Ready to pack up the family for a getaway? There's no better place than Las Vegas, America's playground. Seriously. While it may not have always been the case, today is the best time to bring the family on a vacation to Las Vegas. There’s all sorts of things kids can do! Today in Las Vegas the family can do all sorts of fun things from barreling down on a roller coaster at high speed or communing with sea creatures in a tranquil lagoon.Your children's eyes will be wide with wonder at the experiences found here.
In recent years, new shows and attractions have joined the list of tried-and-true favorites on the Strip. To help make your dreams memorable we've rounded up the five best things to do with kids in Las Vegas.
1. Make friends with dolphins at The Mirage's Dolphin Habitat.
Did you know there’s a full aquarium out here in the desert? In true Las Vegas style, MGM Resorts has not one – but two – aquariums on the Strip. Nothing excites kids more than getting up close and personal with unusual animals, and the trainers at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat have the skills to make that experience safe, easy and most importantly, fun. The family can watch bottlenose dolphins frolic and feed in the outdoor lagoon, then venture into the garden beyond to see white lions, tigers, and leopards - oh my! Book ahead for a special “Painting With the Dolphins” experience, where your child can co-create a work of art with one of their new flippered friends.
For more deep-sea adventure, stop by The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, where a walk through an underwater tunnel will have your family literally surrounded by thousands of species, from graceful sea turtles to delicate jellyfish—and of course, the almighty shark. Children will love petting stingrays and horseshoe crabs in the touch pool.
2. Run away to the circus at the Adventuredome at Circus Circus.
It's no wonder the Adventuredome at Circus Circus is one of the Strip's longest running family-friendly attractions. From a careening pirate ship to a double-corkscrew roller coaster, there are rides for every taste and age packed into the five-acre indoor amusement park. Smaller tykes can take a ride on a ferris wheel or soar over the action in a replica 1920s plane, while daredevils will want to try El Loco, a heart-pounding coaster with a 1.5 vertical-G drop. When you're ready to take a break from rides, hit the Carnival Midway for arcade games and shows by clowns, jugglers and trapeze artists.
Speaking of roller coasters, the only outdoor one on the Strip is The Big Apple at New York-New York. Featuring a 180-degree twist, the ride loops by replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. After your stomach's calmed, take a walk around the resort's cobblestone streets, where you can pick up a classic taste of New York like thin crust pizza or an authentic Reuben.
3. Float down the lazy river at the MGM Grand.
Sometimes on vacation, you just want to take it easy. At MGM Resorts, we understand that. And that’s why we’ve got two lazy rivers right on the Las Vegas strip! The MGM Grand Pool Complex features a lush oasis of swimming pools, waterfalls, palm trees, jacuzzis and the main attraction, a 1,000-foot lazy river open spring through fall. Join your kids as they grab inner tubes and float and splash the day away. Or watch as you sip a cool drink from the comfort of your well-appointed cabana; we'll leave that choice up to you.
Almost across the street the Mandalay Bay Beach has 11 acres of sand & pools with a number of adult activities, but also has the family-friendly wave pool and lazy river. Rent rafts and tubes, or get a cabana to watch the rest of the family float on by. With so much to do, no wonder it has won Las Vegas Review Journal’s Readers’ “Best Pool of Las Vegas” for seven years in a row!
4. See a show that’ll entertain the whole family.
At Excalibur there’s plenty of fun, family-friendly activities that parents and children will enjoy. Newly opened, is the Ultimate 4-D Experience where you can join your favorite characters go on 15-minute adventures in high-definition 3-D projection and experience thrilling special effects that will place you right in the middle of the action. Also at the Excalibur is the Tournament of Kings where knights battle it out on the field, riding real horses, to earn the honor of their countries. Immerse your whole family in what it was like to be in the times of King Arthur. Guests eat – with their hands, of course – and drink while cheering on their favorite knight of the round table.
Another all-ages attraction is the awe-inspiring dance crew Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand who pop and lock their way through spellbinding routines wearing their trademark white masks. Not only are they the first season winners of America’s Best Dance Crew they are also the first dance crew to headline a show in Las Vegas. Bring the family to see their third show “JREAMZ” at the MGM Grand.
5. Get primal with The Blue Man Group at Luxor.
The international phenomenon The Blue Man Group celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and its updated show at the Luxor is perfect family fare: witty enough for adults, silly enough for kids. (What kid doesn't like splatter paint and flying Twinkies?) Their performance is unique to their theater at the Luxor, so even if you’ve seen the Blue Man Group before, you’ve never seen them as close as this! Experience the talented, blue-painted trio's energetic drumming and wild shenanigans in one of the most creative shows ever to hit the Strip.
With so many things for families to do in Las Vegas, your biggest challenge as a parent may be deciding when to plan a follow-up trip—because trust us, your kids will want to.