8 Kid-Friendly Activities in Las Vegas
Las Vegas may be known as an adult playground filled with lights, glitz and glamour, but there are a surprising number of activities for families with children. Here’s a look at some kid-friendly places to visit.
Close to the Strip
- M&M’s World, where you can personalize your M&M’s and view 3-D movies, is located next door to the MGM Grand. This free attraction is open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight.
- Ethel M Chocolates, located in Henderson just a few minutes away from the Strip, is an M&M’s World partner attraction where kids can enjoy a free factory tour, complete with chocolate samples.
- Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of cacti, is a bonus attraction located next to the chocolate factory. Here, kids can learn about plants native to the American Southwest. It’s free of charge, and open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
- The Eiffel Tower Experience has daytime hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and nighttime hours of 5 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $16 during the day and $22 at night. Seniors and children can get in for $20, and there are also family and group ticket packages available, according to Vegas.com.
- The Stratosphere Observation Deck is open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. On Saturdays and holidays, it is open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $7 for hotel guests. For children between 4 and 12, it’s $14, and children 3 or younger get in for free, according to Vegas.com.
Nature, History and Culture
- The Springs Preserve, only three miles from the city center, is where families can learn about history and a future vision of the city. Visitors are encouraged to play interactive games and explore exhibits that teach them about the Las Vegas Valley’s surrounding geological formations, flora and fauna, and anthropological records. Kids of all ages can walk or bike around the meandering trails flanked by succulent plants and diverse wildlife. Rates are $18.95 for adults, and $10.95 for kids 5 to 17. There are also discounts for students, military visitors, seniors and Nevada residents if they show their IDs.
- Hoover Dam, just 34 miles east of the Strip, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This National Historic Landmark is known as the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere and is one of the country’s largest hydroelectric-power facilities. The Hoover Dam Tour (includes tour and admission to the Visitor Center, Powerplant and Dam Passageways) costs $30 per person, while the Powerplant Tour (includes tour and admission to the Visitor Center and Powerplant) costs $15 for adults, and the Visitor Center admission without access to the tour is $10 per person.
- Nearby sits Lake Mead, formed by the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River. It’s worth checking out for its scenic vistas, picnic areas, marinas, water-sport facilities and RV campgrounds. The recreation area is open 24/7, while the visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The general admission fee is good for up to seven consecutive days and costs $20 per vehicle. There are alternate entrance fees for hiking, camping, boating or entering with a motorcycle.
Originally published May 2014.