“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” ~Russel Baker

School is out and it’s a hundred plus degrees outside, which can only mean one thing…summertime in Vegas. When I was a kid this meant summer camp, Wet ‘n Wild and the Las Vegas Strip. We would wait all year for the heat because that meant fewer tourists so we could go play at all the new resorts and see the new sights, without all the people. Alas, Vegas has changed. Wet ‘n Wild no longer exists and the tourists have decided to brave the heat. So what is there to do for us locals?

Super Summer Theater. This year you can enjoy Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Damn Yankees, and The Foreigner at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park within Red Rock.  For the minimal fee of $5 per car, you can enjoy great entertainment on their outdoor stage.  Bring a picnic and it’s dinner and a show.

The District at Green Valley Ranch. The District is a family and pet friendly mixed-use metropolitan community. A place to shop, eat, live, and find great entertainment. Every summer they put on two summer long events; Music on Main Street and the Outdoor Picture Show. Both are free and a great way to spend those hot summer nights.

Clark County Aquatics. Wet n’ Wild may be gone, but there are still plenty of pools around the valley to have fun in and cool off. For $3 per day (they offer season passes) you can take a dip and work on your tan. There is one in every area of town and most of them now have water parks and slides. They even offer classes if you don’t know how to swim.

First Friday. Once a month, Downtown Las Vegas turns into a gigantic block party. Artists of all types perform whether it’s displaying their artwork in the funky arts district, dancing in the streets, or being a featured live band. The festivities adjust in price, ranging from free to $10 with all proceeds going to the 501(c)3 that has put on First Friday since 2002.

Henderson Events Plaza. The city of Henderson has revitalized their downtown to have more of a community, small town feel. They host events like farmer’s markets, art walks, and live music. Most of the events are free and a great way to spend the day.

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