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Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

Known as the "entertainment capital of the world", Las Vegas is full of fun activities for the entire family. Here's a 2022 guide to 35 fun things to do with kids in Las Vegas.

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Panoramic view of Las Vegas strip at night.

Las Vegas is widely referred to as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. As the millions of people who have already visited know, there’s an endless supply of activities – casinos, vibrant nightlife, parties, concerts, and professional sporting events including the Las Vegas Raiders (NFL) and Vegas Golden Knights (NHL). There’s also a lot of things to do with kids in Las Vegas to keep the whole family entertained.

One of the biggest misconceptions about Las Vegas is that all the activities and attractions are primarily geared toward adults. Hollywood movies and the famous slogans “Sin City” and “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” have helped shape this perception over the years.

But don’t call grandma or the babysitter just yet!

Yes, of course, Las Vegas is a great option for an “adults only” getaway, but Vegas is also a very family-friendly destination with a multitude of places to stay and things to do for kids of all ages.

So buckle up and get ready to take a tour around the city to discover some of the best places to go and things to do in Las Vegas with kids – all of them family-friendly activities to do on your next Vegas vacation.

Scroll through the list of things to do with kids in Las Vegas or click on the links to go directly to each section.

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The Giant Praying Mantis sculpture in front of Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas Attractions for Kids

Vegas isn’t just for adults, tons of attractions offer a great time for the entire family. From roller coasters to museums, there are plenty of choices to keep the vacation festivities fun and entertaining.

There are attractions that fit every budget and some you can enjoy for free. Try to book your tickets ahead of time and take advantage of any discounts or family pack offers.

Big Apple Rollercoaster

Get your big family thrills on the Big Apple Rollercoaster located on Floor 1 of the New York, New York Hotel & Casino. It’s the world’s first roller coaster to feature a 180-degree “heartline” twist and dive maneuver plus a 203-foot drop. Reserve your date and time in advance and get ready for an incredible heart-stopping adventure.

3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
800.815.4365

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Cowabunga Bay Waterpark 

If you’re visiting Las Vegas during the Summer months, you will definitely want to spend lots of your time in the water. It’s HOT, with average temps well into the triple digits. Even if your hotel has a pool or several pools, nothing will entertain the kids as much as a visit to Cowabunga Bay (Henderson, NV) or Cowabunga Canyon Waterpark (Summerlin, NV).

The sprawling seasonal water parks provide plenty of relief from the heat with multiple slides, a wave pool and a kids’ area. Plus several options for eats, treats, and cold, refreshing beverages.

Hours vary depending on the time of the year, so check the operating schedule before heading to one of the parks.

900 Galleria Dr.
Henderson, NV
702.850.9000
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Cowabunga Canyon Waterpark

7055 S Fort Apache Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
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Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel

Soaring 550 feet over the Las Vegas Strip, the High Roller is the tallest observation wheel in North America! The 30-minute ride is a must for the whole family that can be enjoyed day or night.

3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
855.234.7469

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M&M’s Las Vegas

Chocolate lovers rejoice! M&M’s Las Vegas has a 28,000-square-foot, four-level monument dedicated to the colorful fun of M&M’s confections. Kids can personalize their very own one-of-a-kind M&M with custom messages & colors, making it a perfect souvenir from your Vegas trip, that’s if you don’t eat them all before you get home. Located in the Showcase Mall.

3785 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.740.2504

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Thrill Rides at the STRAT hotel, Casino & Skypod

If adrenaline is what your family craves, the STRAT hotel has some of the world’s highest rides, 100 stories above ground.

This daredevil’s utopia includes:

  • Skyjump – a free fall of 855 feet at 40mph.
  • X-Scream – teeters 27 feet over the edge of the building.
  • Big Shot – shoots you 160 feet in the air at 45 mph.
  • Insanity – spins passengers up to three G’s while dangling from the side of a building at more than 900 feet in the air.

The Skypod is an iconic fixture of the Las Vegas skyline. Ride to the top for the best view, and dine at the acclaimed Top of The World restaurant with its 360-degree revolving dining room.

2000 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
800.998.6937

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Shark Reef Aquarium

This attraction is the only accredited zoo and aquarium in Nevada, and it’s a perfect attraction for the entire family. The scenery includes sharks (of course), tropical fish, reptiles, and the rare Komodo dragon. Walking under the aquarium, you feel immersed in the beauty of life underwater.

