Parents Guide of Las Vegas – Things to Do With Kids

When most people think of Las Vegas they picture debauchery, self indulgence and excess adult entertainment – not exactly the kind of experience you’d expect to have with your family. Yet, there are plenty of things to do in the city that’s famously known as “Sin City” that can be enjoyed by families with children.

Las Vegas may have a reputation as an adult-only vacation destination, but the city has made a big effort to diversify its attractions and activities over the years to include many kid friendly experiences. Families can enjoy everything from amusement park rides, shows, and arcades to museums, parks, and even educational opportunities, all within easy driving distance of the city center.

The city isn’t called the Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. There are plenty of shows to take in that will wow the whole family. Cheer on your knight at the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur, dance the night away at Mystere at Cirque du Soleil or watch Mat Franco, America’s Got Talent winner, as he leaves audiences speechless with his masterful magic.

There are also lots of other great choices for kid friendly shows in town. If your kids love animals, they’ll be fascinated by the lions and elephants at the Mirage, or the tigers at the Treasure Island. Similarly, kids can get their fill of marine life at the Aquarium in the Silverton Hotel, where they’ll be amazed at the number of tropical fish, three species of stingrays and yes, even a mermaid swimming among the display.

Parents Guide of las vegas

The best way to explore all the sights and sounds that Las Vegas has to offer without spending the entire day on foot is by taking an open-air double decker bus tour like Big Bus Tours, which allows you to sit back, relax and let someone else do the sightseeing for you. The tours are a great way to learn about the history of the city, so be sure to chat with your driver to hear some fun stories.

It’s important to note that while there are a lot of family friendly options in and around the city, it is always wise to stay away from the Strip during popular times such as holidays and when major conventions are in town (International CES, SEMA Show, NAB Show, Rodeo Finals) as it can be extremely crowded and expensive. Also be sure to keep your kids’ attention and energy levels in mind when planning out an itinerary. Try to schedule in some free attractions if you can so that your trip doesn’t end up costing too much more than it needs to.