Las Vegas may be known as an adult playground, but there are a surprising number of activities for families with children who are new to the area. Here’s a look at some kid-friendly places to visit.
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 Nevada’s largest collections of cacti, is a bonus attraction located next to the chocolate factory. Here, kids learn about plants native to the American Southwest. It’s free of charge, and tours are open to the public Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Eiffel Tower is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. weekdays and 9:30 to 1 a.m. weekends. Tickets cost $11.50 for adults and $10.50 for seniors and children entering until 7:15 p.m. After that, add $4 to each ticket price.
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. Nevada residents get discounted rates: $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12. Children younger than 4 get in for free.
The Springs Preserve, only three miles from the city center, is where families can gain natural, historical and cultural insights about the city. Visitors are encouraged to play interactive games and explore exhibits that teach them about the 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 $9.95 for adults, $4.95 for kids 5 to 17 and $8.95 for those showing student or military IDs.
Hoover Dam, just 34 miles away from the city’s tourist stretch, is open to kids 8 and older. 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. Dam tours cost $30 per person, while Visitor Center admission without access to the tour is $8 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. General admission fee is good for up to five days and costs $10 per vehicle.