The certified instructors at DanceCenter want to show their students the positive effects dancing can bring to their lives. At this large, wood-floored studio, students can gain flexibility and burn calories as they learn the moves of salsa, waltz, tango, country-line dancing, and ballet, among a host of other styles. Kids and adults can come in for personalized instruction and energetic group classes or private lessons.
For one night only, Yost Theater's stage serves as the centerpiece of the Rock Star Beer Festival, a celebration that gives attendees the opportunity to taste unlimited samples of more than 40 craft beers. The VIP tent supplements the brews with mixed-drink samples from Cocktail City Vegas, and Chicago punk outfit Mest and Gwen Stefani–certified tribute No Duh will play throughout the evening. A portion of the proceeds benefit Beer for Boobs, a nonprofit that provides funding for breast-cancer research.
Mad Science of Las Vegas provides young birthday-havers (typically between ages four and 12) with more than 20 years of experience in showy, spectacular science. The engaging and high-energy entertainers will bring any group of up to 22 kids a dazzling 45- to 60-minute display of lab tricks, enchanting the wide-eyed youngsters with displays on the mechanics of fireworks, the power of static, and green water all aglow. Children may leave the party with educational and fun take-home experiments, such as super bouncy balls or slippery slime. Call ahead to book your child's birthday party. You may upgrade for an additional fee to include Mad Science Goody Bags at the birthday party.
Often, the two key ingredients for a fun social gathering are drinks and music. Gold Mine Tavern's staff keeps the libations—draft beer, bottled beer, cocktails—flowing and on most weekends pour live music over their guests as well. Those tunes might vibrate off the walls of a tent covering the outdoor patio. They might even seep into the main bar area and reverberate against exposed brick, solid-red walls, or the flat-screen TVs that hang from them. Three pool tables fight video poker games for attention, and ceiling fans cool off any heat generated from the eight ball clacking against the six ball at the speed of frustration. Although the tavern itself was established in 1965, it recently underwent a full remodel.
According to Boyd Gaming, bowling centers make the perfect complement to casinos. Each different facility boasts automatic scoring, bumpers for kids, and full-service pro shops so bowlers can upgrade to the more modern, self-aware bowling balls. Here's a closer look at their four bowling centers:
The Orleans Bowling Center
The Orleans Bowling Center, ensconced inside the Orleans Hotel & Casino, tests ball-heaving stamina with 24 hours of daily bowl time across 70 lanes. The Orleans Bowling Center also features a cocktail lounge and a video arcade to keep entertainment at a high between frames.
Sams Town Bowling Center
The 56 lanes at Sams Town Bowling Center never shut down. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week this bowling mecca sings with a chorus of strikes and spares. While younger bowlers head to the snack bar, adults can sip drinks inside the cocktail lounge. Special event: The Xtreme Bowling Experience, which takes place Friday and Saturday evenings and incorporates disco-style lights.
Gold Coast Center
Gold Coast Center boasts some impressive numbers, including 70 lanes and 1,000 lockers for frequent bowlers. Other areas include an arcade, a bar, and a lounge.
Video slots and cocktails fill Suncoast Bowling's second-floor lounge, which overlooks 64 lanes through glass windows. For additional entertainment, large drop-down screens show music videos, and visitors can spend time in the video arcade and game room.