Las Vegas might be known for its nightlife, gambling, and other adult activities, but the Entertainment Capital of the World has plenty of indoor and outdoor adventures for families and kids. Regardless of whether you’re a tourist or a local, you’re going to love our list of the best things to do in Las Vegas with kids!
WHAT TO DO
Visiting and local families alike will love the kid-friendly activities and adventures the Las Vegas area has to offer! With parks, museums, comedy and magic shows, bowling alleys, indoor family fun centers, pools, and more, there’s never a shortage of things for families to do in Las Vegas!
Adventure | Biking | Boating, Canoeing, & Kayaking | Bowling | Climbing & Hiking | Escape Games | Exhibits & Museums | Family Fun Centers | Free Activities | Ice Skating | Nature Centers | Parks | Playgrounds | Skiing & Snowboarding | Sports | Swimming | Theatre | Theme Parks & Rides | Trampoline Parks | Miscellaneous
See Las Vegas from a whole new perspective! With Adventure Balloons, your family can float above the city in a hot air balloon and get an experience they’ll never forget. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, on vacation, or just want a fun day with the kids, Adventure Balloons is something to keep in mind!
Las Vegas RaZoR Adventures
Drive through sand dunes about 15 minutes north of the Strip with Las Vegas RaZoR Adventures! This wild outdoor adventure will put your family behind the wheel of a Polaris RZR (similar to an ATV or dune buggy) and let you navigate the rugged Nevada terrain, seeing landscapes you couldn’t on your own!
Skydive Las Vegas
Best for families with kids 18 and older, Skydive Las Vegas is Nevada’s premier skydiving adventure! First-time divers and experienced jumpers alike will enjoy this freefall. You’ll see Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, the Colorado River, the Las Vegas Strip, and more as you fall at 120 to 140 miles per hour.
SkyJump Las Vegas
Is your family a group of daredevils with kids who are at least 14 years old? SkyJump Las Vegas is the perfect activity for you! This daring yet controlled open-air leap from the 108th floor of the Stratosphere hotel will have you falling at about 40 miles per hour toward a landing pad below!
Sunbuggy Fun Rentals
Take your family on an exhilarating off-roading adventure with Sunbuggy Fun Rentals near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Drive an ATV, Desert Racer, Polaris RZR, or dune buggy on a tour with an experienced guide or go off on your own! These vehicles can seat anywhere between 1-6 people!
Vegas Balloon Rides
Drift over the Red Rock Mountains and Las Vegas Strip for approximately an hour with Vegas Balloon Rides, Las Vegas’ number one balloon ride destination! Perfect for celebrating birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or even just a family weekend, you’ll get a view of Las Vegas like you’ve never seen before.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving
Want to take the kids skydiving without the airplane and the parachute? Vegas Indoor Skydiving can help! This skydiving simulator gives you the feeling of freefalling up to 120 miles per hour all with a giant fan! (Note: Kids must be at least 40lbs to fly.)
Wild West Horseback Adventures
Wild West Horseback Adventures allows you to experience the outdoors like the cowboys, pioneers, and early explorers of the 1800s! The Breakfast Ride, the Lunch Ride, and the Sunset Dinner Ride all take about five hours, but time will fly as you ride through the beautiful, rugged landscape of Nevada on horseback!
EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS
Bodies: The Exhibition
Bodies: The Exhibition at The Luxor is one of the most fascinating exhibits ever! It showcases real bodies that have been dissected and preserved for human anatomy education. This exhibit appeals to all ages, so grab the kids and come check out the complex and beautiful systems that make up the human body!
CSI: The Experience
Based on the hit TV show, CSI: The Experience puts your family in the role of crime scene investigator! This interactive exhibit at MGM Grand lets you examine bullets, identify hair strands, and more, all guided by videos of the CSI cast, in order to solve a murder before it’s too late!
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum in Downtown Las Vegas is the city’s premier children’s museum! With three stories of interactive play spaces, a fantasy realm where kids can pretend they’re in medieval times, a desert-themed town just for toddlers, and more, there’s plenty to do, see, and imagine!
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Step back in time with your family at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum in North Las Vegas! Learn about dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, examine artifacts from Ancient Egypt, study Nevada’s rock formations and other geological resources, and see mammals and marine life from all around the U.S.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
Want to meet Will Smith, Sofia Vergara, Johnny Depp, Elvis, and Muhammad Ali? Take the kids to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian! You can see and take photos with sports figures, A-list celebrities, and popular Las Vegas performers.
Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is an interactive exhibit at Treasure Island showcasing costumes, props, and more from Marvel movies. See suits worn by Iron Man and Captain America, Dr. Bruce Banner’s lab, weapons used by Hawkeye and Black Widow, and more!
The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas displays the history of organized crime with real-life stories and engaging exhibits that provide a provocative look at mob history. Your family can even learn about how organized crime built early Las Vegas!
The Neon Museum
Of course, Las Vegas has a museum dedicated to neon signs! The Neon Museum is all about sign design and technology from the 1930s to the present. You and the kids can check out nearly 200 signs in the outdoor Neon Boneyard or stop by the visitor’s center in the former La Concha Motel lobby. (Note: Day tours are best for kids 10 and up, and night tours are best for kids 12 and up due to broken glass and rusty metal throughout the museum.)
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat
Explore Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, where you can meet lions, tigers, leopards, and dolphins! With this exhibit, your family can participate in a behind-the-scenes tour, paint or do yoga with dolphins, or even be an animal trainer for a day!
Shark Reef Aquarium
Are your kids fascinated by marine life? Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is home to thousands of animals, including sea turtles, crocodiles, rays, and a huge concentration of exotic sharks! You can dive with the sharks, feed sting rays or turtles, explore aquariums, and so much more.
Shark Tank Tours
Take Shark Tank Tours at the Golden Nugget’s 200,000-gallon shark tank! There, your family can learn about the work of marine biologists and what kinds of food the sharks eat! You can even sit down for a meal at one of Golden Nugget’s restaurants afterward and watch the sharks swim.
Aquarium at Silverton Casino Mermaid Show
Do you have kids who love mermaids? You have to stop by the Aquarium at Silverton Casino for their free Mermaid Show, which has been named one of the best free attractions in Las Vegas! You can see mermaids swimming with tropical fish in the casino’s aquarium on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the late afternoon and during the evening.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
The Bellagio is known for its dancing fountains, but there’s also beautiful flora inside the hotel! The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is a 14,000-square-foot floral showcase of different plants year-round. View cherry blossoms in the spring, or see the beautiful gold and orange colors of the fall. And, of course, you can’t miss out on the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chinese New Year special holiday displays!
Children’s Park at Town Square
Fun for kids of all ages, Children’s Park at Town Square south of the Las Vegas Strip has fountains, a 42-foot-tall treehouse with slides and bridges, bakery cafe and princess tower playhouses, a hedge maze, and so much more! It’s the perfect outing for a warm summer day with the kids.
Circus Circus Daily Circus Acts
Trapeze acts from Argentina and Peru. An aerial silk dancer. A Chinese hand balancer. A unicycle duo. These are just a few of the free Daily Circus Acts your family can catch at Circus Circus starting at 11 a.m.!
Fall of Atlantis
At the Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace, you and the kids can catch free entertainment with Fall of Atlantis, an animatronic show that includes water, fire, and nine-foot-tall statues that talk! You can see Fall of Atlantis every hour on the hour starting at 11 a.m.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo is a beautiful attraction featuring exotic birds, turtles, and fish. This display is home to a flock of Chilean flamingos, swans, koi fish, and more! It’s a wonderful experience for any family that loves nature or wants a great photo opportunity!
Fountains of Bellagio
The Fountains of Bellagio is easily the most iconic landmark along the Las Vegas Strip. With coordinated music, lights, and dancing water, it’s easy to see why The Bellagio’s free attraction is so popular among families.
Fremont Street Experience
Viva Vision Light Shows at Fremont Street Experience are free and great for all ages! With a 1,500-foot-long and 90-foot-wide video screen above Fremont Street’s pedestrian mall, you and your family can watch high-resolution, concert-quality shows featuring music by The Who, Bon Jovi, and more! Shows run every hour starting in the early evening and ending at midnight.
Throughout the week, you can catch The Volcano at The Mirage lighting up the night sky to a rhythmic soundtrack. The show takes place between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and includes spectacular pyrotechnics and dancing “lava.” This is one free activity that will wow the kids!
Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus is home to the world’s largest pinball machine collection. See pinball games from as far back as the 1940s, thanks to veteran arcade operator Tim Arnold, who runs the nonprofit Pinball Hall of Fame. While walking around and looking at these games is free, you can play your favorites for just 25¢ or 50¢, depending on the age of the game.
Las Vegas has been home to the World Bowling Championship in years past, so it only makes sense that the city would have great bowling alleys! Regardless of where you are in Las Vegas, there’s a family-friendly bowling alley close!
