At Posh For Kidz, infants and kids up to 6 years old divvy up into age-specific playrooms to explore indoor-playground equipment with up to nine of their peers. The well-monitored play place puts an emphasis on providing enough room for kids to run around without ever feeling too hedged in. In addition to open play times, two-hour birthday parties give kids free rein over two playrooms, plus a party room in which to eat cake, open presents, and compare retirement plans. As tykes traverse playplaces, parents and older children can relax in a comfy lounge.
At Sand and Sage Tours, adventurers set out on a two-hour guided horseback trek across the scenic Nevada landscape. Knowledgeable tour guides select horses to match riders' skill levels, whether it's their first horseback jaunt or the ghost of John Wayne inhabits their bodies. A pre-ride mini lesson equips riders with the basics needed to navigate the deserts, where mountains to the west and east frame a magnificent skyline whether the sun is rising or setting. Sand and Sage's exploratory horses transport riders across stunning sands and through gullies. Rides depart seven days a week, though ride times vary depending on the weather.
Vegas Horse Tours's knowledgeable tour guides escort journeyers along desert paths once peopled by Native Americans, cowboys, and prospectors who forged the legends of the Old West. The staff ensures smooth rides by pairing equestrians with steeds based on the former's riding skill and the latter's favorite show tune.
Terrible's Town Casino & Bowling Center provides first-rate 10-pin recreation for expert lanesmen and gutter-ball masters alike. Outfitted with specialized scuff-minimizing bowling shoes, duos get three games each to demonstrate their ball-rolling prowess, time enough to peacefully settle long-festering feuds before pistols come out at dawn. Those whose bowling powers are only activated by food can take advantage of the snack bar, packing empty bellies with filling fare and amassing the necessary calories to disrupt adjacent games with gloating victory laps.
The surf culture of the 1960s lives on at Cowabunga Bay. A wood-paneled station wagon, bright floral beach umbrellas, and a 1967 Volkswagen bus parked alongside the lazy river all showcase the water park's vintage aesthetic. The 35,000-square-foot wave pool even features a backdrop inspired by drive-in theaters, allowing visitors to debate the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey while swells roll into shore.
Despite its sunny vintage trappings, Cowabunga Bay boasts thoroughly modern attractions. The Zuma Zooma slide, for instance, drops riders from a launch capsule 73 feet above the ground and sends them flying around a 360-degree horizontal loop before they splash into a pool. The Point Panic slide provides a different sort of thrilling experience, as visitors twist and turn within a pitch-black slide illuminated by occasional bursts of color. A separate section of smaller slides and splash pools welcomes younger guests, and casual snack shops and cafes serve pizza, nachos, and classic pineapple whip.
Playing in Las Vegas’ backyards can be hard since the temperature often surpasses 100 degrees. That’s why Childs' Play Las Vegas created an indoor space away from the dessert sun’s sweltering rays, allowing kids to safely expend their energy on a sprawling, state-of-the-art play structure from Backyard Adventures. Designed for the climbing and sliding needs of kids eight and under, the giant play set includes rock-climbing walls, a spiral slide, several rocket slides, and roomy forts. The space’s other activities range from Apple computers loaded with educational games to a mini-basketball court. Over in the toddler area, building blocks and games entrance children too young to play with the big kids but too old to spent hours wondering if their foot is an actual part of their body.
At Childs’ Play Las Vegas’ southwest location, playtime is a free treat for kids who patiently sit through portraiture sessions at the facility’s photography studio. More treats, such as Hello Kitty dolls, stock either location’s toy boutiques, while optional add-ons, such as visits from Elmo, enliven weekend birthday parties. Along with open-play sessions, weekdays at Childs’ Play include classes in subjects such as tumbling, karate, and music. As kids play and learn, parents can relax with complementary cups of coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a big screen television in an area designed just for grown-ups.