Top kid-friendly things to do in Las Vegas, Nevada

We recently spent a few days in Las Vegas, Nevada. When you think of Las Vegas, what usually comes to mind? For most people, the answer would be glittering casinos, dazzling nightlife, and a city that never sleeps. However, not many people are aware that Las Vegas is also a fantastic destination for families. In this post, we will explore the kid-friendly activities that this vibrant city has to offer.

1. Explore interactive exhibits

If you’re looking for an exciting and imaginative adventure with your family in Las Vegas, consider visiting the Discovery Children’s Museum or Meow Wolf Omega Mart.

We recently visited Meow Wolf Omega Mart and had a great time, both kids and adults. The place is designed to encourage children to touch, explore, and even climb through imaginative installations. Other locations include Santa Fe, Denver, and Grapevine (you can read about our visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe here).

This immersive and interactive art experience is located in the AREA15 entertainment complex and takes place in a unique fantasy grocery store. The admission fee is $54 for adults (13+), $49 for kids (4-12), and free for kids who are 3 and under.

Pro tip: To avoid long lines and ensure entry during peak times, it’s best to purchase tickets online in advance.

2. Experience the magic of Bellagio Fountains

No trip to Las Vegas is complete without witnessing the mesmerizing Bellagio Fountains water show (with free admission). As the sun sets, gather with your family along the Strip to watch the choreographed dance of water, music, and light.

For the best views, go near the lakefront terrace of the Bellagio Hotel or grab a seat at one of the nearby restaurants with outdoor patios.

Pro tip: Check the schedule online for showtimes and plan your visit accordingly to catch multiple performances throughout the day.

3. Discover the engineering marvel of Hoover Dam

Take a day trip to the Hoover Dam, located within 40 minutes from the city. Marvel at this iconic feat of engineering as you learn about its construction and history through guided tours and interactive exhibits.

There are three tour options available:

  1. Dam Tour Ticket: $30, 8+ years, not handicap accessible. Includes 10-min movie, 1-hr guided tour, inspection tunnel, Visitor Center exhibits, observation deck, and 1940s map presentation.
  2. Powerplant Tour Ticket: $15, includes a 10-minute movie, 30-minute guided tour, Visitor Center exhibits, an observation deck, and a 1940s map presentation.
  3. Visitor Center Ticket: $10, includes Visitor Center exhibits, observation deck, and 1940s map presentation.

For a unique perspective, consider embarking on a Hoover Dam tour that includes a scenic cruise along Lake Mead or a visit to the nearby Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

Pro tip: Beat the heat by visiting early in the morning or late afternoon, and don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

4. Immerse yourself in The Sphere at The Venetian

Step into the future with a visit to The Sphere, a massive spherical entertainment venue located at The Venetian. Explore cutting-edge technology and interactive exhibits that blur the lines between reality and imagination, or just enjoy the ever-changing screen from the outside like we did this time (the size of it is impressive!).

Be sure to check the schedule for live performances and immersive shows that will captivate audiences of all ages. Pro tip: Purchase tickets in advance to secure your tickets.

5. Explore the natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located just 25 minutes from Las Vegas. Embark on hiking trails that wind through towering red rock formations, offering breathtaking vistas of the Mojave Desert landscape. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, including desert bighorn sheep and colorful lizards.


Pro tip: Pack plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen for your outdoor adventure, and consider visiting during the cooler months for more comfortable hiking conditions.

6. The Canals at The Venetian

Enjoy a taste of Italy at The Venetian, a casino resort on the Strip in Las Vegas. Take a gondola ride at The Canals and experience the replicated canals and architecture of Venice. You can choose between an indoor or outdoor ride, each with its own unique ambiance and scenic views of the resort.

During your ride, your gondolier will serenade you with classic Italian songs and share interesting tidbits about the hotel’s history and architecture.

7. Discover the Seven Magic Mountains

Venture just outside Las Vegas to discover the colorful and whimsical Seven Magic Mountains art installation (with free admission). Created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, this larger-than-life artwork features seven towering stacks of neon-painted boulders set against the desert landscape.

Our girls had a blast running around the giant “rainbow rocks,” and each picked their favorite tower to hide behind.

Pro tip: Visit during golden hour for the best lighting conditions and photo opportunities.

8. Dive into the Depths at Shark Reef Aquarium

Located within Mandalay Bay, the Shark Reef Aquarium offers a fascinating underwater adventure for the whole family. Wander through a tunnel surrounded by a 1.3 million-gallon tank teeming with sharks, rays, and exotic fish. For an immersive experience, consider booking a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about marine conservation efforts.

Pro tip: Get the tickets online before your visit, and arrive early to beat the crowds and enjoy quieter viewing opportunities.

9. Be enchanted by world-class magic

Get ready to witness an incredible magic show on the Strip that will leave you amazed. These shows feature legendary performers such as David Copperfield (suitable for ages 5 and up, so we have yet to do this, but it is on our list) and offer great entertainment for kids.

Be prepared to experience magic tricks and illusions up close that will leave you spellbound and wondering how they were done.

Pro tip: Book tickets early to secure prime seating.

10. Indulge your sweet tooth

Round off your family adventure with a visit to M&M’s World store and Hershey’s Chocolate World at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Treat yourself to a delicious array of candies, chocolates, and souvenirs as you explore these immersive retail experiences. Don’t miss the chance to create your own custom M&M’s mix or pose for photos with larger-than-life chocolate sculptures.

Pro tip: Take advantage of exclusive discounts and promotions by signing up for loyalty programs or purchasing souvenir packages.

Bottom line

Las Vegas may be famous for its glitz and glamour, but it also offers a wealth of family-friendly attractions and experiences. With world-class hotels, dining, entertainment, natural wonders nearby, and a surprising number of kid-approved attractions, a family-friendly Las Vegas trip is absolutely doable. Just be sure to incorporate some of these highlights suited for children amidst the adult playground to create lasting Vegas memories for all ages.

2 thoughts on “Top kid-friendly things to do in Las Vegas, Nevada”

  1. Great suggestions! I was looking for kid friendly activities for an upcoming trip passing through Las Vegas and found what I was looking for.


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