You may be surprised to know that there are many things to do with kids on and off the strip in Las Vegas. In fact, it can be a fantastic place for a family vacation that guarantees a stay that is longer than a weekend.
Some of these fun, kid-friendly activities are easy to keep in mind if you’re already visiting nearby attractions. Others are worth avoiding to look for. If you’re taking the family to Vegas, here’s a list of things to do in Las Vegas.
Free activities in Las Vegas with kids
Free is always good. These free activities for kids in Las Vegas will keep your family entertained without breaking the bank. This leaves room for some of the unique Vegas shows and activities listed below in this list. To be honest, not all of these items are worth avoiding. However, keep this in mind when you are around.
Children’s park on the town square
The children’s park on the town square has a pop jet fountain splash pad, a maze of hedges, a tree house and a bakery play house. It is certainly intended for young children. So if your kids are behind the playground stage, you should miss it.
“Fall of Atlantis” show at Caesar’s Palace
“Fall of Atlantis” is an 11-minute free show in the “Forum Shops” area and offers special water and fire effects as well as 9-foot-high animatronic statues. The seasons are hourly. It has a reputation for being a bit cheesy, but kids like it if you happen to be browsing the forum shops.
These iconic fountains are choreographed to music and lights. Depending on the day of the week and time of day, the Bellagio fountain run every 15 or 30 minutes. It is reported that the construction and ingestion of 22 million gallons of water cost $ 40 million.
It’s quite a spectacle, especially in the evening. So if you have dinner in the area, drop in here and experience the joy of the Bellagio fountains.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
The Skylit atrium in the Bellagio is open to the public free of charge, around the clock, and features seasonal scenes with trees, flowers, and other plants. The Bellagio Las Vegas Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are redesigned four times a year to reflect each of the four seasons, as well as a special exhibition for the Chinese New Year.
The Bellagio website states that 90% of the trees, flowers, and plants are recycled here to celebrate the resort’s commitment to the environment. It only takes a few minutes to go through it. The gardens are beautiful for all ages, but the quirky Alice in Wonderland style of the displays makes it a special place for kids.
Treehouse playground in Downtown Container Park
This is a unique mall in downtown Las Vegas that is made up of shipping containers and offers boutiques and restaurants centered around it Tree house playground for kids, including a 33-foot slide and a NEOS play system. It is definitely fun for the whole family, there is something for everyone.
Pinball Hall of Fame
Are you looking for a way to show your kids all your favorite games when they grow up? The Pinball Hall of Fame is a free museum for vintage pinball machines. It shows the world’s largest collection of pinball machines. It is located in Tropicana near the former site of the Liberace Museum, which no longer exists today.
CBS Television City Research Center at MGM Grand
At the CBS Television City Research Center, visitors can view and rate pilots for TV shows and other TV programs, which may affect network program decisions.
No reservations are required. Just go inside to get (free) tickets. Children must be at least 10 years old. So if you have teenagers who can’t get enough of TV, you know exactly where to take them.
Lake of Dreams in Wynn Las Vegas
The Lake of Dreams Show is a dramatic special effects show on water created by over four thousand lights, breathtaking holograms and puppet shows. Nightly shows every half an hour, starting at dusk and ending at 12:30 p.m. (Note that some say the best vantage points for the show are in the restaurants that you may need to purchase.)
The Mirage volcano is located outside the main entrance to the Mirage hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. This free live show takes place every evening at 7:00 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on weekends also at 9 p.m. The volcano “erupts” in light, fire and music.
The seasons can change with the seasons. So if you want to take your kids to the spectacle, check the times before you go.
Viva Vision Light Show at the Fremont Street Experience
Above a pedestrian zone in downtown Las Vegas is a row of over 12 million LED lamps that are illuminated along with a variety of rock classics (and other music). This leads to a fantastic, famous and free night light show every night.
The Viva Vision light show starts in the evening and runs every hour for six minutes. One of the best ways to see this is by zipline (see details below).
