Las Vegas: The Best Playground for Kids of All Ages
Although Las Vegas may be famous for casinos and nightlife, this top U.S. destination is also fantastic for family travel. From thrilling attractions to interactive experiences, shows, and much more, there is plenty to add to the itinerary for children and grown-ups. And if you’re looking for spacious accommodations for the whole family Las Vegas Strip Suites offers luxurious full-furnished vacation rentals complete with floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views of the city, fully stocked gourmet kitchen for when you want to eat in, access to amenities, including a gym and swimming pool, and prime location near top family attractions. In the meantime, check out these family-favorite picks to include in the next vacation that will ensure everyone has the time of their lives.
Adventuredome at Circus-Circus Las Vegas
Thrilling or tame, this five-acre amusement park has something to satisfy their adventurous spirit. Along with the 25 rides and attractions, like Pirates Bounty mini golf and Xtreme Zone rock climbing, visitors will enjoy free clown shows, midway games, a classic arcade, tasty bites, and 4D films at the FX Theater. Families have the Circus Carousel, Drifters Ferris Wheel, and Canyon Cars bumper cars, while the daredevils in the bunch can brave the Canyon Blaster, a double-corkscrew roller coaster and NebulaZ, the newest thrill ride that spins through the air, offering great views from above.
High Roller Observation Wheel
If you want an unforgettable view of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding area, this soaring attraction at The Linq Promenade fits the bill. The modern Ferris wheel soars above the cityscape at 550 feet and offers the ultimate comfort and viewing with climate-controlled cabins and panoramic windows. Taking a spin on the largest observation wheel in North America promises to be a terrific time for families as they enjoy making memories and the sweeping 360-degree views around them. Open from noon to midnight, this attraction offers an incredible vantage point day and night.
Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix
When the need for speed arises, budding racers will have a blast at this go-kart racing spot. A karting experience awaits everyone, from Kiddie Karts for little ones to other options for teens and adults. The family fun center, offering the only two-seat go-kart experience in Vegas, features four tracks with different twists, turns, and straight ways to accommodate different levels. After revving engines and races, other stuff to pursue include arcade games and amusement rides, such as the Tornado Twister and the Super Fun Slide.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving
Close to the Strip, this simulated skydive experience offers something families can’t do every day. Under the supervision of trainer instructors, guests get to experience what it’s like to freefall—and there is no need to board a plane or wear a parachute. Instead, after suiting up and going through a brief training session, they will experience body flight in a Vertical Wind Tunnel featuring a mesh trampoline floor and foam-padded walls for safety. The one-hour experience gives a glimpse at the incredible sensation of flying.
The Big Apple Coaster and Arcade | New York-New York
Start spreading the news. This roller coaster on the Strip will appeal to the fearless ones in the family. Located in front of the New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, this outdoor ride offers prime views of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Highlights include a 180-degree heartline twist, a surprising 203-foot drop, and a mini skyline of Manhattan. If you can’t wait to check this ride out, you’re not alone, with 1.4 million riders experiencing it annually. Afterward, pop into The Big Apple Arcade for friendly competition with classic video games, Skee-Ball, air hockey, and more.
STIMULATING THE IMAGINATION
Parents will want this whimsical attraction on their family vacation-to-visit list. Open to visitors of all ages until 9 p.m., the immersive playground boasts a mashup of exhilarating experiences, art installations, dining, shopping, and events for the young at heart. At Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, everything is not what it seems, and the mind-blowing experience features eclectic environments that spark curiosity with interactive artscapes and exhibitions. Zipline enthusiasts will want to attach their harness to The Spine as they go on an indoor gliding and free fall hybrid adventure at Haley’s Comet. The sensory-driven Illuminarium is another excellent possibility with different cinematic environments for all ages.
Blue Man Group
At the Luxor Hotel and Casino, this over-the-top show featuring the three bald men painted blue cultivates human connection. Since each performance is unique, there is no need to worry about experiencing the same show twice. As to what to expect, this colorful production beautifully brings together art, music, comedy, and non-verbal communication for an incredible euphoric celebration. Shows run anywhere from 90 to 105 minutes with no intermission. Parents might want to surprise the kids with a VIP Experience, including premium seating and a meet and greet with the performers after the show.
Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand
Voted “Best Family Show” and “Best All Ages Show,” this dazzling and artistic hip-hop dance production is a solid choice to entertain the entire family. Famous for their signature white masks and elaborate moves, these anonymous performers, who you might recognize from their win on the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew, wows the crowd with intricate choreography, charisma, and impressive stunts. It’s the ultimate family-friendly experience that will have everyone wanting more. The best part is this show is easily accessible from Las Vegas Strip Suites, a perfect choice for your next family vacation.!
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Billed as the “World’s Greatest Wax Museum,” this popular point of interest puts visitors close to their favorite celebrities, athletes, and public figures inside an exhilarating environment. There are four zones, starting with Club Tussauds, where you can see notable personalities from TV and film, before checking out Sports, Music Icons, and Viva Las Vegas, where you’ll recognize famous faces over the years. When it comes to experiences, everyone in the family can look forward to the Marvel Universe 4D movie and the chance to immerse their hand in wax for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Save the day and plan a trip to the superhero-inspired interactive and educational experience at Treasure Island Las Vegas. The mesmerizing family attraction invites everyone in the group to go on a mission to assemble case files and intelligence on Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow to become qualified agents of the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.—which stands for Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network. The action-packed headquarters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe features stunning visual effects and authentic movie props and costumes and touches on history, science, engineering, genetics, and technology.
FAMILY FIELD TRIPS
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
For a tranquil escape from the busy Las Vegas strip, this serene oasis provides a beautiful setting for the family to explore. Inside this lush display are meticulously designed gardens and floral displays teeming with spectacular scenes, colors, and scents. Within the 14,000-square- foot horticulture wonderland are ever-changing displays reflecting the season, holidays, and special occasions. This season, Enchantment: The Magic of Fall runs through November with harvest motif and splendid flora and fauna before a Holiday-themed display takes over to delight visitors this December.
Discovery Children’s Museum
With a vision to inspire every youngster to “become an innovative thinker through the joy and wonder of hands-on discovery, this family destination is a must-visit in Las Vegas. Throughout its three floors, kids can immerse themselves in the engaging exhibits, with games and activities, in themed areas, such as Toddler Town, Fantasy Festival with a pirate ship, medieval castle, and theatre, the Discovery Lab maker space, Water World, and Patents Pending to stimulate their minds and spark their curiosity.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Botanical Cactus Garden
Sweet and serene is what families will encounter when they make their way to this delightful destination. A wonderful place to start is taking the Self-guided Factory Tour to see expert chocolatiers make and hand-pack batches of colorful treats. After that fascinating experience, it’s time to explore the three-acre Cactus Garden—the largest in Nevada. Strolling on the grounds will reveal more than 300 species of desert plants and holiday-themed displays throughout the year. After exploring, the Cactus Garden Café is the perfect place to unwind with chocolate desserts for the table.
Las Vegas Natural Museum
Dinosaurs, ancient creatures, dazzling minerals, oh my! Families are in for an engaging outing at this enriching attraction located in downtown Las Vegas. Whether budding paleontologists or aspiring gemologists, the hands-on exhibits, and evolving events, such as Critter Connection and Storytelling, provide the perfect learning experiences for growing minds. Highlights include a 35-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex at the Engelstad Family Prehistoric Life Gallery, recreations of artifacts at Treasures of Egypt, and the Marine Life Gallery featuring a 3,000- gallon tank with live sharks and stingrays.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Kids will marvel at the striking marine life at this aquatic-inspired attraction. Parents get to see their children watch in amazement as they observe more than 2,000 animals, including 12 types of sharks up close in their habitats. Eye-catching themed environments, from a jungle to glass tunnels representing the sea floor and a petting pool, perfect for animal lovers to linger and learn, are what to expect at the first and only facility in Nevada accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
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