The author Isabelle Pavese taking a picture with two goats in McKee Ranch, one of the best things to do in Las Vegas with kids

27 Things to Do in Las Vegas With Kids (By a Local)

I’m a Las Vegas local here to share some of the most fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids!

Las Vegas may have a reputation for its extravagant nightlife, and certainly some of the most popular things to do in Las Vegas are geared towards adults. But Las Vegas also has many family-friendly activities. Kids in Las Vegas will love the activities in this guide — and several of them are budget-friendly! 

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27 Things to Do in Las Vegas With Kids

Discovery Children’s Museum

Venture out with your children to explore different exhibits and interactive experiences

Façade of the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Children's Museum
(photo: ZikG / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 382-3445 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 12 pm – 5 pm Sunday, Closed Mondays | Entrance: $15.50, non-locals, $13.50 locals

The downtown Las Vegas Discovery Children’s Museum is three stories tall and is the perfect place to spend your day with children of all ages. They offer a variety of different exhibits including water world, young at art, solve it, and toddler town. Each exhibit offers activities like crafts, solving mysteries, and even a place where children can explore a pirate ship. 

Big Apple Roller Coaster

Enjoy a thrilling roller coaster ride and play arcade games with the whole family

The Big Apple Roller Coaster passing through in front of the New York-New York Hotel
Big Apple Roller Coaster passes in front of New York-New York Hotel Las Vegas (photo: ZikG / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 740-6969 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 12 am Sunday-Thursday, 11 am – 2 am Friday-Saturday | Entrance: $19 per person 

The Big Apple Coaster is a great place to bring kids who love rides and roller coasters. If you have kids who are over the age of 13, you can also try a virtual reality ride while you go on the coaster. 

Note that you must be 4’6” to go on the roller coaster. Kids who are not tall enough can play fun Big Apple arcade games while they wait for other family members’ rides to finish.

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating and rare animals

View at the arch and entrance of Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden
(photo: Alex Millauer / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 791-7188 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $25, adults, $19 under 13 

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden is at the Mirage hotel, and it is a cool area where you will find amazing exotic animals. Some of the animals you will see include white tigers, dolphins, white lions, and white leopards. To make the experience even more special, you can buy a package where you will get to meet and feed the dolphins or even learn how to train them. 

Shark Reef Aquarium

Come face to face with some of the scariest sea creatures 

A girl posing under the underwater tunnel in the Shark Reef Aquarium
One of the amazing tunnels in the Shark Reef Aquarium Las Vegas. (photo: matteo_it / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 632-4555 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 8 pm daily | Entrance: $29, adults, $24 children 

The Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas is home to a variety of exotic sharks, sea turtles, and even a Komodo dragon. There is also an exhibit where you can actually reach into the water and touch a stingray. Make this experience even more memorable by feeding the sea turtles, sharks, or stingrays for an extra cost. 

Lion Habitat Ranch

Get a chance to see lions up close and watch a giraffe paint a picture

A caretaker feeding the big giraffe with a snack
Ozzie the Giraffe enjoying a midday snack

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 595-6666 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 3 pm daily, Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays | Entrance: $25, adults, $10 under 15 | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

The Lion Habitat Ranch is a sanctuary for over 20 lions and the only giraffe in Nevada. Ozzie the Giraffe paints a picture every 30 minutes, and it is an incredibly unique thing to experience. You can feed the giraffe and even the lions as part of an add-on package. 

For the ultimate experience, you can even paint your own picture with Ozzie. The volunteers are very friendly and they will answer any questions you have. Hands down, this attraction is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas

Gilcrease Orchard

Venture outdoors and pick fresh fruit in this expansive orchard

A sunny day in the wide field of pumpkin plantation in Gilcrease Orchard

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 409-0655 | Website | Hours: 7 am – 10 am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Closed All Other Days | Entrance: free

Gilcrease Orchard is a lovely place to go for fresh produce which you can pick yourself. It also makes for the perfect place to do a family photo shoot. They have a chicken coop and bee exhibit, which most children love. The fall season is my favorite time to visit since they have an incredible pumpkin patch and even a fun hay maze for the kids.

👉 Pro Tip: They are not open during the winter season.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Children are sure to enjoy a store completely dedicated to mouth-watering chocolates

Exterior view of the Hershey’s Chocolate World building with different massive chocolate designs
The front of the Hershey’s store on the Las Vegas Strip (photo: ZikG / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 437-7439 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 12 am Sunday-Thursday, 9 am – 1 am Friday-Saturday | Entrance: free | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Hershey’s Chocolate World is on the Las Vegas Strip, inside the New York-New York hotel. The store is two stories tall and has areas where you can customize your own chocolate bars or be part of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup TV ad. There is even an 800-pound Statue of Liberty replica made entirely of chocolate.

