25 Las Vegas Area Attractions Every Kid Will Love

25 Las Vegas Area Attractions Every Kid Will Love

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Las Vegas isn’t all about gambling and strippers. While there is plenty of that to go around, there are tons of things kids can do and see. If you want to visit the area as a family, be intentional about hitting the family-friendly attractions while there. You can have a very enjoyable vacation whether you have 1 or 10 kids in tow.

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Our recent visit to Las Vegas was put on our schedule so that I could attend a chiropractic conference. Once the kids knew we would be heading there for a week, they got super excited. Why? Because they had read that Las Vegas has the highest electricity bill of any U.S. city. Basically, they were interested in seeing all the lights.

While I did warn them that they’d see a lot more than lights, I made sure we intentionally hit as many of the family-friendly spots as possible. Here’s our list of 25 Las Vegas attractions every kid will love.

South of the Strip

Real Mermaids

Real mermaids at the Silverton Hotel and Casino

South of the Las Vegas strip is where you’ll find one of the best family hotels in Las Vegas. The Silverton Hotel and Casino is just off Las Vegas Fwy and Blue Diamond Rd and is home to a giant aquarium full of tropical fish. There are also real mermaids that call this aquarium their home. Interactive fish feeding shows occur twice daily and Mermaid swims occur three times per day every Thursday through Sunday. You can find the scheduled mermaid swims here.

Cost: FREE

7 Magic Mountains

7 Magic Mountains

Ten miles south of Las Vegas you’ll find 7 towers of large rocks stacked and painted in bright neon colors. You can’t miss it! 7 Magic Mountains is a public art display that originally was only supposed to stay in the area for 2 years but has been granted a permit to remain on display until 2021. Kids love the bright colors and are enamored by how these large boulders were stacked on top of each other without falling over. It makes for great educational conversation and even better photo ops.

Cost: FREE

Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

Alternate Las Vegas Sign

Everyone has to get a picture with the Las Vegas Sign! Just be prepared for numerous laps around the parking lot and a long wait in line. To avoid lines, get there bright and early in the morning or go late at night. We showed up around 9 AM and there was already a long line and no parking. We opted for a different Las Vegas sign inside the shops at Caesar’s Palace instead.

Cost: FREE

Downtown Las Vegas

Fremont Street Experience


SlotZilla on Fremont Street

The iconic SlotZilla zip line is sure to please the kids no matter if they want to ride or not. Twelve stories above Fremont street is a giant slot machine that has side-by-side zip lines for those that want to see all the action from above. Thrill-seekers can choose from two different zip lines…a seated zip line only 7 stories up or a superhero-style zip line that’s 11 stories up. Riders on the seated zip line travel 2 street blocks while the superheroes have a 5 block flight while bystanders watch from below.

Cost: $20-$50/person

Viva Vision Light Show

Viva Vision on Fremont Street in Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of Jennifer at A Thankful Traveler

During the evening hours, the Viva Vision light show takes place on the screens high above Fremont Street. These screens are the largest in the world and highlight a different show every hour. Plan to stick around for a couple of hours to get in more than one show, as they are absolutely spectacular!

Cost: FREE

The Tank

Head into the Golden Nugget Casino to check out The Tank. This is a pool and shark tank in one. If you’re brave enough, hit the waterslide which goes right through the shark tank. If you’re not staying at the resort, there is a fee to swim.

Cost: $25-$40

Hash House A Go Go

Hash House A Go Go Restaurant

Let’s just say the pancakes and waffles are twice the size of your head. And what child doesn’t love pancakes or waffles? Hash House A Go Go is absolutely a dining must for the family. It’s located in the Plaza Hotel and Casino towards the west end of Fremont Street.

Cost: $10++

Downtown Container Park

Container Park
Photo courtesy of Brandi at Loving Living Green

While we didn’t make it to this attraction, it is on our list of must-dos the next time we’re in the area. The Downtown Container Park is located a few blocks east of the Fremont Street Experience. It’s a shopping center designed out of old abandoned shipping containers. Not only are there shops to explore, but there are a variety of restaurants, artwork designed from recycled materials, live entertainment, and a unique kids playground called The Treehouse.

Cost: FREE to explore

The Strip

Bellagio Hotel and Casino

Fountains of Bellagio

Fountains at Bellagio

Who knew fountains could be choreographed to music to dance in front of our eyes like a perfect little ballerina? Each show is unique, so be sure to stop by a few different times while you are in the area. If you catch a show during daylight, make it a point to get to one at night when the whole area is lit up. The shows are held daily approximately every 15-30 minutes depending on the day. You can check show start times here. The kids are sure to be mesmerized by the sights and sounds of this amazing water feature.

