Worried about how to entertain kids in Las Vegas? Worry no more. Las Vegas is no longer an adults-only playground so you don't have to leave the kids behind. Vegas is full of surprises and If you look closely you'll find plenty of child-friendly activities and attractions.
There are lots of family activities in Las Vegas for children and adults to enjoy together. Most hotels have kid friendly activities, however when you are ready to go to the casinos, remember it's a no-kid zone. Young people under 21 are forbidden to loiter in casinos. If children must pass through to get to another part of the hotel, then they must keep to the designated pathways, accompanied by an adult. WIth that said, here is a list of things for kids and families to enjoy, listed by location.
The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - The 13.573 sq ft. ever-changing natural display of exotic plants fill this fragrant garden. Free
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts - Featuring masterworks by American artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; last admission sold 30 minutes prior to closing
Aquarium - The Atlantis aquarium is home to over 500 colorful tropical fish. Be sure to visit at 1:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. each day to watch the aquarists feed the fish during dives. Atlantis aquarium is located in the Roman Great Hall.
Festival Fountain - Watch the morning sun and evening stars in the sky change from day to night and back again. Then see Bacchus, Venus, Apollo and Plutus regale visitors with amazing sound, light and laser show. The Festival of Fountains is located in front of the Tourneau store. Hours: 10am - 11pm every hour on the hour.
Circus Circus Midway Acts - Watch skilled circus jugglers, contortionists, balancing acts, human pyramids and other circus acts under the big top at the Carnival Midway at Circus Circus. Free
Performances on the Midway Stage take place every half hour from
11:15 a.m. – 11:40 p.m. Monday – Thursday;
11:15 a.m. – midnight Friday and Sunday; and
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Admission is FREE.
Carnival Midway - Adults and children will find a variety of fun things to do at the Carnival Midway, with over 200 games surrounding the circus stage.
Have you ever wondered what a 35,000-gallon tank of chocolate looks like? See for yourself on the self-guided tour of Ethel M's Chocolate Factory. Kids will enjoy seeing how chocolate is made. They will enjoy the free chocolate samples even more. See the cactus garden before you leave. Free
Tournament of Kings
Don't miss the most popular Las Vegas dinner show, Tournament of Kings. Invading armies! Dancing maidens! Jousting! Fireworks! And eating with your fingers! It's the one show on the Las Vegas Strip guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for adventure. Your kids will love it.
Fantasy Faire midway - Fun and games for guests of all ages. Multitude of carnival-style rides and arcade games.
Magic Motion Film Ride - Take a trilling ride, offered in the Fantasy Faire midway. Try Dino Island, Spongebob SquarePants and Extreme Log Ride. Must be 42 inches tall to ride.
Cowabunga Bay Waterpark in Henderson is just the perfect place for you and the whole family to escape the Las Vegas summer heat.
Cowabunga Bay is located in Henderson east of the Galleria Mall. Discounts for Military, Seniors and Children,
Under 2 yr. old admitted Free. General Admission tickets may be purchased at the park only (online tickets are not available) All Cowabunga Bay's water slides and attractions are included in the price of admission. Free tubes and life jackets are also included!
Address: 900 Galleria Dr., Henderson, NV 89011.
Step into a tropical rain forest at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino to view a group of Chilean Flamingos. Other animals at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat include swans, ducks, koi and turtles. Located on the grounds of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, the beautiful surroundings, waterfalls and lush foliage is breath-taking.Free
Feel the Thrill of Indoor Go-Kart Racing at Pole Position Raceway. Located one mile for the Vegas Strip, across the street from the Palms Casino and Resort. This 60,000 sq-ft. premiere Indoor Kart Track offers adult and youth karts with speeds up to 45mph. Also features Arcade games, billards and complimentary shuttle service from The Strip.
Open Daily at 11am
4175 South Arville, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Downtown signature attraction is The Fremont Street Experience. A pedestrian giant promenade lined with casinos, shops, restaurants and entertainment. Enjoy the free Viva Vision light shows at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The Viva Vision canopy is the world's largest video screen, providing a larger-than-life entertainment experience throughout the night at Fremont Street Experience. Free
GameWorks Las Vegas is a video playground with state-of-the-art games and attractions. Gameworks is a fun place for families to hang out. The Las Vegas venue features a 10,000-square-foot arcade game floor, video and classic arcade-style games, 8 bowling lanes, 2 pool tables, 30 TVs showing all your favorite sports.
Location: Town Square
6587 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89119
This 58,000-square-foot, three-story museum features nine interactive exhibition galleries focusing on science, art and culture, and early childhood development.
Children will enjoy playing with the over 100 hands-on exhibits at this unique children's museum. Arts, sciences and humanities come to life as children touch, see, explore and experience the exhibits. It is fun for the whole family.
Location: 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas
Hours: September through May;
Tuesday- Friday: 9am - 4pm; Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Admission: $14.50 for ages 1 to 99
Children under 13 yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult; 18 yrs or older.
Getting there: The closest drop-off location to DISCOVERY Children's Museum is the Bonneville Transit Center, which is located 0.5 mile from the Museum (10 minute walk). Routes serving the Bonneville Transit Center (BTC) include: the Deuce, BHX, 105, 106, 108, 109, 206, 207, 208, 214, 215 and 401.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition The story of Titanic told through artifacts recovered from the wreckage. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes you on a journey back in time to experience the legend of the Titanic like never before.
The 25,000-square-foot exhibit at The Luxor Hotel and Casino features numerous authentic items from the Titanic, including luggage, the ship's whistles, floor tiles from the first-class smoking room, a window frame from the Verandah Cafe, an unopened bottle of champagne with a 1900 vintage and lots more.