- Brooklyn Bowl (Las Vegas Strip)
- Gold Coast Bowling Center (Southeast Las Vegas)
- The Orleans Bowling Center (Spring Valley)
- Red Rock Lanes (Summerlin South)
- Sam’s Town Bowling Center (Whitney)
- Santa Fe Station Bowling (Centennial)
- Silver Nugget Bowling Center (Sunrise)
- South Point Bowling (Southeast Las Vegas)
- The Strike Zone (Henderson)
- Suncoast Bowling Center (Summerlin South)
- Texas Star Lanes (North Las Vegas)
Escape Room Games
Escape games are all the rage right now! Your family will be given a scenario, locked inside a room, and have to use clues and solve puzzles in order to escape. It’s family bonding to the extreme!
- Countdown Live Escape Games (Downtown Las Vegas)
- Live Game Escape (Spring Valley)
- Lockdown Escape Rooms (Spring Valley)
Family Fun Centers
Arcades, go-karts, laser tag, mini golf—you name it! There’s a Las Vegas family fun center somewhere that can provide you and your kids with hours of entertainment!
- All Family Fun Center (Whitney)
- battleBLAST Laser Tag (Summerlin South)
- The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade (Las Vegas Strip)
- Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing (Southeast Las Vegas)
- GameWorks (Las Vegas Strip)
- Gene Woods Racing Experience (Southeast Las Vegas)
- John’s Incredible Pizza Company (Southeast Las Vegas)
- Jumper’s Jungle Family Fun Center (Southeast Las Vegas)
- King Putt Entertainment Center (Henderson)
- Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix (Centennial)
- Laser Quest (Summerlin)
- Pole Position Raceway (Summerlin)
Ice skating in balmy Las Vegas? You won’t find outdoor rinks, but there are a few ice skating rinks where your family can enjoy public skate hours!
If the weather outside isn’t great, or if you simply have smaller ones who can’t enjoy theme parks and thrill rides, there are several indoor playgrounds, gyms, and kids centers throughout Las Vegas!
- Adventure Indoor Playground (Spring Valley)
- Bounce U (Henderson)
- Bouncy World (Henderson)
- Fidgets Indoor Playground (Southwest Las Vegas)
- Giggles ‘n’ Tots (Henderson)
- Kangamoo Indoor Playground (Southeast Las Vegas)
- Kids Club (Centennial)
- Kids Kingdom (Summerlin South)
- Kids Planet (Spring Valley)
- Kinderland Café (Summerlin South)
- My Gym Children’s Fitness Center (Henderson)
- Nevada Climbing Centers (Southeast Las Vegas)
- The Refuge Climbing & Fitness (Southwest Las Vegas)
- Run Plus Fun (Henderson)
Jump, flip, bounce, and have hours of fun at one of Las Vegas’ many trampoline parks! It doesn’t matter how old you are—even adults will feel like kids again when they hit the trampolines.
- FLIPnOUT Xtreme (Summerlin South)
- Gravady (Summerlin)
- Pump It Up (Southwest Las Vegas)
- Rockin Jump Las Vegas (Southwest Las Vegas)
- Sky Zone (Southeast Las Vegas)
Want to experience all that Las Vegas has to offer by bike? There are several bike adventures that will take your family around the city’s trails, through the Valley of Fire, into Red Rock Canyon, and more!
Boating, Canoeing, & Kayaking
Hop in the car and head out to Black Canyon, Hoover Dam, or Lake Mead, where you can spend a day boating, canoeing, or kayaking with your family!
Climbing & Hiking
Does your family love rock climbing or hiking? Check out one of these Las Vegas climbing and hiking adventures at Red Rock Canyon!
Enjoy a warm day watching wildlife, hiking trails, and having a picnic with your family out at one of Las Vegas’ nature centers!
Las Vegas has hundreds of parks that families can visit! These parks have trails, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, and much more. Some parks even allow dogs! If there are too many parks to choose from, here are a few we recommend:
Centennial Hills Park in Centennial has 120 acres of playgrounds, picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, water features, and more to keep you busy outdoors!
Gary Reese Freedom Park
Gary Reese Freedom Park in Sunrise is a 68-acre park with baseball and softball fields, a skate park, playgrounds, and picnic areas. It’s also home to the Carlos L. Martinez and Darrio J. Hall Family Pool and the Big League Dreams Sports Complex!
Rainbow Family Park
Rainbow Family Park in Summerlin South has baseball and softball fields, a playground, a horseshoe pit, picnic areas, and plenty of open space across its 26 acres!
