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- Las Vegas With Kids - Is It Worth The Gamble?
18 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids+−
- 1. M&M's World Las Vegas
- 2. Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
- 3. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
- 4. Vegas Shows
- 5. FlyOver Las Vegas
- 6. The LINQ Promenade
- 7. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
- 8. The Marvel AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island
- 9. Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park
- 10. The Discovery Children's Museum
- 11. The High Roller Observation Wheel
- 12. Tree House & Play Zone at the Downtown Container Park
- 13. Fremont Street Experience
- 14. Springs Preserve
- 15. Gondola Rides at the Venetian
- 16. Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel
- 17. Cowabunga Vegas Water Park
- 18. Botanical Cactus Garden
- Explore the World Around Vegas
When you think “family vacation,” Las Vegas probably doesn’t spring to mind. But there are a surprising number of kid-friendly attractions in and near The Strip that could make you consider a trip to Nevada. It’s a worthwhile detour if you’re exploring national parks in the area, like Death Valley, Bryce or Zion. Book one of the family resorts with a fun pool and take in a G-rated show. And don’t skip the Bellagio’s dancing fountain. Here’s what works for families in Vegas…and what doesn’t.
Las Vegas With Kids – Is It Worth The Gamble?
When our family attended a wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada, I kept asking myself, “Is Las Vegas with kids a good idea?” To be honest, “Sin City” was not high on my list of places I wanted to explore with my children. If you’ve ever walked the Las Vegas Strip at night with its scantily clad women, leering men and generally creepy vibe, you know why. I had always considered Las Vegas to be a girlfriend getaway or a couples-only destination.
But this city has a surprising number of entertainment options geared towards families including fun family-friendly hotels. The bright lights and neon-bright hotels are eye candy for kids (and adults). The wow factor is certainly part of what makes Las Vegas so memorable.
Here, I share with you everything I learned on this trip, my new list of dos and don’ts and the best things we found to do with kids in Las Vegas.
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18 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids
Now that you have the accommodations figured out, you’re going to want to plan some fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids. Here are our must-see attractions:
1. M&M’s World Las Vegas
My kids loved it at the M&M’s World. You will have several different floors, each with something new to see. My kids loved the quick show you could watch with your favorite M&M characters. I must admit, I was elated to try all the different M&M flavors. Who doesn’t love chocolate?
If chocolate’s your thing, book a 4-hour tasting tour to taste all the chocolate Vegas has to offer. This is a chocolate lover’s dream! We recommend booking this experience through Get Your Guide, which offers free cancellation within 24 hours of the the tour.
2. Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
Our kids loved the 460 foot-high observation deck atop Paris Las Vegas’ half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. What a view!
Skip the line and purchase your tickets ahead of time here. You’ll also save a few dollars by booking it in advance with Get Your Guide.
3. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
This is a fun wax museum for kids because they can see some of their favorite Marvel characters at the new Marvel 4D Super Heroes Experience. What kid doesn’t want a selfie with the Hulk?
Get your tickets here. Check out the reviews from Get Your Guide about this museum and see why it has a 4-star rating.
4. Vegas Shows
You would be surprised at the list of family-friendly Vegas shows you can enjoy with your kids. Although Vegas isn’t known for its PG entertainment options, options do exist! Check out our list of shows that are appropriate for the whole family:
- David Copperfield: Magic Show
- MYSTÈRE BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
- Blue Man Group
- XAVIER MORTIMER: THE DREAM MAKER
- Tournament of Kings Show at Excalibur
5. FlyOver Las Vegas
Created by the Disney Imagineer who created EPCOT’s wildly popular Soarin’, FlyOver Las Vegas. According to SheBuysTravel Editor-in-Chief Cindy Richards the attraction’s technology is so good, you’ll feel like you’re taking a helicopter ride. Read about her experience here.
6. The LINQ Promenade
This is a great spot to do some shopping, enjoy a meal and to find some kid-friendly entertainment including an observation wheel and ziplines.
7. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Our family stayed at the Bellagio and while it’s not the most kid-friendly hotel, the Conservatory and Fountain show were both worth seeing.
8. The Marvel AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island
This Las Vegas Attraction is perfect your little Avenger fans! At this attraction you can delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics, technology and profiles of Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man!
9. Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park
You won’t want to miss this 5-acre indoor amusement park located at Circus Circus in Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip. There are so many kid-friendly activities: roller coasters, arcade games and even a roller skating rink. We always look for a good theme park or amusement park when we travel.
