Fun Things To Do In Las Vegas For Families (Vegas Hacks)
Fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids –
Las Vegas attractions for people under the age of 21 &
Family-friendly attractions in Las Vegas
You are probably wondering why a blog called “Retirestyle Travel” has a post about things to do with kids in Las Vegas.
The answer is simple: because lots of people ask about it on Facebook and we aim to please.
Also, Kevin is a bit of a kid at heart and sometimes likes to do youthful activities.
Finally, some of you might visit Las Vegas with your kids and grandchildren. In which case, you might also be the designated babysitters for a few days and nights. You will be extra popular if you bring the grandkids to some of these attractions.
If you are thinking about bringing kids or grandkids to Las Vegas, think twice about it. They will definitely enjoy Orlando a lot more.
If you ask about things to do with kids in Las Vegas on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll probably get some snarky comments saying that children don’t belong in Las Vegas.
However, we brought our teenage kids to Las Vegas and found lots of fun, kid-friendly things to do in Las Vegas.
Overall, Circus Circus, New York New York, and Excalibur have the most attractions for kids (arcades, midways, 4D motion theatres, rollercoasters, and even an indoor amusement park). If you want a good family pool with a lazy river, you should stay at Mandalay Bay or MGM Grand.
I have even read online that parents of young children can arrange reliable and safe babysitting in your hotel room through the concierge at some hotels so they can enjoy a night out in Las Vegas for dinner and gambling.
Please keep in mind that children are not allowed on some casino floors, but in some casinos are allowed to walk through the main corridor with their parents without stopping.
Beware that, after dark, there will be strange people, drunk people, and promoters handing out small cards with mostly-nude pictures on the sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip that you don’t want your kids to see. So, perhaps it is best to stay in your resort with the kids at night.
Here are the best family attractions in Las Vegas to enjoy on your next trip to Las Vegas.
Family Activities on the Las Vegas Strip (South to North):
- Their hotel pool has a lazy river and a giant wave pool. Many people say it is the best pool for kids.
- 1.5 million gallon Shark Reef Aquarium.
- HyperX Esports Arena & Arcade.
- Pyramid of Khafre replica guarded by a great Sphinx replica.
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.
- Fun Dungeon Midway & Arcade.
- Ultimate 4D Experience movie theatre with moving seats (see a Sponge Bob movie & more).
- Tournament of Kings (a dinner show with knights on horses).
New York New York
- Coney Island Amusement Centre & Arcade.
- Hershey’s Chocolate World Store.
- Manhattan Express Big Apple Roller Coaster (goes outside the hotel). You can also try it while wearing a virtual reality helmet for a different experience.
- Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge replicas.
- MGM Grand has the best hotel pool for kids with a long lazy river and waterfall. Kids will love this hotel pool.
- Hunger Games: The Exhibition.
- Virtual Reality by Zero Latency (Zombie Survival, Singularity).
- M&M’s World Store (located beside MGM Grand) has a free 3D Movie “I lost my M in Vegas” starring M&M characters (MUST-SEE) and you can create your own personalized M&Ms.
- Coca-Cola Store (located beside MGM Grand) has photo opportunities with the polar bear mascot plus hundreds of soda pop flavours from around the world.
- Topgolf (located one block behind The Signature at MGM Grand) is an entertainment venue with a high-tech driving range, an arcade, and a swanky lounge for mom & dad.
Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops
- Free indoor simulated harbor thunderstorm (in front of Ben & Jerry’s).
- Nathan Burton Comedy Magic show.
- Free Fountains of Bellagio Show out front – dancing water fountains set to music (MUST-SEE).
- Free Bellagio Flower Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.
- World’s largest chocolate fountain (27 feet tall).
- Eiffel Tower replica and Eiffel Tower observation deck.
- Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf.
- Real Bodies exhibit in the lower level.
- Free nature wildlife habitat (with swans, flamingos, koi, turtles & many other birds) & gardens.
- Brooklyn Bowl bowling.
- Fly LINQ Zipline.
- High Roller Observation Wheel (world’s highest at 550 feet tall and takes 30 minutes to go around).
