Kid-Friendly Places to Visit This Fall

Fall is in the air and Halloween is just around the corner. Las Vegas is buzzing with fun places to visit and seasonal things to do. It’s my little man’s first fall and I want him to experience EVERYTHING (even if he doesn’t remember it). Here are some hot kid-friendly places spots to add to your to-do list.

Pumpkin Patches

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There are a TON of pumpkin patches popping up all over the city. Most of them are free to enter and sell tickets for kids to participate in the rides and games. This year, we went to the Centennial Center pumpkin patch just off of the 95. It was pretty small but they had a ton of pumpkins and gourds to buy. They even had jumping houses, obstacles courses, a train, petting zoo and a bungee trampoline. Tivoli village also has a really great pumpkin patch that is pretty large. It’s just across the street from Rampart Casino.

Trunk or Treats

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There’s nothing like enjoying a good ‘ol harvest festival. Every year, we’ve gone to The International Church of Las Vegas’ Halloween harvest festival and always had a great time. Previously they had a petting zoo, rides and jumping houses, music, food and a photo booth! Check the schedule at your local school or park to see where the closest trunk or treat event is to you.

Gilcrease Orchard

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Okay, so this is my favorite thing to do during the fall. Gilcrease Orchard is known for their delicious apples and when it comes fall, they are flooded with pumpkin pickers. The orchard doesn’t seem like something you’d find in Las Vegas. There are rows and rows of vines with HUGE pumpkins and gourds. We always leave with a basket full.

Plan ahead because the orchard is only open Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7AM – 2PM.

Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest Festival

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Springs Preserve always does it big for the holidays. Their Harvest festival is Oct. 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 from 5pm-9pm. Non-members are $8 and value members are $7. Silver State Pass, Gold and Platinum donor members receive free admission. Entry is free for children 2 and younger.

This year they’re also doing a social photo contest. Snap a photo with Monster Molly at Haunted Harvest and post it to your social media accounts using #HauntedSprings @SpringsPreserve for a chance to win a prize.

Downtown Summerlin Treat Street

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Treat Street at Downtown Summerlin is an awesome experience for kids and families that want to safely trick-or-treat. All of the stores in the mall pass out candy and the Las Vegas Metro Police Department hosts a Spooky Block Party! Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE’s) Teal Pumpkin Project has a pop-up featuring non-candy items for trick-or-treaters. Clark County Fire Department sets up a photo booth and The Animal Foundation even has a “Howl-O-Ween” dog costume contest benefitting their rescue pets! Last year, my husband entered with our dog Smokey as cholos!

They’re also showing “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” movie every thirty minutes starting at 5:10PM. The best part is it’s totally FREE! We’re bring the baby down there for his first trick-or-treating.

Town Square’s Town Scary

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Town Scary, AKA Town Square, transforms into a kid-friendly Halloween party on October 31. Participating stores and restaurants hand out candy to all the kids trick-or-treating. There is also a children’s costume contest (kids 0-10)! The Town Scary House will be open for photo-opps and everything is completely free!

Opportunity Village HalloVEEN

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Opportunity Village gets spooky just in time for Halloween. They have rides and attractions and proceeds benefit their cause! There are a ton of photo-ops, tasty treats and toys and a spooky display of Halloween-themed trees.

Their signature attractions are:

  • The Forest Express Ghost Train
  • Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel
  • The Avalanche Slide
  • The Blizzard Mini-Coaster

As well as these BRAND NEW attractions for 2018:

  • Wacky Worm Coaster
  • Samba Balloons
  • The Sizzler
  • Even More Carnival Midway Games
  • The Last Ride Coffin Experience

Tickets start at $10 and kids 3 and under are free.

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Get Your DIY on at Corks ‘N Crafts

There’s a new DIY player in town, Corks ‘N Crafts! Brand new to Downtown Summerlin, Corks ‘N Crafts specializes in helping your Pinterest dreams come true. And promises, no Pinterest fails on their watch.

