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Bring On The Fun: Your Guide To A Family-Friendly Vegas Vacation

Last updated: July 26, 2019 at 9:35 am. Posted by in Things to Do in Las Vegas. 2 Comments on Bring On The Fun: Your Guide To A Family-Friendly Vegas Vacation.

Kids and Sin City? Not the combination you think of when it comes to taking a trip to Vegas. But surprise! It can be done. If you’re looking for things to do in Vegas that the young ones can enjoy too, you don’t have to sacrifice the fun.

There’s plenty of enjoyable family activities in Las Vegas.

The High Roller at The LINQ Promenade.

The High Roller at The LINQ Promenade. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

High Roller Observation wheel

Sightseeing can be made fun for the young ones, especially when you take them on a 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel ride. The High Roller offers a family special for four passengers. Starting at only $59, the package includes two adults and two youth tickets. Children 6 and younger always ride for free. This takes the popular children’s game “I Spy” up a notch.

Take the family to putt-putting at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at KISS Monster Mini Golf

You’ll be rockin’ out while the kiddos will be putt-putting away. Kiss Mini Golf at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Photo courtesy of KISS Monster Mini Golf.

KISS by Monster Mini Golf

Fun for them, but also for you: A trip to KISS by Monster Mini Golf at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is a win-win for all. The young ones will enjoy putt-putting around in a glow-in-the-dark setting, while you’ll be singing along to hundreds of KISS songs – the greatest hits, as well as your underground favorites.

The Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf at Bally's - Family activities in Las Vegas

Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Twilight zone by monster mini Golf

Life itself feels like the “Twilight Zone” sometimes (cue the show’s theme song), so you might as well go along with it and have a little fun. Located inside Bally’s Las Vegas, the Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf is a neat way to cool down, unwind and practice your mini golf skills. As long as the creepy statues don’t distract you (trust us, they’re pretty creepy!), you can get a good round or two in.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

See the Fall Of Atlantis Show at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

Fall of Atlantis statue show at The Forum Shops

Get ready to see sibling rivalry at its best. You may remember fighting over the Player 1 remote when it came to your “Super Mario Bros. 3” / Nintendo days, but the Fall of Atlantis show at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is way more intense. In this popular, heated show, a brother and sister bicker about who should rule their father’s kingdom. Let’s just say it doesn’t end well. It’s worth the visit because the fire and water effects are on point – and the show is free. After this, you’ll want to hug your bro or sis. Maybe.

Anyone up for a game of football? Photo by REAL BODIES at Bally’s.

REAL BODIES at Bally’s Las Vegas

Ready for a field trip on your vacay? No need to sign a permission slip because your kids will be with you anyway. REAL BODIES at Bally’s Las Vegas isn’t your average field trip. This exhibit will blow your mind. Let’s just say you’ll never see your own body the same way again. And hey, you can scare your kids about what will happen to their lungs if they decide to take up smoking.

Family activities in Las Vegas that is free and fun - Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat

Free, fun and flamingos — can’t beat that! Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Fun for all ages (and free!), Flamingo Las Vegas’ four-acre Wildlife Habitat provides you with an up-close view of the world’s most exotic birds, including bright and beautiful Chilean flamingos. Plus, all the greenery and fish-filled ponds (like you see in this photo above) are easy on the eyes. You’ll almost forget you’re in the center of the Strip. Just don’t forget your shades.

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Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

No trip to Las Vegas is complete without a visit to the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. This quick photo opp can be done at the beginning or end of your trip. Not only does a picture in front of this famous sign give you official bragging rights on social media, you never know who you’ll see when you’re here.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour

Seriously, who can turn down chocolate, especially when you can enjoy free samples? Take an afternoon trip to Ethel M Chocolate Factory, located about 15-20 minutes southeast of the Strip. During your self-guided tour, you can peek at the attraction’s chocolate factory and taste delicious chocolate and sweets. If you want to buy chocolate to take home, ice packs are available. That way, the Vegas heat won’t turn your delicious goodies into hot cocoa. During the cooler months, you’ll enjoy a stroll through the adjacent desert botanical garden. (We never knew so many cactus plants existed until we came here.)

