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Things to do in Las Vegas with kids

Updated on February 22, 2012

Las Vegas attractions for kids

Las Vegas is not just for adults and it offers a lot for family and kids as well. There are plenty of fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids and young children including aquariums, museums and fun roller coaster rides to arcade games and circus. What's more - many of the attractions are free and the free things to do in Las Vegas with kids are as much fun as the paid ones. 

New York New York Roller Coaster

Located on the popular intersection of Tropicana Ave. and Las Vegas Blvd., The Roller Coaster at New York – New York is hard to miss. Set in a perfect postcard shot, its surroundings include a replica of the New York harbor, a 150-foot model of the Statue of Liberty as well as several of Manhattan’s popular buildings. And to make things even more fun, the roller coaster trains are designed like New York taxicabs making it one of the adventurous things to do in Las Vegas with kids.


Las Vegas Activities with kids

New York New York roller coaster
New York New York roller coaster

 One of the best free things to do with kids is visiting the Ethel M Chocolate factory -a self guided tour to breeze through the confectionary with a great demonstration of various candy making techniques and processes behind glass walls leading straight to their indoor shop where you can sample any of their world famous chocolate variety as you please. Kids will love it as they watch how their favorite chocolate candy is made and have an option to buy their favorites that they just tasted in the gift shop. Ethel Chocolate factory also has an expansive cactus garden for botanically inclined families.

Ethel M Chocolate factory
Ethel M Chocolate factory

Shark reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

things to do with kids in Las Vegas
things to do with kids in Las Vegas

 The Shark Reef is home to more than 1,200 different species of sharks, tropical and fresh water fish, reptiles, marine invertebrates and rays. Lot of fun with family and visiting the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is one of the awesome fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids. Sharks including blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, bonnethead sharks, nurse sharks, sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, zebra sharks, white spotted bamboo sharks, port jackson sharks and lemon sharks. Shark Reef ticket prices are about $17 for adults and $11 for kids.

Gameworks in Las Vegas for kids


 Located in the Showcase Mall next MGM Grand, it is a huge arcade and entertainment venue with lots of activities for all ages including fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids. Admission to Gameworks is free and you have to buy tickets for various individual games and other activities. From toddlers and 'tweens to adults and corporate gatherings, GameWorks provides ongoing entertainment for every demographic.

Stratosphere Tower

 Ticket prices are about $14 for admission to the tower and you have to pay extra for individual rides like the Big Shot, Insanity and X Scream are $28. The rides are really scary and it is only for older kids - at least 4 years old. If these rides seem too intense, there's no need to miss out on all the fun. Visitors can still watch their adventurous friends on the rides from the 857-foot high indoor deck.

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum at Venetian
$25 per admission is well worth it. $15 for children over 7 and free for younger kids. Guests are allowed to touch and take photos of the wax figures and some of the figures will even react when people get close and is a lot of fun and a great way to spend time with family in the wax museum.

Bellagio fountains

Mirage Valcano

Southern Nevada Botanical Park

Las Vegas offers a zoological Botanical park, a must-see fun filled thing to do in Las Vegas with kids, is just 5 minutes from the downtown where visitors find a diverse collection of animals including chimpanzee, birds like eagles, ostriches, emus, parrots, flamingos and endangered cats including lions and tigers and a lot of venomous snakes and other reptile creatures. The Southern Nevada Zoological Botanical park also houses an alligator named sweetness. Ticket prices for the park are $8 per adult and $6 for children.

Old Nevada/Bonnie springs Ranch

 A must do for families with children is to visit this park that has a zoo, an old west town and riding stables. It is as if straight from the 19th century without pollution and is complete with blacksmiths, saloons, rustic buildings from the wild west. The springs ranch also has shows with the typical bank robbery and shootout between the bad guys and the sheriff's posse.

Las Vegas Natural history museum

In this natural history museum, every continent and geological age is represented. Kids are welcome by a huge roaring T-Rex that is part of the dinosaur gallery. The gallery also features Shonisaurus. Then there is a room full of sharks swimming in a 3000 gallon reef tank, birds and scenes from the African savannah. A tour of the Wild Nevada gallery where kids can see, smell and touch some of Nevada's wildlife making it one of the coolest things to do with kids in Las Vegas.

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

Touch, see, explore and experience over 100 hands-on science and art exhibits in one of the country’s largest children’s museums making it a perfect destination and a fun thing to do with kids in Las Vegas.

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    • KnowledgeSpeaks profile image

      KnowledgeSpeaks 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Thanks for the great tips of things to do in Vegas. Can't wait to try them out!

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      Small town fella 7 years ago from Colorado

      Just to add another spot to your already fantastic list, The MGM Grand feeds their animals daily, and my kids loved it!

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      Las Vegas Kids 8 years ago

      There is actually much more to do for local kids than for tourists. Most tourists attractions are pretty spendy. The Venetian's Wax museum for example is not a great value. And the Chocolate factory is so far off the beaten path but gets a lot of press.

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      Great hub there are some tips on my hub for adults to...What a great idea.

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      ejc123 8 years ago

      Great hub. The hardest part about kids in Las Vegas is focusing on them. Adults tend to be distracted and kids get annoyed. All the casinos seem the same to kinds and they get sick of trekking through one after the other.

      Some good things to do for families on Las Vegas are here:

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      Compu-Smart 8 years ago from London UK

      Its good to know that whenever i do get to vist Las Veags, at least i know that's its not just about the casinos and gambling!!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Another great hub from you on Las Vegas! I'm bookmarking this one too!