Most marketing portrays only the things adults can do in Las Vegas, but the truth is this city has plenty to do for families. From elaborate amusements like themed roller coasters to performances by internationally recognized performers, your family is sure to find something all members will enjoy.
You’ll find Las Vegas hotels that cater to families and ones that have minding services for little ones while their parents go out to enjoy themselves as well.

Casinos for Kids

While no one under the age of 21 is allowed to gamble for money in Las Vegas, gambling for toys and tickets is not prohibited. Businesses like the huge carnival-themed Circus Circus casino chain (there’s one in Reno, Nevada, as well) have been entertaining children, teens and families for decades. Inside, watch circus acts, play midway games like ring tosses and dart championships, and come out with a fluffy stuffed animal or other toy for winners.

Thrill Your Family With Rides

While minors are not allowed to enter the casino “floor,” where the gambling takes place, it’s perfectly permissible to enter the casino and explore the elaborate themed halls of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Many of the casinos have built attractions to appeal to the child in us all — like the roller coaster at New York-New York, which thunders through the roof of the casino. There’s also the Stratosphere, the iconic tapered tower at the north end of the Strip. Visitors can ride up more than 1,000 feet to get bird’s-eye views of the city and can take part in a spinning ride called the “Insanity” or a plunging ride called the “X Scream.”
Circus Circus also has the “Adventuredome,” where more rollercoasters and other thrill rides can be found.

Make Mealtime Fun at a Themed Restaurant

Las Vegas’s love of themes doesn’t stop at its glitzy casinos. The city has a huge assortment of themed restaurants for families to try. The Rainforest Café at the MGM Grand offers a jungle dining experience with waterfalls and a chance to “meet” jungle creatures. It features a kid’s menu. There’s also singer Jimmy Buffet’s chain Margaritaville for a Caribbean feel and the Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas.  
Experience a European dining experience at the Hofbräuhaus restaurant off the Strip. While this is of course attractive to beer drinkers, children will enjoy the traditional bands, the costumes the servers wear and the interior décor. Meanwhile, the Harley-Davidson Café is a uniquely American restaurant showcasing the legendary motorcycles.

Have a Wild Time at Animal Exhibits

Learn more about wild animals at some of the city’s animal-themed businesses and exhibits. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay features a host of sharks and other marine animals. Part of the visitor experience is walking through a clear underwater tunnel and watching the sharks swim overhead. There’s also the free big cat exhibit at the MGM, as well as Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage.

Catch a Show

There are many family-oriented performances happening nightly in Las Vegas, including acrobatics, magic shows, singers, theatre, dance and comedy skits.
The Cirque du Soleil has on-going permanent shows at several locations in Las Vegas. Their spellbinding performances are available every day, so there’s no excuse to miss one. For magic, you can see international stars such as David Copperfield at the MGM Grand or Criss Angel at the Luxor Theater. And, if your kids decide they want to try their hands at some of the illusions presented in the shows, the city has plenty of magic shops selling tricks and demonstrating how to use their products.

Lake Mead

A fun daytrip from Las Vegas is nearby Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. It offers opportunities for boating and other water sports and can be visited as part of a tour or with your own vehicle. Rent a car in Las Vegas or sign up for a tour that includes boating and a dinner cruise on the peaceful lake.   
About the Author: Ratna Malhotra works in hospitality at a hotel in Chennai. She enjoys the challenge of tailoring city visits for families and believes it’s never too early to start travelling with your children.


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