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Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

stratosphereSo you’re going to Las Vegas. There’s gambling and FLASH and a bunch of deadly sins. It’s going to be! So! Fun!

Plus you’re bringing the kids…

No, wait. It’s okay. All the casinos have these fun-filled daycare centers where you can drop the kids for the whole day and then sin sin sin.

Hold on. Scrap that. That’s a terrible idea.

There really ARE fun things to do in Las Vegas for whole families and, to prove it, I asked the experts: my kids. So here’s my kids’ list of the Top 10 Cool Things To Do In Las Vegas. Brace yourselves.

 

1). The Stratosphere. The Stratosphere is a blast simply by virtue of being really really HIGH. You can see the whole city and the mountains and plus it’s really really HIGH (1149 feet). And if just being really really HIGH isn’t enough for you, take the kids for a spin on the highest thrill rides in the world: The Insanity, The X-Scream, and The Big Shot. Lots of screaming, laughing, terror. Good family times.

2). Terry Fator. Terry Fator is a ventriloquist who won the 2nd season of America’s Got Talent in 2007. This led to a headlining gig at The Mirage and he makes kids lose their flipping minds. Far exceeding what one might consider your average ventriloquist act, Fator uses 16 different puppets; he does spot on impersonations, his puppets sing, and he’s hilarious to boot. Must be seen to be believed.

3). Discovery Children’s MuseumThis is the best museum in town for kids and some of the exhibits on display are The Summit, Eco City, Solve It! Mystery Town, Fantasy Festival, Water World, Toddler Town, Young at Art, and Patents Pending. (I have to admit that, though this was one of my daughter’s (9) top choices, my son was groaning (14), so this is a great educational adventure for the younger ones.)

4). The Adventuredome. I gotta say that The Adevnturedome Theme Park, located in the Circus Circus casino, is THE place to be for local kids. A full on amusement park with 25 thrill rides in one indoor location, The Adventuredome has plenty of fun for kids of all ages. Not to mention it’s connected to Circus Circus, a great place to roam for anyone looking for an old school carnival experience in the desert.

5). Chuck Jones Experience. This is an interactive museum of essentially all things Bugs Bunny. There’s a movie about Chuck Jones’ life and all his creations from Daffy Duck to Wile E. Coyote. Then there’s a museum where you can hang out with life-sized 3D cartoon characters like Tazmanian Devil and Yosemite Sam. And, also, there’s Animation Alley where your favorite cartoons flash across multimedia wall displays. Good times, Doc.

6). Red Rock CanyonRed Rock Canyon is the best place in all of Vegas to go when it’s time to wash off that layer of grimy sin that lingers on the Strip. There’s miles of hiking trails through strange red and orange mountains that smack of Moab. On the far west side of the city, it’s the Vegas no one knows about. Natural desert. Cacti. Wild burros. And nary a slot machine nor hooker.

7). Sky ZoneMy kids love this place. And why wouldn’t they? It’s a huge arena of trampolines that form a floor of bouncy fun where kids flip out and ram into each other. In addition to the floor, the walls are angled trampolines as well, so there’s literally no where to go that won’t send you flying. An hour at Sky Zone and the kids go to bed early.

8). The New York New York Roller Coaster. This is a pretty great roller coaster but you have to be careful because my friend Charlie dropped his iPhone when we shot through a simulated jet fighter’s barrel roll through the famous heartline twist. The thing gets going 67 MPH so it’s not really for the younger kids. However, New York New York boasts one of the valley’s best arcades so there’s enough fun to go around for everyone.

9). Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. The shark Reef is a huge aquarium that houses over 2000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water. There’s sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jelly fish, the rare golden crocodile, and, of course, SHARKS. The Shark Reef is cool because you’re surrounded on all sides by all kinds of creepy sea life and the kids run all over the place pointing at crazy blue fish.

10). The Pinball Hall of Fame. The Pinball Hall of Fame displays the world’s largest collection of pinball machines. AND YOU CAN PLAY THEM ALL. The pinball machines date back to the 50s all the way up to the newest releases. In addition to pinball machines, there’s all your favorite classic video games too.

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