Top Things To Do In Las Vegas with kids
There are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas with kids - below are some of my best ideas!
There are plenty of attractions, shows and tours you could do when visiting Vegas with your children. Recommended for little kids, as well as teens ! Although Vegas stopped being the ultimate family destination a while ago, but there are still plenty of fun family friendly Las Vegas activities.
Besides, for some families it's not even a question whether to bring kids with them on vacation in Las Vegas or not. At least our family has no choice, as we don't have anyone to leave our kids with. So if your family is like ours, you can still get the most of your vacation. Here are some wonderful things you could do with your kids here.
Family Friendly Shows
There are quite a few shows in Las Vegas suitable for little children and teens, although some of them have age restrictions of 5+. But then you wouldn't normally want to take 2 year old for a show as they can't even sit still! The shows we recommend for kids also include Cirque du Soleil (all except Zumanity - which is strictly adult show! However, even for Cirque du Soleil kids need to be at least 5 years old. And, of course, there are plenty of magic shows that the little ones would love!
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Las Vegas Power Pass
First thing you might need when looking for things to do in Las Vegas with your children when on a budget - is the Las Vegas Power Pass. Not that you can't do without it, but it will save you a lot of money. For one relatively low price you will get free access to many great attractions in Vegas. It's best to rent a car, because the Power Pass includes attractions in different parts of the city and it will be quite costly to hire a taxi and too long to travel around by bus.
Location: between Flamingo and The Link hotels
High Roller, one of the newest things to do in Las Vegas with kids, is a new ferris wheel located on the Strip. At a height of 550 feet, it is also the world's tallest observation wheel. The High Roller is located in the heart of The Linq and entrance is through a building with interactive elements and a lounge. There are 28 air-conditioned, enclosed pods capable of accommodating 40 passengers. These pods are transparent, to provide you a breathtaking view of the entire Las Vegas Valley. The 30 minute ride will also include music and video shows inside the cabin, accompanying the views of the valley.
Location: inside Luxor Hotel & Casino
Hours: 10 am - 10 pm
Review: Visiting Titanic Exhibit at Luxor is among the coolest things you could do in Las Vegas with older kids. It will be interesting to both teenagers and little kids. At the exhibition, you will revisit the legendary Titanic and the night of the disaster. You will see multiple artifacts collected from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Each exhibit has a story to tell - about its owner, about the ship. Now these artifacts are the only witnesses of the disaster that claimed lives of over 1,500 passengers the night of April 15, 1912. In addition to artifacts, you will see scrupulously created copies of cabins, the deck and other facilities of the ship, as well as the famous staircase (on the picture) in the main hall - the organizers of the exhibition did a great job recreating the luxury ship destroyed by the fatal coincidence. As you enter the exhibition, you will receive a boarding pass with a name of an actual passenger of the ship. And only in the end of your tour you will find out if the passenger on your pass survived or not. Although Titanic is among the best Las Vegas family attractions, it will be more interesting to older children.
Bodies - The Exhibition
Location: inside Luxor Hotel & Casino
Hours: 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM
Review: Bodies Las Vegas is probably the most controversial exposition in the world, that has drawn protest in many countries and some U.S cities. In Las Vegas, it's still among the most popular educational things to do with kids and teens. However, this exhibition is not for the faint of heart, and you should know what it's about before you decide if your kids will like this museum.
At the exhibition you can see real human bodies and body parts, embryos and internal organs, preserved in special balms. The bodies are shown in certain "artistic poses" - a running rugby player with a ball, or a basketball player in the picture on the left. You will be able to see in detail lungs damaged by cigarette smoke, human brain, as well as learn how the nervous and digestive systems work. While it's hard to deny the educational aspect of this exhibition, Bodies The Exhibition may not be for everyone.