Cost: FREE

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Bellagio Conservatory

Do your kids love flowers and foliage? Be sure to head to the conservatory located near the front desk of the hotel. Each season there are new themes, so no matter how many times you visit Las Vegas you’ll always find something new that will amaze you at the Bellagio Conservatory.

Cost: FREE

Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino

The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace

Playing on the seats in the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace

Even if your kids don’t like shopping, this is a must-visit. Take a leisurely stroll through the Forum Shops and admire the architecture, statues, and fountains that will make you feel like you are in ancient Rome. If you’re up for it, check out some of the luxury shops while your kids have fun on the benches and seats out in the mall common areas.

Cost: FREE

Fall of Atlantis

Fall of Atlantis

Be sure to trek your way to the very back of the Forum Shops to catch the animated statues show Fall of Atlantis. Every hour starting at 11 AM these statues come to life. While it’s not easy to hear due to all the other noise in the room and the echo of the characters’ voices, the kids will love the water and fire features during the show. And after it’s over you can walk around and check out the huge aquarium full of fish located just behind the show.

Cost: FREE

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino

Circus Acts

Circus Acts

If your kids love circus acts, then head to the center of the Carnival Midway in the Circus Circus Hotel for free entertainment. From juggling to trapeze artists, your kids will see some spectacular acts on the stage hourly. You can stand anywhere around the midway wall overlooking the stage or grab yourself on the benches directly in front of the stage.

Cost: FREE

Carnival Midway

Carnival Midway

What kid doesn’t love carnival games? Be prepared to bring your wallet, because every game you walk by will call your child’s name. If you’re looking for some serious fun, where you can lose money faster than sitting at a slot machine, then the Carnival Midway is the place for you!

Cost: FREE to $$$$


Rides at Adventuredome

The Adventuredome is Circus Circus Hotel’s amusement park. There’s plenty to do for all ages: rock climbing, bungee jumping, mini-golf, roller skating, rollercoasters, arcade games, mini-bowling, junior rides, and more. There were free shows to watch as well, so if you don’t want to spend the money, you can just walk around and still find fun things to do.

Cost: FREE to $34/person

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Stop into the Flamingo Hotel and Casino and tour the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. It’s home to Chilean Flamingos, ducks, swans, turtles, and fish. They also have pelicans and do pelican feedings twice daily. Professional photos with parrots are available for a charge. The foliage around this area is beautiful as well.

Cost: FREE (except for professional photos)

New York, New York Hotel and Casino

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World

If your kids can’t resist chocolate, then maybe you should leave this one out. In New York, New York Hotel and Casino, the two-story Hershey’s Chocolate World is a huge store full of everything Hershey. From giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to larger than life Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup bottles, you will leave feeling as if you just binged on chocolate even if you didn’t purchase a thing. And there are tons of fun photo opportunities here as well. I’ll warn you, it’ll be tough leaving without a delicious, yet nauseating treat from the in-store bakery.

Cost: FREE to explore

The Big Apple Coaster

Big Apple Coaster

The Big Apple Coaster is a unique thrill ride experience. Not only is it a rollercoaster, but it’s a coaster on top of a hotel. And if that wasn’t enough, they now have virtual reality rides on the coaster as well. This is a must-do for your coaster enthusiasts in the family.

Cost: $12 to $70

M&M’s World

M&Ms World

If the Hershey’s store didn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, then be sure to head over to M&M’s World after your done. This four-story chocolate heaven was the first M&M’s store in the world. Are you looking for a specific color of M&M’s or merchandise? They’ve got it. With all of their merchandise separated out by color, it will make anyone’s inner OCD tendencies very happy. Once you reach the top floor you can stock up on all your favorite colors of M&Ms and try out some new flavors if available. And don’t forget to take your photo with Red and Yellow.

Cost: FREE to explore

The Shops at Aria

Shops at Aria

While there’s not a whole lot that would excite the kids, The Shops at Aria typically have some nice art pieces throughout the building. There’s also one area where tornado-like water features can be found both in and above the floor of the shopping center. These will catch the kids’ eyes every time. And if mom wants to browse the stores, dad and the kids can head upstairs to the Starbucks for a refreshing drink and some downtime.

Cost: FREE

Volcano Eruption

The Mirage Hotel and Casino is home to Las Vegas’ only active volcano. It fires off nightly at 8 PM, 9 PM, and 10 PM. This volcano eruption is set to music and will set off fireballs and loud explosions during the show. It’s definitely a spectacular attraction for the whole family.

