Family Travel Ideas - Are There Things for Kids to Do in Las Vegas?
Yes! Las Vegas Has Lots of Family-Friendly Fun
Las Vegas may be known as Sin City, but the truth is, there are plenty of things for kids to do. Beyond the nightclubs and 24-hour casinos, there is another side of Las Vegas. This is, after all, an entertainment hub. Parents planning a trip to Las Vegas should do their research in advance, pick kid-friendly activities and book tickets to shows before you go on vacation. With a little advanced planning, Las Vegas can be a very family-friendly city. Here are some of the top things for kids to do in Las Vegas.
1. Las Vegas Amusement Rides
Everything is bigger and better in Las Vegas, and that includes the rides. There are many different amusements here, including options that are appropriate for kids of varying ages. Some favorite local choices include the roller coaster at New York – New York, the Sling Shot at the Circus Circus Adventuredome, the Inverter, Insanity, and more. Be sure to read up on the height and weight requirements for each individual ride.
2. Kid-Friendly Attractions
Odds are your kids won’t be begging to go to a museum, but that might change in Las Vegas. One of the most fun options is Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Other attractions include the Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel and the Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour. For hands-on science exhibits, check out the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. This city is full of kid-friendly attractions, including M&M’s World, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the Pinball Hall of Fame.
3. Big, Bright, and Vegas-Style
Las Vegas knows how to make an attraction out of just about anything. Kids will love the big and bright sights in Sin City, from the volcano outside the Mirage to the famous fountain show at the Bellagio. Keep your kids entertained by heading to the top of the Stratosphere for incredible views of the city skyline or climbing aboard a gondola in the Venetian. Las Vegas is known for its amazing reproductions of famous places all around the planet, from Paris to New York City.
4. Plan a Day Trip
Las Vegas has plenty of entertainment, but some parents might also want to include outdoor adventure in a family vacation. You'll find many attractions within easy driving distance. The Hoover Dam is a sight worth seeing. The highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, the Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel, and tours provide insights the whole family will enjoy. Other fun places to visit include Lake Mead (for swimming and boating), Mount Charleston (for hiking or skiing in the winter), and Red Rock Canyon (for hiking and family picnics). Las Vegas is 4 to 5 hours from the Grand Canyon for a few days' excursion.
5. Shows and Theater
Las Vegas attracts some of the biggest names in entertainment to its stages. Not all of the shows are family appropriate, but there are several choices that kids will love. Take a look at the calendar for the dates you want to visit. Some general examples of kid-friendly shows include Cirque du Soleil, Circus Acts, Comedy Pet Theater, and the Ultimate Variety Show. During your visit there might also be concerts that would be a fun family night out.