Location: Inside MGM Grand Hotel
Review: If you enjoy the CSI show, you might like this CSI: The Experience. Playing a role of a detective at a forensic crime lab is among the coolest things you could do in Las Vegas with older kids. At this exhibit, you are assigned a case and are supposed to solve a "crime" - that is pretty easy for adults, but might be an interesting challenge for children.
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Wax Museum
Location: inside the Venetian Hotel
Review: According to many reviews, visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is among the coolest things to do in Las Vegas with kids! Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is one of the best in the world. We haven't seen all of them, but we are inclined to believe it - the wax figures of my favorite actors Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt are so realistic it's almost spooky! You will be surprised how small the mega stars actually are in real life...While the museum is just that - wax figures of famous people. You can take lots and lots of pictures with your beloved stars! A small detail - creating a wax figure is a very difficult task. Before they even start moulding, they need to take a lot of measurements and pictures of the stars. If they are making a figure of a deceased person, they are using just existing pictures.
Pole Position Raceway
For those who prefer adrenaline-pumping action, Pole Position Raceway is among the most exciting things to do in Las Vegas with kids. This massive facility has a European style racing track designed by professional drivers where you will be able to drive 18 horsepower racing karts indoors. Designed with advanced technology, these indoor karts are faster than anywhere else in the country. Other than racing, the facility is also home to a large games room with pool tables, pinball and a good view of the track. There is also an arcade with a number of racing games and a good range of souvenirs to purchase like hats and t-shirts.
Lion Habitat Ranch
At the Lion Habitat Ranch, you will be able to visit an 8.5 acre ranch that is home to lions that once worked at the famous MGM Grand Lion Habitat in Las Vegas. This sanctuary is home to over 40 lions and many cubs and is among the most interesting things to do in Las Vegas with kids. You will have clear views of the lions playing and lounging inside. There are also 2 options for updates available. You can choose a small group, private tour for a better view, interactive question answer sessions and a guided tour. You can also choose the tamer experience where you will be able to learn how to feed lions, bathe them, train, and clean their habitat.
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Location: inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
The Shark Reef located at Mandalay Bay is a hugely popular Las Vegas attraction for kids, teens and adults alike. It's a large aquarium with many sea creatures, including sharks, lion fish, moray eels, stingrays, jellyfish, exotic freshwater and marine fish, turtles, several crocodiles, piranhas, lizards, Komodo and other scary and not so much animals.
The aquarium was designed in such a way as to resemble a temple slowly sinking in the sea. People walk through gorgeous glass tunnels, while the fish and the animals are swimming around.
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Location: inside The Mirage Hotel
Open Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is a very exotic place and is among must-do things to do in Las Vegas with kids. It might not be as interesting for adults as for the little children kids. The Secret Garden is home to rare Felidae animals including Black Panthers, Golden Tigers, Leopards, Lions and extremely rare White Lions and White Tigers. The garden is decorated with elements of Indian and Asian architecture.
The Dolphin Habitat features a huge pool where you can watch dolphins through the viewing window above the swimming pool as well as under it. The hotel also offers a "trainer for a day" program where you can participate in training the dolphins all day long!
The Aquarium is located in the lobby, so it's hard to miss it if you are staying at the Mirage. It's full of beautiful exotic fish that fascinate both adults and kids. The aquarium is free to check out.
Las Vegas Mob Museum
Location: 300 Stewart Avenue Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101
Sundays through Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Review: If you are looking for things to do in Las Vegas with older kids in downtown, be sure to check out The Mob Museum located close to Fremont Street Experience. The museum features old faded photographs of mob members, documents, memorabilia such as hats, canes, scarves, and even guns that belonged to various members of the "Family". There are short films that you can watch if you wish to learn more. If you are interested in the history of Las Vegas and the role that Mafia played in it, include this museum into your Las Vegas must do list! Allow yourself about an hour for exploration of each of its 3 floors.