Downtown Container Park

Enjoy a family fun day of shopping, eating, and playing on the playground

View of a huge slide in Container Village Park in downtown Las Vegas
The fun playground in the middle of Container Park Downtown Las Vegas (photo: Page Light Studios / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 359-9982 | Website | Hours: 11:30 am – 11 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am – 1 am Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm Sunday | Entrance: free | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Downtown Container Park is an outdoor shopping area with a treehouse playground, fun shops, and some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. This is a great place in downtown Las Vegas to bring your kids, with entertainment always happening. 

They often have free movies and concerts going on in the grass area where you can unwind while your kids play. Each night when the sun goes down, the Mantis out front puts on a fire show while performers surround it in a fun drum circle. After exploring Container Park, check out the Fremont Street Experience for free light shows.


Visit this indoor theme park, complete with free circus acts every hour

View inside the Adventuredome amusement park in Las Vegas
Inside the exciting Adventuredome Las Vegas (photo: Maria Maarbes / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 794-3939 | Website | Hours: 12 pm – 7 pm daily, Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays | Entrance: $60, adults, $30 under 48” tall 

The Adventuredome is a fun indoor amusement park inside the Circus Circus hotel with things to do for everyone. Every hour, they host free circus acts, which are sure to amaze you. 

There are 25 rides ranging from extreme rollercoasters to bumper cars and mini golf. Their 4D theater is another cool experience where they show films like Ice Age and Scooby Doo with unique special effects.

Mini Grand Prix

Race your family on an exciting outdoor go-kart track

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 259-7000 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 9 pm Thursday, 11 am – 10 pm Friday, 10 am – 10 pm Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm Sunday | Entrance: $10.25 per person 

The Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix is the place to go if you enjoy go-karting. Both kids and adults can race on the track. After a couple of races, you can venture over to their rides like the fun slide and dragon coaster, which are perfect for the little ones. There are also fun arcade games to play inside, and tasty pizza to eat for the perfect night out as a family.

Mandalay Bay Beach

Ride the waves in the wave pool and coast down the lazy river at Mandalay Bay

People playing in the pool area with palm trees around Mandala Bay
Beautiful day at the Mandalay Bay pool (photo: Kit Leong / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 632-4760 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 6 pm daily 

The Mandalay Bay pool area is one of the coolest pools on the Las Vegas Strip. Although it is a casino pool, it makes you feel like you are spending a day at the beach. With sand, a lazy river, and a wave pool, you are sure to enjoy a relaxing family day. 

You can spend a day at Mandalay Bay Beach for free if you are staying at the hotel or you can rent a daily cabana, with prices available on their website!

Springs Preserve

Explore Las Vegas history and wander through incredible, informative exhibits

A preserve skeleton of an animal inside Springs Preserve
(photo: Kit Leong / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 822-7700 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm daily, Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays | Entrance: $9.95, adults, $4.95 under 17

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is a place to learn about the history of the city and explore its stunning wildlife and exhibits. They are often switching out their limited displays to offer something new and intriguing each time you go.

Along with the gorgeous botanical garden, they also have an amazing butterfly habitat available in the spring and fall. They have several museums to explore and even a playground and splash pad for the children. 

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Relax and enjoy the talent Las Vegas has to offer for all ages

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (866) 932-1818 | Website | Hours: 2:30 pm – 4 pm daily, Closed Mondays | Entrance: $29 per person | 👉 Browse Tickets on Viator

When you think of Las Vegas, you might think only of adult entertainment, but you’ll be happy to learn there is entertainment for all ages! Popovich Comedy Pet Theater features over 30 animals who have been taught to put on a great show with amazing tricks. Children will be sure to get a laugh out of the silly animals and other aspects like acrobatics and pure comedy. 

High Roller Observation Wheel

Get the best views of Sin City from one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world

Cityscape view from the High Roller Observation Wheel
Breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley from the High Roller (photo: HannaTor / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 322-0593 | Website | Hours: 2 pm – 12 am daily | Entrance: $28.12, adults, $11.35 under 13 | 👉 Browse Tickets on Viator

The High Roller Observation Wheel stands over 500 feet tall above the Las Vegas Strip. It slowly rotates on your half-hour ride, offering the most amazing views. It is a relaxing ride and the perfect way to bond with the family. You can talk, hang out, and appreciate the beauty of the city. 

