Beat the Heat: Fun indoor options in Las Vegas during the summer

Pinball Hall of Fame offers fans of the popular pastime a chance to relive it through the decades (Christine Kim KSNV News 3).JPG

You don't need a newsflash to know that summer in Las Vegas is hot.

Luckily, there are plenty of options for escaping the sun -- some you probably know about, and others that might be a bit hidden.

2018 NBA Summer League

For 12 days in July, all 30 NBA teams will come to the Las Vegas Strip to see what young players and those taken in the draft have to offer.

NBA Summer League in Las Vegas starts on Friday, July 6, at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus and ends on Tuesday, July 17.

General admission tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for kids. The good news -- fans with a ticket can watch a full day of games.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving

Want the rush of flying hundreds of feet off the ground without, y'know, being that high off the ground?

Vegas Indoor Skydiving provides rental equipment, training and instructions for a flying session.

Learning to fly for one person is $75, but you can cut the price down if you bring a few friends -- packages are available for five, 10 and 20 participants.

Kids Club at the Galleria Mall

On the third Saturday of each month, at the lower level Kohl's, Galleria Mall hosts an hour of activities for kids.

Each month features a different theme and special guest from 10 to 11 a.m. It's free and no RSVP is required.

Barrick Museum of Art

Summer is a great time to explore culture and the arts, and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art on the UNLV campus is one such destination.

The museum's exhibition for the summer, "Andrew Schoultz: In Process: Every Movement Counts," mixes museum space with the energy of streets and skate parks.

Admission is free, though visitors are asked to make a voluntary contribution.

Guests can also take part in hands-on workshops, and groups of up to 20 people can take a docent-led tour for just $25 per group.

Escapology Las Vegas

Arts and culture aren't the only ways to grow your mind in the summer. Brain teasers can be great mental workouts too.

Escape rooms, like those at Escapology Las Vegas, test your smarts with clues and puzzles so you can escape a room within an hour.

Escapology accommodates private teams from two to six people, with one a game costing $30 per person Monday through Thursday and $35 Friday through Sunday.

Pinball Hall of Fame

There are interactive museums, and then there is the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Located on Tropicana between Maryland Parkway and Eastern Avenue, the Hall of Fame is a collection of about 1,000 machines that a Michigan man brought to the desert.

Several games (read: more than 100) are available for play, and because the Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit, the money raised from the machines goes toward charity.

The machines still need quarters to play, but there's no entrance or admission fee.

Friday Afternoon Movie at Green Valley Library

Every Friday, the Green Valley Library in Henderson hosts a movie screening at 2 p.m.

These aren't for kids, necessarily -- some of the movies scheduled for July include R-rated flicks "Blockers" and "Game Night."

The screenings are free, but seats are limited. Library cardholders are asked to register online.

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