LAS VEGAS POOLS THAT ARE KIDS-FRIENDLY
The family can enjoy themselves now that pool season is in full swing, especially at The Tank, the Golden Nugget’s pool in Downtown Las Vegas. The slide into the pool that safely passes through an aquarium containing five species of sharks is kid-friendly and family-friendly. If sharks seem too terrifying, be sure to check out the splash area and pool at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, which includes a 50-foot slide tower with three different slides!
Las Vegas Shows for Children
The nickname “Entertainment Capital of the World” given to Las Vegas is not undeserved. Everyone can find a show they enjoy, even the younger audience members. At the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur, support your knight and eat with your hands. As they take in the sights at Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island, observe their eyes as they enlarge. At the MGM Grand, dance in the aisles to the Jabbawockeez’s smooth moves. With Mat Franco, the winner of America’s Got Talent, performing magic, the children (and adults) won’t believe what they see. Whichever program you select, the kids will never forget it.
CONFERENCE OF KINGS
Hershey’s World of Chocolate
The Hershey’s Chocolate World is in New York-New York. This Hershey brands flagship store on the west coast offers more than 800 sweet and chocolate treats, and you can even make your own chocolate bars! The enormous milk chocolate Statue of Liberty is a must-see. One of the many interactive activities offered in the store even lets kids star in their own Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup TV commercial.
Excalibur’s Fun Dungeon
Don’t be alarmed; Excalibur’s Fun Dungeon is a kid-friendly arcade. Every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., this arcade is open and features more than 200 games, including the World’s Biggest Pacman, old and new video games, and carnival favorites. Excalibur Hotel is famous for its casinos! If you want a night to unwind while your children rest, check out their world famous casino. Want to practice in your own time? Check out GentingCasino.com for mobile casino games.
OUTSIDE VIEW OF THE EXCALIBUR HOTEL
High Roller Observation Wheel in Las Vegas
Take the family for a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel, a sizable Ferris wheel located at The LINQ Promenade + Experience in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, to escape the busy crowds. The High Roller has 28 transparent, air-conditioned pods that can accommodate up to 40 people and is 550 feet high and 520 feet in diameter. Children six years old and under ride free, and the experience lasts about an hour in total. Additionally, you can reserve special events or benefit from happy hour discounts.
For Those Who Love Animals
Visit the Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson for an off-Strip animal adventure. This sanctuary for African lions features trainer tours, a painting giraffe, and special events.
Visit M&M’s World in the Showcase Mall as a side trip. The shop is 28,000 square feet of delicious chocolate covered in candies. Use the Personal Printer to create your own M&Ms with personalized messages, a variety of images, including ones with a Las Vegas theme, and 16 different colors. Additionally, Kyle Busch’s 18 M&Ms race car replica is available for NASCAR fans to use in selfies.
The STRAT Hotel, Casino, and Skypod’s thrill rides
With four of the highest rides in the world, 100 stories above the ground, the whole family can experience an adrenaline rush. On the SkyJump, a free fall of 855 feet at 40 mph is possible. Lose your voice as the X-Scream careens at 33 mph, 27 feet from the building’s edge. On the Big Shot, try to soar to great heights while taking in breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley. Take some Gs, three to be exact, as Insanity spins you 900 feet in the air if you still haven’t had enough. A nap might be necessary after this adventure.
THRILL RIDE IN THE STRATOSPHERE
Aquarium at Shark Reef
Underwater tours through 14 shark habitats, including a shipwreck with 360-degree views of sharks and other fish, are available at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. There are also interactive attractions like the Touch Pool, where you can stick your fingers under the water and get up close to animals from the ocean like sharks, horseshoe crabs, and rays.
Circus Circus’s Adventuredome
Visit Adventuredome, an amusement park with rides and attractions for children, daredevils, and kid daredevils, by going to the Circus Circus big top! There are roller coasters and rides for all levels of adventure as well as mini-golf, mini-bowling, indoor rock climbing and bungee jumping, laser beam escape rooms, roller skating, midway games, and arcades.
