Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Kid-friendly Las Vegas

At first glance, Las Vegas isn’t exactly the most family friendly city in the world. However, once you start to look around, you’ll notice there is a smorgasbord of kid friendly Las Vegas attractions. There are the obvious choices like The Adventure Dome at Circus Circus and The Big Apple Coaster at New York New York. We thought we’d dig a little deeper for you and round up some of the best lesser-known activities and attractions for children partying in Vegas.

Discovery Children’s Museum
The recently opened, 58,000-square-foot facility is filled to the brim with nine differently themed interactive exhibits. Water World, for example, teaches kids about the power of water through engaging displays such as a Hoover Dam model water tank that demonstrates where the region’s water comes from, how the dam works, how electricity is generated and the real-life forces of water. Thanks to a number of rotating events and exhibits, no two visits are the same.

Pole Position
For those kids with the need for speed, Pole Position offers the chance to drive electric go-karts around an indoor track featuring a unique layout. Only minutes west of the Strip on Flamingo Road, there is even a complimentary shuttle to transport guests to and from the Strip. Kids and adults can do their best Mario Andretti impressions and hang out in the ultra-slick lounge between races. Pole Position is easily one of the most fun attractions in Las Vegas that doesn't involve gambling and/or drinking.

Shark Reef Aquarium
Everyone loves an afternoon at the aquarium. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay puts a truly Vegas twist on this classic family pastime. Set among the “ruins” of a mythical, sinking temple, this popular attraction boasts a diverse cross-section of aquatic creatures, including 15 species of sharks. The kids will love the touch pool where they can interact with stingrays and horseshoe crabs. The family might also enjoy some of the many rotating educational exhibits on display at the aquarium such as the Amazon Predators display, which features 30,000-gallon freshwater tank.

Springs Preserve
One of Las Vegas’ best kept secrets, Springs Preserve is a sprawling ode to the valley as it was before all the casinos arrived. Because of the area’s natural springs, it’s now dedicated to educating visitors on the culture, community, environmental stewardship and vibrant history of the Las Vegas Valley. Explore more than 3 miles of trails through the preserve where you’ll find rare plants, desert wildlife and archeological sites. The onsite butterfly habitat, sustainability gallery and Origen Museum are other great options when visiting Springs Preserve.

Pinball Hall of Fame
Do you remember the days of riding your banana-seat bicycle down to the arcade to drop your quarters in the pinball machines? You can relive those moments with your kids at the Pinball Hall of Fame. This diamond in the rough boasts numerous pinball machines dating back to the 1950s. Every play costs 50 cents or less, and all proceeds are donated to local charities. You know you’ve dreamt of hopping back on that KISS pinball machine just one more time.

Nevada State Railroad Museum
The Boulder Branch Line, once the property of Union Pacific, now transports guests back to the golden age of American railroading. The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City uses the same tracks that once aided in the construction of Hoover Dam in the 1930s to take passengers on a ride in restored locomotives across the desert. Fun and educational, this attraction also boasts a museum dedicated to railroading in the West. Don’t forget to buy an engineer’s hat in the gift shop.

While it’s nothing like Orlando, Vegas can be a fun place for the little tourists. You might have to look harder, but there are kid friendly things to do in Las Vegas. If you’ve ever brought children to along on a Vegas vacation, what were some of the things you did? Join in on the conversation on the VegasDaze Facebook page!

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