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.632.4555

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Discovery Children’s Museum

Discovery Children’s Museum offers a one-of-a-kind experience for the entire family. Kids can play, explore, learn, and be inspired. The museum offers a wide range of interactive exhibits about art, science, food, and more.

There’s also a Discovery Lab, which is the first makerspace of its kind in Nevada. The Lab is designed to stimulate exploration, creativity, risk-taking, critical thinking, and collaboration through a hands-on, interactive approach.

360 Promenade Place
Las Vegas, NV
702.382.3445

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Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Avengers Assemble! The world of The Avengers is at your fingertips in this interactive and educational exhibit. Marvel fans will “marvel” at the official Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network (S.T.A.T.I.O.N) headquarters, and dive deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Located in Treasure Island, the whole family can enjoy the extensive range of props and costumes from the Avengers movies on display like Captain America’s uniform and more.

3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.894.7626

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Adventuredome @ Circus Circus

Experience thrills from every twist, turn, and drop at the 5-acre indoor amusement park known as Adventurdome. There are over 25 rides and attractions – everything from rollercoasters to bumper cars, a giant arcade, miniature golf, virtual reality and escape rooms.

From kid-friendly to daredevil rides, there’s something for every thrill-seeker in the family, plus a daily free clown show and so much more. You’ll find TONS of big fun under the Big Top at Adventuredome.

2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
800.634.3450

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Las Vegas Activities for Kids

If you’re ready to take a break from the strip, there are plenty of outdoor activities for kids. From visiting a Lion sanctuary to picking your own fruit at a local orchard. Experience some of the natural attractions Vegas has to offer.

Be sure to check operating hours so you can plan your visit ahead of time, and start enjoying all the activities for kids. Fun for the whole family awaits!

Lion Habitat Ranch

Did you know you can hear a Lion’s roar from as far as five miles? Learn about these fierce and powerful cats at the Lion Habitat Ranch, where you can feast with the beasts, feed the animals, and book a behind-the-scenes tour. It’s a roaring good time!

382 Bruner Ave.
Henderson, NV
702.595.6666

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Downtown Container Park

Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, Container Park is a 1.1-acre open-air shopping center built from repurposed shipping containers. At the entrance, you’re met by a 55-foot metal Praying Mantis sculpture that shoots flames (and what could be better than that).

Enjoy retail shops, unique restaurants, and live entertainment for the whole family. Kids will love the NEO’s interactive playground featuring The Treehouse and its 33-foot-tall slide. Adults can relax while enjoying free concerts, and movies on the main stage.

707 Freemont St.
Las Vegas, NV
702.359.9982

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Lake Las Vegas Watersports

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle (and heat) of Las Vegas, consider a short trip to Lake Las Vegas Watersports. Located about 30 minutes Southeast of the Strip, this family-friendly attraction is all about outdoor activities in and around the scenic waters of Lake Las Vegas.

Lake Las Vegas Watersports provides visitors with the ultimate water sport experience – Jetpacks, wakeboarding, kayaks, paddle boarding, and much more. Lake Las Vegas is open to the public and a great way to spend a day soaking up the sun and enjoying an oasis in the desert.

15 Costa Di Lago
Henderson, NV
800.998.6937

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McKee Ranch

If your kids love being around animals, and the chance to interact with them, then McKee Ranch is the place to be. The foundation’s stated purpose is to care for, rehome and repurpose adopted and abandoned farm/ranch animals.

There are lots of fun things to do at the ranch – animal petting, pony and hayrides, playground, games, and a picnic area. The ranch is free and open to the public every day during daylight hours.

8982 Dean Martin Dr.
Las Vegas, NV
702.361.9606

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Rail Explorers USA

There’s more than one way to explore the beautiful desert scenery of Nevada. Ditch the car and hop on the railways using pedal-powered ‘Rail Explorers’ – an activity suitable for people of all ages.

Rail Explorers USA offers 11 unique tour options to consider, including the Southwest Round-Up, Desert Sunset Tour, Night Lights, and the Southwest Summer Soaker Round-Up.

