Eight places to work your muscles or brains when it’s just too hot to be outside
LAS VEGAS INDOOR SKYDIVING
This falling-in-style facility on the Strip provides a skydiving experience for singles and groups. The minimum weight required is 40 pounds, so bring the kids. Lessons are $75 per person, and flights start at $99. 200 Convention Center Drive, vegasindoorskydiving.com.
More into the agility of your fingers than physical athletics, but still crave heady competition? Then Gameworks’ eSports Center might be the perfect outlet. It allows gamers to compete in videogames with others. Group reservations can be made, game leagues can be set up, and tournaments happen regularly. Walk-ins cost $5 for an hour while an all-day pass is $25.
Town Square, gameworks.com
MEEPLEVILLE BOARD GAME CAFÉ
With more than 2,000 games available, this place is made for crowds, so bring your friends or find some new ones. Don’t know how to play the games? Meepleville employees can teach you. Can’t play Stratego on an empty stomach? The café serves up sandwiches, pizza, beer, and wine.
4704 W. Sahara Ave., meepleville.com
ULTIMATE DODGEBALL LEAGUE
Remember playing dodgeball in school and thinking, “Man, this is missing something”? Well, you were right: It needed a trampoline park to make it ultimate dodgeball. Bring friends to Sky Zone and possibly start a local Ultimate Dodgeball League. 7440 Dean Martin Drive #201, skyzone.com
Learn the ins and outs of this ancient sport — and maybe engage in a little Robin Hood cosplay — without having to chase your misfired arrows through the summer heat. Bring your kids age 7 and up, or even host a birthday party here. 6326 Dean Martin Drive, impactarcherylv.com
ORIGIN CLIMBING AND FITNESS
In deepest Henderson you’ll find 22,000 square feet of indoor vertical coolness. Whatever your jam, Origin can oblige: bouldering, top ropes, auto-belays, and lead routes. In addition, there are yoga and weight rooms. 6618 Commercial Way J, originclimb.com
POLE POSITION RACING
The policy here is pretty straightforward: “Arrive and drive.” Pole Position promises “the fastest rental karts in the United States,” which you’ll zoom around a quarter-mile “Euro-style” race track — all in a nice, climate-controlled interior. Make your own Mario Kart jokes. 7350 Prairie Falcon Road, 4175 S. Arville St., polepositionraceway.com
VEGAS TABLE TENNIS CLUB
This bright, airy space is overseen by Emily Gong, formerly a professional player in China. For $6 a day, you can practice or compete; Wednesday evenings, there’s a round robin. Or check this out, from the club’s website: “There are two robots available for practice.” Robots? Game on. 5154 W. Patrick Lane #110, vegasttc.com