Cowabunga Bay

Have fun in the Las Vegas sun, perfect for the whole family

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (725) 267-2262 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $44.99, adults, $32.99 under 42” tall 

When it Las Vegas with kids, Cowabunga Bay is a super fun place to go on a hot summer day. It is a large water park with fun slides for thrill seekers and a lazy river and splash pad for those who just want to relax.

They have exciting rides like the Point Panic and Surfin’ USA. They also have slides and areas for the younger children like the Kids’ Cove and Boardwalk Bay. No matter what age you are, you will be sure to find something that suits you at this exciting waterpark. 

Ethel M. Chocolate Factory & Botanical Cactus Garden

Learn the process of making beautiful and tasty chocolates as a family

Luxurious interior view of the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory with displayed different cholates
Inside the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory Las Vegas (photo: Kit Leong / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 435-2608 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily | Entrance: free | 👉 Browse Tour on Viator

The Ethel M. Chocolate Factory is free and unique because you can walk through the factory at your own pace and see how their famous treats are made. You can try your own chocolate at the end of the tour and sample their delicious pecan brittle. 

Finish your self-guided tour by walking through the biggest cactus garden in the Southwest United States. It is an even more special place in the winter with incredible holiday lighting and even a place to take pictures with Santa. 

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N

Complete the training to become an elite agent of the Marvel Avengers

Sculpted display of Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Iron man at the Avengers Station complex in Las Vegas
Inside the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N Las Vegas at Treasure Island (photo: Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 894-7626 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $29.95, adults, $19.95 children | 👉 Browse Tickets on Viator

At Treasure Island, you and your family can take part in this unique experience to become agents at the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. This is the perfect place to bring kids who love superheroes because it is super interactive and educational. 

See Captain America’s uniform, operate Iron Man’s suit, and explore different experiments relating to the Avengers. 

Las Vegas Ballpark

Baseball games, winter mazes, and summer activities — all at the heart of the Las Vegas Ballpark

The author Isabelle Pavese posing near the illuminated white tree at Enchant Las Vegas Ballpark
Me posing in front of the beautiful winter lights at Enchant Las Vegas Ballpark

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 943-7200 | Website 

The Las Vegas Ballpark is a hotspot for family-friendly activities, with many things to do besides baseball games. They have activities for each season with baseball in the spring, cheap movies in the summer, and a winter wonderland during the holidays. 

The ballpark itself is modern and beautiful, with a pool that you and your kids can enjoy while watching the ball game. There is also a delicious selection of concessions, with many local restaurants holding stands in the stadium. 

Vegas Indoor Skydiving

Experience what it is like to fly at Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving

A kid wearing an orange suit and helmet flying in an aerodynamic tube

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 731-4769 | Website | Hours: 9:45 am – 7 pm daily | Entrance: $85 per person | 👉 Browse Tickets on Viator

Skydiving may be an intimidating thing for many, but indoor skydiving is very safe and gives you the same thrills. At some point, everyone has wondered what it is like to fly and indoor skydiving is the next best thing.

At Vegas Indoor Skydiving, you will be able to take two very exciting flights each. Even if you have never had experience, they teach you all the skills you need before going on your flight. 

👉 Pro Tip: Children must weigh at least 40 pounds to be able to participate.

Red Rock Climbing Center

Spend the day rock climbing indoors as a family

Two kids wearing helmets ready for an indoor bouldering

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 254-5604 | Website | Hours: 6 am – 11 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9 am – 9 pm Weekends, 9 am – 11 pm Monday & Friday | Entrance: $17, adults, $12 kids 

Whether you’re a beginner or have lots of experience, indoor rock climbing is a fun activity. At Red Rock Climbing Center, they have climbing walls that are over 30 feet high and are completely safe for people of all ages.

They have memberships available if you plan to return many times or day passes if you want to see how you like it first. If your kids end up really liking it, they can join one of their competitive rock-climbing teams.

Lake Mead

Unwind at Lake Mead for a relaxing family day outdoors

View of the Lake Mead from Hoover Dam and penstock towers
Stunning views of Lake Mead from the Hoover Dam 

📍 Google Maps | Website | Entrance: $25 per vehicle | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Lake Mead is a gorgeous recreational area with activities like hiking, water sports, fishing, or just relaxing. Since Las Vegas does not have any beaches, Lake Mead is where locals typically go to spend a day by the water. 