601 Yucca St.
Boulder City, NV
877.833.8588

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Bouncy World LV

This bouncy indoor playland is perfect for smaller children, and a great way to help them burn some energy. There’s an all-day open bounce with “in and out” privileges, bounce house, obstacle courses, arcade games, food, and loads of fun for all.

4549 Blue Diamond Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.489.2727

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The Pad in Henderson

If you want to work off a few of those calories from the hotel buffet lines, The Pad Henderson is a great place for the entire family to enjoy some healthy, physical activity.

Amenities include over 22,000+ square feet of joy – 10,000 square feet of bouldering, 9300 square feet of rope climbing, plus free weights, treadmills, and a yoga room. Day passes are available. From Toddlers to Teens, you and your kids will enjoy this unique fitness gym.

7585 Commercial Way J.
Henderson, NV
833.674.4460

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Children’s Park @ Town Square

Ready, set, play! Children 10-years and younger can have tons of fun climbing the cubes, sliding down slides, jumping on trampolines and so much more. Adjacent to Children’s Park is Town Square park where you can picnic or play at the water fountain. A beautiful setting for a fun-filled day.

6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
702.269.5001

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Pinball Hall of Fame

No matter your age, everyone loves playing pinball. The Pinball Hall of Fame is the ideal place to introduce your children to the legendary arcade classic. Over 25,000 square feet of the world’s largest display of working pinball machines from the 1950s to the present. Admission is free. Stop by and play your way through history with a pocket full of quarters.

4925 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.597.2627

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Las Vegas Shows for Kids

Las Vegas offers some of the best live entertainment in the world. From musicals to magic, and everything in between – there are plenty of shows that are family-appropriate and a great way to keep the kids entertained.

Local Tip: Get tickets early! Many of these shows are extremely popular and often sell out weeks or months in advance. So be sure to purchase tickets as soon as you determine the dates of your visit. Here are some of the best Las Vegas shows for kids and families.

David Copperfield – Magician

David Copperfield is one of the greatest magicians of his time. His show is held at the Hollywood Theater at the MGM Grand and is designed for kids 5 years and up. With plenty of audience participation, Copperfield’s magic is sure to wow every member of the family.

3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
866.740.7711

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Jabbawockeez – Dance

This dance crew spectacular has been voted “Best Family Show” and “Best All Ages Show”. It’s a dynamic mix of outstanding choreography, energetic music, with awesome special effects. Located at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, these dance moves will leave your kids wanting to sign up for a dance class.

3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
866.740.7711

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Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater

The 30+ furry co-stars are the highlight of this unique show, featuring the comedic talents of Gregory Popovich. Each of the animals has been rescued from an animal shelter and given a new “leash” on life, and on stage.

From dogs jumping rope to cats pushing strollers, this show is ideal for kids and kids-at-heart. Currently, at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino (Floor 1 – Miracle Strip Shops).

Please note: The show opens for the season on May 26, 2022.

3633 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
1-866-983-4279

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Blue Man Group

The high-energy music show features the renowned Blue Man Group in the ultimate performance art show. With all the dancing, drumming, lighting, and surprises, your kids will be blue in the face with laughter and wanting more. Performing at the Luxor Hotel & Casino – kids ages 3 & up welcome.

3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
800.557.7428

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KA by Cirque de Soleil

KÀ is the gravity-defying production by Cirque du Soleil that takes adventure to an all-new level. The moving stage is a battlefield where gravity-defying acrobatics leave audiences in awe. The show combines martial arts and pyrotechnics in a unique setting that provides the perfect venue to entertain and amaze your kids. Located at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
877.880.0880

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Potted Potter

Are there any Harry Potter fans in the house? This parody show features all seven Harry Potter books in seventy hilarious minutes, making it ideal for kids six and up. Dan and Jeff take on the roles of your favorite Harry Potter characters in this side-splitting, hilarious show. The show has played to sold-out audiences all over the world, and you can watch it live at The Magic Attic, located in Bally’s Las Vegas.

3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
855-234-7469

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Kid-Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas

With over 150,000 hotel rooms in Vegas, there are plenty of options to choose from, including an endless number of amenities to keep the entire family entertained.

You’ll find everything from spacious accommodations to hotel water parks including a lazy river. Hotel rooms are always in high demand, but if you plan your stay during the week you’ll be sure to find some great rates.

