What is There for Children to do in Las Vegas?

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Las Vegas is a playground for adults, but there are some family-friendly activities to be found. From museums to shows to rides, a little research can uncover fun for kids of all ages. Parents should keep in mind, however, that it is a bustling city, and attractions and hotels may change quickly, so it's always a good idea to contact any attraction they are interested in to make sure it is still operational and still appropriate for families.

There are a number of museums in the city, with exhibits of art, science, and more. The Las Vegas Natural History Museum provides a look at prehistoric Nevada, including exhibits on sharks and other aquatic creatures, dinosaurs, and indigenous plant and animal life. The Lied Discovery Children's Museum lies at the north end of the Strip, and offers more than 100 different interactive stations on two floors. Art lovers may be interested in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art inside the Bellagio Hotel Casino, which also boasts the famous Fountains at Bellagio. Other fun museum options include Madame Tussauds wax museum and the Pinball Hall of Fame.


For more adventuresome families, Las Vegas boasts a number of thrill rides and theme parks. The Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus is a 5 acre (20,234 square meter) indoor park, and includes roller coasters, water rides, and other attractions, including free clown shows. The roller coaster at New York-New York Hotel and Casino offers a view of the replica New York buildings. The Stratosphere Hotel Casino has the Stratosphere tower, the US's tallest observation tower, as well as Big Shot, X-Scream, and Insanity, the Ride. Keep in mind that many of these attractions may have height and weight limits, so not all children may be able to ride.

Las Vegas is famous for its shows, some of which are appropriate for all ages. Performers and acts change frequently, so visitors may want to check with their hotel to find out what shows are currently playing. Shows like Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil have performed there frequently, and this type of show may be appropriate for those younger visitors who have the patience for a long performance. Age restrictions do apply in some cases.

Visitors interested in nature and wildlife also have options in the city and the surrounding area. The MGM Grande Lion Habitat is on a ranch about 12 miles (19 km) from the hotel, and offers a mini-safari experience; the Flamingo Hotel Wildlife Habitat includes a flock of flamingos, naturally, as well as other animals. There are a number of parks and wildlife areas within a few hours drive as well, including Lake Mead, one of the world's largest man-made lakes, which is about 30 miles (48 km) east of the city; and Red Rock Canyon, about 20 miles (32 km) to the west.

In addition to these options, families visiting to Las Vegas may be interested in a wide variety of shopping experiences around the city. There are also a number of arcades, such as Gameworks, which can hold up to 3,000 people at a time. While many attractions in the city are more adult-oriented, there are still many ways for families to have fun. It's always a good idea for visitors to call or check out the website of any attraction or show before traveling to confirm the venue is still in operation, and to make sure children meet any age, height, or weight requirements.


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Post 8

One problem that I ran into with my kids when we were out in Veags is that a lot of Las Vegas restaurants are not appropriate for kids. They do not have kid's menus or any food that a kid would want to eat.

There are plenty of places that do serve kids, but Las Vegas has so many upscale restaurants that your choices seem more limited than usual.

Post 7

@SZapper - I find that kind of surprising, actually. Not that many people go to Las Vegas for the artwork.

Either way, I think the Museum of Natural History is one of the best choices for kids. I've never been to the one in Vegas, but I can remember visiting the Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. as a kid, and I loved every minute of it. I think most kids are obsessed with dinosaurs, so that makes it a really good choice.

Post 6

I had no idea the Bellagio Las Vegas had an art gallery in it. I've been there to see the fountain show, but if I had known there was an art gallery, I definitely would have visited that too. Next time, I guess.

Post 5

@strawCake - Yeah, there are a ton of things to do in Las Vegas that don't involve drinking and partying. It's a shame that your friends weren't up for any of those activities. I think it's a good idea to discuss stuff like that before you leave for vacation though.

Anyway, when I went to Vegas last, I did visit the Las Vegas casinos. But I also did some other stuff, including seeing a Cirque Du Soleil show. It was amazing! I would definitely go back, and I think that's something a child might enjoy too.

Post 4

I've been to Las Vegas once, with a few friends. I ended up not having a very good time, because the people I went with pretty much just wanted to drink and party, and I'm not really into that. I would love to do some of the kid-friendly activities listed in this article, so I'm going to be sure to check this stuff out next time I visit any Las Vegas hotels.

Post 3

surflover00- I agree with you that it is better to keep children indoors after about 7 p.m. Even though I don't think Las Vegas is dangerous at night, it is just good common sense.

One thing that I have noticed is that local companies pass out inappropriate ads of exposed women to people walking on the street at night. It is better to not risk your children seeing these images.

Post 2

I have visited Las Vegas a number of times with children. While there are activities for children to do during the day, I would recommend keeping children indoors at night. The atmosphere of Las Vegas gets very chaotic at night, especially on the weekends, and it can be dangerous for a young child.

Wake up early and spend the day at museums, restaurants and shows. Take your children back to the hotel around 7 p.m. Watch a fun movie on television or taking them swimming at the hotel pool.

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