Although entertainment options in Las Vegas are primarily adult-oriented, there are actually a fair amount of kid and family-friendly shows available. Considering a good chunk of visitors bring kids along on their trip, I figured it would be helpful to lay out some of the more popular kid-friendly show options on and near the Strip.
I’ll leverage customer review scores from TripAdvisor to rank these family-friendly shows and to aid you in sorting through your options.
For each show, I’ll also link out to a number of outlets where tickets can be purchased in advance. Price it out to get the best deal!
Kid-Friendly Magic Shows in Vegas
Piff The Magic Dragon
Leveraging both a sarcastic brand of humor and his assistant, a chihuahua named Mr. Piffles, Piff The Magic Dragon will leave you both laughing and amazed. The show, playing at Flamingo, has earned an astounding 5/5 stars on TripAdvisor after over 1,900 reviews ranking it among the best family-friendly shows in Vegas.
Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly
Earning 4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor after over 1,100 reviews, Mat Franco’s show at LINQ ranks as the best kid-friendly magic shows in Las Vegas. A former winner of America’s Got Talent, Mat leverages audience participation to keep the show fresh.
Mac King Comedy Magic
Performing at Excalibur, Mac King owns Las Vegas’ longest-running magic show. What differentiates Mac from the competition is his use of animals that range from guinea pigs to goldfish as part of his performance. Earning 4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor after over 2,150 reviews, Mac King is among the best kid-friendly shows in Las Vegas.
Nathan Burton Comedy Magic
Boasting prices that are typically under $50, Nathan Burton is both family-friendly and cost-effective. The show incorporates both illusions and comedy which is sure to wow your kids. Playing in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Nathan Burton Comedy Magic has earned a respectable 4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor after 1,880+ reviews.
Xavier Mortimer – The Dream Maker
Cutting his teeth both on America’s Got Talent, and as a Cirque Du Soleil cast member in Vegas, it’s safe to say Xavier Mortimer has plenty of experience. His show can be viewed at STRAT and incorporates comedy, illusion, and even drama, earning 4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor from over 450 previous attendees.
Kid-Friendly Comedy Shows in Vegas
A pure comedy show, Tape Face is certainly unique. As seen previously on America’s Got Talent, the show at Harrah’s features a comedian with tape over his mouth that doesn’t speak. Although not an audible comedy show, the 4/5 star rating on TripAdvisor earned after 220+ reviews prove that this kid-friendly show is a winner.
Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater
A physical comedy show that stars a troop of dogs, cats, and other animals, this kid-friendly production packs an adorable punch. Better yet, all of Popovich’s animals are rescues, going from unwanted to stars in Las Vegas overnight.
Kid-Friendly Cirque Du Soleil Shows in Vegas
Cirque Du Soleil shows are oftentimes great for kids, who will enjoy the acrobatics and pageantry within the production. Although Mystere presents a difficult-to-follow storyline, even for adults, there is more than enough “wow factor” to make up for it. The show has earned 4.5/5 stars from attendees on TripAdvisor after 5,470+ reviews.
Calling Mirage home, Beatles LOVE blends the acrobatics typically equated with Cirque Du Soleil with the iconic music catalog of The Beatles. Especially if your family is a fan of the band, this could be a great show option, earning 4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor after over 18,000 reviews.
O by Cirque du Soliel
While not the least expensive Cirque show, O is certainly unique, incorporating a 1.5 million gallon, 25-foot deep pool into the performance. Also earning 4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor after a whopping 11,700+ reviews, customers have appreciated the acrobatic production that was inspired by the “infinity and elegance of water’s pure form”.
Other Family-Friendly Shows in Las Vegas
Tournament of Kings
Calling the kid-friendly Excalibur home, Tournament of Kings is a dinner show that transports guests back to the middle ages. Enjoy dining on your own cornish game hen and sides while the knights do battle in front of you. Earning 4.5/5 stars after over 1,800 reviews, customers have been impressed with this unique show that is sure to make a lasting memory for your kids.
V – The Ultimate Variety Show
Found in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, V – The Ultimate Variety Show features a wide variety of acts that range from acrobatics to magic and comedy. The production has earned 4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor after 3,200+ reviews and ranks as a fan favorite for those looking for kid-friendly shows in Vegas.
WOW – The Vegas Spectacular
Located off the Strip at Rio, WOW – The Vegas Spectacular is a variety show that stars more than 30 artists that showcase their ability to perform various stunts that will have your family’s jaw on the floor. Earning 4.5/5 stars on TripAdvisor after over 250 reviews, tend to land in the $50 range.
A choreographed dance group, these masked performers can be found at MGM Grand and offer a feast for your senses. Rated 4/5 stars earned on TripAdvisor after 1,000+ reviews, seeing the Jabbawockeez could be an attractive option for families looking for a high-energy show.
A 70-minute parody calling Bally’s home, Potted Potter hilariously guides the audience through the 7 book series. Earning 4/5 stars on TripAdvisor after over 240 reviews, Potted Potter could be a great option for kids that are as into the hit series as mine are.
Blue Man Group
Whether you’ve seen them previously or not, you are likely familiar with the Blue Man Group. A kid-friendly show, Blue Man Group’s “artistic percussion” performance is a feast for both the ears and eyes. Prior attendees have awarded the bald blue men 4/5 stars on TripAdvisor after 4,800+ reviews.
New Kid-Friendly Shows in Vegas
As seen on America’s Got Talent, the dancers of iLuminate call STRAT home and differentiate their choreographed dance performance by integrating LED lighting into their costumes. In addition to AGT, the performers in iLuminate have made the rounds, making appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres show, X-Factor, and even Good Morning America.
While iLuminate doesn’t have enough reviews at this point to make it into the rankings above, early feedback on TripAdvisor has been positive!
Tickets start in the $50 range and can be priced out with:
Fortunately, there is an abundance of kid-friendly shows in Las Vegas that span various genres. Whether you’re looking for a comedy, acrobatic, variety, or magic performance, there is surely something that will fit your family’s needs.
Related: Need more entertainment ideas? Check out these afternoon shows in Las Vegas, right on the Strip.
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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.