A fab hotel pool like this one at the MGM Grand can keep kiddos busy for hours! Photo by Lindsay Li
A fab hotel pool like this one at the MGM Grand can keep kiddos busy for hours! Photo by Lindsay Li

50 Fun Things To Do in Las Vegas with Your Kids

Once America's playground for adults, in the last decade Las Vegas has become one of the most popular family vacation destinations. While it is possible to book a sitter to enjoy some grown-up time on the strip, it would be a shame to visit this desert town and not experience the great natural attractions, museums, and family fun you can find a little further afield.

We took a recent trip to Vegas with our young children (aged two and six) and really had a blast exploring kid-friendly activities both on and off the beaten track. Here are my recommendations for the top things to do with kids in Las Vegas.

1. Learn, play, and discover at the Discovery Children's Museum.

2. You'll feel like a true American Gladiator when you jump, bounce, and fly at Gravady.

3. Cool off and go crazy at Wet 'N' Wild water park.

4. Enjoy the lush greenery at Floyd Lamb State Park.

5. See a real ghost town! Rhyolite is on the edge of Death Valley (conveniently), this former mining town was founded in 1904 and abandoned by 1916, a short-lived Gold Rush town.

6. Have an Avengers fan? Check out the Marvel Avengers STATION at Treasure Island, and experience your favorite heroes like never before.

You'll scream for the X-Scream at the Adventuredome in Las Vegas! Photo courtesy The STRAT Hotel, SkyPod & Casino

7. Have fun and stay cool at Adventuredome — America's largest indoor theme park.

8. Take a bite out of Las Vegas at the Shark Reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

9. Take a walk on the wild side with the White Tigers at Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden. While you're there be sure to take a look at the Dolphin Habitat as well.

10. Visit the first non-native settlement in Las Vegas at the Old Mormon Fort.

11. Learn about animals and prehistoric creatures at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

12. Laugh out loud at the Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, where animals and acrobats perform comedy skits. 

13. Water lovers fret not. Lake Mead has tons of fun activities to choose from. You can rent jet skis, kayaks, and fishing boats for a day or week on the water.

Lone Mountain Park Playground offers a view of Lone Mountain. Photo by Mommy Poppins

14. Lone Mountain Park has a beautiful playground, plenty of space for picnics and grilling, plus an easy hike even young children can do to see some amazing views.

15. Go swimming in some of the best pools, plus a lazy river at the MGM Grand. As a guest, you have free access to the pools. Non-guests can pay a fee to enter.

16. Become a pinball wizard at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Admission is free, just make sure to bring plenty of quarters.

17. Check out some family theater at the Smith Center of Performing Arts.  

18. Got a train lover in the family? Make sure to check out Nevada Southern Railway where you can ride an actual train that was used to bring supplies to the Hoover Dam.

19. Take in the natural beauty at Mount Charleston.

20. In the cooler months, plan a picnic at Red Rock Canyon and take in some of the most beautiful views you have ever seen.

Who knew there was so much nature to see in the Las Vegas area? Photo courtesy of Springs Preserve

21. Discover the Vegas' natural beauty at the ​Springs Preserve. Hiking trails and the Botanical Gardens are just the beginning. 

22. Indulge your sweet tooth at Ethel M Chocolate Factory and walk off that sugar next door at the Cactus Garden.

23. Catch an outdoor movie or try some local eats at Downtown Container Park. It also has an amazing interactive playground.

24. Experience authentic Las Vegas and take in the art scene at the Art's Factory.

25. Watch an out-of-this-world baseball game with the Las Vegas 51s.

The floral carousel in the Wynn Hotel's Atrium is a treat. Photo by Barbara Kraft 

26. Check out the "mermaids" and the 160 different species of fish at the Aquarium at The Silverton.

27. Take a ride on the world's tallest observation wheel—the High Roller. Children under 12 ride free.

28. Feel like "The King of the World" at the Titanic Artifact Exhibit. With more than 300 artifacts and amazing replicas, this is a truly unique experience.

29. Experience Venice, Italy, with gondola rides and street performers at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.

30. View some public art and a cool open-air play space at the Lyft Art Park.

Kids love using the Finger Print Analysis station inside the Crime Lab at the Mob Museum. Photo courtesy the museum

31. Check out the new Mob Museum and learn about the deep impact of the mafia in Las Vegas. 

32. Take in the wonder of the Hoover Dam.

33. Slip and Slide at the Circus Circus Splash Zone, which is only available to guests of the hotel, BUT booking a room at Circus Circus is significantly more affordable than water parks. 

