There’s a ton of things to do in Las Vegas. Your vacation is likely to center around the iconic neon light and famous sights along the Strip. If you dragged your kids along for the ride, you might be wondering what kid-friendly activities you’ll find in Vegas. Lucky for you, Vegas has been gradually moving away from gaming as the main source of revenue. Apart from the glitz and glam you’ll find in Las Vegas Boulevard, the rest of the city has a lot to offer for a memorable family vacation. Here’s a list of things to do in Las Vegas with kids.
1. Visit the Las Vegas Sign
The best thing about this is that it’s free. You’ll find tons of people at the Las Vegas sign having their photos taken. You can make a stop on your way out or into town. Make sure to take photos and upload them to your social media pages. You can bet all your friends will be jealous. If your kids are a bit older, they’ll definitely enjoy the visit to the Las Vegas sign. It is located towards the south end of the Strip close to the Mandalay Bay Resort. Make sure to visit in the evening as it looks better when the lights are on.
2. Visit the Hoover Dam
A visit to the Hoover Dam is also free. However, you will be required to pay for parking if you use the parking structure on the Nevada side. During the summer months, the temperatures are usually sky-high and you have to brave the long grueling walk if you don’t want to pay for parking.
The dam is one of the most impressive engineering miracles in the last century. Built between 1931 and 1936, this massive dam located in the Black Canyon on the state line between Arizona and Nevada still pulls crowds. You can take a leisurely walk across the top of the main dam with the whole family.
3. Watch a Circus Circus Performance
Your kids will love the Circus Circus. It’s a complete free 15-minute circus performance that you can enjoy with the whole family. The circus has been around since the 60s and is one of the original free shows in Vegas. You get to interact and watch acrobats showcase their juggling and clowns in their colorful attire. It also has an Aventuredome where you’ll find bumper cars, rollercoasters, and other fun activities. During Halloween, the Adventuredome turns into Fright Dome. Here you’ll find all sorts of haunted attractions to mark the occasion. Steer clear of the Fright Dome if you have younger kids. Circus Circus is definitely worth a visit.
4. Indoor Skydiving
Sounds scary, right? Well, it’s actually child-friendly and very safe. You get a brief training session before strapping into the suit, helmet, and goggles. Once you’re done, you’ll enjoy a 15-minute session flying inside the Sky Diving wind tunnel. It may not sound like much but its lots of fun. You can get a discount for repeats if you want to have another go. This is one of the things to do in Las Vegas with kids that you shouldn’t miss out on.
5. Topgolf Las Vegas
You don’t have to be a golf fan to enjoy this experience. You can bet your kids will love every minute of it. Topgolf sits right behind the MGM Grand resort. It offers a 3-level driving range where you get a spectacular view of the Las Vegas Strip. You don’t have to be particularly skilled to enjoy a round of golf. As long as you can hit a golf ball, you’re good to go. Food and drinks can be delivered to your private climate-controlled bay. The venue features more than 200 TVs, swimming pools, and dining areas. You can also get a one-hour golf lesson for a fee. To get to Topgolf, board a shuttle bus at the MGM Grand Resort.
6. High Roller Observation Wheel
Fancy soaking in the sheer beauty of Las Vegas from 550 feet above ground? Then the High Roller Observation Wheel is just what the doctor recommended. It is the tallest observation wheel in the world and has cabins that can hold up to 40 people at a time. From atop the wheel, you can see the airport, the Strip, and the mountains. The wheel never stops moving. Guest hop on and off as it moves through the platform at the bottom. It moves slow enough to allow for this. It is more expensive to take a ride on the wheel at night. It should take you about 30 to 40 minutes to complete a full ride. It’s a great experience for the whole family. Kids usually get a discounted price. This is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas with kids.
7. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
As the name suggests, this museum is dedicated to Marvel superheroes. You get to check out the actual costumes used in your favorite Marvel movies and watch in-depth videos of the characters. Visitors to the S.T.A.T.I.O.N. are welcomed with a badge and mobile phone to guide them through the facility. Your kids get to check out Captain America’s shield and costume and wear Ant Man’s helmet. There are also plenty of Iron Man suits. Granted, some exhibits will take longer to savor than others. There’s no need to rush since you’re allowed to go at your own pace. You complete the tour with a visit to a jaw dropping Marvel retail store. It features green screen photo ops and an Iron Man virtual reality experience. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is located inside the Treasure Island resort. If you’re staying at the resort, you do not pay to access the facility.