Cost: FREE

Take Random Photos Along the Strip

Random photos along the strip

Everything is over the top in Las Vegas, so don’t hesitate to stop at fun and quirky spots to snap a few photos. Many great photo spots can be found inside casinos, restaurants, and shopping centers. So grab your phone and let the kids get a little silly. Just beware the odd-looking superheroes and Star Wars characters walking around. They’ll expect a tip from you for taking a photo with your child.

Cost: FREE

See a Cirque du Soleil Show

Cirque Mystere

You really shouldn’t go to Las Vegas without seeing a Cirque show. While there are many great ones that my husband and I have seen, we chose to introduce Cirque du Soleil to our children with the most inexpensive and most family-friendly one of the bunch: Mystere. The dancing and acrobatics had our kids on the edge of their seats the entire time. At the end, they couldn’t believe it was over.

There’s a variety of Cirque shows to choose from. If you have kids who enjoy music, you may consider The Beatles LOVE or Michael Jackson ONE. If you have kids who love battles and fights, you might want to choose KA. And if your kids enjoy water acrobatics, then O would be the show for you.

Cost: $49+++

Outside of Las Vegas

Lake Mead

Hiking at Lake Mead

Take a day to go out and explore Lake Mead. Or better yet, if you have an RV, consider camping at Lake Mead and driving into Las Vegas for day trips. There’s so much to see and do like fishing, hiking, biking, and boating.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Visiting Hoover Dam is a must! Our kids were in awe of how huge this dam is. And I think it surprised them that you could drive over it and be in Nevada one second and Arizona the next. You can walk/drive over the dam and check out the visitor’s center for free. Find pricing here if you’d like to take a tour of the dam. Also, take the time to visit the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (unless you’re afraid of heights). From there you will have a great view of the entire Hoover Dam area.

As you can see, you have many Las Vegas area attractions to choose from when taking a family vacation to the area. Even if you’re not wanting to gamble during your trip, you could easily spend three or four days visiting all of these family-friendly attractions and activities with your kids.

Have you taken a trip to Las Vegas with kids? What are some of the Las Vegas area attractions they liked the most? Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page!

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  • One of my favorite things about Las Vegas is that all the hotels have something really cool to see! This is a great list!

  • We love Vegas and aren’t big on gambling, it’s great to see some ideas of many other things to do outside of that (even for us adults too!).

    • Right?!? Some of these things that are fun for kids are also really great for adults that are kids at heart. 🙂

  • Indranil (Paradise Catchers) August 13, 2019 at 1:30 am

    This is a great collection of ‘what doesn’t have to stay in Vegas, even if it happened there’. Have done some of these (as an adult, ha ha!) on our trip there, but quite a few of the rest will be in our bucket list now. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve been trying to convince my husband we should take the kids. I really want to run the Vegas Marathon in 2020. It is a night run on the strip. So, this post totally helped me with my argument 😉

    • Ha! Ha! I’m glad I could help Darla. 🙂 I’m so envious of all of you runners. I have no desire to run, ever…unless I’m being chased by something. LOL!

  • I don’t have kids and have only been as an adult but I have observed that there is definitely plenty to do as a family in Vegas. I also love Valley of Fire State Park and can imagine the kids would love all that climbing as well! This is a great guide, Vegas is very affordable for a family!

    • Thanks for adding Valley of Fire to the list! We’ll have to check that out in February when we go back. My kids do love to climb.

  • I love that you created this list. There is so much more to Vegas than drinking and gambling. I can see that you all had a fabulous time and your recommendations were spot one!

  • My husband and I visited Las Vegas for the first time last year, and since we are not big gamblers, I was looking for other suggestions for things to do. Even though we don’t have kids, there are definitely things on this list that we would enjoy too! I’ll have to keep these in mind for the next time we go!

    • Ha! Ha! Yes, Katie, I’m the same way. Many of these things I have fun doing as an adult…especially the chocolate stores. 😉 Hope it helps for your next visit!

  • What? Are you telling me that it’s FREE to see a real mermaid? Sign me up! I love reading your post; it’s fun and engaging. You make me want to be a kid again! Do you plan on having a post that shares Las Vegas attractions that every adult will love? 🙂

    • Lydia,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I kind of like being a kid, so I’m not sure if I’ll ever have a post about Las Vegas attractions every adult will love. But…I’ll think about it. 😉

  • Good to know there are some family friendly things to do in Las Vegas. I’ve never considered it a place I’m interested in going but perhaps will reconsider that now after such a great post! Thanks!

  • Now this is my kind of Las Vegas! Thanks for sharing options for people of all ages to enjoy,

  • I would like to see all of those items. 🙂

    • It’s really a pretty fun place, even for a family. You’re so close over there in Arizona. You’ll have to make a trek up to Vegas to check out some of these activities.

