Best things to do with kids in Las Vegas
When the bigwigs in Las Vegas decided to build a new performing arts center downtown, they were smart enough to attach a state of the art children’s museum to it. This interactive space features seven floors with rotating themes that include dinosaurs, a modern city and emergency rescue services. Best of all, there is a center column that kids can climb through to get from floor to floor, where new adventures await.
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.
For many years, Las Vegas went without a great water park—but no city is complete without one. Cowabunga Bay has scratched that itch with an assortment of gnarly slides, a kickin’ wave pool, a relaxing lazy river and a designated fun area for kids of all ages. A day at The Bay is one where everyone gets to play!
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.
Forget the hotel. Head straight towards the AdventureDome Theme Park where a bevy of roller coasters and other rides await. Coaster addicts, get on line for Canyon Blaster and El Loco. Interactive rides involving movies and TV characters (think Ice Age, SpongeBob Squarepants and Pacific Rim) are also fun, or jaunt over to the Midway Games sections for some classic circus competitions. Finally, make sure to catch one of the free circus acts performing, like trapeze artists and clowns.
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.
No trip to Las Vegas is complete without a visit to this Downtown stalwart. Most people know about the world’s largest LED light show, but not as many are familiar with Slotzilla—an exhilarating zip line that boasts the coolest view of the premise. Don’t forget about the myriad of street performers and celebrity impersonators that make, well, the experience, as special as it is.
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.