When you install fencing all over the Las Vegas Valley, you get to talk to a lot of homeowners. A conversation that comes up from time to time comes from families with young children.
You would think that finding something to do with the kids shouldn’t be that difficult when you live next door to one of the largest entertainment centers in the world. Surprisingly, finding those fun Henderson activities is exactly the challenge many young families find themselves dealing with.
Even though there’s plenty to do up the road in Las Vegas, sometimes you just want to stay a little closer to home and avoid the tourist crowd.
Luckily, families in Henderson actually have a large selection of activities to choose from. We’ve listed five here, but that’s literally just scratching the surface of what’s available.
For a deeper dive into family friendly options, begin your search on the Parks and Recreation page of the henderson City website. It has a wealth of information, it’s well organized and it’s easy to browse.
Lion Habitat Ranch
382 Brunuer Avenue, Henderson, NV 89044 (702) 595-6666
When you think of the big cats, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Siegfried and Roy. However, if you’re into big cats, the Lion Habitat Ranch is one of the Henderson activities we highly recommend. Located near Saint Rose Parkway and South Las Vegas Boulevard, it’s easy access and should be your go to option for big cat watching.
There are quite a few cats on display and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable. You can purchase tickets online or in person, however, if you’re partial to in person purchasing it’s still a good idea to call ahead. During the height of the pandemic, walk-in access was unfortunately unavailable. As of this publication, walk-ins were again available, but better safe than sorry.
While this is primarily a Lion Habitat, make sure to take time to enjoy the Ozzie show. Ozzie is their young giraffe who just happens to paint. His works of art that are available for purchase in the gift shop.
The Lion Ranch is a fun family friendly outing and you’re sure to generate plenty of memories should you decide to feed Ozzie and the lions. One last perk. They’re into birthdays. If it is your birthday and you’ll admission is free as long as you have prove it’s really your birthday!
Nevada Science Center
331 S Water St, Henderson, NV 89015 (702) 769-8707
We included this one to add a something for the science inclinded. A trip to the Science Center is one of those Henderson activities that’s easy to overlook. If you mention science and small children, most Valley residents immediately think of the Discovery Children’s Museum.
That’s understandable, but the Nevada Science Center is worth noting. The Nevada Science Center is a non-profit that’s “dedicated to delivering science education and learning opportunities to the public by integrating active research with engaging educational programs.”
They’re a little more “science-y” than you may need but still worth paying attention to. Visit their website or give them a call for the latest activities.
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
350 E Galleria Dr, Henderson, NV 89011 (702) 267-4000
Watching birds fly and do various things, such as looking for food, are very satisfying Henderson activities. If that’s what you’re looking for this is an ideal destination. This preserve has been named one of the best places to watch birds, something that has attracted many people to come and visit.
We have a lot of desert birds at this place which you will get to see when you are walking on the soft surfaces available.
If you are using a wheelchair, do not worry as we have all that sorted out, and you can freely access the area and watch the birds.
Hours at the Preserve change throughout the year so it’s a good idea to check the website before you go. Spring and fall times are 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. Summer hours are 6:00am to noon and winter opeining hours are pushed back an hour. 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cowabunga Bay Water Park
900 Galleria Drive, Henderson, NV 89011. (702) 850-9000
During the summer months, when triple digit temperatures are the norm, it’s good to have an easy way to cool off. Especially for families with young children.
Families in Henderson can choose to visit the Cowabunga Bay water park and enjoy many water-related Henderson activities. Both kids and adults have a chance to get all the fun from this water park.
To get the most value for what will surely be an activity in high rotation, Henderson families can choose to join the SURFari email clubs to get exclusive offers.
Flip N Out Xtreme Henderson
1235 W Warm Springs Rd, Henderson, NV 89014 (702) 579-9999
If your family has one or two children with endless energy, you need a spot like this on the Henderson activities playlist.
This place was literally made for kids to do the one thing that can be so annoying in the living room, running and jumping.
There are a lot of activities here both for the young kids and adults. Among the particular games available at this place are laser tag, trampoline sport, dodgeball, basketball, and tumble tracks, among many others.
The place has affordable packages for families in Henderson. Visit their website for birthday party planning, and a list of activities that are currently available at their Henderson and Summerlin locations.
Henderson NV is a great place for young families. The city has plenty to offer, and with plenty of recreational and educational Henderson activities you won’t regret choosing to raise kids here.