- VR Adventures virtual reality arcade.
Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops
- Free Fall of Atlantis show (near Cheesecake Factory) is a show with animatronics, fire, and water (MUST-SEE).
- Free 50,000 gallon Aquarium behind Fall of Atlantis.
- Free shortbread cookie samples at Honolulu Cookie Company.
- 20,000 gallon aquarium in the main lobby.
- Free outdoor erupting volcano show (MUST-SEE).
- Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden white tiger & dolphin habitat.
- Living statues and Streetmosphere street performers (ex. opera singers) in the replica of St. Mark’s Square.
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Virtual Reality.
- Marvel 4D experience.
- Venice Canal Gondola Rides.
- The VOID: Travel Beyond Reality VR experience.
- 2 pirate ships in front make for a cool photo opportunity.
- Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
- We recommend Circus Circus as the most kid-friendly resort on the Las Vegas Strip, but we were unimpressed by their pool.
- Adventuredome indoor amusement park.
- Carnival Midway & Arcade.
- Free world-class circus acts every 30-45 minutes from 11 AM to Midnight at center stage of the Midway.
The Strat Hotel
- Stratosphere Tower SkyPod & Observation Deck.
- Big Shot thrill ride.
- Insanity-The Ride.
- SkyJump controlled free fall from the top of the tower.
- X-scream rollercoaster.
Family activities on Fremont and Downtown (sorted alphabetically):
We don’t recommend you bring children to Fremont Street after dark. You do not want your kids to encounter scantly-clad street “performers” and lots of drunk people.
Downtown Container Park in the East Fremont Entertainment district contains unique stores & restaurants made from storage containers. Here, you will find The Dome – an immersive, 4K-visual dome entertainment experience. There is also a candy store, a park with a play structure for kids, and a fire-spitting Mantis sculpture in front.
Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel and Casino has the world’s largest gold nugget (called “Hand of Faith”) and a waterslide that goes through a shark tank at their hotel pool.
Neonopolis is an indoor mall with 300,000 Square Feet of dining and retail where you can enjoy bowling and an arcade or go to a toy store.
Slotzilla Zipline lets you soar over the middle of several blocks on Fremont Street.
Off-Strip and Off-Fremont (sorted alphabetically):
Area 15 (a few blocks behind Fashion Show Mall) has art, dining, and a retail complex. It also has entertainment options such as Meow Wolf’s immersive, interactive art called Omega Mart, Emporium bar/arcade, virtual reality, augmented reality, a golf simulator, a flight simulator, an indoor zipline, and axe-throwing.
Boulevard Mall is not far off the Strip behind the Venetian and has 140 stores. This mall has lots of family entertainment such as SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, Galaxy Movie Theatres, Jupiter Express Railroad, Game Center Animal Rides, Dixie Dooley’s Magic Shop, First Vegas Virtual Reality, Las Vegas Family Puppet Theater, Versus esports arena, and Rex Center (with laser tag, go-carts, and mini golf).
Ethel M Chocolate Factory has free self-guided tours with a sample at the end and also has a great botanical cactus garden.
Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix has 4 go-cart tracks, 3 amusement rides, 1 super slide, and an arcade.
Pinball Hall of Fame has 200 playable pinball machines.
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has the Voodoo Zipline and KISS by Monster Mini Golf.
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall has the Sunset Stampede, a free Laser Light and Fountain Show in the Mystic Falls Park at 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 PM.
Silverton Casino has a 117,000 gallon aquarium with a feeding show at 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm daily and a mermaid show from Thursday to Sunday at 2 PM & 5 PM (MUST-SEE).
Sky Zone Trampoline Park will help burn the kids’ energy by bouncing around for hours so you can get them to bed early.
Town Square Mall (a few blocks south of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign) has a playground with playhouses for small kids. It also has GameWorks, a giant arcade and amusement center with bowling alleys.
Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterpark is a 30-minute drive west of the Las Vegas Strip and has all the waterslides, body slides, and tube slides you love.
Best family restaurants in Las Vegas for kids
There are food courts in all of the hotels and shopping malls with the typical mall food court chain restaurants.
