Top Ten Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids
Updated July 2015.
1. Tournament of Kings at Excalibur. This medieval dinner and show is fantastic. There’s knights on horseback, jousting, sword fights and lots of action. You’re seated sections and asked to cheer on your knight. On top of this you’re fed a three-course dinner you eat entirely with your fingers and you’re encouraged to bang your flagon of soda on the table! What kid wouldn’t love this? It’s $59 per person with kids three and under free. It’s not scary so suitable for kids of any age.
2. Gondola Ride at The Venetian. Yes, it’s cheesy but no trip to “Venice” would be complete without a gondola ride. Your singing gondolier will punt you through the canals under faux blue sky while serenading you with Italian classics such as “O solo mio”. Kids will love it. Gondolas seat four and cost $16 per person. Under twos will need to sit on an adults lap but ride for free. Want to stay at The Venetian? Click here to get 15% off Nonrefundable bookings at The Venetian.
3. Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. The dolphin habitat houses adult and baby dolphins. You can get up close and personal with dolphins through the underwater viewing window or see baby dolphins swimming around in a shallow pool. While they no longer have a show, the Secret Garden is still home to Siegfried & Roy’s big cats. Here you can see many varieties of lion, tiger, panther and leopard. Tickets cost $20 per adult, $15 for kids 4-12 and under threes free. Hotel guests receive a discount.
4. Adventure Dome at Circus Circus. An amusement park inside a hotel? Yes, there sure is. Complete with roller-coaster and log ride. There are only a few rides for little kids including a 4D cinema but it’s mostly suitable for older children who will enjoy thrilling rides. You can pay per ride $5-8 or buy an all-day pass – $27 for adults and $17 for kids under 48 inches/120 centimetres.
5. The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris. At one third the height of the original, the view from the Eiffel Tower at Paris is still dizzying. After an elevator ride to the top, you’ll be able to see all the way down the Las Vegas Strip and peer into the grounds of all the hotels. It is amazing to see how far some of the casino complexes stretch. The viewing platform is caged in so completely safe, even for little kids. You’ll pay $10.50 for adults and $7.50 for kids during the day. Prices increase to $15.50 and $10.50 at night. Not recommended for sufferers of vertigo!
6. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. The many exhibits at the Shark Reef should keep kids entertained for at least an hour. In addition to seeing sharks and turtles in the main shipwreck exhibit, you’ll also find crocodiles, Komodo dragons, jellyfish and octopus. Seeing the piranha being fed is a highlight. There’s a chance to get interactive with rays, sharks and fish in the touch pool. Adults pay $18, kids 5-12 $12 and under fours are free.
7. Ride the roller-coaster at New York New York. Only suitable for older kids, you have to be 54 inches/137 centimetres to experience this adrenalin rush. An individual ride costs $14 with purchase of photos extra.
8. Go to a show! There are actually quite a few shows that are kid-friendly. The #1 kid-friendly show in Las Vegas would have to be the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. One of the only Las Vegas shows to begin before bed-time, it starts at 4pm making it perfect for a pre-dinner show when you’re travelling with kids. The content is 100% family friendly and your kids will love watching the animal actors perform astounding tricks on stage.
9. A trip up the Stratosphere. Another one for those who like dizzying heights and thrilling rides. For $16 per adult and $10 per child you can head up to the viewing platform over 1100 feet in the air. If your kids are real adrenalin junkies they will enjoy the rides though they are definitely not for the feint at heart and strictly for older kids. Ride prices are $12-13 but packages can be bought that include tower admission and multiple rides.
10. Shark Tank Water-slide at The Golden Nugget. A three-story water-slide that goes through a shark tank? Yes this sounds insane but it’s perfectly safe. Where else in the world would you get the opportunity to do something this crazy? Provided they aren’t scared, your kids will love it. Most hotel pools in Las Vegas are only open for guest but non-guests can use the pool here for a fee. Besides the Shark Tank you’ll also get access to the pool and Jacuzzi. For non-hotel guests, entrance is $25 for adults, kids free. The Golden Nugget is actually a great, affordable place for families to stay in Las Vegas. Get 20% off at The Golden Nugget by clicking here.
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