Las Vegas has built a reputation as being an adult playground, with many opting to leave the kids at home. The reality though, is that there’s an abundance of things to do in Las Vegas with kids.
While adult vices still command the lion’s share of the attention, resorts have been adding more and more family-friendly attractions and things to do that appeal to all ages. Common kid-friendly attractions include thrill rides, museums, virtual reality, and more.
Below, I’ll leverage the expertise I’ve gained over countless trips to share the most complete list of things for kids to do in Las Vegas available on the internet.
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Activities for Kids on the Las Vegas Strip
High Roller Observation Wheel: The featured attraction of LINQ’s Promenade, the High Roller reaches 550 feet tall and held the Guinness world record as the largest observation wheel in the world until 2021 when it was surpassed by the Dubai Eye.
There are 28 pods that hold up to 40 riders each. We recommend buying tickets online in advance, which will allow you to skip the line at the attraction. Price it out to find the best deal:
Strat’s SkyPod: Strat’s observation deck stands tall at 1,149 ft. above the Las Vegas Strip. Kids visiting Las Vegas will be drawn to the thrill rides up top – XScream, Big Shot, and Insanity which provide excitement by either shooting you straight up or dangling you off the edge of the SkyPod.
There are currently a number of Groupon deals that allow for discounted observation deck admission and ride passes.
FlyLinq Zipline: One of two distinct zipline options in Las Vegas, FlyLinq sends riders flying from the Strip to the base of the High Roller observation wheel above the Linq promenade below. We suggest reserving your preferred flight time in advance:
Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at Mirage: Tropical foliage and exotic animals make the habitat at the Mirage a popular attraction for families in Las Vegas. You’ll be able to observe tigers, leopards, and dolphins during your visit.
Ensure to check out the underwater dolphin viewing area for a different perspective! Check for deals and book tickets in advance here!
Shark Reef Aquarium: Your kiddos will get a kick out of this oasis in the middle of the desert. Found at Mandalay Bay, the Shark Reef Aquarium features over 200 varieties of sea life including sharks. You’ll essentially be walking through a glass tunnel at the bottom of the tank with sea life passing over the top – very cool. Tickets to the aquarium can be purchased in advance here, commonly at a slight discount.
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck Experience: There are few better ways to introduce your kids to Vegas than from 46 stories above it all. Take the trip to the top at night and enjoy the Bellagio Fountains from a new vantage point. Price out the best deal in advance, below.
- Eiffel Tower tickets on the attraction’s website
- Eiffel Tower tickets on Vegas.com
- Eiffel Tower tickets on Groupon
Helicopter Tours: The kids will be blown away by a helicopter tour of the Las Vegas Strip or surrounding attractions such as the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam.
Pricing for kid-friendly aerial tours of the Las Vegas Strip starts at around $100 per person and can be priced out with Maverick, here!
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N at TI: Fans of the comic will likely enjoy checking out the costumes and equipment used by Marvel characters. If this attraction is of interest, you’ll want to note that a Groupon deal for the Marvel Avengers attraction is currently being offered for discounted child and adult admission.
The Hunger Games Exhibition at MGM Grand: Check out set re-creations, train on archery, and make your own rebellion propaganda commercial at The Hunger Games: The Exhibition at MGM Grand. If your kid loves The Hunger Games, this could be something to add to your Vegas to-do list. If of interest, ensure you take advantage of this Hunger Games deal on Groupon.
Pay up for a Better Pool: While some resorts reserve pool access for their guests, others allow non-guests to access theirs for free or a small fee.
If you’re looking to upgrade for your kid’s sake, I’d recommend Mandalay Bay (pictured below), which offers a lazy river, a wave pool, and natural sand beach.
Paris Eiffel Tower Light Show: Every half hour, from sunset to midnight, Paris’ replica Eiffel Tower puts on a dazzling light show thanks to a recent $1.7 million renovation that added synchronized lighting. More on Paris’ free light show here.
