More things to do in Vegas with Kids

When you think of Las Vegas thoughts of gambling, never seeing the sunshine, and casino movies come to mind; however, that isn’t the whole of Vegas - it’s actually a very family friendly place.

Vegas by night (wiki image)
Here is a guide to the top 5 things to do with kids of all ages when visiting the city that never sleeps:

Kids of all ages will be completely enthralled by the incredible rides whilst in the five-and-a-half-acre Adventuredome, America’s largest indoor theme park. There are plenty of rides to suit thrills seekers, from the ‘Sling Shot’ launching you like a rocket with 4 G force to the ‘Canyon Blaster’, which hurls you at 55 mph with loop-the-loop and corkscrew turns along a Canyon-inspired track. There are also some traditional rides for the younger or nervous members of family, such as the bumper cars and fair ground rides.

Entrance cost are pretty reasonable and can be bought ahead of time on their main site.  Over 48" tall is $27.95 for an all day pass while under 48" is $16.95.  Hours of operation change daily so check the site for the day you want to go.

Circus Circus's Circus
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Why not treat the family to a night of shock and awe at the Circus Circus hotel’s permanent circus? Set high above the casino floor, the world’s largest permanent circus is filled with the most death-defying stunts and tricks from jugglers, tightrope walkers and acrobats.

Aside from how amazing the performances are, the circus is completely free!  Performances are on every 30 minutes between 11am and midnight 7 days a week, so no chance of missing it!

Bodies:The Exhibition
If you and your family are more interested in educational events, then ‘Bodies: The Exhibition’ is a must-see. Located at the Luxor Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard the exhibition features real bodies that have been preserved along with their skeleton, skin and internal organs. The nine rooms of the exhibition house over 300 body parts and organs, even showing the process of a baby’s development and the speed with which nervous systems send information around the body.

The exhibition is not for those with weak stomachs or for children too young to understand what they are looking at.  Entrance fees are $32 for adults and $24 for children 12 and under, expensive but the educational opportunity of a lifetime!

The Springs Preserve
Beautiful rose garden set in the preserve (wiki image)
Set a mere 10 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the strip is The Springs Preserve, a 180-acre historical attraction set on the site of springs that sadly dried up in 1962. They have, however, been developed into a cultural park to help educate visitors on the Vegas of the past as well as the future of Sin City.

Here you will find gardens, a living animal collection, insects, museums, and trails for hiking.  You can even rent bicycles and explore that way.  Entrance is $19 for adults and $11 for children, discounts apply for military or Nevada residents.  The preserve also hosts special events often including sessions for children, these come at an extra cost though.  The preserve and museums are open from 10am to 6pm daily.

Kids Quest at Station's Casino
If you adults want to have a go on the casino floor, there are some great places that you can leave your kids whilst you indulge. A number of the casinos, including Stations Casino, have professionally supervised kids’ activities in their Kids Quest.

Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are welcome to enjoy video games, indoor play area, arts and crafts, as well as getting great food and watching movies. So even when you are away from home and your trusty online gaming you can win big on the roulette table or score high in Blackjack, knowing your kids are in safe hands and having a blast.

All in all, Las Vegas is jam packed with family friendly activities to ensure it’s a holiday the whole family will love.

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