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. It is rapidly becoming more family-oriented so there are lots of things for children and adults to enjoy together. When you are ready to go to the casinos, however, remember that it is a no-kid zone. 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.
Fountains of Bellagio - This awesome inspiring water feature is choreographed to opera, classical and whimsical music. Free
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts - Featuring masterworks by American artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley. Open 10am-6pm, Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm Fri-Sat.
Circus Acts - Watch skilled circus performers at the Carnival Midway. 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.
Take a Tour - 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 NV
Cowabunga Bay is located in Henderson east of the Galleria Mall. General Admission is $35.99 with discounts for Military, Seniors and Children,
Under 2 yr. old admitted Free
Address: 900 Galleria Dr., Henderson, NV 89011.
Experience a real speedway in Las Vegas with two indoor tracks, one oval and one road course, side-by-side competition and OVER 2000 FEET of track.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday, noon - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Fremont Street Experience - 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 is a video playground created by Steven Spielberg and contains state-of-the-art games and attractions. Gameworks is a fun place for families to hang out.
Location: Town Square
This 58,000-squarefoot, 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, and 215.
Open daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Last entry at 9 p.m.
Adult admission: $27; Seniors: $25; Children 14 years of age and under: $20
Nevada residents with valid I.D. and Luxor hotel guests, Adults: $24
You can entertain kids at M & M's World, there is certainly a lot to see. Children will enjoy the interactive nature of this four-story complex as well as the thousands of M & M merchandise.
Explore the 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 "interact" with incredibly life-like iconic wax figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics.
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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.
CSI: The Experience
This is your chance to solve crimes like the ones seen on the hit TV show. The exhibit includes three crime scenes, two state-of-the-art labs 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.
Race your kids on the four tracks at the Mini Grand Prix, play arcade games, then break for lunch at the on-site restaurant.
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 | 8 p.m. & 9 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 - The 53 foot long aquarium contains 1,000 species of animals from all over the world.
Tropical Rainforest - The Tropical Rainforest is just inside the entrance of the Mirage.
The Big Apple 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..
Roller Coaster Hours: Daily: 10:30am - Midnight
Coney Island Emporium - Arcade and midway style games, plus coin-operated video games. Sunday - Thursday 8am - midnight; Friday & Saturday 8am - 2am.
Sunset Stampede - A wolf's call heralds the laser light and water show in the Mystic Falls Park at Sam's Town. The fountain waters dance to music by the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. Free
Watch the aquatic life gently glide 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
There are a variety of games at this complex to keep your kids interested, including an indoor rock wall, a go-kart track, and arcade games. More Info
Las Vegas Curfew
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.
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