Archery 101 for Kids in Las Vegas

by Kimberley McGee
archery general

There are many activities for kids to get outdoors in Las Vegas. From rock climbing to sailing, water skiing, mountain hiking and bike riding. One of our favorites in town is archery, and there are some great spaces to set your bow on. 

Scroll to the bottom for tips for new archers! BUT! Don’t be afraid to walk into a local archery place with no experience. Each place loves to help newbies find their groove. Instructors are typically on hand to help you handle the bow. 

Indoor Archery in Las Vegas

Impact Archery
6323 Dean Martin Drive

This 20-yard range has local deals and more. Call ahead to make sure that there is space in this roomy indoor archery range that follows local safety guidelines for ages 8+.

Aces & Arrows Archery
980 American Pacific Drive #107
Lessons are by appointment 11 -7:30 pm Tues-Fri and 10-6 pm on Sat-Sun. 

The Henderson archery has 5-20 yard ranges for ages 7+. There are refreshments and places to chill for a day of bowing.  They have a special introductory Archery Lesson available for kids 8 and up for $35 dollars. That includes a coach for the full hour, equipment rental and range time with a target they get to take home.


Clark County Shooting Complex

The Clark County Shooting Complex has a sweet spot in the center of this sprawling outdoor activity center. We spent an afternoon learning archery 101 for kids with trained professionals. They were patient in teaching us the rules about the line and how to adroitly hold the bow and arrows. 

The first arrow to soar from a bow thrilled the kids.The first set of arrows were at close distance. As the kids’ skills quickly increased, they were able to pull off a few bullseyes in the few hours we were there. Yes, hours! The time flew by. Archery is a social sport when you have a lot of kids learning at once.

AND there was no fussing over equipment or instructors. It’s an individual sport as you test your own aim and ability to progress. The kids were inspired when they saw improvement within a few rounds of target archery practice.

The archery range uses compound bows. Instructors will show you the correct way to grasp the bow with your dominant hand. Whether you are a righty or a lefty, they will also find the right weight and fit.

The Archery Center has a known-distance archery range. It is covered with clear firing points. During the warmer months you cn go in the evenings and practice your skills under night lights. The Archery Center has a 100-yard range with targets for different skill levels. Behind the line of the covered archery area, there is a shaded picnic area with tables, restrooms and a 3-D Walking Course. Bring the bikes, the dogs, oh, and the kids, for an afternoon of outdoor activity.

The Archery Center in Las Vegas is an ideal outdoor activity for kids.

Bow Basics for Beginner Archers

Basically, line the bow up vertically with the strings so that it faces the ground at a 90-degree angle. A grip on the front of the bow
helps to find a good fit for your fingers. With your non-dominant hand, grab the
bow so it sits in the pocket between your thumb and palm. Rest your thumb on
the back of the bow grip and let your index finger wrap around the front.

This is the hard part. Don’t grip the arrow too tightly. The thumb and index finger control most of the action. 

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