Las Vegas is traditionally known as an adult playground. You can also find plenty of things to do with the kids. This short list of the 15 best kid-friendly activities will get your family trip off to a great start.
- Discovery Children's Museum
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This entertaining, interactive museum appeals to all ages. The themed exhibits in this playful environment make learning a fun experience for the whole family. Discover youth art, science, sustainability, health and more. The museum even has a toddler friendly space.
- Adventuredome at Circus Circus
This complete indoor amusement park is one of the top 30 in the world. Adventuredome caters to all ages. Their 25 rides range from rollercoasters, for big kids (and adults), to a carousel and gentle coaster for smaller children. Keep the thrills going with bungee jumping and rock climbing. For more subdued fun, hit the arcade, midway, 4D movie theaters or miniature golf.
Other thrill rides can be found at Stratosphere, New York New York, and Vegas Indoor Skydiving.
- Water Parks
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Cool off and get wet at Wet 'n Wild or Cowabunga Bay. From the lazy river and wave pool to exciting water rides, the whole family will have a great time.
- Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
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Take the kids on a journey through this underwater ocean exhibit, from a diver's perspective. Get hands on with stingrays and horseshoe crabs at the Touch Pool. Be mesmerized by moon jellyfish, octopus and a variety of tropical fish. You'll see sea turtles, a golden crocodile and komodo dragon. And, of course, there are 15 species of sharks. The walk through tunnel gives you an almost 360 degree view of the ocean environment as sharks swim overhead and all around you.
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Interactive exhibits cover the natural history of desert and ocean from prehistoric times to the present. The variety will keep you and your children happily engaged.
- Tournament of Kings at Excalibur
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Kids and adults will revel in becoming part of the experience, dining on a medieval 3 course meal, as knights on horse back battle it out in this King Arthur inspired live action performance. The kids will love the authenticity, right down to eating with the utensils of the time... your hands!
- Nathan Burton Comedy Magic
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Enjoy an entertaining afternoon when you see this quaint comedy magic show, tailored for kids. At Saxe Theater inside Planet Hollywoods' Miracle Mile Shops.
- Container Park
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This open air entertainment venue offers activities for all members of the family, whatever their age. Container Park often holds free concerts, movies and more. The children's park will keep the little ones busy any time. Partake in food, drinks and shopping at this unique mall built from shipping containers.
- GameWorks at Town Square
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Head to the south end of The Strip to entertain the kids with arcade games, bowling, pool and more. You can even grab a bite to eat in the restaurant. Young kids will also like the Children's Park in Town Square.
- Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
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This go kart and theme park, off the strip, features kid friendly rides, several go kart tracks, an arcade, and food.
- Indoor Go Kart Racing
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Get an adrenaline rush at Fast Lap or Pole Position Indoor Kart Racing. Get the entire family on the track and see who the best, fastest driver is. These cars go fast! There is a height requirement so check their website.
- Springs Preserve
Experience this desert nature preserve, just 4 miles from Downtown Las Vegas. Kids and adults will have fun with the interactive museum exhibits, trails, hiking, botanical gardens, and special exhibits that change seasonally.
- Mob Museum
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Take a journey through the colorful history of Las Vegas by visiting this facsinating, interactive museum. True stories of organized crime and law enforcement come to life within the walls of the former downtown U.S. Post Office.
- Fremont Street Experience
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When you need some grown up time, this adult friendly spot is also accomodating to kids. Ride the zipline, see free concerts and the high tech light show, watch street performers or simply people watch.
- Explore Nature
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Just outside town, you'll find Mount Charleston, Red Rock, and Lake Mead. Mount Charleston's cooler temperatures make it a great getaway during the hot summer months. It is ideal for hiking, camping, or a picnic. In the winter you might even have a chance to play in the snow. Red Rock is great for hiking, rock climbing, or a scenic drive. At Lake Mead you can rent a boat or other water vehicle, take a lake cruise, or camp.
Las Vegas is a great travel destination, for adults and kids alike. Have a great time on your family visit!