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Located in the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, this sanctuary is home to Chilean flamingos and friends, including some rescued pelicans, swans, ducks, koi, turtles, and more. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is freely accessible and you can plan your visit around the twice daily pelican feeding.
Circus acts in the circus circus
Visit Circus Circus for the daily free circus acts performed by top-notch jugglers, trapeze artists, clowns and acrobats. Check the schedule for weekly performances.
Streetmostphere in the Venetian
Classically trained musicians, actors and singers perform in the Grand Canal Shoppes (one of my favorite shopping areas). You have to look out for them while surfing.
Amusement parks, sights and rides
If your kids (and yourself) are adventure seekers, there are so many memorable things to do with kids in Vegas. These attractions will surely make your Vegas vacation an unforgettable experience.
High roller observation wheel
Opposite Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, you can ride the High Roller Observation Wheel at The Linq. At 550 feet tall, it is the largest ferris wheel in the world and taller than the (similar) London Eye.
The drivers enjoy a 360 ° panoramic view of the Strip and the Las Vegas Valley. It takes about 30 minutes to complete a full rotation and is a very popular activity for those in Las Vegas with or without children (my husband and I did the one with the bar inside). It was helpful to buy tickets in advance.
Fly Linq Zipline
Size and weight restrictions apply, but you can go superhero-style or even reverse on the Linq boardwalk and zipline at speeds of up to 35 mph. Reserve your place.
Eiffel Tower experience
The 360-degree view from the 460-foot observation deck near the top of the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris Las Vegas offers some of the best views of the city, as does the view from the glass elevator on the way up. The entire journey takes approximately 30 minutes and you can buy tickets in advance.
Adventure in the Circus Circus
Adventuredome at Circus Circus is a 5 hectare indoor amusement park with climbing, bungee jumping, roller coasters (chaos and canyon blaster), an arcade, mini golf and much more. Full-day tickets cost $ 20 if you’re under 48 inches and $ 40 if you’re taller. You can buy them directly from Ticketmaster.
If you are looking for an adventurous day to spend with your kids this is the perfect place.
Halfway in the Circus Circus
The Midway at Circus Circus is designed for children and adults of all ages. It has an enormous selection of games and premium prizes for winners, including 200 classic arcade games. The midway surrounds a circus stage with daily acts from 11:30 a.m.
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. on Treasure Island
Here children can leave the strip and dive deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A variety of superhero gear and costumes from the Avengers films can be seen under glass, including the armor of Iron Man, the shield of Captain America and Thor’s hammer.
You can even buy your personal ID at the Marvel Avengers retail store. If your kids are big fans of the famous film franchise, visit them Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is really something special.
Big Apple roller coaster in New York, New York
The Big Apple coasters is the first in the world to offer a 180-degree heart-line turning and diving maneuver. Every year more than 1.4 million drivers enjoy the breathtaking action. Perhaps this is the best for teenagers. Below the ride is an arcade for those whose hair rises at the thought of rushing through the air.
Big shot in the stratosphere
This tower ride is one of the things you can do in Las Vegas with kids who are teenagers and can handle an extreme fall. You will rise to 30 meters above the ground, fall to feel the weightlessness, and be shot up again. Needless to say, driver restrictions apply Close up Driver.
Gondola ride in the Venetian (recommended)
The 15-minute ride under bridges and next to cafes in the Venetian hotel is said to evoke a similar gondola ride in Venice, Italy. You also have one Gondola ride outside with a view of the strip. It’s a nice way to experience the area while taking a break from all the activities.
Pole position raceway
Children and adults can ride electrically operated go-karts on an indoor track. Pole position raceway is about 2 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas
Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas is a water park in the Spring Valley, about 11 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. It is closed in winter. But in summer, the family has a lot of fun, with thrills that are suitable for all ages and preferences.
If you want to cool off from the heat in Nevada without missing a day of fun, you’ve come to the right place. At Groupon you can often find discounted tickets.