10. The Discovery Children’s Museum
This museum is located downtown and is a fun hands-on interactive museum. You can spend all day exploring this 58,000 square-foot Discovery Children’s Museum.
11. The High Roller Observation Wheel
Ride the biggest Ferris wheel in the world. You will soar 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The 360-degree views of Las Vegas are breathtaking. Kids under 7 get in FREE!
Skip the line and get tickets online here.
12. Tree House & Play Zone at the Downtown Container Park
If you’re looking for a place to let the kids run around for a while, check out the downtown Container Park. There’s a play zone just for kids.
13. Fremont Street Experience
Every evening you can enjoy seeing the world’s biggest light show on four blocks of Fremont Street. The lights and music are sure to impress the kids. There is also a zip line at the Fremont Street Experience.
This guided tour through Get Your Guide is a great way to experience the area: Downtown Las Vegas: Fremont Street Pop Culture Walking Tour
14. Springs Preserve
This is a 180-acre attraction in Las Vegas. The website states that “The Preserve features museums, galleries, outdoor events, a colorful botanical garden and an interpretive trail system through a scenic wetland habitat.” This helpful guide tells you how to spend either 1-2 hours, half a day or a full day at Springs Preserve.
15. Gondola Rides at the Venetian
Not only are the gondola rides family-friendly but taking a family photo with one of the gondoliers makes the best souvenir.
16. Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel
This is a great FREE option for families. You can escape the busy streets of Las Vegas and enjoy this 15-acre garden. There you will find streams, waterfalls, exotic birds, turtles and fish.
17. Cowabunga Vegas Water Park
A things to do in Las Vegas with kids list wouldn’t be complete without a water park. This one is located in Spring Valley, about 20 minutes from the heart of Vegas. (And another good reason to have your own transportation!)
18. Botanical Cactus Garden
Ethel M Chocolate Factory’s Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest. How often do you get to see a garden full of cactus?
Dos and Don’ts for Las Vegas with Kids
Do Rent a Car
It’s best to have your own transportation, especially if you plan to stay off the Strip. If you can, drive to Las Vegas. If you fly in, plan to rent a car. Ultimately, that means you will save money. Prices for food and drinks along the Strip can be very expensive. Even budget-friendly places like CVS pharmacy and McDonald’s have unusually high prices. Next time, we will stay off the Strip and have our own transportation.
Don’t Visit the Strip at Night
This street becomes a whole new world after dark Every day we would get up early and walk the Strip. The Las Vegas nightlife is geared towards adults so when it got dark, my family could be found relaxing in our hotel. Try to plan your activities early in the day. If you are going to see a show at night, take a taxi and avoid walking the streets. If you’ve ever visited New York City with kids then you know that the nightlife can be very overwhelming for young kids.
Do Visit the Bellagio
Stick around the Strip just long enough to let the kids watch the dancing waters in front of The Bellagio. The show is mesmerizing during the day. It’s magical at night.
Do Choose the Right Hotel
We’ve all heard of The Bellagio, Wynn Encore, Venetian-Palazzo hotels; they have been featured in movies and are a staple of the area. They’re some of the greatest in Vegas, right?
Well, not necessarily if you are traveling with your kids. The best advice I have from our recent trip is to pick the right accommodations. Our family stayed at the Bellagio, and while this hotel was stunning and watching the Bellagio fountains at night was spectacular, I still would have preferred staying someplace that claimed to be a little more kid-friendly.
So where should you stay in Vegas with kids? We walked through several hotels during our stay and I spoke with my fellow SheBuysTravel writers. Here are some of the recommendations if you want to stay on the Strip:
The Mirage Hotel & Casino
There is a wide array of kid-friendly activities at this hotel. It is known for the nightly eruptions of the hotel’s signature man-made volcano. It’s also home to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat (currently closed – check the website for updates) and shows like Cirque du Soleil. The Mirage appeared from our short visit to be a fun place to stay when visiting Las Vegas with kids.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Shark Reef Aquarium is a must-see! In addition to the awesome aquarium, the hotel has a giant pool complex that includes a wave pool and a lazy river. Another thing I noticed was the abundant kid-friendly food options at the hotel’s 20 restaurants. Mandalay Bay must know that kids love a good pool and food!
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Pools, waterfalls and river-pools are sure to please any family.
SheBuysTravel Tip: The Big Apple in Las Vegas Hotel New York-New York claims to be kid-friendly, but many have said to avoid staying here with kids. Just a heads up.
