7 Fun Las Vegas Attractions for Kids
Somehow, my husband and I made it to our mid-40s without ever visiting Las Vegas. Spring Break seemed like a great time to take the plunge and test the city’s limits: IS Vegas for families? The short answer is YES! Despite its reputation, Las Vegas is not just for adults. You can spend a lot of money here (you would be in good company), but it’s definitely not required to have some good family fun in Vegas.
On our trip to Sin City, we did a little bit of everything and had a huge amount of fun without breaking the bank. Here is a list of our favorite Las Vegas attractions for kids, starting with the free activities to the more expensive family-friendly shows.
Free Things to do in Las Vegas
Free Casino Attractions
Several of the casinos bring in the crowds with their free shows that can be viewed from outside the casinos. Visitors can watch the Bellagio fountain show every 30 minutes starting at 3 pm daily all around the casino.
The Mirage has a volcano that erupts multiple times every evening. And of course it’s fun to watch the boats glide around the waterways at the Venetian.
The Flamingo has a wildlife habitat full of (you guessed it) flamingos and other exotic birds, turtles and fish. The 15-acre habitat is open daily to the public and offers free admission.
Las Vegas Shopping
There is PLENTY of shopping to be done in Vegas; most of the major casinos offer an array of stores and boutiques. Planet Hollywood has the Miracle Mile mall with shops like H&M and Urban Outfitters to which my tween and teen are drawn.
We discovered our kids’ favorite Las Vegas shopping at the kid-friendly stores at the New York New York casino. Swatch, Hershey’s Chocolate World, a magic shop, and Stupidiotic kept their interest for hours.
The Hotel Pool
We stayed at the legendary Tropicana Las Vegas, a Doubletree Hotel where there is a spacious pool with both sunny and shady spots available, along with pool toys and games. I always appreciate a pool with lifeguards, so I can really enjoy my nap, err, book.
Low Cost Las Vegas Attractions for Kids
I had no idea there were so many places in Las Vegas just for kids! Several of the hotel casinos we visited had arcades. My kids had a blast at the Fun Dungeon in Excalibur and the arcade at New York New York; both of which are conveniently located near the Tropicana. Circus Circus has an arcade surrounding a stage where circus acts are performed throughout the day.
Accessible via the Circus Circus casino, Adventuredome is an indoor amusement park. My thrill-seeking children were giddy to have so many rides available to them under one roof. This is a great place for kids of all ages; there were plenty of rides for smaller children as well as some stomach-turning roller coasters for older kids. We spent an afternoon here riding coasters, playing laser tag and miniature golf.
There are plenty of kid-friendly shows in Las Vegas, including several Cirque du Soleil shows. We chose Love, the Beatles-themed Cirque show. Not just for Beatles aficionados, the show was an entertaining tour through the decades. My daughter asked to see it again as soon as it was over! Love is a must-see!
Who doesn’t love a little jousting? If your kids haven’t experienced a medieval dining experience, consider the Tournament of Kings show at Excalibur. Show tickets ($58 per person) include a three-course dinner eaten without utensils — my daughter’s dream come true!
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Erin is a native Floridian who has resided in Atlanta since 1995. Her husband Mike and she have two funny, smart, active girls and two cats.