Play Dates on $10 or Less

Here is the article I wrote for AOL City's Best a while back on play dates for $10 or less. I figure it bears repeating. See the original article here.

Family Fun for $10 or Less: Play, Stargaze & Skate!

If you're feeling all kicky and reckless, it may be time to try a kid activity for $10 or less per person. Yes, I said $10 ... I did mention recklessness, didn't I? Sometimes you just have to go for broke. And if you are a parent, then being broke is your destiny. Don't try to fight it, just accept it. It'll be easier on everyone once you do.

Run Plus Fun: This clean indoor playground (pictured at right) is a good place for kids to let loose, no matter what the weather is like. There are slides, ball pits and an area reserved for babies and toddlers. For parents there are couches and free Wi-Fi -- win-win!
Day pass, $8 per child
10875 S. Eastern Ave.; 702-272-2255


CSN's Planetarium and Observatory: Make this outing an educational one. The Planetarium features a show on various celestial bodies that is projected on a domed screen. In the evenings, once the performance is over, telescopes are set out and public observing sessions are held.
$6 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.; 702-651-4138


Rancho Crystal Palace Skating Rink: Get into some old-fashioned roller skating at this classic roller rink. If you go on "Wacky Wednesdays," you can really make your dollar stretch -- the $8 price tag includes 2 slices of pizza, skate rental, a soft drink and 4 video game tokens. Otherwise, for the same price on other days all you get is regular admission.
$8 on Wednesdays, 3pm - 9:30pm. Check website for schedule and other deals.
3901 N. Rancho Dr.; 702-645-4892


Las Vegas Ice Center: Speaking of skating, if you're more into ice skating than roller skating, and your child dreams of being a future figure skating star, then this is the place to go. The Las Vegas Ice Center's admission price includes the skates, and they even have toddler sizes. Toddler ice skating should be pretty fun. More so for those observing, probably less so for the toddler learning the hard way that the ice is slippery.
$9 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6 - 8, $5 for toddlers. Check website for public skate schedule.
9295 W. Flamingo Rd., Ste. 130; 702-320-7777

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