Explore the World Around Vegas
The best part of our Vegas trip wasn’t actually Vegas itself. I’m so glad we took the time to rent a car and explore the gorgeous desert landscapes near Las Vegas. Did you know it’s only a 2 1/2 drive to Zion National Park from Las Vegas, Nevada?
The days we spent at Zion were among my favorite travel memories to date. Read all about our trip to Zion National Park.
There are so many other nearby places that you’ll want to see like Red Rock Canyon which is only a 20-minute drive from Vegas. Hoover Dam is only a 40-minute drive. Even the Grand Canyon is only a short 4-hour drive from Las Vegas. .
If you don’t want to rent a car, Get Your Guide offers some great tours that include transportation to these recommended destinations around Las Vegas. Here is a list of these tours:
- Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Park Tour
- Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon and Seven Magic Mountains Trip
- Hoover Dam: 3-Hour Small-Group Tour
- From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Sunset Tour
Check out our this complete list of free things to do in Las Vegas with kids.
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There is a right way and a wrong way to bring kids to Vegas. I just got back 2 weeks ago. There are fun things on the Strip for kids to do like gondola rides at the Venetian and the super cool arcade and roller coaster at New York New York. However, Vegas is largely geared towards adults and parents need to keep that in mind. Gambling, recreational marijuana, prostitution, and open containers of alcohol are all legal. One night on our vacation I tripped over a small child who had escaped from his stroller. I was gambling at a craps table at 10pm with a cocktail in my hand. Mom had the audacity to shoot me a look like I had just curb stomped a puppy which made me comment on her parenting skills. LOUDLY. As long as parents use some common sense about what is and is not appropriate for children, I say go for it.
you for got to mention all the dame smoking !!! because i followed your advice or ideas while researching hotel to stay at in las vegas we chose to stay at the mandalay bay. the casino floor had smokers all over the place. you cants get you car without walking king the casino floor. not a healthy situation you should update you blog with The park MGM hotel as they are very family friendly non-smoking hotel and casino. They also let your family dog stay with you too!
Awesome article. We were gifted a 7 day vacation and Vegas was the only destination with dates that we are able to travel. We have a 2 and 11 yr old and I was nervous about what we could do for 7 days.
***Off the wall question but I HAVE TO ASK!!! I am terrified od spiders and I hear there are desert tarantula in Nevada!!! Whats the likelyhood that we will run into them around and about Vegas including the Grand Canyon?
not very likely no big spiders. keep in mind that the Park MGM is the better option. its a smoking free hotel and still has an amazing pool. but the best advice is always ask the the holet during your reservation all your question as they will be better at advising you.
I know you stayed at the Bellagio, and that;s where I would like to stay for my wife; however, our kids will be with us as we quickly pass through Vegas. We intend on enjoying the pools and seeing the sights. My question is, would you opt for staying at one of the other hotels, like the Mirage in lieu of the Bellagio? We will only be there for one night and I kids in the age range of 6-12. I want them to see the Vegas lights, but not the inappropriate. I know, good luck, right!
Megan Alder says
I have always wanted to go to Las Vegas, and now that I have a well-paid job, I have been able to save money to go but is it a good idea to take my children?. I love that you basically said “yes” to my question, and you made a list of all the activities that can be done and enjoyed as a family. I know I probably won’t be able to take them to all those places, but if we find other places down the road that seem attractive we’ll make sure we go.
Cindy Richards says
Have fun! Let us know how the trip goes.
Why stay on the strip with kids? Stay downtown. I’m taking my 12 and 13 year olds and staying at Four Queens soon. You get Fremont Street free entertainment, and the light show, and the zip line. It’s like 5 blocks of fun, with *NO CARS*. It beats the heck out of schlepping up and down the strip in crowds and heat, with more beggers and porn than fun for the kids.
Renee Bishop says
Thank you for that recommendation! I checked them out and I will plan to stay there.
Miguel Romano says
Hi. Are you sure that the MGM Grand pool is open to kids? Someone posted on the Trip Advisor forum that it is not.
Sarah Ricks says
We loved visiting Las Vegas with our kids when they were little! In fact, we visited Las Vegas and didn’t gamble at all – we just enjoyed all the fun stuff to do in the casinos with our kids. We had a blast.
Christine Tibbetts says
You remind me of my shock in my early 20s when I realized las Vegas offered more than the Strip vibe, and that people actually lived there.