We really like Del Taco when we are hungry and don’t want to spend a lot. There is one on the Las Vegas Strip in a second floor food court near MGM Grand.
Most kids love burgers and, depending where you are from, you might never have tried In-N-Out Burger (near LINQ), Shake Shack (near the Brooklyn Bridge replica at NYNY), or White Castle (near Venetian).
Our kids loved to eat at Rainforest Cafe when we would travel to tourist destinations around North America. The food is actually good and the atmosphere with animatronic animals in a jungle makes the experience fun. You will find Rainforest Cafe close to Planet Hollywood and also close to 2 unique Tex-Mex restaurants: Taco Bell Cantina and Nacho Daddy.
Another restaurant that I hear is fun (for adults and kids) is called Sugar Factory, which has locations in the Miracle Mile Mall and Fashion Show Mall.
We hope we have given you some good options for fun activities to do with kids in Las Vegas.
Comment below to let us know what you liked best or if anything is missing from our list.
Kevin & Tina
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Carina | bucketlist2life
I don’t have kids but plan to do many of these things myself when I’m in Vegas. First and foremost the shark tank slide!
It is really exciting. The waterslide is clear plastic so you can see the sharks. Also, people inside can watch you go through the shark tank.
This looks like so much fun!!! I want to try them all! Especially the arcade. I haven’t traveled in such a long time. Hopefully this year I get to do so. I’ll be saving these suggestions for me to try whenever I visit. Thanks so much for sharing.
We like that you want to try these youthful activities. Kevin is the same way.
Whether you are visiting Las Vegas with a family and kids or just young at heart, these family-friendly things to do in Las Vegas with Kids will hit the mark.
Chalk and cheese travels
The Freeman experience is amazing really enjoyed that. That view from the Strat still makes me feel sick not for the faint hearted .
Great list 👌 would love to go back one day
I hope you can safely travel to Las Vegas again soon. These kid-friendly activities for families in Las Vegas are good for people of all ages. Just something different to do besides drink and gamble (and sleep).
The Healthcare Hustle
Love Circus Circus! my favorite childhood place in Vegas
We stayed there with our kids in Las Vegas and it was a great home base and there was lots to do on the resort when we didn’t venture out. Adventuredome and the free circus acts are some of the great things to do with kids in Las Vegas.
Love this article since it goes against the current for Vegas. Excellent for families and shows more fun things to do than what you know Vegas for.
Some people travel to Las Vegas with kids and others go there after they become 18, but before they are old enough to drink or gamble. Some people might be like Kevin (a big kid at heard) and love to do these family-friendly attractions in Las Vegas for kids.
I love how you have a ton of options for travelers who travel as a family or with kids! Sometimes with travel, they tend to be forgotten about but it’s great to see that Las Vegas has a lot of options for everyone!
We went to Las Vegas with teenage kids, so we did a lot of research before our trip to ensure we had a fun and age-appropriate vacation in Las Vegas. Surprisingly, there are many things to do in Vegas for families and people under 21.
Mr Barry A Till
This is quite an impressive list of things to do and see in Las Vegas. I don’t have knis but will pass it on to friends who do. I’m sure thye will be appreciative of this info and advice. The Ventian canals Mall looks exactly like the one in Doha, Qatar, so they must have copied it.
Thanks for reading and sharing these ideas for family-friendly things to do with kids in Las Vegas. Some people would never bring kids there, but I think you can do it tastefully and have family fun in Vegas by using these tips.
I am not a fan of chocolate but that chocolate fountain would be where I lay my head hahaha
Yes, that chocolate fountain is a world record held by Las Vegas and a great photo opportunity. Best of all, its one of the free things to do at the Bellagio.
This brings back fab memories of my time in Vegas. When I stayed at Mandalay Bay there was a big fake beach and plenty to entertain all ages.
Some people don’t want kids in Las Vegas. However, there are so many things for families, kids, and people under 21 to do that you can’t blame people for taking their kids to Las Vegas for a few days on a cross-country road trip. Many Vegas businesses and resorts do their best to accommodate and cater to families. Most of these attractions are fun for adults too.