rain.)

  • Bob Baskin Park, 2801 W. Oakey Blvd. – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 22.
  • Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 23.
  • Patriot Community Park, 4050 Thom Blvd. – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 27.
  • AnSan Sister City Park, 7801 Ducharme Ave. – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 28.
  • Bill Briare Family Park, 650 N. Tenaya Way – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29.
  • Buckskin Basin Park, 7350 Buckskin Ave. – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 30.
  • Bruce Trent Park, 8851 Vegas Drive – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 5.
  • East Las Vegas Family Park, 4480 E. Washington Ave. – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6.
  • Aloha Shores Park, 7550 W. Sauer Drive – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 7.
  • Patriot Community Park, 4050 Thom Blvd. – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 11.
  • Angel Park, 241 S. Durango Drive – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 12.
  • Alyn Beck Memorial Park, 9220 Brent Lane – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 13.
  • Rafael Rivera Park, 2850 Stewart Ave. – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 14.
  • East Las Vegas Library, 2851 E. Bonanza Road – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15.
  • Angel Park, 241 S. Durango Drive – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 18.
  • Pioneer Park, 7449 Braswell Drive – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 19.
  • Justice Myron E. Leavitt & Jaycee Community Park, 2100 E. St. Louis Ave. – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 20.
  • Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 21.
  • Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 25.
  • Woofter Family Park, 1600 Rock Springs Drive – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 27.
  • Ernest & Betty Becker Family Technology Center and Recreation Park, 2221 Maverick St. – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 28.
  • Gary Dexter Park, 800 Upland Blvd. – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 1.
  • Buckskin Basin Park, 7350 Buckskin Ave. – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 2.
  • Heers Park, 6320 Plaza Verde Place – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3.
  • Lubertha Johnson Park, 2201 Concord St. – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 4.

This schedule is subject to change. Call 702-229-PLAY for more information.

Enjoy Live Music

Summerlin Sounds

Date: Every Wednesday, Jun 7 – Jul 12 from 6-9pm

Location: The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin

Join Downtown Summerlin every Wednesday night a 6 p.m. for the return of Summerlin Sounds, presented by Ghost® Energy! Enjoy an evening outdoors at The Lawn for an evening filled with live music, kids’ activities, and specialty cocktails available for purchase courtesy of La Neta Cocina y Lounge making it a perfect night to sit back and enjoy the evening al fresco.

Songs on the Square

Date: Every Friday & Saturday through June 24 from 6-8pm

Location: Town Square Las Vegas; 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South

Concerts every Friday & Saturday, Free music performances by local artists in the Square.

Local Reviews

Travel Guides

  • Mt. Charleston
  • San Diego
  • Santa Cruz
  • Reno

Food & Drink

  • Donut Shops
  • Pizza
  • Sushi
  • Purple Penguin

 

Leanna Carson is an expecting mama via IVF and a serial entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves sharing all things family-friendly as well as local spots most don’t even know about! She co-founded Nevada Moms in 2018 and it has become the #1 Family Guide to Nevada experiences, activities, happenings, and more.

Connect with her on social media or IRL @mrsleannacarson on Instagram.