Most hotels add a resort fee + hotel occupancy tax of 13.35%, and the best way is to book online either directly with the hotel or on booking sites like Booking.com where you can compare rates.

Here are a few kid friendly hotels in Las Vegas that are sure to keep your family well-rested and entertained.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas

For those traveling with pets, The Westin Lake Las Vegas is a great family-friendly AND dog-friendly hotel. Just a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip, The Westin offers guests an atmosphere of tranquility and relaxation. Many rooms offer a stunning view of Lake Las Vegas.

Amenities include two large pools, a waterslide, a beach area, outdoor games like chess, table tennis, plus the nearby Reflection Bay Golf Club adjacent to the resort.

101 Montelago Blvd.
Henderson, NV
702.567.6000

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ARIA Sky Suites

The luxurious top-floor suites located at the Aria Resort and Casino off the Vegas strip offer spacious accommodations, perfect for a family. With four swimming pools, a game room for teens, and plenty of restaurant options, the Aria is a top-notch lodging option.

3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.590.7111

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Bellagio Las Vegas

You’re probably familiar with the Bellagio and its famous dancing fountains that put on a show set to music and light on the strip, but it’s also a great place to stay. 500 of the 4,000 rooms are suites and perfect for larger families. There are 2, and 3-bedroom options that come with fully equipped kitchens, dining rooms, and a private pool.

3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.693.7111

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New York, New York Hotel & Casino

Who wouldn’t want to stay at a hotel with its very own rollercoaster, plus Hershey’s Chocolate World where you can customize your very own chocolate bars. There’s also an arcade, a large resort pool, and plenty of food and snack options, including the famous New York style pizza.

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
800.689.1797

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The Venetian Las Vegas

What kid wouldn’t want to ride the gondolas along the blue canals that run in and out of the resort? This luxury resort features a five-acre rooftop pool deck, three swimming pools, and the infamous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, where kids can get up close to their favorite Marvel Super Hero.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
866.659.9643

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The Palazzo Hotel Resort & Casino

The sister resort of the Venetian hotel, the Palazzo, is connected by the Grand Canal via a gondola ride. The resort features seven outdoor swimming pools, including lifeguards, and 11 restaurants with flavors that the whole family will enjoy.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
866.659.9643

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Wynn Las Vegas

Is your family looking for the quieter side of Vegas? Although the Wynn is located in the heart of the Strip, this location offers families a quieter option. The Tower Suites have larger-sized suites that can accommodate a family of five.

The giant pool is surrounded by gardens, has lots of shaded areas to keep the kids out of the sun, and there are plenty of food and shopping options to keep everyone happy.

3131 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.770.7000

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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

This massive resort, recognized by its neon-green lights features five acres of outdoor swimming pools with waterfalls and rivers. Jump on the Monorail which has a stop at the MGM, and enjoy the ride from hotel to hotel and other attractions.

3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
877.880.0880

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Desert Rose Resort

So maybe you’ve decided to stay off the beaten path away from the hustle and bustle – and to save a little money. The Desert Rose Resort is only 1.5 blocks from the strip so you can still be close to all the action, but it lets families enjoy their desert getaway in a quieter setting.

There are one and two-bedroom, condo-style suites with full kitchens, and living and dining areas that are more affordable than strip hotels.

5051 Duke Ellington Way
Las Vegas, NV
702.739.7000

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Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

Located in the nearby community of Summerlin, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa provides visitors with beautiful views of Red Rock Canyon in the background. The best thing is it’s still only a 20-minute drive to the strip. Their ‘Kids Quest’ program offers childcare and a unique set of things to do like bowling and a movie theater.

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers lots outdoor activities like mountain climbing, horseback riding and river rafting and so much more.

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
702.797-7777

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Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

This kid-friendly Las Vegas hotel and resort has plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy. Soak up the sun at the 11-acre water complex with a man-made beach, pools, and a lazy river. Explore the Shark Reef Aquarium, where you can book your personal view, dive, and feeding experience.

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
877.632.7700

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So there you have it… there’s lots of things to do with kids in Las Vegas, kid-friendly hotels, shows, attractions, and activities. Vegas is becoming a more and more popular family destination. So make it your family’s next vacation or weekend getaway and create some lifetime memories.

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