Las Vegas Activities for Families

Las Vegas is not just for adults. There are actually lots of activities for families in Las Vegas and many of them are completely free! Here is a list of 25 Las Vegas activities for families in no particular order.

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

1. Bellagio Conservatory – Always changing and always free, the conservatory is always decked out in flowers.


Las Vegas Activities for families2. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat – Gardens and animals! You can even swim with dolphins if you like. Prices vary.

The high Roller Las Vegas Pods |Photo by Stefanie Van Aken, Las Vegas TMOM

The high Roller Las Vegas Pods |Photo by Stefanie Van Aken, Las Vegas TMOM

3. High Roller Las Vegas – The tallest observation wheel in the world, peaking at 550 feet, the High Roller offers views of the Strip and the surrounding desert valley.

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Photo Credit: Monte Carlo Resort

4. Blue Man Group Procession – Any day that they are preforming you can catch their free procession at 6:15 in the Monte Carlo casino floor.

Bellagio Foutains

photo credit: Bellagio

5. Bellagio’s Dancing Fountains. This choreographed display is a music and light show that happens regularly–every 15 minutes during the evening hours and every 30 minutes each afternoon.

Ethel_M._Chocolate_factory_Christmas_Cactus_garden6. Ethel M Chocolate Factory – Take a self guided tour, enjoy a free sample and watch the chocolate being made from behind large glass windows. You can also walk through the cactus garden.  At Christmas time, this cactus garden is decorated in Christmas lights.

TheMirage_low7. Mirage Volcano – This volcano at the Mirage erupts a few times each evening.

Aria Express

Aria Express Photo Credit: Stefanie Van Aken, Las Vegas TMOM

8. Ride the Aria Express – This is a free tram ride that goes back and forth between Monte Carlo, the Bellagio and City Center.

jean philippe chocolate fountain

World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain Photo Credit: Stefanie Van Aken, Las Vegas TMOM

9. World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain – See this for free while inside the Bellagio. It is found around the left side of the conservatory. This is a great place to take a funny photo with your kids. They can pretend it’s pouring into their mouths.

City Center Fine Art Collection Tour

City Center Fine Art Collection Tour Photo Credit: Stefanie Van Aken, Las Vegas Traveling Mom

10. Art in City Center – Take a stroll to look at the free art around City Center.

Downtown Container Park

Downtown Container Park Photo Credit: Stefanie Van Aken, Las Vegas TMOM

11. Downtown Container Park – This free park features a tree house along with play spaces.

Discovery Children's Museum

photo credit: Discovery Children’s Museum

12. Discovery Kid’s Museum – This is an excellent children’s museum. If you haven’t been in recent years you will really enjoy the massive updating they did.

Aria Hike Las Vegas

Aria Hike Las Vegas | Photo Credit: Stefanie Van Aken, Las Vegas TMOM

13. Hike the Aria hotel – A one of a kind workout at the Aria with 60 minutes of walking, climbing and some work-out sets like sit-ups, push-ups, and lunges.

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay14. Shark Reef – Mandalay Bay has an awesome aquarium with all kinds of fish and sharks. It even has touch pools.

Town Square Shopping Center Las Vegas

The splash pad at Town Square photo by Meagan Shamy

15. Town Square – An outdoor mall just south of the Strip with an excellent playground for kids. On hot days, they turn on a splash pad too.

Tivoli Village playground

The playground at Tivoli Village photo by Meagan Shamy

16. Tivoli Village – An outdoor shopping center with a covered playground for kids. Plus, there is a splash pad and a sandbox.

Mob Museum Las Vegas17. The Mob Museum – A museum about the history of the mob in Las Vegas, as well as its roots in Chicago and New York.

The Mirage The Beatles LOVE

Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

18. Cirque du Soleil Show – Most of the shows are kid friendly. We highly recommend “Beatles Love” and “Mystere.”

Recycled Percussion

Recycled Percussion drumming upside down!

19. Recycled Percussion – This is a great show for kids at Planet Hollywood.

Calico_Basin_near_Las_Vegas20. Calico Basin – Free hiking near the entrance of the Red Rocks

2Red_Rocks_Amphitheatre21. Red Rock Canyon – A 40 minute drive west of the Las Vegas Strip is a beautiful spot.  You can drive through or go for a hike.

Valley of Fire

These dramatic rock formations of Valley of Fire are just a day trip from Las Vegas.

22. Valley of Fire State Park – An hour north of Las Vegas is an incredible state park.

Flamingos23. Flamingo Hotel’s Wildlife Habitat – These flamingos and other animals live in a garden at the Flamingo. It’s free to walk around.

Photo credit: Silverton Casino

Photo credit: Silverton Casino

24. Mermaid Show – Located in the Silverton Hotel, these mermaids put on shows Thursday-Sunday. Check the website for show times.

Circus Circus rides25. Ride some rides at Circus Circus or Stratosphere

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