Best things to do with kids in Las Vegas
One of the largest kid-friendly attractions in Las Vegas encourages families to explore three floors (and 58,000 square feet) of interactive art, science, and culture exhibits. From splashing around in Water World to uncovering mysteries in Solve It! Mystery Town and learning how to design video games and roller coasters in the museum’s latest traveling exhibit, the Discovery Children’s Museum is a boredom-buster that will likely take families more than one day to fully appreciate.
Tropical fish, giant sea turtles, alligators, sting rays, exotic scenery and, of course, sharks! The giant aquarium housed on the side of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino is a wonderland for all types of marine life. There’s even a touch pool, where visitors can get up close and personal with the creatures.
What better way to survive the blistering Nevada heat than with this sprawling water park in nearby Henderson, complete with 25 soaking-wet slides, beaches and pools. From riding the “world’s largest man-made wave” to floating on a classic lazy river, there’s plenty to see and ride. Plus, reviews say this under-the-radar attraction rarely accumulates long lines as compared with other parks in the area. Cowabunga Bay is even merrier in the winter when it transforms into the seasonal attraction, Christmas Town, in November and December.
Visit The Farm and you’ll forget you’re in Vegas. All the way on the northern outskirts of town, this quaint animal rescue has turned into a living, breathing barnyard animal sanctuary. The entire staff is made up of volunteers and the operation is funded by donations and sales at the small market. Pigs, horses, cows, chickens, bunnies and goats are just some of the fun faces that patrons get to interact with in this open-air landscape. Many animals can be pet and fed.
Most people don’t think of nature when they think of Las Vegas. But those people are missing out. Mountains in multiple directions frame the desert landscape. Head west out of town and get to Red Rock for stunning views, excellent hikes and some much needed serenity.
Located about 20 minutes from The Strip, the Lion Habitat Ranch is one of Las Vegas’s best-kept secrets. The well-trained crew creates a peaceful environment where guests can feed the lions, sign up for behind-the-scenes tours and even enjoy a meal with the surrounding animals.
The main attraction of this glittering circus-themed hotel and casino is the aptly-named AdventureDome. At this indoor amusement park, families can take part in a bank heist escape room where participants dodge laser beams, and enjoy midway-style carnival games, along with 19 other rides and attractions. Thrill seekers should check out the two high-speed roller coasters and interactive 4-D simulators featuring characters from SpongeBob Squarepants, Ice Age, and Pacific Rim. Also located in the same hotel is Las Vegas’ newest indoor water park, Splash Zone, which opened in 2017.
As the area known as Fremont East continues to become the hippest neighborhood in the city, its family appeal keeps on growing. The Container Park is a shopping center where each store is made of industrial shipping containers. It also features one of the best playgrounds in town, known as “TheTreehouse,” an interactive playground that would be the envy of any neighborhood with its 33-foot-tall slide. And be ready to dance along with the giant mechanical praying mantis that shoots fire in rhythm to the accompanying music.
Five blocks of neon lights under the largest LED screen in the world is enough to get kids of any age excited, but Fremont also hosts regular light shows, nightly staged entertainment and plenty of gift shops. Guests can speed across the cityscape on the Slotzilla zipline (younger children can try the lower zipline that zooms by at half the height), while braver families can try their hand at killing zombies in the Fear the Walking Dead survival attraction.
The Mirage Hotel offers travelers an oasis away from all the hubbub of the busiest streets in America. Interact with dolphins in multiple ways—options include painting with the marine mammals to doing yoga while they surround you in the water. For those who want to stick to land, white tigers, white lions and leopards can also be found here.
Over 27,000 square feet of all things M&M’s? Sign us up! Part retail store and part entertainment complex, the venue also features a large NASCAR display, 3D movies and, of course, lots of candy.
There is something elegant about the way the water dances in tune with the music here and you’ll want to observe it from any angle. You’ll want to marvel at the free spectacle over and over again—but it will always feel like the first time.
Travel back in time and be entertained like the royal court in the days of yore. This King Arthur-esque show is full of athleticism, competition and valor. Nine-hundred patrons enjoy this theater-in-the-round spectacle accompanied by a three-course feast. Watch knights battle it out while you and your loved ones chow down on a supper fit for a king!
Can’t afford to splurge on a trip to Italy? Touring the Venetian Hotel’s canals on a gondola ride in Las Vegas is probably the next best thing. One of the most recognizable attractions in the city can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors as guests are serenaded by authentic gondoliers while lazily floating by faux Italian facades and architecture. The romantic backdrop may be geared toward couples, but families are welcome to try this four-person experience.
A candy store the quality of Ethel M would be enough, but here visitors can catch a glimpse of the factory and learn about the chocolate making process. A lovely desert cactus garden is an added pleasure that turns into a premier Christmas destination during the holiday season. It’s a sweet deal on many levels.
Billed as “the ultimate trampoline park,” this suburban spot gives thrills to athletes young and old. In addition to freestyle jumping, enjoy trampoline dodge ball, a slam-dunk zone for those looking to show their big baller skills, a stunt bag area for future extreme athletes and vertigo wall climbing. Everyone leaves bouncing with happiness, trust us.
Picture it: You’re walking through Saint Marks Square in The Grand Canal Shoppes, perhaps you’re window shopping or grabbing a bite to eat. All of a sudden, a group of talented singers breaks into Italian songs. They are fully costumed and fully in the moment… and so will you once you experience this.
There is, perhaps, no more awe-inspiring attraction in Las Vegas than this centerpiece at the Bellagio. Changing seasonally, masters of horticulture and design create beautiful, thematic flower and plant designs. Whether its Thanksgiving or Japanese New Year, there is always something stunning to see at this sky-lit 14,000 square foot atrium.
Any thrill-seeker knows that one of the most exciting (and famous) Las Vegas attractions is the Big Apple Coaster in the New York New York hotel. Riders zoom past a replica of the skyline and Statue of Liberty while looping in a 180-degree “heartline” twist. To add even more intrigue to the classic roller coaster, adrenaline junkies can snap on a VR headset to try the whole thing in virtual reality (although you’ll miss a unique bird’s eye view of the Strip if you do so).
This modern arcade has something for everyone: 7D thrill rides, bowling alleys, billiards tables and even an eSports gaming center. Plus: Find all your favorite video games and yummy food.