Natural History Museum
Location: 900 North Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Open daily from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.; Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Day
Review: The Natural History Museum is among not to miss Las Vegas attractions for kids, great for little kids. In this museum, your kids will take a journey into the world of nature from prehistoric times to the present day. They will learn about various species of animals, insects, ecosystems and human relationships with the environment. For 2-8 year old boys, there are a few great dinosaur exhibits (our two sons love dinosaurs, that's why I am so sure yours will!). There is also a shark exhibit with a real shark, but it's really nothing you wouldn't see in your local pets store. But you definitely should see their Egypt section - although this one would be more interesting for adults. The museum is relatively small, but it will make a fun day out with your children.
Lied Discovery Children's Museum
Location: 833 Las Vegas Boulevard North Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon – 5 p.m.; Closed Mondays except most school holidays; Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Review: Lied Discovery is not a regular museum - children can actually touch and play with everything here, all the while learning about the world, arts, physics and other sciences, human rights, geography and life in general. They have many permanent exhibit as well as a few traveling ones, so there is always something new to do for kids! This is definitely among the most popular things to do in Las Vegas with little kids.
M&M's World at MGM Grand
Location: Right next to MGM Grand Hotel
Sunday – Thursday (9 am – 11 pm); Friday & Saturday (9 am – Midnight)
Review: M&M's World is an awesome place to take your kids to! It tops the list of the sweetest things to do in Las Vegas with kids - it's a really, really large M&M's store - 4 floors of chocolate pleasure. However, while admission is free, be prepared to spend some money on the M&M's - it's incredibly hard to resist! They have M&Ms of all possible and impossible colors - some colors you don't normally see in a box. By the way, the merchandise is quite affordable. Kids also love the race car on display and the 3D movie that they play.
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Location: 2180 South Carson Street Carson City, Nevada 89701
Friday - Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Review: Nevada State Railroad Museum is among the coolest things to do in Las Vegas with kids - paradise for kids of all ages, and geeks like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory! The museum displays old trains and steam and electric engines. There are trains inside, as well as outside, where you could take a ride on a restored vintage train. The museum is pretty small and it will take you less than an hour to see it all, unless you and your kids want to ride a train. There is also a great gift shop in that has a lot of cool stuff to buy as a souvenir.
Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve
Location: 309 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Review: Nevada State Museum is a little treasure, Location: inside Springs Preserve. Among the best educational things to do in Las Vegas with kids, it traces the history of Nevada from the days of yore to the present. It would be interesting to visit for both adults and kids. The Nevada State Museum is filled with exhibits from minerals to skeletons of mammals that inhabit Nevada, to descriptions of the first Nations who lived on its territory, to exhibits from the modern days such as costumes of Las Vegas showgirls. Entrance to the museum is included into the price for Springs Preserve. Unfortunately, the museum is only open from Friday to Monday - so plan accordingly!
Red Rock Climbing Center
Location: 8201 W Charleston Blvd. #B
Things to do in Las Vegas with kids include the Red Rock Climbing Center is an indoor climbing facility, located close to the Red Rock Canyon. The climbing wall itself is 35 feet tall with a number of routes available. For those who are slightly more experienced, there is a 1,000 square feet area available with challenging roof routes and overhangs. The facility offers a lot of different routes for beginners as well as experts. Climbing lessons, instructors and equipment rentals are available. For those who want to try mountain climbing outdoors, the facility also offers guided outdoor services at the Red Rock Canyon. Private parties and events can also be organized at the Red Rock Climbing Center.
