Things to Do in Las Vegas, Nevada For Kids

By Sarah Dray

When you are ready to step away from the green and put the clubs down for a while, Las Vegas will still have tons of things to offer. If you are taking the kids along, it pays to research in advance and find things to do away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.

Lied Discovery Children's Museum

This fully interactive museum offers plenty of chances for kids to pretend-play, learn science and experience the world of sports and history. Green Village allows kids to explore a grocery store, airport terminal, bank and car care center. There is also an environmental exhibit center, a chance to become a miner, a dark room to help kids explore the desert at night and an opportunity to create computer art or a giant bubble. Young kids can climb, crawl and play with water, while older ones will love trying out the force of a hurricane, playing a virtual harp and discovering electricity. Parents can stop by the Resource Room to talk to other families, pick up information or share golfing tips (there are always lots of aficionados around).

Lied Discovery Children's Museum
833 Las Vegas Blvd North
Las Vegas, NV 89101-2059
(702) 382-3445

M&M's World

This multi-story shopping complex features everything M&M's, from chocolate samples to luggage to T-shirts and mugs. Collectors can have their pick of expensive items as well, including a $275 M&M's guitar. Aside from plenty of items for sale, M&M's World offers a number of entertainment options, including toys, a 3D film and even a few life-size characters. If you expect to find only the typical colors here, you are in for a surprise, as there are 22 M&M's colors lining up the walls. There is also a replica of the M&M's race car used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and tons of posters showing the evolution of the characters up until today.

M&M's World
Showcase Mall
3785 Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 736-7611

Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix

Here, everybody can become a car racer, from the youngest members of the family to mom and dad. A mini-roller coaster, an arcade and a mini-slide are just side entertainment here, as the real show is on the tracks. There are four different tracks to suit every age: the kiddie karts fit kids over four-years-old, Go Karts (for anybody over 54 inches tall), the Sprint Kart Speedway and the Adult Gran Prix Cars (which require a driver's license). Kiddie rides include a gliding carousel-like plane and a twister where kids control how much and how fast they spin.

Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
1401 N. Rainbow Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89108
(702) 259-7000

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.

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