ADVENTUREDOME’S INTERIOR AT CIRCUS CIRCUS
The Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.N.
When you take the kids to see this Treasure Island exhibit, they’ll finally start to think of you as a superhero. Your goal is to learn about the world’s greatest heroes through their history and science, compile case studies on Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and The Hulk, and eventually join the Avengers’ S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
MARVEL’S AVENGERS STADIUM HOSTS IRONMAN
Things to Do for Free on The Strip
While strolling The Strip with the family, you’ll find interesting, free sights to see. The Fountains of Bellagio put on shows all through the afternoon and evening that are a choreographed display of water, music, and light. Visit the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens inside the Bellagio to see the specially created holiday and seasonal floral displays. Get a good spot to watch the Mirage Volcano at night when it erupts with loud explosions and captivating music performed by Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and Indian tabla percussionist Zakir Hussain.
Children’s Discovery Museum
At the hippest museum in town, let the kids just be kids while they learn. The Summit, a 70-foot tower with 12 levels of science entertainment and climbing/sliding structures, is one of the nine themed, hands-on, interactive zones that are located Downtown. Cool off at Water World or participate in EcoCity’s community building. For more interactive fun, be sure to visit the gallery of featured exhibitions. No matter when you visit, there are always new experiences because the exhibits rotate throughout the year.
CHECK OUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
The Great American Roller Coaster
The Big Apple Roller coaster, aptly named after its location at New York-New York, is a loopty loop coaster and the first in the world to feature a 180-degree “heartline” twist and dive. You can now enhance your experience with virtual reality and fully immerse yourself in a legendary battle between aliens and monsters. This is one literal (and virtual) ride you must take if you want to satisfy the true thrill-seekers and coaster-crazed kids in your family.
At New York-New York, there is a BIG APPLE COASTER.
The Container Park in Downtown
Look for the enormous metal praying mantis if you venture to Downtown’s Fremont East neighborhood. A hub of entertainment and cuisine for the whole family can be found here. children becoming irate? While the older children enjoy an adult beverage at Oak & Ivy, grab a hot dog at Cheffini’s Hot Dogs or a slice of pizza at Pizza Zazza. Let the kids burn off the sugar high in The Treehouse playground and 33-foot slide after treating the entire family to a gelato sensation at Waffleato.
Las Vegas restaurants that are family-friendly
It’s easy to find fantastic family restaurants in Las Vegas; just choose the one that works best for your group. Children can eat for free or at a low cost at many buffets, and everyone can sample different foods until they are satisfied. The Rainforest Café, a well-known kid-friendly restaurant located right on the Strip, is another fun place to chow down. You can get burgers, dogs, and fries at the renowned roadside burger joint Shake Shack in The Park, which is situated between New York-New York and Park MGM. Also, stop by the Hello Kitty Café, a loudly pink pop-up, for sweets and coffee. You can’t miss it, believe us.
ALOHA KITTY CAFE
The Springs Preserve is a family adventure treasure trove. Kids will adore the 180 acres of botanical gardens, hiking trails, wildlife habitats, museums, and other attractions at this off-Strip location. You’ll get a glimpse into the fascinating history of how Las Vegas came to be the amazing city it is today. The park is home to the largest collection of Mojave Desert cacti and plants, a variety of wetland bird species, and desert creatures. It also features a seasonal butterfly pavilion and changing exhibits.
Chocolate factory and botanical cactus garden at Ethel M
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the daily activities of a gourmet chocolatier in Nevada while letting the kids explore the factory’s three-acre Cactus Garden, the state’s largest botanical garden of its kind. Bonus: The factory and botanical garden are both free to enter! The public can also take free, self-guided “aisle tours” to see the candy kitchen, where custom-made confections are made.