What to Do with Kids in Las Vegas

This post covers things to do with kids in Las Vegas, including nighttime activities, free things to do, museums, attractions, and tours. 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS

Everywhere you turn in Las Vegas, there is something to do. Whether there are blinking neon signs pointing you in all directions, or you just don’t know which activities are worth it, our top 10 list will show you what we recommend for family activities.

 

 


(1) Kid-Friendly Tours

Las Vegas isn’t just for gamblers and club hoppers. See as much of Las Vegas as you can – with commentary – during a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour from Big Bus Tours.

From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm you can ride the Strip Tour Red Route and the Old Vegas Blue Route.

 

 

This will help you understand the city’s history and pick out other attractions you can take the family to. Your guide will also know about popular, non-gambling activities.

Check out our Las Vegas bus tour comparison to see which one is best for your family.


(2) Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Just because you’re in a desert doesn’t mean there are no colorful gardens!

A team of horticulturalists and landscape designers creates seasonal botanical masterpieces. Each change in the weather brings an overhaul to the colors and design of the gardens.

The flowers, trees, and art sculptures cover 14,000 square feet in a space just off of the Bellagio Hotel front desk.  

The Botanical Gardens have 4.5 out of 5 stars on Tripadvisor and are quite popular. If you want to avoid crowds, it’s best to go early in the morning.

 

 

Open Hours:

The Conservatory is free and open for 24 hours a day, except for the days between seasonal displays. They only close to change themes for Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter Holiday.

2019 Closed Dates:

  • January 6 – January 11
  • March 10 – March 15
  • June 2 – June 7
  • September 8 – September 13
  • December 1 – December 6

(3) Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Do you have an Avengers fan in the family? This new experience will be a guaranteed hit.

Complete the exercises to become a qualified agent of the Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network. 

 

 

You’ll be an expert in Avengers history and technology after the immersive experience by working with case files and examining props, uniforms, and weapons used by the Avengers.  

  • Adult Tickets (12+) $34
  • Child Tickets (4-11) $24
  • Under 3’s FREE

Open Hours:

  • Every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

(4) See a Free Fountain Show

Some of the most iconic shows in Las Vegas are completely free and family-friendly.

We’re talking about the fountain and light shows. They’re so frequent you could fountain-hop to see them all.  

Bellagio Fountains

Over 1,000 fountains are choreographed with music and light. The Bellagio Fountains are possibly the most famous Vegas fountains.

Monday – Friday

  • Every half-hour from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Every 15 minutes from 8:00 pm to midnight

Saturdays (and National Holidays)

  • Every half-hour from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Every 15 minutes from 8:00 pm to midnight

Sundays

  • Every half hour from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Every 15 minutes from 7:00 pm to midnight

 

 

Mirage Volcano

The Mirage Hotel has taken waterworks shows to the next level with the addition of fireballs and explosions.

  • You can see the volcano erupt every day at 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, and 10:00 pm. They will cancel the show during high wind.

Wynn Lake of Dreams

This indoor, manmade lake features a 40-foot-tall waterfall coming off of a tree-covered mountain. The show features music, puppets, and holographic displays from over 4,000 lights.

  • The show happens every half hour from 8:00 pm to 12:30 am.

Rainstorm Show at Miracle Mile Shops

This indoor thunderstorm in the Miracle Mile Shops is a multisensory show including fog, lightning, thunder, and a rainstorm in the middle of the desert.

  • Monday – Thursday every hour from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Friday – Sunday every half hour from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

(5) Adventuredome Theme Park

Circus Circus’s gravity-defying activities don’t stop at Circus performances on the Carnival Midway. If you’re looking for an experience that is more interactive, try the indoor theme park! The whole family can enjoy the Sand Pirates giant swing or the Canyon Blaster double-loop indoor coaster.

Younger children can enjoy the Frog Hopper or Carousel, among other junior-friendly rides.

Attractions include roller skating, arcade games, rock climbing, and others.

 

 

Wristbands for ride-all-day Adventuredome attractions are $19.95 for juniors under 48 inches tall and $33.95 for everyone 48 inches tall and over.

Open Hours:

  • Every day from 10:00 am – midnight

(6) Attend a Sporting Event

Las Vegas is all about the adrenaline rush, and what gives you that more than cheering on your favorite team? There are enough games in the city to get you through the year. If you root for a team as a family, this could be a great bonding activity.

 

 

 

If you love college sports, Las Vegas has two nearby universities with Division I teams.


(7) Coca-Cola Store Around the World Tasting

Coca-Cola has one of the world’s most instantly-recognizable brands. Walk through their huge experience store to find souvenirs, apparel, and other forms of Coca-Cola merch.

Go upstairs to find the beverage bar. Order a “Tastes of the World” Tray to try two trays full of sixteen different sodas that are popular around the world. You might want to share that tray to avoid a massive sugar crash later in the day!