Palazzo Waterfall Atrium
Location: inside Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo
The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium is a beautiful indoor garden that provides a very refreshing break from the action of the Las Vegas Strip. The atrium is open 24 hours and is among free things to do in Las Vegas with kids. Designed with beautiful foliage, flower arrangements, displays and natural lighting, it is a relaxing place to unwind and take a break. The atrium is located in the Palazzo's Grand Canal Shoppes and features a two-story high waterfall feature as a beautiful backdrop. The displays and arrangements are changed every season so you'll always have a unique experience, regardless of the season you visit it in.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat Las Vegas Park
Location: inside Flamingo Hotel
For families with kids, the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is a not-to-miss stop - the kids will enjoy the variety of birds, fish and turtles. This small Las Vegas attraction for kids is located in the "backyard" of Flamingo Hotel, and you can get there through the Sin City Bar. The habitat is home to swans, ducks, flamingos and many other species of birds. The habitat, along with the hotel's water park, is styled in the Caribbean style, appointed with cascading waterfalls, Caribbean plants and mysterious caves.
Sunset Stampede at Sam's Town
Location: inside Sam's Town Hotel
If you are happen to be passing by Sam's Town Hotel with your kids, make sure you pay a visit to it Sunset Stumpede at Mystic Falls Park - a popular stop if you are looking for things to do in Las Vegas with kids off the Strip. The park is a perfect place to relax, unwind and drink coffee while your kids are exploring the area. There are plenty of live trees, small waterfalls, forest sounds and fun animatronic animals that come alive every few hours. Then you will catch a fountain show dancing to the sound of classical music, laser lights animal sounds.
Location: inside Silverton Hotel & Casino
Review: Silverton Aquarium is among unique things to do in Las Vegas with kids and teens. Firstly, it's a free aquarium. Secondly, it has a whole variety of different kinds of fish. The aquarium is really huge and occupies the space from the floor to the ceiling. There are several chairs and benches where you can sit and enjoy watching more than 4,000 exotic fish and even mermaids. What? Mermaids? That's right, mermaids! They blow bubbles, interact with kids, dance, flip and twirl. Exactly what you'd suppose real mermaids do.
Besides, you can sometimes see divers there. They feed the fish while the guide outside answers any questions you or your kids might ask. The divers can also answer questions and share some cool facts about the aquarium and the fish there. The mermaid art gallery is definitely worth checking out.
Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Location: inside Bellagio Hotel & Casino
The Botanical Gardens are among best things to do in Las Vegas with kids - and not just because it's free and open 24/7. It contains stunning color compositions that smell incredibly and change all the time depending on the seasons or holidays. Harmonious addition of floral displays is their combination with gazebos, bridges and, of course, fountains - which corresponds to the general style of the hotel. Its other major attractions are Dancing Fountains and a very beautiful show by Cirque du Soleil - O.
Location: 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day; Christmas
Admission: Adult $18.95; Senior (65+), Student (18+) $17.05; Child (5-17 years) $10.95; Free with Power Pass
Springs Preserve is a popular Las Vegas attraction for kids, built around the first source of water around which the city developed. This is a perfect place to discover the flora, fauna, and the history of the region. At Springs Preserve you will find botanical gardens, hiking and biking trails, colorful gardens that feature Cacti, palm trees, roses, vegetables and fruits. At its Origen Museum you will find live animals such as lizards, cottontails, pocket gophers, grey foxes. The Desert Living Center offers interactive classrooms and workshops where kids can learn about recycling, composting, sustainability and why it all matters. There is also a hidden treasure inside the Springs Preserve - Nevada State Museum where you and your kids can learn more about the development of Nevada from the prehistoric to modern period.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Location: 2 Cactus Garden Dr., Henderson, NV
Review: Your kids might enjoy a free visit to one of the sweetest Las Vegas attractions for kids - Ethel M Chocolate Factory. They will see with their own eyes how their favorite chocolates are made, and will be able to taste the samples! Besides, they also have beautiful botanical gardens right behind the factory - they have one of the largest collections of cacti in the U.S! Just remember to bring plenty of water especially if it's summer - it's pretty hot outside in the gardens.
Tip: as the factory is located in Henderson, it might be a little expensive to hire a taxi just to get there. If you are interested you could combine the visit with a Hoover Dam tour and they will drive you there - it's right on the way anyway. Price-wise, it would be almost as expensive as hiring a taxi to get to the factory from the Strip! But it's worth a visit if you own or have rented a car.
