Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas With Kids

By Sarah Dray

golfer lining up a putt
Despite its reputation, Las Vegas is a kid-friendly city. For those on a golf trip, this means the family can come along and enjoy an exciting destination filled with thrills, outdoor wonders and educational experiences just waiting to be discovered

Las Vegas GameWorks

GameWorks is a restaurant, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the numerous games, high-tech attractions and fun displays.
While parents are having a martini at the bar and sharing tips on the next round of golf, kids can explore this entertainment complex, one of 15 nationwide that SEGA owns. The facility is located just off the Strip.
The most popular attractions include shooting games such as House of the Dead and Rambo and driving games such as the Derby, Race TV and Sega Rally. Unique arcade games include virtual bowling and the Big Win Super Spin, a kid version of roulette.
Once you pry the kids, or yourselves, away from the games, a large menu offers fast food options as well as dishes that will satisfy adult tastes.

Las Vegas GameWorks
3785 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 432-4263

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

More than 1,000 species of marine animals, including 16 types of sharks, make this a fascinating place for kids. The main attraction is the underwater glass tunnel, which allows visitors to see the animals up close in a habitat that mimics an ancient shipwreck. Dive certified hotel guests have the chance to get even closer through a "Dive with Sharks" program.
Despite its name, the facility is home to puffer fish, rays, piranhas, golden crocodiles and reptiles. The "pet a stingray" exhibit is particularly popular with kids, who get a chance to touch these giant animals. An 8-foot-long Komodo dragon also calls the reef home.
Self-guided audio tours are available or kids can choose to interact with the many naturalists on the staff, who will answer questions and help interpret exhibits.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-7777

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

For an experience that is both fun and educational, families can head to the Lied Discovery Children's Museum, which has separate exhibit areas for kids of different age groups.
Among the more than 100 permanent exhibits are interactive stations that allow kids to perform on stage, use an ATM, purchase groceries and become miners. There's also a jungle gym and a series of science exhibits that allow children to explore echoes, shadows and healthy eating habits. Large screens and a wind tunnel make it possible to experience hurricanes and other natural phenomena.
The top floor of the museum is ideal for older kids and teens; it focuses on sports and on understanding disabilities: The main exhibit is titled "What if you couldn't?" In this exhibit, kids are challenged to try doing things they take for granted from the perspective of someone dealing with a disability, such as shooting a basketball while in a wheelchair.

Lied Discovery Children's Museum
833 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 382-KIDS (5437), daily information, activities
(702) 382-3445, administrative offices

About the Author

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications, including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.