 

 

And don’t forget to take a selfie with the Coca-Cola bear!

Open Hours:

  • Every day from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

(8) Explore the LINQ Promenade

Find dining, retail, and entertainment options every step you take at the LINQ Promenade. This pedestrian-only fairway is home to the High Roller, a 550-foot-tall observation wheel that is the largest in the world. Ride during the day or night to see the rest of the city.

 

 

You can also find virtual reality experiences, gourmet cookies, and Fly LINQ, one of Vega’s urban ziplines.


(9) Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

In front of The Venetian, Madame Tussauds holds life-size wax figures of Vegas’s most popular celebrities. Take your picture with Celine Dion, Elvis, and the Rat Pack.

 

 

If you’re a fan of the famous, you’ll love the 4D superhero exhibit with The Hulk and seeing the sports zone with Shaw and Babe Ruth.

Open Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday – Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

(10) Save with a City Pass

Looking to do as much as possible or get the best bang for your buck? A Las Vegas City Pass will give you a bulk discount on multiple attractions and tours. One of the most popular passes can save you up to 60% on regular admission prices.

 

 

Some of the attractions you’ll see with a city pass:

  • Madame Tussauds
  • Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
  • Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
  • Hoover Dam Half-Day Tour
  • Shark Reef Aquarium
  • The Mob Museum

Click here to see our comparison of Las Vegas City Passes.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS

Las Vegas might be the land of excess, but there are still plenty of affordable options. Here is our list of free and family-friendly things to do in the city.

 

 

For more free things to do, check out our full post for Las Vegas.


Pinball Hall of Fame and Museum

Whether you want to get in out of the desert heat or just love some games, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a perfect place to spend your afternoon or evening. The hall of fame is not-for-profit and free to enter. You’ll want to bring some cash to convert to quarters to play the games, however.

Since they are a non-profit, all proceeds are donated to the Salvation Army.

They’re open every day form 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, which is plenty of time to strike up a family tournament.


Silverton Aquarium Mermaids

Have a kid who loves the Little Mermaid? You should definitely visit the Silverton’s aquarium, which features regular mermaid swims. While you could get a small lunch table for up-close interaction, there is also a free viewing area.

During the summer, you should get to the tank 10 minutes or so before each swim starts if you want front-row viewing.

Swim Times:

  • Thursday – Saturday 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm | 5:00 pm – 8:15 pm
  • Sundays 10:30 am – 1:10 pm | 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm | 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Marine Biologist Fish Feedings:

  • Every day at 1:30 pm | 4:30 pm

There will be 15-minute intervals of rest throughout each swim time.


See the Fountain & Environmental Shows

As mentioned above, some of the most spectacular shows in Las Vegas are free to the public! They’re iconic, and many visitors say they’re a must-see.

  • Bellagio Fountains
  • Mirage Volcano
  • Lake of Dreams at Wynn
  • Rainstorm at Miracle Mile Shops

Circus Circus Acts at Carnival Midway

Circus Circus is a hotel, casino, and entertainment hub. Their Carnival Midway is great for the whole family, with free circus acts on display throughout the day. You can see trapeze artists defy gravity, feats of strength, aerial silk performances, juggling, slacklining, and unicycling, among others.

Performances start at 11:30 am every day, and happen hourly until at least 10:30 pm. Check the schedule to see which acts happen through midnight.


The Fall of Atlantis

The Forum Shops at Caesars is home to a family feud.. Every hour, on the hour, between 11:00 am and 10:00 or 11:00 pm depending on the day. This free show features animatronic Greek gods fighting over the mythical Atlantis.

It is a popular show with mediocre sound quality – so if you want to be able to hear all the drama, arrive a few minutes early to get close to the speakers. Between the crowds and the fire effects, it can be difficult to hear from far away.


M&M’s World

The Las Vegas M&M’s experience is a four-level chocolate wonderland. While the goal of this large store is to get you to buy M&M’s in bulk, there are four floors of displays and Instagrammable stockpiles of candy.

If you’re a NASCAR fan, a replica of the M&M stock car is on the top floor. Younger visitors might enjoy the 3D movie on one of the upper floors, which plays every day except Friday. And anyone can make their own custom-printed M&Ms (for a fee) with some of the images that are available.

Open Hours:

  • Sunday – Saturday from 9:00 am – midnight

Red Rock Canyon Hiking

Get away from the city for a bit and go hiking! Red Rock Canyon is perfect for an active family activity. The kids can get all of their energy out, and everyone can enjoy the natural beauty of the desert mountains and canyons.

There is a $15 fee for parking your car, but you can choose any of the loops and stay as long as you like. We do advise going early in the morning in the summertime, and always bringing plenty of water no matter the time of year.