Open daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Last entry at 9 p.m.
Adult admission: $32; Seniors: $25; Children 14 years of age and under: $24
Nevada residents with valid I.D. and Luxor hotel guests, Adults: $29
You can entertain kids at M&M's World, there is certainly a lot to see. Children will enjoy the interactive nature of this 28,000 square foot, four-story complex as well as the thousands of M&M's merchandise.
Create your very own personalized M&M's® at their one-of-a-kind Personalized Printer machine. Explore the new M&M's World candy wall, which is the world's largest candy wall. Do not miss the free 3D movie "I lost my M" starring Red and Yellow. The movie theatre was recently renovated and the free movie is better than ever. Free
Featuring 'All Things Hershey's®' the new Hershey's Chocolate World flagship store at New York-New York Hotel & Casino is candy lovers paradise. Hershey's Chocolate World Las Vegas will immerse you in the candy brands you love: Hershey's, Hershey's® Kisses®, Reese's®, Ice Breakers®, Jolly Ranchers®, Twizzlers® and a lot more. Free
Hershey's Chocolate World Las Vegas offers guests a chance to create their own Hershey's happiness through a variety of interactive experiences such as customizing candy wrappers and personalizing Hershey's Kisses plumes and creating keepsake photos.
Hours 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Occupying 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and featuring over 100 wax figures, Madame Tussauds Interactive Wax Museum features famous film, television, music, and sports celebrities along with legendary characters of Las Vegas. The world-famous wax attraction, offers guests the unique opportunity to get up close and personal as they interact with incredibly life-like iconic wax figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics.
Madame Tussauds is open 10 a.m. daily, 365 days a year. Located on the Vegas Strip in front of The Venetian
The 90,560 sq ft. aquarium allows kids to wander through a glass walkway and get up-close with several species of sharks, sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, moon jellies and rare golden crocodiles. The aquarium features more than 2,000 unusual aquatic animals in 1.6 million gallons of seawater. And, join tour guides for a thirty-minute behind-the-scenes look at the aquarium's residents. Your kids will love the petting tank with stingrays and horseshoe crabs.
Phone: 702-632-4555; Children 4 and under get in free.
Happy Place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Explore 12 vibrant and multi-sensory themed rooms at HAPPY PLACE, an interactive, immersive pop-up exhibit with larger-than-life installations. The exhibits includes a six-foot tall mirrored X and O letters surrounded by a wall of one thousand red lips, seven-foot stilettos made of a million candies and lots more. At Happy Place you'll find a whole lot of selfie moments that you will love.
Age Requirements: All ages.
Location: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Phone: 888-718-4253 opt. 1
CSI: The Experience
Modeled after the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, play the role of a crime scene investigator as you are offered a chance to solve crimes one of three crime scene mysteries, like the ones seen on the hit TV show. The exhibit includes three crime scenes, 15 state-of-the-art lab stations, 15 suspects, 3 killers and much more. Experiences run every 10 minutes, from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., with last entry at 9 p.m. Guests must arrive on time for their scheduled tour or they must wait for the next available tour. The experience lasts 60 to 90 minutes. Located in the Studio Walk at MGM Grand
Have a fun-filled day the Mini Grand Prix Las Vegas. Race your kids on the four tracks at the Mini Grand Prix, get your thrill on three amusement rides, or ride down the SUPER slide. Play arcade games, then break for lunch at the on-site restaurant. Mini Grand Prix has it all
1401 N. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat - This exotic tropical oasis is home to bottlenose dolphins, white tigers, white lions, leopards and black panthers. Visit the dolphin habitat with tanks that replicate the dolphins’ natural habitat. Your child can even be a dolphin trainer for the day.
Mirage Volcano Eruption Schedule:
Sunday - Thursday | 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m
Friday - Saturday | 8 p.m., 9 p.m. & 10 p.m.
White Tigers - See Siegfried and Roy's Royal White Tigers in their tropical surroundings. More Information
Aquarium at The Mirage - Measuring 53 feet long, 8 feet from top to bottom, and 6 feet from front to back, the Aquarium at The Mirage contains at least 60 species from places like Hawaii, Australia, the Caribbean and the Red Sea.
Tropical Rainforest - The Tropical Rainforest is just inside the entrance of the Mirage.
The Big Apple Roller Coaster & Arcade at New York-New York Hotel & Casino - This roller coaster takes riders around the perimeter and even through the center of the hotel. More details..
Coney Island Emporium - Arcade and midway style games, plus coin-operated video games. Sunday - Thursday 8am - midnight; Friday & Saturday 8am - 2am.
Paris Las Vegas' signature landmark is its 50-story Eiffel Tower replica. Considered the most romantic view of Las Vegas, visitors can ride one of the tower's glass elevators to the observation deck at 460 feet, for a breathtaking view of the Vegas Strip below.
Enjoy the tranquil view of aquatic life gently gliding by at Silverton Casino's 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. Considered one of the Best Free Attractions in Las Vegas, the aquarium features an artificial reef and is home to more than 4,000 tropical fish, eels, three species of stingrays and three species of sharks. Free
The STRAT Hotel Casino and SkyPod is home to the world's highest thrill rides and SkyJump - Enjoy thrill rides at the STRAT Hotel Casino and SkyPod, including Insanity-The Ride, X Scream, and Big Shot.
Observation Deck - Show your children an amazing 360 degree view of Las Vegas from the tallest building in Nevada.
A local ordinance prohibits children under the age of 18 from being in arcades after 10pm on weekdays or after midnight on weekends unless accompanied by an adult. More info.
Children are not allowed to loiter on the gaming floor, or accompany a parent who is gambling. Please ask a casino security guard for local rukes.