GLOW at Resorts World: On the topic of free shows, Resorts World runs a video production on the hour from noon to 1 am that’s choreographed across the resort’s exterior LED displays. Shows take the audience into a bioluminescent ocean, a synthwave cityscape, and even on a “psychedelic” trip to space led by a cat.
Hershey’s Candy Experience: Check out 800 varieties of chocolate, Jolly Ranchers, and Reese’s candies at this one of kind candy shop at New York New York. Your kid could even star in their own TV Commercial.
Virtual Reality at MGM Grand: Players will choose from a handful of VR game options and complete for 30 minutes. The VR arena is a 2,000-square-foot room that transforms into a virtual world once the headset is on. Parents, feel free to join in on the fun, as non-gamers will also enjoy this attraction. Learn more about the VR attraction, here.
CBS Television City: If you need some time off your feet, take the kids to CBS Television City at MGM Grand. There, you can spend an hour screening future television episodes from networks like Nickelodeon and providing your feedback in exchange for a book of coupons redeemable in Vegas. Kids need to be over the age of 10 and be accompanied by an adult.
Take a Gondola Ride: Float through the canals of Venice, either indoors or outside along the Strip at Venetian. Whether you decide to take a spin on a gondola or just stroll through the wonderfully themed property, you’ll swear you were transported to Europe. Gondoliers also serenade guests adding to the experience.
Canyon Ranch Rock Wall: Found in The Venetian’s Canyon Ranch Spa is a 40-foot tall rock wall that your kids can attempt to conquer. This particular kid-friendly activity is limited to those aged 10 – 17 and parental supervision is required.
Play a Par 3 Golf Course: While Vegas is home to numerous golf courses, both the Angel Park Golf Club and the Las Vegas Golf Center offer a short par 3 that could be an appealing outdoor activity for kids in Las Vegas. Another unique feature is that both courses are illuminated at night, making play after sundown possible.
Find a Hidden Pizza Place: Your kids like “Where’s Waldo” right? If so, they’ll love the “insider” feeling of finding the hidden pizza joint at Cosmo dubbed “Secret Pizza”. The slice will impress too, we have it rated as one of the best pizza by the slice spots in Vegas.
Here’s more on how to find Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan.
Dive-in Movies at Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool: On Monday nights during the summer Cosmopolitan plays popular movies like “Karate Kid” and “Back to the Future” on their Boulevard Pool marquee.
Overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, catching a flick at Cosmo is one of the more unique things to do in Vegas with kids. While hotel guests can attend for free, access for non-guests is $15 (NV locals can get in for $10). Doors open at 7 pm, and the movie fires up at 8.
Ice Skating at Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool: In the winter months, the Boulevard Pool area is transformed to an ice rink with great views of the Strip. You can rent a pair of skates and even enjoy fireside s’mores. One of those can’t miss Vegas activities for kids (especially ones from northern states).
Related: Things to do in Vegas in the Winter – Many of which are kid-friendly activities!
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum: See the collection of movie stars, politicians, and musicians in wax form at Venetian.
In addition to the wax museum, Madame Tussauds has added a Virtual Reality attraction that tasks guests with moving around, finding items, and working with a team. Note that the VR attraction is only for kids age 12 and up.
REAL Bodies at Bally’s: Look! An educational thing to do in Vegas with kids! Both kids, and adults, will enjoy checking out the REAL Bodies Exhibition at Bally’s which is home to over 200 human body specimens.
$1 Million Display at Bally’s: Bally’s has unveiled a new display of one hundred $10,000 bills that are hanging from an upside-down horseshoe. The display appears to be part of their transition from Bally’s to the Horseshoe brand.
A similar photo opportunity was once offered by Binion’s, but it disappeared during the pandemic and hasn’t returned.
Bodies the Exhibition at Luxor: A similar attraction to the one above at Bally’s, Bodies the Exhibition can be found on the south end of the Strip at Luxor and features 13 whole-body specimens and 260+ organs.
Enjoy an Extreme Dessert: While there are a few different spots to grab a unique, massive, and absurdly over-the-top dessert in Las Vegas, I recommend stopping into Black Tap at Venetian. While their normal milkshakes cost about $12, you can upgrade to a “CrazyShake” for $5-$7 more. While there are numerous CrazyShake options, The Cakeshake steals the show, topped with a slice of funfetti cake, whipped cream, and a cherry.
