Jul 31, 2023
Are you planning a family trip to Las Vegas? Here are seven of our favorite kid-friendly Las Vegas attractions that are always worth visiting.
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Between Vegas' long history of legalized gambling and its infamous moniker "Sin City," it's not hard to see why Las Vegas tends to get skipped when planning a kid-friendly getaway. That said, this narrow view leaves a lot of families primed to miss out on the bevy of excellent family-friendly destinations and attractions in Las Vegas.
Located at the gorgeous Mandalay Bay resort, this aquarium works to educate guests about the wonders of aquatic life while giving them the chance to see a variety of creatures up close and personal. One of the many highlights is the shark tunnel, a translucent walk-through tunnel where you can see sharks and different species of fish swim around you from all sides.
Despite being a smaller aquarium, this attraction also boasts piranhas, Komodo dragons, and stingrays. You can also participate in feedings of manta rays and horseshoe crabs, as well as sea turtles and sharks.
For those hungry for an even more immersive experience, make sure to stop by the Undersea Explorer VR Theater. Using cutting-edge virtual reality, the exhibit will make you feel like you're swimming next to sharks or hanging out with humpback whales.
Families seeking an adventure in the great outdoors can take a quick 25-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip to Red Rock Canyon! This national conversation area offers a stunning 13-mile scenic drive with several pull-off areas for kid-friendly activities including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and picnicking. Obviously, due to the extreme heat Las Vegas receives in the summer months, Red Rock Canyon is best enjoyed in the Spring, Fall, or Winter. But for those who don’t plan on leaving the car, Summer can be a great time to avoid any large crowds.
A timed entry reservation is required most days and can be reserved by clicking here. The cost is $15 per vehicle for cars and trucks and $10 per motorcycle. A Red Rock Annual Pass is also available for only $30.
Has your kid seen every Marvel movie? Do they think they have what it takes to be an agent of S.T.A.T.I.O.N?
If so, you cannot skip Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. inside Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip. The storyline of the exhibit goes that you are tasked by Maria Hill (agent of SHIELD) to gather information on each of the Avengers.
You'll do so by traveling through exhibits bursting with recreations of Marvel props from the movies. This spans everything from Iron Man's vast arsenal of suits to Thor's trusty hammer Mjolnir (which you can even try to lift to see if you are worthy of the power of Thor)! You'll even get to see trophies taken from every villain the Avengers defeated.
Another highlight of the station is the Iron Man VR experience, where kids and adults can take control of a digital Iron Man suit to soar through the skies and take down evil villains.
If your family is visiting Las Vegas in search of some serious thrills, look no further than the Adventuredome at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. Spanning multiple acres, this indoor park boasts a wide array of roller coasters and attractions (like the legendary Canyon Blaster) along with mini-golf and a full arcade.
Think you have what it takes to be a master thief? Adventuredome gives you the chance to try their Bank Vault challenges, where you'll need to dodge lasers and break into a safe to walk away with the riches.
Finally, the park takes inspiration from the circus-theming of its parent hotel. Free clown shows happen around the park, and classic midway games (like hitting targets) line the "streets". At $60 per adult and $30 for kids under 48 inches, Adventuredome is not the cheapest family-friendly attraction in Las Vegas, but it will certainly create a lot of memories your kids will remember forever.
No trip to Vegas is complete without a stop at the local branch of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, complete with lifelike recreations of all your favorite stars. Whether you're looking to do a sick duet with Nicki Minaj or help Muhammad Ali score his next knockout, this museum is a great place to get killer photo ops and let the whole family have a fabulous time.
And if you get tired of the wax figures, you can also see the Marvel 4D show or play around with the virtual reality experience the museum offers. After that, take the kids on a gondola ride around the Venetian to cap off the evening with a flourish.
This talented troupe of acrobats and performers has a multitude of shows across Las Vegas, most of which are kid-friendly and can be enjoyed by anyone ages 5 and up! For Beatles fans, the Beatles LOVE show is a musical experience blending dance, acrobatics, and an explosion of light and sound to form an unforgettable experience.
There's also KA, a narrative experience fusing state-of-the-art visual effects with a revolving stage and breathtaking maneuvers. Exhilarating while staying kid-friendly, this show is sure to leave your whole family breathless.
Other family-friendly can’t miss Cirque du Soleil performances include O at Bellagio and Mystere at Treasure Island. These are two of the longest-running shows on the Las Vegas Strip and continue to dazzle hundreds of visitors each and every night.
At 550 feet tall, The High Roller is the tallest observation wheel in North America. The 30 minute ride offers incredible 360-degree views and is guaranteed to be a highlight for kids and family members of all ages.
The High Roller offers several ticket options, including the Day Ticket, Anytime Ticket, and Happy Half Hour Ticket (this one does not fall into the “kid-friendly” category). For children ages 4 to 12, the Day Ticket runs $8.50 each and the Anytime Ticket comes in at $17.50 each. Adult tickets are $23.50 for Day and $34.75 for Anytime. Kids under the age of 4 are always free.
One thing many parents fear about the High Roller is the possibility of being stuck in a pod with inappropriate or drunk adults. I can’t say that it always works, but I have seen several people request their own pod before boarding and the request is typically granted.
For families looking to create a truly unique learning experience, The High Roller also offers a free S.T.E.M Family Field Trip Guide. This curriculum sheet generates discussion on several topics including architecture, technology, geography, science, math, and more. Find the S.T.E.M. Curriculum sheet on The High Roller's website by clicking here.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition at MGM Grand
Fly Linq Zipline at The Linq Promenade
Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage
Tournament of Kings at Excalibur
Did I miss anything? What's your favorite thing to do with the family in Las Vegas? Start the conversation in the comments below.
Would be more for older kids but you can’t miss the rides on top of the Strat either.