They have different watercraft available to rent like jet skis, kayaks, and boats. Take a nice dinner cruise to end the day eating a delicious meal and passing by monumental sites like the Hoover Dam.

📚 Related Reading: Find more fun day trips from Las Vegas in this article!

Fun Dungeon

Try hundreds of different arcade games for the perfect competitive family activity

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (877) 750-5464 | Website | Hours: 12 pm – 11 pm daily 

Check out the famous Fun Dungeon arcade at Excalibur hotel for a fun day of games and friendly competition. There are over 200 games to explore and even a Kiddie Land section specifically meant for children’s games. Stop by the Dairy Queen after playing these games to indulge in a sweet treat.

Red Rock Canyon

Hike past stunning red rocks, take a gorgeous scenic drive and explore a fun visitor’s center

Breathtaking view of the  Red Rock Canyon near sunset

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 515-5350 | Website | Hours: 6 am – 8 pm daily | Entrance: $15 per vehicle | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Red Rock Canyon is only 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and it is the perfect place to go for nature lovers. Here, you’ll find some of the best hikes near Las Vegas. They range in difficulty so you can find one that works best for the family. 

They also have a fun Visitors Center with different exhibits including their live Desert Tortoise exhibit. If you feel like taking a mini family road trip, you can simply drive through the lovely mountains on their 13-mile scenic drive.

Flip N Out Xtreme

Play basketball, navigate an obstacle course, or join a game of laser tag at Flip N Out Xtreme

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 579-9999 | Website | Hours: 2 pm – 8 pm Monday-Thursday, 12 pm – 11 pm Friday, 10 am – 9 pm Weekends | Entrance: $20, adults, $12 under 4 ft.  

Flip N Out Xtreme is an indoor trampoline park with many other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. You will find laser tag, climbing walls, dodgeball, and even ax throwing at this exciting venue. If you get hungry after all that bouncing around, they have a cafe where you can sit and grab snacks.

McKee Ranch

Feed these adorable animals and spend a family day outdoors 

The author Isabelle Pavese taking a picture with two goats in McKee Ranch
Me posing with the cutest goats at McKee Ranch

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (702) 361-9606 | Hours: 12 pm – 6 pm Weekdays, 11 am – 6 pm Weekends | Entrance: free 

McKee Ranch is the perfect place to go for a free and interactive family day. Bring your own carrots or lettuce and explore the ranch. You can feed and pet the animals at your own leisure. 

You will find cute animals like horses, chickens, bunnies, ducks, and even donkeys. The animals will be sure to love the snacks and the kids will love the chance to spend a day with these adorable creatures!

👉 Pro Tip: If you want, you can offer voluntary donations to help them continue supporting their animals.

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck 

Bring your kids to a historical landmark without leaving the country

Illuminated Eiffel Tower and Paris sign in a globe of the Vegas Strip at night
(photo: Sveta Imnadze / Shutterstock) 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (888) 727-4758 | Website | Hours: 2 pm – 10 pm daily | Entrance: $30, adults, $25 kids | 👉 Browse Tickets on Viator

The Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at the Paris Las Vegas hotel is 460 feet tall and overlooks the magnificent Las Vegas Strip. It is beautiful at night when the whole city is lit up, and even the Eiffel Tower has its own light show every 30 minutes. 

This also makes for another great place to do a family photo shoot with a breathtaking background. You can end the night by dining in at the Eiffel Tower restaurant or finding another tasty spot on the Las Vegas Strip. 

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Travel to one of the seven natural wonders with ease

Stunning view of the Grand Canyon from a helicopter ride
Gorgeous views of the Grand Canyon from a helicopter

Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays only | Entrance: $400 per person | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

A Las Vegas helicopter tour is the perfect way to see the iconic Grand Canyon National Park as a family. This specific tour will pick you up from your hotel, provide snacks, and pay the park fees. 

While flying, you can see other iconic landmarks like the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Las Vegas Strip. The tour gives lots of informative commentaries and you will see amazing views of the gorgeous Grand Canyon landmarks.

FAQs About What to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

Is Las Vegas good with kids?

Las Vegas is good with kids. The city has many activities and interactive experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Just make sure to do your research to know which places allow kids and which places do not. 

What is there to do with children in Las Vegas?

There are many fun things to do with children in Las Vegas, including the Discovery Children’s Museum, The Mini Grand Prix, and the Adventuredome.


Thanks for reading! I hope I helped you find the most fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids!  

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