  • Love Caesars Palace. I gotta see the live mermaids next time.

  • I wish I had known this a few years back when I took my 6 year old son to Las Vegas. I had no idea there was anything kid-friendly for him to do. But you came up with an awesome listen of things to do! I pinned this in case we ever go back with the rest of the family.

  • We’ve also seen a Mermaid show in Florida. My girls loved it. We haven’t done Vegas yet and I appreciate that ‘cost’ associated with all the activities. It makes planning things much easier.

    • Oh yes! I try to find as many free or inexpensive things we can do anywhere we go. I will typically splurge on one higher cost activity but try to keep the rest free. The live mermaids at the Silverton were pretty cool, so definitely be sure to check that out.

  • I wondered if Vegas was kid friendly. We made that mistake in South Florida, 😮 Good to see there are plenty of family friendly things to do!

  • My daughter would love the mermaids and m&m’s! Me too lol!

    • Ummm…yeah. We could’ve gone home with the entire M&M store if I would’ve let them. But it’s fun to look around anyway.

  • So fun for things for the kids to do. I love all the activities, Vegas is the best and not just for hitting the casinos. I haven’t been in years and now can’t wait to bring my kids.

  • Great list! I have visited some of these, like Circus Circus, Bellagio fountains, and Hoover Dam, but others I didn’t even know existed!

  • KRISTINA BINIAHAN August 2, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    We visited Las Vegas a few years ago and we loved it! 3 days was definitely not enough and need to return soon. My niece would love to see the mermaids 🙂

    • Yeah, we were in the area for a little over a week and probably could’ve stayed longer. There would’ve been plenty of other things to do.

  • Vegas can definitely be a family-friendly destination…love all these options! A couple more we liked when my son was a teenager was the Pinball Hall of Fame Museum, daytrip to Death Valley, helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon and an exotic car driving experience in the desert.

    • I think we saw the car driving experience…but my kiddos are too young for that still. A helicopter ride would be pretty cool! Lots more things for us to check out next time. 🙂

  • I love Fremont Street. Nothing like old Vegas!

  • This looks like a great trip! I always avoid Vegas with kids but you make it seem like so much fun!

  • We love Vegas and I always hear people say how they wish they could take their kids to Vegas. I try to tell them there are lots of things for families to do. Thanks for sharing! Hopefully more people will realize it’s okay to take their kids and they will all have an amazing time.

  • This is such a great list. I’ve always wondered about taking my kids to Vegas. I’m shocked at how many family-friendly things there are. I pinned to refer to if we make a trip out there. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Yep! There are tons of things that are family-friendly. I’m so glad you found my post useful. Thanks for pinning!

  • I never really thought about taking my kids to Vegas, but there really is a lot of fun things for them to do and see. We love the Orlando Hash House!!

  • What a great list of attractions where you can include your kids in your adventure.

  • When you think about Vegas, you certainly don’t think about children. I love this list of things we can do in Vegas with our kids! So many great ideas!

  • Wow! There’s so much to do there for kids!!! We have been wanting to take ours to Vegas, but I wasn’t really sure they would enjoy it. Now I think they will!

  • Honestly, I never would have thought to take a family trip to Las Vegas, but you may have convinced me, especially with all the free stuff to do! All I would have to mention is Hershey’s World and the M&M’s store and mine would be on board. 🙂 . Thanks for sharing all these great spots to see and including a budget for each one. Super helpful!

    • Tip: save the Hershey’s World and M&M’s store for the end of your trip. Otherwise, they’ll keep asking to go back to get goodies. 😉

  • We just came back from our first family trip to Vegas. The kids had quite a bit of fun and so did we – even though it was a very different Vegas trip than normal! The Mob Museum downtown was a big hit for our kids.

    • I think I remember seeing your post about your trip. I kept wondering about the Mob Museum. We may have to do that on another trip.

  • We were just in Vegas with our kids for three days. It simply wasn’t enough time to see and do all that we wanted to do. We’re already talking about a return trip and we’ll have to add some of your activities to our list. We’d like to see the mermaid show. And we want to see a Cirque show as well. Our kids loved the Adventuredome.

    • That’s great! There really is so much to do. Some things cost $$$ and many others are completely free. You can easily have things to do for an entire week. Have fun when you go back!

  • I have never pictured Las Vegas as a family vacation destination, thanks to my misconceptions! I realised that there are lots of things to do (other than what I see the city being famous for!) Eye opener.
    Good to know that most the attractions are free too!

    • Absolutely! It definitely has way more for adults than kids, but they’ve done an outstanding job of including kids activities and attractions too.

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