Vegas indoor skydiving
Indoor skydiving is currently the latest craze, so it is not surprising that this is also possible directly on the strip. The participants complete a training course, prepare and spend 3 minutes in a wind tunnel.
The minimum age is 5 years. All participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Cowabunga Bay is a seasonal water park with slides, a wave pool and a children’s area. Your website has a monthly calendar of events and days when it’s open.
Slotzilla Zip Line at the Fremont Street Experience (Recommended)
Slotzilla Zip Line is a slot machine-inspired zip line at the Fremont Street Experience. The lower “zipline” is 77 feet above the ground and the higher “zoomline” is 114 feet above the ground, allowing riders to fly in superhero style.
GameWorks Modern Arcade
GameWorks Modern Arcade is an arcade and sports bar on Las Vegas Boulevard South in Town Square Mall. They offer 100 card redemption, video and classic arcade games, eight bowling alleys, two pool tables, 30 televisions and a new Dark Ride XD ride with 7D graphics, movement, light and sound in real time.
Jumper’s Jungle Family Fun Center
Jumper’s Jungle Family Fun Center is an indoor bounce house and a playground with bouncy slides on the topic of the jungle, obstacle course and much more. It is only 2 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and is a great option for young children.
Adventure Canyon at Buffalo Bill
The Adventure Canyon at Buffalo Bill is not in Las Vegas, but about 60 km south in Primm, Nevada. Drivers driving from Southern California to Las Vegas will likely pass it on the way and may consider stopping.
Popular rides are the Adventure Canyon Log Ride with a 35-foot gradient and the Desperado roller coaster for thrill seekers. The theme park is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Museums and animals
Neon Museum and Boneyard
Vintage neon signs, some very large from old casinos and other Las Vegas companies, are displayed outdoors Neon Museum and Boneyard across a 6 acre site. The general public can only visit the museum on a guided tour, which the museum urgently needs to reserve due to demand.
Since some of the signs are still lit, night tours and night tours are also offered. It’s a really nice walk through the history of Vegas. Only wear closed shoes.
Shark reef aquarium
Over 2,000 animals, including giant rays, sea turtles, piranha and a golden crocodile, live in the Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay. Children can also participate in their Animal Encounters program and feed stingrays, sharks or turtles.
My daughter loves it and it takes about an hour to see it. It is one of the fun activities for toddlers and families in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a private, nonprofit downtown museum showing exhibits about dinosaurs, the natural wildlife of Nevada, the treasures of Egypt (mummies), geology, and more. It also offers a Young Scientists Center where children can dig for fossils or explore the depths of the ocean on a submarine.
Discovery Children’s Museum (recommended)
The Discovery Children’s Museum houses 9 exhibition halls with 58,000 square meters of exhibits for science, art and culture. Permanent exhibits include Eco City, Toddler Town, patent pending, Water World and more. This Las Vegas kids activity is located in Symphony Park next to the downtown Smith Center.
Siegfried & Roy’s secret garden and Dolphin Habitat in the Mirage
Children can get close to lion tigers, leopards and even dolphins Secret garden and dolphin habitat named after the legendary magicians of Las Vegas, Siegfried and Roy.
Here you can also take part in special experiences, e.g. B. become a dolphin trainer for a day, paint with dolphins and even do yoga with dolphins. It has been certified by the American Humane Conservation Program for animal welfare.
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Madame Tussauds’ Las Vegas location in the Venetian offers wax replicas of dozens of celebrities, including some that are of interest to children like The Avengers or maybe Beyonce.
Aquarium in the Silverton
On his website is the Aquarium in the Silverton says it has been voted “the best free attraction in Las Vegas”. The 117,000 gallons of water hold thousands of tropical fish and even live mermaids who interact with guests.
The marine biologist of the staff answers guest questions under water (due to a full mask) during interactive daily feeding shows. Check the website for times.
