Las Vegas is not known as a real “family friendly” town. It was meant to be an adult version of Disneyland.  That has begun to change in recent years as more families discover the value of Las Vegas and it’s surroundings.

Here is an ever growing and always changing list of “Family Friendly” things to do with you and your children when you come to Las Vegas.  Some of them are Free, Some of them are off the Strip and some are out of the city.  But they are all perfect for families to come out and experience what all the Las Vegas valley has and what is beyond the valley as well.

Las Vegas Strip

The Welcome to Las Vegas signFree
The most photographed city logo in the world.  The most famous neon sign in the world and it signals the beginning of the famous Las Vegas Boulevard! Information

The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Walk through fourteen different exhibits featuring dangerous aquatic predators.  Over 2,00 aquatic animals in all,  100 different species, 15 species of sharks. A sunken shipwreck, touching pools and more. Tickets/Info

Titanic Artifact Exhibit at the Luxor
Definitely not for the squeamish.  This unique look into the human body using real human bodies as you walk through, see, touch and sense how we grow, live and breathe. Tickets/Info

Big Apple Coaster and Arcade at New York – New York
The Coney Island-themed emporium filled with carnival and arcade games.  Then you have the looping roller coaster that really leaves an impression.

M&M’s World – Free
Next to the MGM Resort and the World of Coke.  This store has four floors of anything M&M-related and it’s fun to explore, seriously. Shopping as well as interactive kids spots to play and learn the history of the brand plus a short 3D movie!  At the end, there is a station where you can personalize M&Ms with your own message. Information and hours

The Tournament of Kings at Excalibur
What kid doesn’t like Medieval Times?  Merlin the sorcerer, jousting, sword fights, dancing maidens, and fireworks!  Plus eating dinner with your hands and beating cups on your table?? Tickets/Info 

CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand
Put yourself int he shows of a detective from the hit TV show.  Kids love the interactivity of entering crime scenes, gathering evidence and seeing if they can solve the crime using the tools of the crime lab. Tickets/information

Fountains of Bellagio – Free
Rated as one the top tourist attractions in the world. This landmark sits out front of the Bellagio Resort.  The free shows combine water, lights and music to thrill the onlookers many times every day. Information

Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio – Free
Walk through a seasonal change of fresh flowers and exotic plants as they are displayed in imaginative and creative designs. Information

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage
Kids and parents love to get up close and personal with white tigers, lions, leopards, and dolphins in this sanctuary created by legendary magicians Siegfried & Roy.  Who knows, you may seem as they like to visit greet the guests often!  Tickets/Info

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Vegas is where celebrity’s love to come and be seen.  Now you and your kids can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, in this two-story museum of wax figures. Tickets/Info

Adventure Dome at Circus Circus
One of the largest indoor theme parks in the world.  Roller coaster, bumper cars, arcade and other adventures await! Tickets/information

Circus Acts in the Midway at Circus Circus – Free
The Midway surrounds the circus stage where free acts perform. You can play old-fashioned fair games and win prizes. Or visit the video arcade with 200 games. Information

The Bigshot at the Stratosphere
Not only are you on top of the tallest observation deck in the western united states, but the big shot will launch you and your kids another 160 feet higher in under 2.5 seconds!  Tickets/Info


Monorail Tickets

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Close to the Las Vegas Strip

The Pinball Hall of Fame – Free
Show your kids what you played growing up. Walk the history of the pinball machines and play your favorites or try an antique model from yesteryear.  Challange them to a game of Pong and show them where the video game sensation started!  Plus a collection of classic video games as well as new, modern games. Coin machine on premises, so bring your dollar bills and play!  2.4 miles from the MGM Grand – Information

The Children’s Park at the Las Vegas Town Square – Free
Adults get to shop, kids get to play in a 13,000 square foot play area filled with mazes, water sprinklers, and treehouse.
2.8 miles south of MGM Grand, past the Welcome to Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Boulevard – Information

Shelby American – Free
History of the Shelby legend, famous Shelby cars, and artifacts on display. The Shelby Heritage Center as well as their manufacturing facility where you can watch them build the iconic car in their shop. 2.8 miles south of the MGM Grand – Information


Downtown/Fremont Street

The Mob Museum
The Mob is what made Las Vegas famous.  This is dedicated to educating and exploring the battle between organized crime and law enforcement. Using multimedia displays and artifacts, you walk through the timeline of the mob.   Who was who, how they came to power and what happened to bring them down. Give yourself 2 to 3 hours to see everything.   Tickets/Info



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Las Vegas National History Museum
This affordable and fun museum has lifelike replicas of woolly mammoths, dinosaurs, and many other kinds of extinct animals from throughout the history of our regionOne mile from the Fremont Street Experience. Five miles from the Las Vegas Strip Tickets/info

Ethel M Chocolate Factory – Free
Everyone will love looking behind-the-scenes at how the chocolates are made.  Plus free samples, a candy shop as well as the famous botanical cactus garden,15 miles off the Las Vegas Strip 

Mount Charleston – Free
35 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, almost 10,000 feet higher in elevation, picturesque nature hikes, ski and sledding in the winters as well as some beautiful views of the valley below! Information

Nevada State Railroad Museum –  Free/tickets
A railroad museum showing some of the trains that helped build the Hoover Dam as well as other Nevada projects. On the weekends, ride an excursion train and learn about the local surroundings, people, and history. 25 miles off the Las Vegas Strip in Boulder City Tickets/Info

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