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I attended Corks N Crafts for a fundraiser for Shade Tree Las Vegas. Dozens of men and woman showed up for the event and filled the long wooden tables through the room. From corner to corner, different craft inspirations hung on the wall. In the front of the room, was the coveted bar stocked with popular drinks and wines.

When we first walked in, we were given instructions to find a table, grab an apron and choose a stencil. The craft for the night was a wooden sign. My mom and two other friends joined me for this ladies night out.

We headed over to the art wall and sorted through the piles of stencils. They included kitchen quotes, beer and wine quotes, Vegas Golden Knights logos, inspiration quotes, family quotes and general sports designs. Inspired by the Kendrick Lamar song “Humble, I chose “Work Hard, Stay Humble” for my wood.

Once we grabbed our stencils and headed to our seats, the class began. We started the process with smoothing out the wooden block with a bit of sandpaper. Inside the filled room, wood dust began to rise like smoke in the air. We were preparing the wood to be stained.

POPPED LAS VEGASIn an effort to get out some stress from the week and round out the wooden corners, we were all given hammers to slug our wood with. Sound erupted as everyone pounded out their week’s worth of frustration.

Next, we chose our stains. There were a variety of colors to choose from including: neutrals, pastels and neons. Most of us chose a few colors to intermix into our design – mine were barn red and dark brown. Once back at the table, we got to work rubbing on the stain with a thick cloth. Then, it was time to dry.

A food menu sat on our tables and a server made her way around the room collecting these and filling drink orders. This drying time was one of our first breaks to enjoy some conversation and snacks. I tried some gourmet popped corn from Popped.

After the stain dried, we slowly applied our stencils and chose colors to paint it. For mine, I chose a warm red and chestnut-brown to mix together. I actually ended up adding a pastel purple to make some of the words stand out.

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I loved my experience, and the opportunity to donate to a local cause. I will be coming back very soon.

Corks ‘N Crafts is open daily and offers a variety of classes and events. You can book private events, do drop-ins and host a fundraiser for your nonprofit or company.

Head to their website to checkout what craft they are doing next.

Classic car at Water Street Car Show 2018

Engines Roared at Water Street Car Show

I arrived at Water Street and couldn’t believe my eyes. Old school and tricked out cars lined the road in downtown Henderson. Much like Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, Water Street is the spot for tourists and locals.

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From side-walk to side-walk, people “oood” and “ahhhd” over the spectacular cars. Since this was my first car show, I was also stunned by the work put into these vehicles.

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Everyone brought out their best to take home a prize. Here were the categories:

  • Best In show 1st 2nd 3rdwater street car show

  • Top 25 ( categories TBA)

  • Mayor’s pick

  • Best special use

  • crowd’s favorite

  • best vintage trailer

  • best original

  • best truck

  • best American car

  • best import

  • best rat rod

The show also hosted its first annual Pin-Up contest host by Water Street Pinup and my friend LindyLou was the first place winner!

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In addition to the contests, there was a kid zone and multiple local vendors to grab a bite or drink at. We gave Las Vegas Snow a try and their Bahama Mama was amazing!

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Water Street Car Show host their event annually so make it a point to head to downtown Henderson next year.

Homemade Sushi (Yes you can do it too!)

I love sushi. All your can eat is one of my favorite date nights. My husband and I love to go to this tiny restaurant just off the freeway and indulge on occasion. Since being pregnant, I’ve of course avoided this premium delicacy. But my husband had one request for Valentine’s Day, homemade sushi.

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Now, I have zero Asian heritage so I went straight to Pinterest for some pregnant friendly recipes. There are actually quite a few, and off the wall ones, that came up. For my date night in, I decided on a modified Volcano Roll, imitation crab roll, and a stacked shrimp roll. (all fish is cooked for the baby’s safety)

First you start with cooked rice mixed with rice vinegar. This is what makes the rice sticky. Then you spread the rice all over a sheet of seaweed paper. Be sure to cover the edges or else corners of the seaweed will not moisten.

