Kidding Around: 6 Kid-Friendly Las Vegas Area Experiences
We can all agree that Las Vegas is not synonymous with ‘kids’ or ‘kid-friendly’ activities, however, there are six experiences we found that may surprise you. Our research curated a list that the whole family will enjoy. From nature lovers to Marvel superhero fans, these six Las Vegas adventures will give you a whole new perspective on “Vegas, baby”!
Springs Preserve is a place for all ages with so much to see that it is a wonderful place for repeat visits. It is a nature-lovers dream with over 180 acres consisting of nature walks, desert living center, Origen Museum, botanical gardens with a butterfly habitat and activities like geode cracking and fossil digs will keep the little ones (and big ones too) busy.
Have you ever heard of a nature exchange? Well, it is an international program in which naturally found items (think – shells, rocks, bird pellets etc.) can be exchanged for other natural items. The Spring Preserve Sustainability Gallery and Nature Exchange is a great place to stop in with items to trade or just to view their massive collection of items. As a note, there are rules on the process, so make sure you check out their website before visiting with your items to trade.
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Marvel Universe lovers unite!
This attraction is located at Treasure Island on the strip. Described as an interactive museum dedicated to all things Marvel, it is a walk-through experience with sensory games, costumes, and memorabilia from the movie sets.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Iron Man suits, Bruce Banner’s laboratory, and Captain America’s shield. After the tour there is a giftshop to visit and purchase Marvel souvenirs.
Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary
Founded in 1979, the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary has dedicated their efforts to providing support for animals in need and educational activities for the public.
You’ll find llamas, goats, mini-horses and more there, however, they are known for the range of bird varieties living at the sanctuary. Ducks, geese, macaws and even peacocks can be seen while visiting. Be sure to stop and see the Koi fish in the pond too.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
If plants and flowers rather than animals are more appealing to your kiddos, then the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are a must-see while visiting Las Vegas. And the best part is… it’s free.
Located inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, the gardens feature a 14,000 square-foot array of flowers and plants that are rotated each season. Past themes have included the Lunar New Year, Winter Wonderland, and Fall Harvest just to name a few.
High Roller Observation Wheel
Contrary to the name, you don’t need to be a gambler to take advantage of the High Roller Observation Wheel at the Linq, you just need to be not afraid of heights. As the largest observation wheel in America at 550 feet (that’s 107 feet taller than the London Eye!) it’s going to give a spectacular view of Las Vegas.
Each of the twenty-eight observation pods are air conditioned and fits up to forty people. Each full rotation takes 30 minutes, so you have time to enjoy the view and take photos of the Vegas strip below.
Get Tickets Shark Reef Aquarium
Do you have children fascinated with underwater life? Then the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay will be a hit for them.
Shark Reef features a tunnel that lets you go through the aquarium to observe all the sharks and marine life up close, a touch pool with horseshoe crabs and stingrays and a jellyfish tank.
Sea turtles, sharks and octopus are just a few aquatic animals you will see during your visit, and they even have an Undersea Explorer VR theater to bring your dream of swimming with whales and sharks (safely) a reality.
By Karen O'Brien
We hope we gave you some great ideas for things to do in Las Vegas with the kids and if you have kid-friendly attractions or experiences to suggest then take our Las Vegas recommendation survey or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hearing from you makes our day!