Downtown Container Park

Using shipping containers to build a shopping center is no longer just for hipsters – everyone is doing it. And Las Vegas now has a very popular container park of their own, right in the middle of downtown.

There is something for everyone in the Downtown Container Park – from clothes, souvenirs, or sweets shops to dining options, an outdoor concert space, and a very large playground right in the middle.

The playground offers:

  • A treehouse
  • Slides
  • Shade for hot days
  • A splash pad to cool off
  • Giant, soft building blocks
  • A dome for light shows
  • A giant, steampunk praying mantis with flame-throwing antennae

That praying mantis is quite the crowd-pleaser after the sun goes down!


Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

You don’t need to leave the desert just to see some tropical birds. True to its name, the Flamingo Hotel has a Flamingo Wildlife Habitat for a flock of Chilean flamingos, Ring Teal ducks, Sacred Ibis, swans, turtles, and a pair of pelicans.

The habitat is open every day from sunup to sundown, and free to explore. If you want to see the pelican feedings, they happen at 8:30 am and 2:00 pm.

If you have a nature-loving kid, this is the perfect breath of fresh air from the loud casinos. You’ll also have some great Instagram opportunities.

 


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NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES WITH KIDS

The fun doesn’t have to stop for families when the sun goes down in Las Vegas. There are plenty of rides and tours that are kid-friendly.

 

 

For a full list of things to do at night in Las Vegas, check out our full post.


High Roller Observation Wheel

Who needs to go to London when the High Roller observation wheel is at the LINQ Promenade? This high-rated attraction is perfect for the whole family – unless someone in your group is afraid of heights.

Spend a half hour taking in all of the Las Vegas lights and fountain shows from afar. You can see everything from this 550-foot-tall wheel.

Prices are higher at night, but most reviewers agree that the stunning night views are worth it.

  • Adult Online Evening Rate: $32
  • Child Online Evening Rate: $19
  • Daytime online rates will save you $10

See a Las Vegas Show

What could be more Vegas than seeing a show? There is always a celebrity with a residence somewhere in the city, as well as TV talent show acts. You can choose from a number of family-friendly variety shows, dance troupes, and magic shows.

  • David Copperfield
  • Tournament of Kings
  • Mystere by Cirque du Soleil
  • Legends in Concert
  • Jabbawockeez

Big Bus Las Vegas Night Tour

The famous Big Bus tours in Las Vegas also have a night tour. This is a 2-hour guided tour instead of their daytime Hop-On-Hop-Off option. There is, however, a walking tour of Fremont Street that is also available.  

This is perfect for groups of all ages – the driver is knowledgeable about all the free, outdoor shows as well as the history of the city.

You’ll see landmarks including:

  • Bellagio Fountains
  • MGM Grand
  • Caesars Palace
  • Downtown
  • Fremont Street

Eiffel Tower Viewing Experience

You’ll get a 360-degree view of Las Vegas from the viewing deck of the 46-story Eiffel Tower. You can see the fountain shows and all the other lights from above.

One of the best things about the Eiffel Tower is that they’re so family friendly, they have a Family of 4 pack discount! Two adults and two kids can see the observation deck for a bulk discount. Children 3 years old and younger are always free.


Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas will have something for everyone in the family. Sports fan? You can see Shaq and Babe Ruth! If you’ve seen every single film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can see Captain America and SHIELD’s fearless leader Nick Fury.

Open Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Note: Check the schedule, Madame Tussauds occasionally closes early for special events.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS 

Las Vegas is the city of excess, which includes lots and lots of food.

 

 

We have here a list of the best family-friendly places to eat with your kids in Vegas.


Meals with Mermaids

While you can go and watch the mermaids swimming at the Silverton aquarium, you could take it a full step further and have a meal with one! Of course, the mermaid won’t be eating, but she will interact with you through the glass right on the other side of your table!


Kona Grill

Kona Grill is a sushi and seafood-focused restaurant. They’re highly reviewed and have a kid’s menu with traditional kid-friendly food as well as mini versions of full-sized dishes.


Lazy Dog

The Lazy Dog is all about quality American food, with seasonal menu changes to keep ingredients as fresh as possible. The kid’s menu is also quite large and sure to please the younger people in your family.


Rainforest Cafe

The popular Rainforest Cafe has a branch in Las Vegas! You can eat among the exotic animals and Amazon rainforest sound effects. Most kids love all the colors and life-size replicas of Gorillas, birds, geckos, and other animals.


Maggiano’s

If you’re looking for a home-cooked-meal feeling, head to Maggiano’s. They have two locations in Las Vegas and make their brunches, lunches, and dinners from scratch with fresh ingredients. Maggiano’s also has an affordably-priced kid’s meal!  


Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill is a locally-owned restaurant with four locations, serving freshly-made pancakes, orange juice, and other high-quality breakfast and diner dishes. The kid’s menu is loaded with child-friendly versions of the main menu, as well as staples like chicken fingers.