Skiing & Snowboarding
If the weather in Las Vegas is too hot for your family, consider heading out to a ski lodge up in the mountains, where you can hit the slopes with skis, snowboards, or tubes!
Northwest of Las Vegas in the Spring Mountains, Lee Canyon is a fun destination for families looking to get away! Typically open from Thanksgiving to Easter (depending on climate conditions), this resort offers snowboarding, skiing, tubing, hiking, and more. Lee Canyon even has skiing and snowboarding lessons and programs for kids!
The Resort on Mount Charleston
Only 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, The Resort on Mount Charleston sits just below Mount Charleston in the Spring Mountains. There’s a variety of wintertime activities families can enjoy at the resort, including skiing, snowboarding, sledding, building snowmen, and wildlife watching!
Escape the Las Vegas heat with a day at the pool! There are several pools throughout the city operated by Las Vegas Parks & Recreation, Clark County Parks & Recreation, and City of Henderson Parks & Recreation.
- Baker Pool (Downtown Las Vegas)
- Black Mountain Aquatic Complex (Henderson)
- BMI Outdoor Swimming Pool (Henderson)
- Cambridge Water Park (Southeast Las Vegas)
- Carlos L. Martinez and Darrio J. Hall Family Pool (Sunrise)
- Doolittle Pool (North Las Vegas)
- Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility (Summerlin South)
- Garside Pool (Centennial)
- Henderson Multigenerational Indoor Pool (Henderson)
- Heritage Park Aquatic Complex (Henderson)
- Hollywood Aquatic Center (Sunrise)
- Municipal Pool (North Las Vegas)
- Paradise Water Park (Southeast Las Vegas)
- Parkdale Water Park (Whitney)
- Pavilion Center Pool (Summerlin South)
- Silver Springs Outdoor Swimming Pool (Henderson)
- Sunrise Neighborhood Pool (Sunrise)
- Trails Community Center Pool (Summerlin)
- Walnut Water Park (Sunrise)
- Wells Outdoor Swimming Pool (Henderson)
- Whitney Neighborhood Pool (Whitney)
- Whitney Ranch Activity Pool (Whitney)
- Willows Community Center Pool (Summerlin South)
- The Vistas Community Center Pool (Summerlin)
Las Vegas 51s
Does your family love baseball? Check out the Las Vegas 51s! Formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, this Minor League team in the Pacific Coast League is named for Nevada’s infamous “Area 51” and plays at Cashman Field in North Las Vegas during the summer and fall!
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is home to racing throughout most of the year! Take the kids to see NHRA Toyota Nationals, Red Bull Air Race World Championship, NASCAR series, and more at the LVMS track!
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels
University of Nevada, Las Vegas is home to tons of great athletes who compete in both men and women’s sports. Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball—you can catch any of these with UNLV Rebels sports! Go cheer on the Rebels with your family!
Blue Man Group
One of the most recognizable performance groups in Las Vegas, Blue Man Group at Luxor Hotel & Casino is a must-see! It’s comedy meets rock concert all wrapped into a multi-sensory experience that your kids will love!
Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater
Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater at Planet Hollywood is a comedy show starring award-winning juggler Gregory Popovich and his pet friends: dogs, cats, parrots, goats, and a miniature horse named Diamond! This show is a huge hit with families; in fact, it’s been named “Best Family Show in Las Vegas” by several publications and travel sites. And all of the pets in the show are rescues from animal shelters!
Jeff Civillico: Comedy In Action
The Flamingo’s Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action is a top-rated family attraction in Las Vegas! Comedian Jeff Civillico will shock you with his dangerous stunts, like juggling chainsaws or balancing a ladder on his chin, but he’ll also crack you up. Kids are often asked to join Jeff on stage for family-friendly fun, too!
The Mac King Comedy Magic Show
The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s is perfect for a family day out in Vegas! Magician Mac King dazzles with sleight-of-hand tricks, stunts like catching live goldfish out of mid-air or making himself disappear, and just good ole’ comedy!
Mystère by Cirque du Soleil
Inspiring imagery, thrilling acrobatics, and a cast of more than 75 singers, dancers, acrobats, and musicians is what you’ll get with Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island. It’s been named the “Best Production Show” eight times by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and is very popular among children and families!
A former winner of America’s Got Talent, Terry Fator now headlines at The Mirage! This show is backed by a live band and brings to life Fator’s unique puppet characters: a turtle named Winston, a little girl named Emma, and a lounge singer named Monty Carlo. The puppets are a big draw for the kids, but parents will love Fator’s impressions of famous celebrities like Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, and more!
