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Last updated: July 26, 2019 at 10:12 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Restaurants, Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Family-friendly Las Vegas activities.

Sin City is a gamer’s paradise and has so much to offer the over 21 crowd but if your crew isn’t of legal age, there’s plenty of fun for all. It’s easy to plan a trip full of family-friendly Las Vegas activities for children of all ages. Younger children will love shows and attractions like the Mac King Comedy Show and the High Roller while teens will eagerly Instagram the fun times had on the Flow Rider and the VooDoo Zipline. The beauty of these experiences is that parents will have a blast too.

The toddler and preschool crew, ages 1-5

High Roller: Family Things To Do in Las Vegas

There’s so much to do at The LINQ Promenade.

      • Little ones love to run around and what better place to do that than The LINQ Promenade where they can catch live entertainment from street performers and artists, enjoy the fountains and gaze up at The High Roller. Take a spin on the world’s tallest observation wheel and snap a fun family photo overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Children 12 and under can ride for free.
Las Vegas restaurant Stripside Cafe milkshakes

Stripside Cafe & Bar’s Milkshake Mugs satisfy your sweet tooth.

Mac King Comedy Show in Las Vegas

You’ll never believe what Mac King does with those goldfish!

      • If your child is up for sitting through a show, his or her attention will be captured by the hilariously goofy Mac King Comedy Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Mac’s quirky style and likeable persona win over fans of all ages but his impressive sleight of hand will really wow the entire family. Though it is definitely a family-friendly show, adults will get as much out of it as the wee ones. Trust me; I’ve been several times sans kiddos.
      • Parents may want to do a little shopping in Las Vegas and it’s easy to make it a family affair by meandering through the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace where children will easily be enthralled by the Fall of Atlantis animatronic show and the 50,000-gallon aquarium.
      • Venture downtown to the Discovery Children’s Museum for a side of learning with your fun. Young ones can get their wiggles out by exploring three stories of interactive exhibits including those centered on science, art, ecology and healthy choices.

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School age children, ages 6-12

KISS Mini-Golf Las Vegas at the Rio

KISS by Monster Mini Golf.

      • What child doesn’t like mini golf, especially in black lights? You know you want to be the cool parents so take the family to KISS by Monster Mini Golf at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to see who is destined to be the next professional golfer. The attraction is filled with fun memorabilia from the rock band and even has a hole featuring Gene Simmons’ epic tongue. Be sure to wear light colors for the maximum effect under the black lights.

Flamingos at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

      • Flamingo Las Vegas is more than just a name. Families can visit the Wildlife Habitat where actual Chilean flamingos frolic with other creatures like ducks, swans, turtles, pelicans and koi fish. The 15-acre habitat is free and open to the public daily.
Jeff Civillico Las Vegas Show at the Flamingo

Yes, yes, he juggles, too.

      • Your family has probably crowded around the TV for “America’s Got Talent” and your middle schoolers have proudly proclaimed they can juggle better than the talent on TV. Take them to see a true juggling master in action as Jeff Civillico dazzles audiences at Flamingo Las Vegas with his action-packed stunts and hilarious physical comedy in his show entitled “Comedy in Action.” You’ll laugh, gasp and most certainly be entertained whether you are a child or child at heart.
      • If you’re grabbing a bite with the whole family, the kids will love Planet Hollywood Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The walls are decorated with memorabilia from your favorite movies like “Terminator” and “Rocky.” The extensive menu offers something for everyone including smoothies named after your children’s favorite movies like “Princess Diaries” and “Spiderman.”
      • If you want to wear your kids out before bedtime, head to GameWorks Las Vegas in the Town Square shopping complex, just a few miles down the Strip. This amusement center and sports bar features all your favorite games. Challenge your children to a game of skee ball or air hockey but just remember, it’s all in the name of fun and don’t be bummed if they show you up.

Teenagers, ages 13-18

Voodoo Zipline at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Look mom, no hands!

      • It’s a known fact that teens are often just seeking their next social media profile picture. Give them something to brag about with a trip down the Voodoo Zipline at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Fly 800 feet at speeds that reach 33 miles per hour and then go backwards to reach the starting point, all while taking in the 360-degree views of Las Vegas. Parents can get a bonus as those 21 and over can also come back to VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub for complimentary admission with their same day receipt from the VooDoo Zipline.
      • Curious teens will love the eye-opening anatomy lesson at Real Bodies at Bally’s Las Vegas. Learn more about what makes us tick as you get an up close and personal look at actual bodies preserved to demonstrate how various systems work. Let teens see exactly how many muscles it takes to send each text message to their friends as they explore this mind-blowing exhibit.
FlowRider at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

So you think you can surf?

      • During pool season, teenagers will be eager to show off their moves at the FlowRider at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Whether they have surfing experience or not, they’ll be able to ride the waves and not fear wipe outs because the surface is designed to absorb the energy of impacts.
Las Vegas Magic Show - Penn & Teller at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

You won’t see any stereotypical rabbits being pulled out of hats at Penn & Teller.

      • Older children will be completely baffled by the magic of Penn & Teller at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The duo has performed together for over two decades and definitely doesn’t rely on pulling rabbits out of hats. This magic show involves knives, fire and even guns, all of which will hold the attention of audiences who wonder how in the world the tricks are done. The fun thing about Penn & Teller is they’ll actually reveal how some of the tricks are performed but you’ll still be left in awe and a bit confused.
Family-Style Italian Restaurant Las Vegas

If this Titanic sinks, it’s only to the bottom of your stomach.

      • Family-style eats are the name of the game at Carmine’s inside the Forum Shops. The Italian restaurant serves up massive portions of classics like fried calamari, pasta and meatballs, chicken Parmesan and lasagna that are perfect to share around the table. End your meal with the Titanic which, is as big and epic as it sounds. It starts with a fresh hot brownie base and is then topped with ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, bananas, strawberries and pineapple drizzled with chocolate sauce.
      • Let your family experience the great outdoors at Red Rock Canyon. See the mountains in all their glory as you drive through the park and stop at various points or get out to hike certain portions. Trails vary in intensity level from the easier Moenkopi Loop to the strenuous Turtlehead Peak. Plan an afternoon trip if you want to capitalize on stunning sunset photo ops.
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Allison came to Las Vegas over a decade ago and fell in love with the city and all its dining and entertainment options. A live music junkie and tequila enthusiast, she has written for Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Sun, Vegas Magazine and Conde Nast's VegasChatter.

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