Finding Family Friendly Fun in Las Vegas

Lights, showgirls, and decidedly grown-up fun: these are the things that Las Vegas is known for. This wild western playground’s hotels and casinos welcome more than 40 million visitors a year. But despite its reputation as Party Central, not all of Las Vegas’s attractions are adults-only. The many families who call Las Vegas home, as well as a large number of visitors each year, drive a hospitality industry that’s definitely family-friendly.


Fun & Affordable Things to Do In Las Vegas with Kids

If you’re looking for activities to keep the kids entertained, you’ll love the variety of experiences you can enjoy as a family. Whether your taste runs to thrill rides, the great outdoors, or magical stage shows, you’ll find fun for the entire family in glittering Las Vegas.


Visit the Amusement Parks in Las Vegas

When it comes to thrills, Las Vegas has them all. Whether your family is looking for all-day fun or just wants to kill an hour or two, there are amusement parks large and small to choose from.


Big Shot

Looking for a heart-pounding experience and an unparalleled view of Las Vegas? Look no further than the Big Shot, high above the Stratosphere Hotel. Sending you 16 stories into the air at 45 miles per hour, you’ll never forget this award-winning thrill ride.


High Roller

This observation wheel is the tallest on the planet, featuring 360-degree views from the air-conditioned comfort of a fully enclosed cabin. It’s a thrilling view from an easy and kid-friendly ride.


Adventuredome and Carnival Midway at Circus Circus

For kids of all ages, Adventuredome offers a variety of rides from a roller coaster to bumper cars to gentle toddler-friendly rides. The hotel’s Carnival Midway gives you the chance to play more than 200 new and classic games (and maybe win a prize) as well as watching live entertainment from extraordinary circus artists.


Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas

Twenty-five slides and water features over 20 acres makes Wet’n’Wild the perfect place to cool off in the middle of the desert heat. With everything from zero gravity slides to a lazy river to kid-friendly slides and wading pools, this is Las Vegas’s favorite place to chill out.


Experience Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures

While you probably think of bright lights and city life when you think of Vegas, the city is in the middle of a bevy of extraordinary natural wonders. If you and your family are the outdoor types, you’ll find a variety of activities sure to please the most discerning nature lover.


If you love trail hiking, you’ll find a variety of exceptional trails in the mountains, canyons, and deserts surrounding the city. Visit Valley of Fire State Park, Red Rock Conservation Area, and Ash Meadows Wildlife Conservation Area for scenic views, camping, and hot springs.


If your kids are horse-lovers, you’ll find a variety of trail ride and ranch adventures in the area so that your family can live the cowboy life. If you want to give the little ones a chance to join in the fun, many ranches offer pony rides for the smallest cowpokes.


If you’ve always wanted to try whitewater rafting, there are a variety of companies within a short drive from Las Vegas with opportunities for guided trips, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, and a variety of other adventures.


See Kid Friendly Vegas Shows

With all of the hotels and theaters in beautiful Las Vegas, there is no shortage of family-friendly fare for you to enjoy with your children. From magic to thrills, you’ll find talented performers sure to create memorable experiences the whole family will love.


Blue Man Group

This well-known group has performance troupes all over the world, and they never disappoint. Featuring a variety of comedy, musical, dance, and acrobatic performers, the show will delight children and parents alike, and the interactive elements mean you could find yourself on stage as well.


Cirque du Soleil

Las Vegas is home to a number of Cirque du Soleil companies, including Michael Jackson ONE, The Beatles LOVE, O, KA, and the original Mystere. Each show is unique, from theme to music to costumes. In addition, performances range from an emphasis on acrobatics to synchronized swimming to dance.


Terry Fator

Terry Fator is a Las Vegas staple, with a family-friendly show of puppets, singing, and hilarious jokes that are good, clean fun. His talent as a ventriloquist and impressionist will keep the whole family alternating between belly laughs and jaw drops.


Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream

A featured performer on America’s Got Talent and Michael Jackson’s ONE, Xavier Mortimer adds showmanship and humor to exceptional illusions to create a one-of-a-kind family-friendly magic show. His show has been called “poetic and dream-like” and you won’t want to miss it.


Whatever you and your family love to do, you’re sure to find big fun in exciting Las Vegas. From shows to thrill rides to the great outdoors, Las Vegas has what it takes to make everyone happy.



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Published 6.5.19

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