Pinball Hall of Fame
Location: 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV 89119
11am - 11pm, Sunday to Thursday; 11am - 12 pm , Friday and Saturday.
Review: If you are looking for things to do in Las Vegas with kids on a hot sunny day - the Pinball Hall of Fame is your answer! I promise you will have a blast - and maybe even a blast from the past - if you have played pinball or arcade games as a kid you might even find your favorite ones. They have the largest collection of pinball games - from vintage to modern, with games costing from 25 to 75 cents. This is not a place where pinball machines come to die - they actually restore old machines so you can enjoy them for years to come. Their oldest pinball machines date back as far as 1900, and you can still play them! That's one of Las Vegas attractions for kids and teens not to miss !
Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
Mini Gran Prix is among the most popular things to do in Las Vegas with kids and teens. It is also a popular children's birthday party venue with several good amenities like slides, a small roller coaster, mini race cars, an arcade, good food and picnic tables. Race with friends in go karts or the sprint karts. The karts are designed to be safe enough for the kids while the staff members are always available on hand to provide help. Time trails are available in Gran Prix cars where you can drive two laps on the winding track on your own, without having to worry about other drivers.
If you are looking for free things to do in Las Vegas with kids - there are some wonderful shows and attractions that don't cost a dime! Strictly speaking, not all of them are geared towards little children, but all of them are clean enough so kids can enjoy them together with you.
Some wonderful free shows include the erupting Volcano at The Mirage, the dancing Fountains at Bellagio, the Fall of Atlantis show of moving statues at Caesars Palace, the light show of The Fremont Street Experience.
Sightseeing tours within city limits are among the most fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids! These tours are informative, fun-filled, and short enough for little ones to handle. Especially if your kids are in Vegas for the first time, these tours are a great introduction to the city for them. There tours I suggest are Double-Decker Bus of the Stars, and Hop-on Hop-Off Open Top Bus.
Tours For a family vacation
There are many tours for those looking for exciting adventurous tours in Las Vegas with kids. Our favorite thing about Vegas is it's location. Really! It's located so conveniently that it's very easy to get from the city to great national parks. The most poplar trip during Las Vegas family vacation is of course the Grand Canyon. Other national parks you could explore with your children while on vacation in Vegas are Death Valley, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon.
Thrill Rides / Amusement Parks
Vegas is home to so many great amusement parks and other thrill rides that if your kids or teens are into this stuff you will never get bored! That's not the case with our two boys, they are more into animals and fish, haha! But nevertheless, we've made the research for you and are happy to recommend the following amusement parks for Las Vegas family vacation.
Insanity and X-Scream are insane rides located at the Stratosphere Hotel - the tallest hotel in Vegas. The Adventuredome is probably the most popular amusement park in Vegas, located at Circus Circus hotel. The Roller Coaster at New York New York is a fantastic ride that goes around the entire hotel!
Hotels On The Strip
During your Vegas family vacation, you will need a hotel to stay in. There are two theme hotels in Las Vegas Las Vegas with kids, geared especially towards little children - they were actually built with kids in mind. They are quite affordable and offer plenty of kids activities. Circus Circus is built in a shape of a traveling circus, and runs a free show called Circus Acts. Excalibur is built in a shape of a medieval castle, and runs a theme dinner show Tournament of Kings.
Did you know that not all the fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids are on the Strip? Most of it, yes, but there are many small quiet resorts, hidden behind the huge hotels or off the Strip. What make these resorts a great choice for Las Vegas family vacation is that they look so much like resorts in the Caribbean. They have great swimming pools and water parks, and you could stay there all day long and feel like you are somewhere in Tahiti. If you suddenly feel like experiencing the "real" Vegas - it's just across the street!
The other two hotels that we included - Mandalay Bay and Four Seasons are fun for both adults and kids.
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