34. Get a 360-degree view of the city atop of the Stratosphere. Got a thrill seeker in the family? Check out the three intense rides while you're up there.

35. With so many Cirque Du Soleil shows to choose from, you can watch your kid's imagination come to life right before their eyes.

There's fun in the sun and shade on the splash pad. Photo by Mommy Poppins

36. Head over to the Town Center Mall, where kids play in the Children's Park, which features a splash pad, hedge maze, and tree house. While you're there, younger kids will enjoy the train rides around the mall, and older kids will want to try their skills out at the huge GameWorks arcade.

37. Explore a little slice of paradise at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, home to flamingo, koi fish, and more in this free natural exhibit.

38. For a truly Vegas experience, visit the Neon Museum, home to relics of the past and an amazing project in restoration.

39. Go back to the '80s and roller skate at Crystal Palace.

40. Create your own, unique candies at the M&Ms store.

41. View the water shows at the Bellagio — their outdoor fountains are a must see while in town.

42. Take a walk in the evening for the full Freemont Street Experience, this 24-hour mall that has an LED canopy, zip lines, and access to what some dub as "old" Las Vegas.

Pressing their luck in the Fun Dungeon. Photo by Mommy Poppins

43. Rainy days happen, even in Las Vegas. While there are plenty of arcades to choose from, the fun dungeon at the Excalibur is inexpensive and a real throwback that even modern kids will love. Plus who wouldn't want to visit a castle?

44. If you need to cool down, try some indoor skating at the Fiesta Rancho Casino SoBe Ice Arena.

45. Race around the tracks at the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix.

46. Swim, slide, and surf at Cowabunga Bay on those hotter than hot days.

47. Get in some quality play time at the Goett Family Park, which has a huge splash pad and often runs outdoor movie screenings in the summer months.

48. Enjoy the cool New York City replicas at high speed at the Big Apple Coaster at New York, New York Hotel and Casino.

49. Prepare your eyes and strike a pose at the 3-D Trick Art Museum, fun for all ages and often features special programming for kids.

50. After all that fun with the kids, treat yourself to a babysitter and enjoy an evening of the adult fun for which Vegas is famous!

A version of this article first published July 24, 2016. Additional reporting by Lindsay Li

The High Roller
3545 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cashman Field
850 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Gravady Extreme Air Sports
7350 Prairie Falcon Rd., #120
Las Vegas, NV 89128

2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Silverton Hotel
3333 Blue Diamond Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139

The Discovery Children's Museum
360 Promenade Place
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Wet 'N' Wild
7055 S Fort Apache Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89148

Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107

Mandalay Bay
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Red Rock Canyon
3205 NV-159, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Las Vegas, NV 89161

Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Nevada State Railroad Museuem
600 Yucca St.
Boulder City, NV 89006

Mount Charleston
6755 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Lake Mead
601 National Highway
Boulder City, NV 89005

The Venetian
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Ethel M Chocolate Factory
2 Cactus Garden Drive
Henderson, NV 89014

Floyd Lamb Park
9200 Tule Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89131

Downtown Container Park
707 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

The Mirage Hotel and Casino
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Stratosphere Observation Deck
2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

New York New York Hotel
3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Lone Mountain Park
4445 N. Jensen
Las Vegas, NV 89129

Lyft Art Park
Unnamed Road
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Town Square Mall
6605 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Avengers STATION at Treasure Island
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89019

Neon Museum
770 Las Vegas Blvd N
Las Vegas, NV 89019

Freemont Street Experience
Freemont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89109

3850 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas , NV 89019

SoBe Ice Arena
2400 N Rancho Dr,
Las Vegas, NV 89130

Goett Family Park
10950 Southern Highlands Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89141

Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
1401 N Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89108

Cowabunga Bay
900 Galleria Drive
Henderson, NV 89011

Old Mormon Fort
500 E. Washington Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Mob Museum
300 Stewart Avenue Downtown
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Fountains at the Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89101

3D Trick Art Museum
3542 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Crystal Palace
3901 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130

M&Ms World
3785 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
3663 Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Rhyolite Ghost Town
Nye, NV

Smith Family Theatre
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas , NV 89016
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