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HyperX Esports Arena: One of those perfect activities for kids that are video game nuts, Luxor’s Esports arena hosts both scheduled tournaments in addition to pay-by-the-hour gameplay.
Additionally, vintage consoles like Atari, Sega, NES, etc. are available for play.
Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat: The wildlife habitat behind Flamingo near the pool complex is home to pelicans, ring teal ducks, and a flock of Chilean flamingos. Our favorite aspect of the attraction though is the opportunity to take a photo with one of the habitat’s resident parrots.
Titanic Artifact Exhibit: Also at Luxor, your little history buff will appreciate the Titanic Exhibit which features 250 real artifacts from the wreck and a large piece of the ship’s hull salvaged from the seafloor. It’s the personal items recovered and the stories behind actual Titanic passengers that make this exhibit hit home.
You can often score a slight discount on Titanic tickets when buying here, with Vegas.com.
Related: Educational Things To Do in Las Vegas – Learn while you sin.
Taste Test at the Coca-Cola Store: Buy the sampler tray of popular sodas from various countries around the world at the Coca-Cola Store. You’ll enjoy watching your kid’s facial expressions as they realize what tastes good elsewhere, doesn’t always agree with our flavor palate.
Circus Circus FREE Circus Acts: The longest-running circus in the world is at Circus Circus and is free to attend and acts run throughout the day, 7 days per week. See the full circus act schedule here.
Find Your Way Out of an Escape Room: Located in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, The Escape Game can immerse you in a variety of unique 60-minute long adventures.
Escape room scenarios include escaping from prison, recovering a stolen painting, finding a stash of gold before the mafia does, and even a “Rugrats” themed quest to find lost toys.
Brooklyn Bowl: I know, it’s Vegas and you should probably do something you can’t do at home. However, if you are hankering to hit the lanes, Brooklyn’s 32-lane bowling alley is located along the Linq Promenade and has a swankier vibe than your AMF lanes back home.
Barbie Exhibition at Crystals: Familiarize yourself with the origins and evolution of Barbie over the iconic doll’s 60+year history.
If your kids are anything like my 2 daughters, this kid-friendly activity should be atop your list of things to do. Tickets to the Barbie Exhibition are available for purchase here.
Circus Circus Adventuredome: The Adventuredome features 5 acres of carnival attractions and thrill rides in climate-controlled comfort.
All-day ride passes are available and pricing information can be found here. This attraction could be the key to freeing up some time to throw some dice or hit the slots.
Circus Circus Midway/Arcade: After spending time at Adventuredome, check out Circus Circus’ Midway, complete with carnival games and an arcade comprised of over 200 games.
Between the midway and the Adventuredome, visiting Circus Circus is among the most popular things to do in Vegas with kids.
Bellagio Botanical Gardens and Conservatory: A floral display at Bellagio that changes seasonally. Simply stunning. Ensure you take a moment to look up at Chihuly’s “Firori de Como”, glass floral display in Bellagio’s hotel lobby as well.
Check here for more things to do at Bellagio!
Mini Golfing: While there are only a few options to play mini-golf in Las Vegas, the ones that exist are impressive. Your kids will love both the “Twilight Zone” themed option at Bally’s or the KISS-themed course at Rio. Both are products of Monster Mini Golf and feature a blacklight-fueled visual feast for the eyes.
New York New York Roller Coaster: Full transparency, this roller coaster is rough. It’s also a lot of fun, but you may need to enter the concussion protocol after your ride.
Traveling at speeds of up to 67 mph, the ride offers great views of the Strip and we attest to its awesomeness. I’m in pain just thinking about it.
The Big Apple Arcade at New York New York: Like Excalibur, NYNY also has an arcade which is located near the Big Apple Roller Coaster. Click here for a full rundown of Arcades in Las Vegas.
