When you think about taking a trip with your family, the last place you’ve probably considered is Las Vegas. While Las Vegas is most well-known for its adult entertainment, there are plenty of activities that cater to those who aren’t old enough to gamble or drink at bars. If you are looking for some of the best things to do with your kids in Vegas, check out these ten activities that the whole family can enjoy.
Is Las Vegas Child Friendly?
I have visited Las Vegas about 5 or 6 times. My husband and I actually got married by Elvis at the Graceland chapel back in 2009! We love to go back every couple of years and see what new attractions have opened up. It seems like every time we visit, the town becomes a little more family friendly. There are a ton of things for kids to in Vegas right on the strip.
Best Family Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas
- The Mirage Hotel & Casino.
- Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
- MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
- Excalibur Hotel & Casino.
- New York – New York Hotel and Casino.
- Sam’s Town (off the strip)
- Treasure Island
What can I do for free with kids in Las Vegas?
Conservatory and Gardens at the Bellagio
Every time we go to Vegas I have to stop and take a walk around the Conservatory at the Bellagio. It is free and one of my favorite things to do on the strip. The sky-lit atrium features vibrant, seasonal scenes composed of plants, flowers & trees. The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio are redesigned each season as well as for the Chinese New Year. If you like the conservatory at the Bellagio then head across the street after to check out the garden area at the Wynn hotel. They have a similar floral display although on a much smaller scale.
The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo
This outdoor zoo is free to visit and is one of the best free activities in Vegas for kids! You can find this habitat at the Flamingo resort, and you don’t need to be a guest at the hotel to visit. They have a ton of exotic birds like Flamingos. I have always really enjoyed taking a stroll through the wildlife habitat since we definitely don’t have tropical birds like that in Washington State.
See the volcano erupt at the Mirage
There are a lot of fun little shows to watch throughout Las Vegas, but the best one is at the Mirage. They have a massive volcano that erupts twice in the evening. During peak times, this volcano erupts more frequently, so you won’t have wait long once you get there. You don’t even have to go into the hotel. If you are walking by on the strip you can take a quick break and watch the volcano as you are passing through.
The fountains at the Bellagio is a free water show set to music similar to the Mirage volcanoes except with water instead of fire. Soaring, iconic fountains featuring dramatic aquatic shows are choreographed with music & lights and like the volcano, you can simply walk by after you check out the conservatory, stop for a few minutes to catch the show.
Best Shows for Kids in Las Vegas
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
If it’s raining or too hot outside, take your kids over to Mandalay Bay. There is an excellent aquarium there, and you can spend some time indoors. The main tank is 1300000 gallons, one of the largest in North America. They have all sorts of aquatic animals like sharks, rays and reptiles. the Shark Reef offers a touch pool where attendees can have a hands on approach of several marine species. Common species found within the touch pool include horseshoe crabs, and various rays. Every now and then the touch pool becomes a temporary home to baby zebra sharks.
Go see Penn & Teller
If you are looking for an excellent family-friendly magic show, you can’t go wrong with Penn and Teller. They have shows regularly in Las Vegas and are worth taking the kids. We went to their show almost 10 years ago at the Rio and it’s probably the best magic show I have been to (and I have been to nearly all of them at this point). I actually prefer Penn and Teller’s show to Chris Angel and David Copperfield.
This wax museum is one of the famous ones located throughout the country, and it’s got all of your children’s favorite celebrities.
Best Activities for Teens in Las Vegas
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
If you have a Marvel lover, you will want to take them to the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. There are a ton of interactive activities that your kids can do with the Avengers, and is both educational and immersive! It is located in Treasure Island.
Adventuredome Theme Park
The Adventuredome is a massive indoor theme park that can be found at Circus Circus. There are a ton of fun rides to ride, and a lot of fun attractions to see. Circus Circus is usually one of the cheapest hotels to stay at on the strip, It’s also the only one with RV parking. The Adventure Dome is a five acre indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions as well as 200 carnival games and an arcade. The hotel also has a children’s play area and and plenty of restaurants like Mc Donalds and Westside Deli.
The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade
If you have a thrill-seeker with you, consider taking them to New York, New York, to ride the Big Apple Coaster. They have a great arcade for those not brave enough to ride too. I always enjoy walking around inside New York, New York. They have it set up to look like the streets of New York City. It kind of feels like you are on the set of FRIENDS as you walk around.
Head to the top of the Stratosphere
If you aren’t afraid of heights, head up to the top of the Stratosphere for a fantastic view of Las Vegas. There are a bunch of rides and a skydiving opportunity as well, but the view itself is worth the trip. Its right by the Circus Circus hotel so if you are on that end of the strip you might as well check out both.
While some of these activities can be expensive, there are also plenty of budget-friendly options as well! While Las Vegas might be known for its casinos, there are plenty of family-friendly activities, for kids of all ages.