Tournament of Kings Dinner Show
Excalibur’s Tournament of Kings invites your family to eat, drink, and be rowdy! This live-action show based on the tale of King Arthur will immerse you in the world of medieval knights. Watch as knights fight for valor (or treachery) during the jousting competition while you feast on a three-course meal!
V – The Ultimate Variety Show
Want a little bit of everything with your Las Vegas theatre? V – The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood will give you just that! This show is filled to the brim with entertainment and led by the world’s fastest juggler, Wally Eastwood. Come see Melinda: The First Lady of Magic, The Skating Aratas, The Crazy Gauchos, and other performers! Every night is different than the last since the show rotates its cast!
VEGAS! The Show
VEGAS! The Show is Las Vegas in a nutshell! This Broadway-style production at Planet Hollywood showcases the glamour of Vegas and is one of the few Las Vegas shows still featuring iconic showgirls! You’ll see musical and dance tributes to Entertainment Capital of the World legends like Elvis, the Rat Pack, Sir Elton John, and more!
THEME PARKS & RIDES
The Adventuredome Theme Park
Located in Circus Circus, The Adventuredome Theme Park has 25 indoor rides and attractions to keep you screaming all day. There are rides for families and little ones, like B.C. Bus, Circus Carousel, Frog Hopper, and Miner Mike! And for older, more adventurous parkgoers, there’s Canyon Blaster, El Loco, and Disk’O!
If you want to feel your gut twist and drop, then Big Shot is the ride you’re looking for! Big Shot is a tower ride on the spire of the Stratosphere hotel that will launch you 160 feet into the air at 45 miles per hour, giving you a beautiful and thrilling view of Las Vegas! (Note: Kids must be at least 48″ tall.)
A spinning ride over the edge of a hotel? For some families, that’s a “No way!” But maybe that’s exactly what your family wants! Stratosphere’s Insanity stretches 64 feet away from the tower, hanging you over 900 feet, and then spins! If you’re brave enough, this is a great ride to get a full view of Downtown Las Vegas. (Note: Kids must be at least 52″ tall.)
High Roller in The LINQ’s outdoor shopping center is the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel! This 550-foot-tall observation ride takes 30 minutes to go around once and has 28 cabins that can hold up to 40 people! If you’ve ever wanted to see the most spectacular view of the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll definitely want to get on High Roller.
New York-New York Big Apple Coaster
A favorite among families, New York-New York’s Big Apple Coaster goes up and around the outside of the hotel! The coaster features a 180-degree twist and gets up to 67 miles per hour, making for hilarious souvenir photos. (Note: Kids must be least 54″ tall.)
Wet’n’Wild in Spring Valley is the ultimate water park in Las Vegas! You can slide down the gut-wrenching Canyon Cliffs, tube through the Tornado’s funnel, float around the Colorado Cooler lazy river, or hang out in Red Rock Bay’s wave pool. There’s also Kiddie Cove and Paradise Falls, which were designed specifically for younger kids!
X Scream is not for the faint-hearted! This coaster is a giant teeter-totter hundreds of feet in the air that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere and stops you abruptly, leaving you to dangle over the Las Vegas Strip. It’s unlike any other ride you’ve experienced before. (Note: Kids must be at least 52″ tall.)
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Only open during the Christmas season, Magical Forest at Opportunity Village has delicious food, twinkling lights, and nightly entertainment to get your family into the holiday spirit! Walk through a forest of trees, ride the Forest Express train, zip down the Avalanche slide, and spin around on Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel. And don’t forget about getting photos of the little ones with Santa in his Winter Wonderland workshop!
Four levels and 28,000 square feet of candy-inspired fun. That’s what your family will find at M&M World on the Las Vegas Strip. With hundreds of M&M colors and flavors to choose from, you can mix a candy bag of your choosing. You can even use the M&M Personalized Printer to create personalized candy! There are all kinds of goodies at M&M World, including apparel, accessories, dishware, and candy dispensers.
Venetian Gondola Rides
Don’t book a trip to Venice just to get your fill of gondolas! Your family can enjoy Gondola Rides at The Venetian on the Strip. You’ll float past balconies, near cafes, and under bridges along The Venetian’s streets while your gondolier serenades you. If the weather’s nice, your gondola might just make a trip outside around the hotel as well!
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“64 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Children” is part of the series “Resources for Parents Raising Children in Las Vegas.”
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