Lion Habitat Ranch
Lion Habitat Ranch is a lion sanctuary in nearby Henderson, just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, which contains about 40 lions and a giraffe. Visitors can go behind the scenes and even feed the animals. The original MGM lions live here.
Seaquest interactive aquarium
Exhibits in Seaquest interactive aquarium offer marine life, rainforest reptiles, tropical birds and much more. Children can feed, interact with, and even hold hundreds of creatures from around the world. It is even possible to snorkel with stingrays.
Las Vegas Farm
The Las Vegas Farm in the Las Vegas Valley has been open to the public since 1968. On the farm, children can interact with chickens, peacocks, ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, pigs, horses, cows, a mule and other animals, llama, rabbits, cats, turtles and more. It is possible to feed some of the animals, which is always a fun thing for children in Las Vegas.
The farm produces eggs and honey, which it sells on its market. There’s also a wider farmers’ market that sells seasonal vegetables and fruits, as well as bread, jams, and more. Las Vegas Farm is approximately 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.
Nuclear Test Museum
The Nuclear Test Museum shows the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site north of Las Vegas. It is a museum in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution that offers a range of collection-based exhibits and learning activities for all ages.
Nevada State Railroad Museum
Railroads may not appeal to children quite as much as they did in the 1960s, but for many there is still an attraction. The Nevada State Railroad Museum is about a 25-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Here you can travel on an old train along part of the same route that originally supplied supplies for the construction of the Hoover Dam.
Las Vegas shows for kids
Las Vegas is famous for its bright and extravagant shows. Not all are child-friendly (some are far from it). But these shows are popular with families who visit Las Vegas with kids.
Tournament of kings
In the Excalibur, the tournament of the kings immerses the audience of dinner and the show in the stories of the knights of King Arthur in a theater with 900 seats.
The lively, interactive show includes special effects and pyrotechnics. During the show, guests eat a three-course meal: with their hands!
Men’s group in blue
The world-famous comedic music show shows a cast of blue-painted actors. It is by far my daughter’s favorite show in Las Vegas and I would recommend the poncho seats or nearby seats as they shoot toilet paper and other things into the area. The show takes place in the Luxor Hotel & Casino.
Mystère by Cirque du Soleil
This Cirque du Soleil show, which is exclusively presented on Treasure Island, has been recognized several times by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as the “Best Production Show” in Las Vegas. Of all the Cirque du Soleil shows in town, it’s the most popular with families.
Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soliel
Did your kids hear you kicked Michael Jackson out on the radio? Good. At the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, this tribute show embodies “the King of Pop at its best”.
“O” by Cirque du Soleil
The classic water show “O” by Cirque du Soleil in Bellagio Las Vegas offers acrobats, synchronized swimmers and lots of water.
Body: the exhibition
In the Luxor Hotel & Casino, 13 preserved human bodies and over 250 organs are shown in an educational context. Here, children (if they’re not squeamish) can marvel at how complicated our muscles and organs are, and learn a little more about what happens when we don’t take care of our bodies.
Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater
Gregory Popovich’s Pet Theater, located in the V Theater on Planet Hollywood in the Miracle Mile Shops, is a kid-oriented comedy show with tricks for pets that is fun for all ages, including toddlers.
David Copperfield magic show
Looking for some magic? This world famous magician is family friendly and one of the best shows for a bit of wonder and fun. His illusions will make you all wonder how on earth he did it!
If you’re looking for a Las Vegas show for kids in the afternoon, check out The D Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. This fun magic show shows tricks by Adam London and rubber ducks.
Shopping and eating
There are many fantastic restaurants in Las Vegas. But these are especially aimed at children and their love for all sweets.
M & Ms world
The M & Ms World is located near the MGM Grand Casino & Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and extends over four floors, where all M & M sweets are celebrated. Apparently endless varieties of the classic M&M sweets are sold here along with toys, clothes and other M&Ms souvenirs.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Located in New York, New York Hotel & Casino, Hershey’s Chocolate World is a 2-story, 13,000 square meter flagship store that presents over 800 Hersheys chocolates and sweets and also offers exclusive gifts, products and treats for the store.