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Next, spread your favorite foods inside. For these roles, I used cucumber, cream cheese, avocado and crab. But your options are endless! I’ve seen fruit only options or even breaded seafood options. You can make these as unique as your taste buds.

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Then, you roll the whole thing up and slice it. I laid everything out on a bamboo cutting board covered in plastic wrap. The plastic allowed me to capture any lost pieces and keep the roll nice and circular. You can always choose to use a tradition bamboo mat.

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I topped the volcano roll with shrimp and sriracha mayo and topped with other with crab and a little soy sauce. After you’ve finished rolling and cutting, place on a tray and enjoy!

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Get into the Twilight Zone at Bally’s

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

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If you haven’t taken a trip to Bally’s Las Vegas in a while, you’re missing out. In December of 2017, Bally’s opened Twilight Zone Mini Golf. Located downstairs near the Bodies Exhibit, this 18-hole course bring to life the most popular Twilight Zone episodes as well as a small arcade with miniature bowling.

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For only $11.95 a person, fans of all ages are transported to the fifth dimension from 10AM – Midnight daily. Players begin their journey through the Door to Nowhere and meander through the Twilight Zone.

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One of the most popular episodes, “Time Enough at Last,” has a custom-built hole modeling the library stone steps Henri Bemus stacks books on prior to breaking his glasses. I even achieved a hole-in-one on this hole!

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Each hole allows you five chances before requiring you to move one. If players choose to keep score, the employee at the end will tell them which character they are. If you score high enough like I did, you’ll receive a FREE invitation to come back and try again.

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Twilight Zone Mini Golf is owned and operated by Monster Mini Golf – the company that has also built Kiss Mini Golf currently residing at the Rio Las Vegas. Checkout the Las Vegas Review Journal’s coverage during opening here.

Book Your Class at Wine and Canvas LV

I finally jumped on the wine and paint hype (minus the wine) and had an awesome time. I visited Wine and Canvas LV located just down the street from Sunset Station for a ghostly fun Halloween paint party.

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We started with a blank canvas and our instructor walked the class through every layer.

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Now, I’ve taken many art classes in my educational journey, but somehow never experienced canvas painting. So, I assumed this was going to be a challenge. Luckily, the instructor was a professional artist and knew how to unleash my painting ability.

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The class was a few hours, maybe longer if you include breaks for students to allow their paint to dry and make trips to the bar. Despite the flow of alcohol, the room was quiet during the entire painting instruction. Everyone was very concentrated on creating their masterpieces.

After many layers of horizontal strokes, my spooky Halloween night came to life. The scarecrow was my favorite.

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Classes are $35 per session and includes painting and instruction. Wine and gourmet popcorn are an additional cost. It’s the perfect choice for a girls night out that everyone will enjoy.

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Bon Appétit at Andre’s Bistro Bar

Located near Russell and Fort Apache. Andre’s Bistro Bar inhabits the unique space where DW Bistro used to sit. Although it shares the same venue as several hot spots, Andre’s Bistro Bar’s menu is beyond compare.

My experience was during a lovely influencers night out so our menu was pre-determined. Still, all of the French inspired items I sampled were to die for.

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I started with a Lobster Mac and Cheese. It was a creamy combination of Maine lobster, blue crab, cheese and bread crumbles. Despite the rich ingredients, there was a lemony freshness also present in every bite.

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I then moved on to the mouth-watering Petit Cheese Steak served with a side of fries. The sandwich was packed with flat-iron steak, grilled mushrooms, onions and peppers, and topped with provolone cheese.

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As a classy edition from their starter menu, we sampled the Cheese & Charcuterie Board served with a daily selection of imported charcuterie and cheese.

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Pinkies up! We paired our bites with the Violet Beauregarde cocktail. Reminiscent of the spoiled contestant in Charlie and the Chocolate factory, this sweet treat was mixed with Vodka, St. Germain, Creme Violette, 321 Hartford Court, Russian River Valley 2015 Cocchi Americano, Lemon Juice.