Mirage Volcano: Sitting outside Mirage, the iconic volcano erupts several times per night (See the Volcano schedule here). Your kids will appreciate the sheer power and heat of the display which is choreographed to music and never disappoints. Parents – grab a beer at the closest Walgreens and enjoy!
Bellagio Fountains: A Las Vegas activity idea for kids made better by the fact it is free. The Fountains of Bellagio dance every 15 – 30 minutes depending on the time of day.
Topgolf: Located behind MGM Grand, Topgolf is a driving range on steroids.
The Las Vegas version offers 4 levels of hitting bays with views of the Strip. With a number of different games to play, Topgolf is the perfect activity for kids in Vegas to unleash their competitive spirit.
Fun Dungeon Arcade at Excalibur: The arcade at Excalibur is open from 10 am –10 pm daily and features over 200 games including the world’s largest Pac-Man and Smash Air Hockey.
4D Experience at Excalibur: Check out a 15-minute video clip that combines 3D animations, state-of-the-art sound/light effects, and in-seat effects. Current clips being offered in 4D include “San Andreas”, “Man of Steel” and “The Lego Movie”. Tickets to the 4D Experience can often be snagged at a slight discount here, with Vegas.com.
FlyOver Vegas: Explore the western United States from above at FlyOver Vegas, an attraction that suspends guests in a bank of seats over a 52.5-foot spherical screen. In addition to seat movements that simulate flight, your other senses will be stimulated by simulated wind and the smells of nature.
Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition: A newer attraction found at Crystals (near Aria), Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition allows guests to view various artifacts from her life. If your kids have a passion for royalty, they’ll dig this.
National Geographic’s Rarely Seen Photo Exhibition: Located at Bally’s, Rarely Seen is a collection of 50 photographs from around the world that have been seen by few, until now. With photos from New Zealand, Vatican City, and Austria among other locations, this could be the perfect attraction for the aspiring photographer. Price tickets out with:
Admire Themed Properties: One of the best things to do with kids in Las Vegas is allowing them to take in themed properties. Resorts like Luxor, Venetian, Excalibur, and Caesars Palace are a marvel to behold for adults. Imagine them through a child’s eyes.
Activities for Kids Downtown Las Vegas
Fremont Street Experience Canopy Light Show: Fremont Street’s $34 million renovation of the canopy is complete and it’s impressive. All 16.4 million overhead pixels sync up to popular music to create a beautiful display nightly that you, and your kids, are sure to enjoy.
Mob Museum: Something to do for older kids that can appreciate history, the Mob Museum downtown offers interactive exhibits focused on mob history in Las Vegas and around the country. Learn more about the attraction, and price out Mob Museum tickets, here.
Container Park: Just blocks away from the Mob Museum is the container park which is comprised of shops, restaurants, and bars.
Of interest to your kids though are the nightly praying mantis fire shows and the treehouse playground inside the complex.
Additionally, the Container Park frequently makes yard games like cornhole available at no charge near the events stage.
SlotZilla Zipline on Fremont Street: If you don’t mind your child being exposed to the debauchery of Fremont Street then buy them a ticket to ride the SlotZilla Zipline!
One caveat is that kids under the age of 13 need to ride with someone that is 13 or older. Pricing for the lower, shorter Fly Zip-Zilla line starts at $39 and the higher, longer Fly Super-Hero Zoom line starts at $59.
Neon Museum: A solid activity for kids with a curiosity about history, the Neon Museum is home to over 200 vintage neon signs from past incarnations of Las Vegas.
If you really want to wow them, go at night for the Neon Museum’s “Brilliant!” display where they utilize projection technology to bring the signs back to life. Check out the Neon Museum’s website for more info and tickets.
The Movie Prop Experience: Found in Neonopolis, The Movie Prop Experience is a museum dedicated to showcasing props from hit movies and TV shows.
The Tank Swimming Pool at Golden Nugget: Not just any pool, The Tank features as its centerpiece a 200,000-gallon shark and fish tank. Better yet, your kids will enjoy riding The Tank’s water slide which goes through the middle of the shark tank.