Children can customize their own candy bars and even play in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial. The shop shows a sculpture of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of chocolate.
The Coca-Cola store is located in the Showcase Mall north of the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip and celebrates the legendary Coca-Cola, a soda that has been known worldwide for generations. A snack bar offers the “Around the World” option where you can get a 4-ounce. Part of 16 different lemonades and drinks from around the world.
Ethel M chocolates
Enjoy a self-guided observation walk in the Ethel M chocolate factory and a chocolate shop in Henderson. Entry is free, but you can take a chocolate tasting course for an additional fee. You can also explore the 3 hectare cactus garden.
Outdoor family activities in and around Las Vegas
Leave the city of Las Vegas behind for a day and experience Nevada’s natural, wild side, which is full of fun for the whole family.
A visit to the Hoover Dam is an excellent day trip from Las Vegas with edutainment for all ages. It is one of the seven technical wonders of the modern world and stretches across the Arizona-Nevada border. Visit the power plant, take photos of the observation deck and much more.
There are countless ways to visit the Hoover Dam, from private guides to bike tours. For example, several tour operators offer helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon and / or Hoover Dam (with different add-ons if you want) that depart from Las Vegas and return to Las Vegas.
Red Rock Canyon National Nature Reserve
The beautiful is only about 25 minutes from the strip Red Rock Canyon National Nature Reserve. It has a scenic 21km drive, internationally known hiking trails and unique geology, including rock formations that have formed over the past 600 million years. The 7,068-foot Mount Wilson is particularly noteworthy. In the Red Rock Canyon, many take a break from neon.
Preserved feathers is 180 acres of nature walks and exhibits, about three miles west of downtown Las Vegas. Also detailed with other daily events on their website.
Lake Mead is located on the Colorado River and in a national recreation area managed by the National Park Service. Here, outdoor enthusiasts can see sport fishing, kayaking, canoeing, picnic areas, desert landscapes, desert hikes, and even the Hoover Dam. It is approximately 24 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.
The highest peak in Clark County, Nevada (including Las Vegas), Mount Charleston offers mountain hiking and modest, seasonal skiing. There are several hiking trails in the area for you and the family, and you can even go horse riding.
How to save money on attractions in Las Vegas
There are two popular discounted attractions that include the best children’s activities in Las Vegas. Which one you choose depends on the length of your visit and the sights you want to see.
The Las Vegas Pass
The Las Vegas Pass offers free entry and sometimes accelerated entry to over 60 attractions in Las Vegas on 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days. Pass holders can enter each attraction once.
Go to Las Vegas
One of the most popular discounted passes for bundled attractions is Go Las Vegas. You can buy it as an all-inclusive pass (save up to 60%) and as an explorer pass (choose 4, 5, 7 attractions and use the pass within 30 days of the first scan).
Or create your own pass and save 20% by adding only two attractions to the pass. The more attractions you add, the greater the savings. Show the passport on a mobile phone for entry.
Best family hotels in Las Vegas
Las Vegas with kids is often easiest in a hotel without games. Our preferred family hotel in Las Vegas is Four Seasons Las Vegas.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (Top Choice)
The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is by far the best family hotel. We stay here. In addition to the always excellent service, the Four Seasons hotels are known worldwide for welcoming children with various amenities at check-in, menus just for them and much more.
The pool area lacks the crowds and chaos that can occur in warm weather in Vegas. Slot machine sounds are absent, but it is easy to enter Mandalay Bay Casino directly from the hotel elevator if you want. At Four Seasons I have special advantages that I can secure for you if you want to send me your data.
We are also fans of the donut bar for Sunday brunch. I even wrote one Summary for four seasons of things to do with kids in Las Vegas that are easy when you stay at this luxury hotel.
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