Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 1:26 p.m.
School’s out in Las Vegas, at least for the week.
With spring break in full effect, students and families may have some extra free time on their hands this week.
Here’s a look at some options to keep the family entertained during the break:
Pinball Hall of Fame
A handful of quarters can buy the family hours of entertainment at the Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 E. Tropicana, which is home to more than 200 classic pinball and arcade games.
West Wind Drive-In
For some old-fashioned family fun, the West Wind Drive-In in North Las Vegas is serving up plenty of family friendly movies including “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” and “Mirror Mirror,” the live-action adaptation of Snow White.
Admission to the drive-in, 4150 West Carey Ave., is $6.50 for adults, with special discounts for children under 11.
Sunny skies and temperatures projected in the 70s and 80s for the rest of the week make for an excellent opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 20 miles west of Las Vegas, offers scenic views and various hiking trails suited for all skill levels for a low price of $7 per vehicle.
Boulder City Tunnel Hike
The Boulder City Tunnel Hike offers families an opportunity to get outside while exploring some of the area’s history. The trail is part of the larger 30-mile River Mountains trail system and takes hikers through five railroad tunnels that were once used by trains hauling supplies used in the construction of the Hoover Dam. The trailhead is at U.S. 93 and Pacifica Highway.
Ice skating and bowling
Several Station Casinos properties are dropping prices and extending their hours to lure in local spring breakers. Bowling alleys at Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Texas Station, Sunset Station and Wildfire Casino are offering discounted rates. The hours at the ice skating rink at Fiesta Rancho will also be extended throughout the week.
“The Color Purple”
One of Las Vegas’s newest attractions, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its Broadway Las Vegas series with several performances of “The Color Purple.”
The award-winning portrayal of life in the south in the 1930s will run at the Smith Center Tuesday through Sunday with tickets starting at $27.
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
Take one more chance to visit the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum at its current location on Las Vegas Boulevard before it moves later this year to its new home next to the Smith Center.
The museum is currently playing host to a Curious George exhibit in addition to its regular exhibits that provide plenty of opportunities for hands on fun. Tickets are $8.50 for children and $9.50 for adults.
Circus Circus Adventuredome and Midway
Circus Circus is home to one of the largest indoor theme parks in the nation. The five-acre, pink glass-encased park boasts more than a dozen rides for all ages.
When you’ve had enough thrills from the rides, head over to the opposite side of the hotel and visit the Carnival Midway. Free circus performances appear throughout the day, and hundreds of arcade and carnival games are available for play.
Explore the early days of Las Vegas and the people that helped shape the city at the recently opened Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. The museum, which offers special discounts for students, gives visitors an immersive look into both sides of the battle between the mob and law enforcement.
But beware: Some of the museum’s grittier exhibits may not be appropriate for younger children.