Currently, non-hotel guests can access the pool on Monday – Thursday for a small fee payable at the entrance podium. You can also call the pool day of to gauge pricing for the day.
Toy Shack: Located in Neonopolis downtown Las Vegas, The Toy Shack was made famous by Pawn Stars. Your kids will enjoy stopping in to check out their unique toy offerings!
Gene Woods Racing “Drift” Experience: Also located in Neonapolis, this indoor track is specifically designed to test your drifting skills. The go-karts are all-electric meaning no fumes and quick acceleration.
Things For Kids To Do in Las Vegas Away From The Strip
Discovery Children’s Museum: Near the Fremont Street Experience, kids will enjoy exploring a number of engaging exhibits that aim to educate about water power, inventing, experimentation, and so much more. A museum dedicated to children is the itinerary item for kids when in Vegas.
Cowabunga Canyon: Desert summers are hot, and one activity we recommend for kids in Vegas is cooling off at Cowabunga Canyon (formerly called Wet’n’Wild). Between their water slide options, pools, and lazy river, your kids will have a blast.
Cowabunga Bay: Another water attraction, Cowabunga Bay will also delight your kids with numerous waterslides, a lazy river, wave pool. The park, located in Henderson and is likely worth the 20-25 minute drive from mid-Strip resorts if you are seeking to beat the heat with your family.
Natural History Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate, the Museum of Natural History has numerous fossils and artifacts on display from around the world. Discounted Natural History Museum tickets can be purchased via this deal on Groupon.
Area15: A short Uber ride from the Strip, Area15 is a feast for the eyes. While tickets to the Area15 campus can be reserved for free, additional rides and activities can be added to your experience for a fee.
Your kids will love Omega Mart, which looks like a simple supermarket but offers hidden portals to an otherworldly experience complete with visual effects, massive slides, and a mystery.
Indoor Skydiving: You don’t have to jump off a plane, or off the Strat’s SklyPod for a thrill. Instead, enjoy a simulated free fall at Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving. The 120 mph winds generated by their 1,000 horsepower fan will give your kid a similar thrill, but closer to the ground.
Take ’em Out to the Ballgame: The brand spanking new Las Vegas Ballpark can be found a short drive from resorts on the Strip and is home to the Las Vegas Aviators, a minor league affiliate of the Oakland A’s. While the park offers traditional stadium seating, your kids will love catching the game from the grass berm just over the outfield fence.
Springs Preserve: Located 3 miles from downtown Las Vegas, Springs Preserve is a 180-acre attraction that is comprised of botanical gardens and museum exhibits that dive into the origins and history of Las Vegas. Intended to give visitors a feel for what Vegas was like prior to being inhabited, we recommend blocking off at least a half-day. More info on Springs Preserve can be found here.
Tour a Chocolate Factory: Kids and chocolate go together like peas and carrots. The Ethel M chocolate factory in Henderson, a short drive from the Strip offers self-guided tours of both their chocolate factory and 3-acre cactus garden. If you’re looking for things to do in Vegas during the winter months, your kids will love the holiday decor on display in the cactus garden!
Clark County Museum: Check out the exhibits at the Clark County Museum including the “Heritage Street” collection of historic buildings that depict life in early Nevada. Even better, the Museum is a cheap thing to do with kids priced at a mere $2 for adults and $1 for kids.
Rex Center: While more popular with locals than tourists, the Rex Center is a short distance from the Strip (behind Wynn) and offers mini-golf, go-karts, laser tag, rock climbing, and axe throwing. They offer pricing per attraction, or both half and full-day packages.
Dig This: An option only for kids 13 years old and up, Dig This is unique and sure to create lifelong memories. The desert is your canvas to operate heavy equipment like bulldozers and excavators. You’ll dig trenches, push around boulders, stack tires, and roll over rough terrain. Don’t know how to operate heavy equipment? No problem, instructors are on hand to help! You can check ticket prices to Dig This for your dates here.
Pole Position: Indoor go-karts just off the Strip. No need to say more. It’s a blast. Kids do need to be over 48″ tall to participate as a driver, however. Race packages at Pole Position start in the $25 range.