The VooDoo Line at Rio Las Vegas will bring the adrenaline to your Vegas family vacation

Smile, you’re on camera. Photo courtesy of Voodoo Zipline.

VooDoo Zipline

If you’re looking for something more thrilling, a trip to the VooDoo Zipline at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is worth all the screams. As long as your children meet the height requirement (four feet tall) and ride before 7:30 p.m. (it’s 21 and up only afterward), they’ll be good to go. Here you’ll zoom 800 feet across the two hotel towers, 400 feet above the ground. Plus, if either of you get the heebie geebies, the zipline ride is a two-seater — perfect for you to cling on to each other.

Flamingo Las Vegas pool has a water slide

Did you know the Flamingo pool has a waterslide? We didn’t until we nearly fell into it this week.

Flamingo Beach Club Pool

Vegas may have a wild and crazy pool life, but the kiddos can have fun too, especially at Flamingo Las Vegas. Guests at this hotel can access the Flamingo Beach Club Pool. It comes with water slides, which makes this unique center Strip pool even more sweet. The slides are so fun, you’ll be tempted to skip folks in line… even if they’re one of your own.

Have the kids Hang 10 at the FlowRider water attraction at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

FlowRider at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Photo courtesy of Erik Kabik.


Get ready for a bodacious, tubular time. Not to be confused with rapper Flo Rida, the FlowRider is a wave machine at The Scene Pool at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. As long as your kiddos are at least four feet tall, they can boogie board or surf. It’s even fun wiping out. After you’re done showing off your Hang 10 moves, you can relax in the hotel pool a short walk away.

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Get ready to fly at the VR Adventures at LINQ Promenade - Great family friendly activity on the Las Vegas Strip.

Get ready to fly. Photo courtesy of VR Adventures.

VR Adventures at The LINQ Promenade

Ride a roller coaster, zipline on the Strip, go through a haunted house or go HAM on some zombies at VR Adventures located at The LINQ Promenade. We’ve done a couple of these ourselves and can tell you it’s just as thrilling (if not scarier) than the real thing. Just make sure to drink tons of water and not go on any of these a full stomach. Some of these will get you woozy.

Looking for a place for the family to cool-off. The bowling alley at Brooklyn Bowl offers great food and AC

Bowling made hip. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

If you’re at The LINQ Promenade for VR Adventures anyway, you may as well make a quick stop to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, which is only a few steps away. This isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill neighborhood bowling alley either. (Not that those were bad – we’ve spent countless Friday nights here during our childhood). But this bowling alley has a relaxing, lounge feel complete with comfy couches, dim lighting and great music. Plus, if you worked up an appetite, we hear the fried chicken at the venue’s nearby Blue Ribbon restaurant is life-changing.

Take the family to a Las Vegas show, magician Mac King's show at Harrah's Las Vegas

Enjoy quirky magician Mac King’s show at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Mac King Comedy show

Located at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Mac King Comedy Show is a hit for all ages. The talented magician’s head-to-toe plaid suit and quirky demeanor immediately get the kids’ attention. His one-of-a-kind talent will amaze you, from his disappearing goldfish acts to fun card tricks. This popular afternoon show will wow you and you won’t have to worry about covering your kids’ ears. It’s a clean show.

For more family activities in Las Vegas and unique experiences to be had all on our resorts check out Total Vegas guide.

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I live for a crazy Vegas adventure, but not in ways you may think. Sure, our nightlife scene is all fun and dandy, but I love hitting up all the city's vegan spots, having staycations and catching shows by my favorite musical acts. Since I've ditched rainy Seattle 20+ years ago, I graduated from UNLV and covered Las Vegas hotel and entertainment articles for, the LA Times, Frommer's and our very own Total Vegas Blog. When I'm not writing, you'll find me hanging with my two girls, along with our shih-tzu and tiger cat.

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