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Wonderful World of BreeAnd, of course, the staff saved the best for last. My taste buds were waiting for their collection of decadent desserts. From left to right, I sampled the Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Walnut Gateau, Lemon Tart with raspberry coulis, Chocolate Pot de Crème custard, and the Saturday Sundae with all the classics.

Andre’s Bistro Bar is open daily for lunch, happy hour and dinner.

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595 Craft and Kitchen – Newest Pub to hit Spring Valley

Known for their craft beer, owners Chris Holding and Van-Alan Nguyen opened 595 Craft and Kitchen just two short months ago. Seated on the corner of Rainbow and Tropicana, this diamond in the rough is a pleasant find.

Upon walking into the restaurant, I was transported to a warm summer night near the beach. Wooden panels lined the walls and a California reminiscent garage door fit into the opposing exit. On the right, a long bar sat facing a paint chalked blackboard with endless drink choices.

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Although 595 is making a name for itself in craft brewing, its food menu is just as powerful. During my visit, I experienced their popular appetizers – crispy chicken skins and fried deviled eggs. Whoever argued that fried food and pints don’t match was seriously mistaken.

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After a filling course of delectable bites, the world-famous Ice Box Buttermilk Cheesecake was brought out. 595 spares no expense on their food presentation.IMG_6427

Filled inside a small glass jar, the extremely sweet dessert was almost too pretty to eat. From the strawberries to the lemon twist, it was difficult to know where to begin.

595 captures a unique style between nightly hangout and casual date night. Each item was brought out on a baking tray and laid out perfectly. Serving dishes were no exception.

Open 7 days a week, the restaurant and bar can cater to whatever you’re craving. Check out the full menu here.

4th of July in Vegas – Something for Everyone

Happy Independence Day! From fireworks to BBQ’s, today is sure to be a good time. Not sure what you want to do? Here’s some things happening around the valley to checkout.

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Beer Park – Enjoy food and drink specials, games and roof top viewing of fireworks.

The POOL at The LINQ – MIX 94.1 hosts an Independence Day two-for-tuesday special. Enjoy drink specials for all industry employees and locals.

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Escape Reality  – Test your skills in largest escape room facility in Vegas. In honor of 4th of July, Escape Reality is offering 50% off bookings when using code:America50.

Life Time Green Valley’s Fourth of July bash – Enjoy you afternoon poolside at Green Valley Ranch and stick around for the 9 p.m. firework show.

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Every year, the city spares no expense at lighting up the night sky with Fireworks. Here’s the schedule:

Las Vegas 51s VS El Paso at 7 p.m. – post game fireworks

Henderson Annual Independence Celebration at Heritage Park – events start at 6 p.m. and fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Boulder City 69th Annual Damboree Celebration at Veteran’s Memorial Park – food, fun and water park open at 4 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Station Casinos – Fireworks are at 9 p.m. from each property.

Las Vegas Country Club – Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Red Rock Country Club – Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Kid Friendly Places to Dine in Vegas

Eating out is expensive, especially when some of your guests may only take two bites. Here’s a list of cheap places to eat in Vegas with the whole family.

IHOP
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In an effort to bring families together, IHOP offers free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entrée daily from 4PM – 8PM. Kids must be 12 and under to order from the “Just for Kids Menu.”

DENNYS

Image may contain: textThe sky is the limit with Denny’s Kids menu. Every Tuesday from 4-10PM, receive a complimentary children’s entrée with purchase of an adult plate.

DICKIES BBQ

Every Sunday, kid’s eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. This offer is available for dine-in only for kids 12 and under.

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Receive a complimentary “Nino” cheese quesadilla daily for kids 6 and under when ordering an adult entrée.  Bring the family on taco Tuesday and everyone eats for $1.95.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

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Children 12 and under enjoy kids menu options for $0.99 from 5 – 8PM every Monday.

LUCILLE’S BBQ

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Photo from Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ

Every Tuesday, kids enjoy a free meal with purchase of an adult entrée. 

FIREHOUSE SUBS

Every Wednesday, receive a free kids meal with adult combo. Kids will also take home a fire hat.

 

Any places you’ve visited that I can add to this list?