Red Rock Canyon has many places for kids to hike, along with an informational museum. Photo By: Bureau of Land Management via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Moving to Las Vegas: Must-Know Links for Moms

Even though Las Vegas is known for wild nightlife and endless gambling, you’ll quickly learn that it’s a surprisingly family friendly place to live. Whether you opt for a high-rise condo overlooking the Strip, or a single-family home in Clark County, you’ll want to look into all of the community resources we’ve collected for moms who are new to to the Las Vegas area.

Meet other moms. Las Vegas has an array of groups geared toward supporting moms and socializing kids. Mommy & Me West is an independent, not-for-profit organization for the entire city of Las Vegas that focuses on moms with young children, from newborns to kindergartners. The club centers around activities—from play dates and moms’ night out to “meals for moms,” where club members deliver meals to new mothers. You can be as involved with the group as you choose, going to an activity every day or a maybe just once a month.

Raise active kids. The Clark County Parks & Recreation Department provides a handful of day camps during school breaks, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Friday for children ages 6 to 12. It’s the perfect option for working moms who worry about what to do with their little ones during seasonal school breaks. Here, kids spend the day making crafts, playing sports, taking field trips and enjoying games. Clark County also offers five-day summer sleep-away camp options for a variety of ages at Camp Lee, just 45 minutes from Las Vegas. Signups begin March 1. The YMCA of Las Vegas is another great option for day camps, as well as a variety of classes and sports leagues, including gymnastics, dance, soccer and basketball.

Explore southern Nevada. Las Vegas is more than high-rise hotels, bright lights and slot machines—it’s also a place full of green trails and parks, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Floyd Lamb State Park northwest Las Vegas is a 680-acre park with four ponds, picnic areas, barbecues and kid-friendly paths. For an interesting day trip just 20 miles from the Strip, you can take the kids hiking at Red Rock Canyon. Stop for a picnic lunch and take in the amazing plant and animal life under 3,000-foot-high red rock formations—just be sure to pack plenty of water and check the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately.

Learn the local school system. The Clark County School District is your source for all things K-12. By typing a home address into the site’s search engine, you can pull up reports—with test scores, student demographics and details on special programs—about the schools in any given area of the valley. On the site, you can also learn more about the yearly anticipated curriculum and how to enroll your child in school.

Get guidance. Parents Guide of Las Vegas is an excellent resource for moms who are new to the area. With blogs, a vast calendar of events and a slew of magazine articles—ranging from local preschools to the newest Discovery Children’s Museum exhibit—you’ll learn about the area and what’s happening locally that you shouldn’t miss. Vegas Family Events is another resource that provides an hour-by-hour list of family-focused events in your area—from kids-play-free golf to the shark feeding at the Natural History Museum. The site also has links to local playgroups, coupons and family reviews.

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