Tournament of Kings Arena

Take a step back in time at the Excalibur Hotel with this medieval dinner show. You can eat your meal while knights joust and compete to win the tournament. Tournament of Kings runs every night of the week except Tuesdays and other select dates.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS

There is no shortage of museums or attractions that will keep everyone in your family occupied during your Las Vegas Vacation.

 

 

Some are on the pricier side, but there are still some affordable – and even free – activities.


The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade

Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies will love this roller coaster at the New York New York hotel and casino. It has barrel rolls, twists and dives, and extreme G-forces. For even more fun, you can try a Virtual Reality version of the coaster that includes an alien chase.

  • Roller coaster tickets: $15 (Re-rides are $8)
  • Virtual Reality Ride: $20
  • Family 4 Pack of Tickets: $70 (including 2 action photos)

Note: The coaster shuts down 30-60 minutes before the arcade closes.


TopGolf

Take your golf high-tech with TopGolf. This popular chain is family-friendly with climate-controlled hitting bays. You can hit your golf ball out into the range, and the embedded computer chips track your shot. Touchscreens in your bay have an array of games to play with different difficulties.

You can also order food and drinks to your bay and make a whole afternoon or evening of it with the family.


Las Vegas Natural History Museum

From prehistoric dinosaurs to ancient Egyptian mummies, everyone will be entertained at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. The museum has been open to the public since 1991, with a mixture of rotating exhibits on loan and a permanent collection of artifacts.

See what it takes to discover how a dinosaur lived, and view tanks of live marine life. You can learn about the relationships between species, predators, and their prey.


Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas

Cool off from the summer heat at Las Vegas’ water park. During the summer months, you can slide, splash, and ride around themed water rides and kid-friendly play areas.

For those who prefer a calmer pool experience, you can swim in Red Rock Bay or float down the Colorado Cooler lazy river.


Neon Museum

There is nowhere better to learn about Las Vegas history than the Neon Museum. This nonprofit preserves iconic signs from Las Vegas institutions for educational purposes and to preserve the city’s culture.

You can take a one-hour guided tour or walk through on your own. Tours are available every day of the week depending on the season.


Discovery Children’s Museum

Kids can let their imaginations run wild at the Discovery Children’s Museum!  Tuesdays through Sundays, you can explore the permanent exhibits by participating in the fantasy festival, build a building in an eco-city, and learn how water powers boats and other machinery.

There is even a toddler play area for the youngest in your family.


Nevada State Museum

The Nevada State Museum works to preserve the state’s cultural heritage as well as history. This nonprofit museum donates to other community interest groups and promotes volunteering as well.

They have exhibits that go back to prehistoric times, as well as a timeline of the state. You can visit Tuesdays through Sundays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Shelby American Museum

Auto-lovers and appreciators will enjoy a free tour through The Shelby Heritage Center. You’ll get to see a collection of muscle cars and learn about how they evolved through the years.

For those people in your family who are interested in mechanics and fixing things, you can watch the Shelby mechanics working in their shop through a large window.

Tours:

  • Monday – Friday at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
  • Saturdays at 10:30 am

National Atomic Testing Museum

Learn about the history of the Nevada Test Site and how America developed the nuclear weapons testing program at the National Atomic Testing Museum. This is now one of the only places left that own and display nuclear testing equipment and other artifacts.

Of course, you’ll learn about world history and why the Nevada Test Site was established. You’ll also learn about the change from above-ground to underground testing and how countdowns were used.

The museum also has an above-ground nuclear test simulator, where you can imagine what it’s like to witness a nuclear test.   

 


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THINGS TO DO WITH TEENAGERS IN LAS VEGAS

If you have teenagers on your family vacation, don’t worry! There are plenty of activities for that in-between age that will keep the whole family entertained.

 

 

This list includes a few high-adrenaline options for things to do.


Off-Roading Excursions

There’s no need to spend your entire stay on the Las Vegas Strip. Get outside of town and go on an off-roading excursion. There are plenty of tours to choose from, depending on your comfort level.

Try a scooter tour of Red Rock Canyon, or ride buggies in the desert.


The Mob Museum

If you’re interested in true crime or the Mob – don’t miss this museum. There are many interactive exhibits, including a Crime Lab Experience. Anyone 11 years old or older can discover fingerprint analytics and DNA profiles.


Fly the SlotZilla Zipline on Fremont Street

Fremont Street is the popular pedestrian entertainment experience, lined with restaurants, shops, and easy casino access. Fremont Street is also the location of the SlotZilla zipline, where you can zoom over the other shoppers’ and walkers’ heads. You must be 16 to ride SlotZilla by yourself or be accompanied by another rider at least 16 years old.  

 


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