Kiss by Monster Mini Golf at Rio: Another themed mini-golf experience inspired by the rock band Kiss. The course is 18 holes, complete with blacklight effects and a small arcade. I don’t know many kids that are die-hard Kiss fans, but every single one of them likes mini-golf.
See Silverton’s Mermaids: Watch real mermaids swim in a 117,000-gallon fish tank at Silverton daily. An all-ages show, this is one of the most unique things for kids to do in Vegas. Learn more, and get exact mermaid showtimes, here.
Hoover Dam: Your kids, and you, will be blown away by the sheer size of the Hoover Dam. Take a guided tour, then when wrapped up, rent a jet ski at the Lake Mead Marina and rip around Lake Mead. Check here for current Hoover Dam tour deals being offered on Groupon.
Explore the Outdoors: Not far from Las Vegas are a number of outdoorsy day trip options with stunning scenery including Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, Lake Mead, Valley of Fire, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon. It turns out some of the best things to do with kids in Las Vegas aren’t in Vegas at all.
4 Wheeler Excursion: While the majority of ATV tours in Las Vegas ban kids, one allows those that are 6 years old and up to participate. All Above Las Vegas ATV Tours offers both 90cc and 125cc ATV options which are more manageable for kids.
Flightlinez Canon Zipline: Located about a half-hour from resorts on the Strip, this outdoor attraction dwarfs zipline options available in Vegas. Flightlinez sends riders flying at speeds of nearly 60 MPH over a distance of 8,000 feet. The scenery is pretty spectacular as well with views of Bootleg Canyon, Lake Mead, and the broader desert landscape. Note that you must weigh between 75 and 250 lbs. to participate, but this attraction could be the perfect activity for kids near Vegas.
Gene Woods Racing Experience: Test your go-kart skills going head to head on a half-mile outdoor track with the Las Vegas Strip in the background. There is also a deal on Groupon for the Gene Woods Racing Experience offering up to 75% off, here!
Pinball Hall of Fame: A quick Uber ride from the Strip, the Pinball Hall of Fame is 10,000 square feet of pinball machines from the 1950s to the 1990s. While free to enter, you’ll want to bring plenty of quarters. One of our favorite Las Vegas activities for kids, as well as parents that want to relive their glory days.
Movie Theaters: While no Strip resorts have one, a number of casinos off the Strip offer movie theaters which make for a solid activity for kids while parents hit the tables.
Related: Newest Things To Do in Las Vegas.
Kid-Friendly Shows in Las Vegas
Below, we will dive into a number of Las Vegas shows that may be appropriate for kids. While there are a ton of things to do in Vegas with kids, seeing a show is hard to beat due to the diversity of options offered. While we mention a few popular options below, we’ve also put together a full breakdown of kid-friendly shows in Vegas which goes more in-depth.
Potted Potter at Bally’s: If your kid is anything like mine, they love everything Harry Potter. Potted Potter, at Bally’s, is a hilarious 70-minute parody that takes you through all 7 books. Tickets can be purchased in advance with:
Cirque du Soleil: Shows that amaze adults with daring acrobatics, feats of strength, and stunning visual displays are sure to please your kid.
Check here for a breakdown of Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas.
Magic Acts: Magicians such as Mat Franco at Linq, Penn and Teller at Rio, or Mac King at Harrah’s keep it clean and represent a great option for visitors with kids. Here is an overview of magic shows in Las Vegas ranked based on customer reviews.
Tournament of Kings at Excalibur: A 3-course dinner show which immerses you into the middle ages. Your family will feast as you witness horse-mounted knights defend their honor. Tickets are usually pretty affordable by Vegas standards, costing around $70.
In addition to the ones mentioned above, we put together a complete breakdown of kid-friendly shows in Las Vegas. Check it out!
Hopefully, our list of things to do in Las Vegas with kids was helpful in your quest to find kid-friendly activities! While Vegas is known as an adult playground, there is certainly a ton of stuff to do with kids!
Don’t hesitate to drop your favorite things to do with kids in Las Vegas into the comments below!
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I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.