I know what you’re thinking – “how could ‘Sin City’ possibly be appropriate for kids?” Well, there are many activities that kids will love in the area. Roller coasters, arcade games, miniature golf, and magic are just some points on the long list of activities designed for families to enjoy together. With these activities, exciting tours that both you and your young kids will love, and various interactive attractions, such as a wax museum, Sky Zone and GameWorks, you can finally take that Vegas vacation you’ve been putting off. There are also a few options that will make your trip both action-packed and convenient, such as the Las Vegas Power Pass and the Las Vegas Meal Ticket.
With the Las Vegas Power Pass, you will have the opportunity to explore the best of the city. The pass is available in one, two, three and five-day increments, allows you to skip lines at many of the attractions, and includes a guide book filled with information on each location and activity. There are more than thirty attractions included in the price of the pass, so you have a wide variety of activities to choose from.
Mom will love the ride up to the observation deck of the Vegas Eiffel Tower. Finally take that trip to Paris, without leaving the country. Dad may be interested in checking out the Las Vegas Mob Experience, where he’ll be immersed into a collection of more than 1,500 artifacts from some of the most famous crime figures. And the kids will love the arcade games at Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix and GameWorks Las Vegas, glow in the dark mini golf and the Las Vegas Zoo.
The whole family will enjoy finding and posing with their favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Interactive Wax Experience, including Evel Knieval, Fergie, Brad Pitt and Shaq. Give Simon Cowell a piece of your mind, show Criss Angel your own magic tricks and sing along with The King. (I just hope they don’t talk back.) If you visit before the end of May, you’ll even get the chance to pose with The Beatles on Abby Road.
Whether or not you’re staying at the Stratosphere Tower hotel, with the Power Pass, you’ll get the chance to ride some of the exciting coasters on the roof of the building. At the top of the Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck, you’ll have panoramic views of the skyline of the city. It’s the tallest free-standing observation tower in the country, and gives you unparalleled views of Vegas. There are also three thrill rides, including X-Scream, Insanity the Ride and Big Shot, that you can choose from for one free ride.
There are a variety of other activities that you and your family can enjoy, including a horseback ride and lunch, a helicopter flight tour at night, a zipline at Fremont Street Flightlinez, and various museums, including the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the Atomic Testing Museum and the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art. Visit the Las Vegas Zoo for the opportunity to see over one hundred and fifty different species, or check out Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, where exotic animals call home, including leopards, white lions and golden tigers.
Sometimes it’s hard for a family to agree on a restaurant. And when you’re in an unfamiliar city, it can be even more difficult to choose a place to eat. Avoid this with the Las Vegas Meal Ticket. This card gives you the chance to dine daily at eleven of Vegas’ most popular restaurants. Get a card for one, two, three or five days, and get the chance to eat three meals a day at any of the eleven restaurants. Eat breakfast at Planet Hollywood, Pampas Brazilian Grille or San Gennaro Grill. In between visits to the thrilling attractions, pop in for a lunch at Jackson’s Bar and Grill or Cheeseburger Las Vegas. For dinner, try Lombardi’s Romagna Mia, La Salsa Cantina, or Spice Market Buffet. You’ll also get a one-hour game card and an entree at GameWorks.
Want to see a show? You and the kids will love Michael Turco in Magic and Mayhem. This talented magician was a contestant on the popular television show America’s Got Talent, and now features his own show in Vegas. Even if you’re not interested in illusions and sleight of hand tricks, Turco’s show is sure to blow your mind. His breathtaking tricks will leave you on the edge of your seat as his assistants vanish and reappear right before your eyes. Magic isn’t the only thing performed on this stage, however. Turco is accompanied by edgy dance moves, choreographed by Dancing With The Stars’ Lacey Schwimmer. Every time Turco and his assistants take the stage, they give the audience a show to remember, and leave them in wonder.
And if your family is all about the adventure, don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a Gold Mine Tour. Explore the historical Techatticup Mine in El Dorado Canyon, above and below ground. Your tour will take you to the Hoover Dam, where steamboats and vessels would dock, and across the Colorado River, where they carried passengers and transported gold. Then head to Old West Town where you’ll enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch on the remains of an 1800s mining camp. Finally, head into the depths of the mine. The activity also offers the opportunity to add three different tour types, a four-wheel drive tour through the desert mountains, a horseback tour that gives you a more authentic touch to the 1800s-setting, or a kayak tour down the river. Kids and parents love the Gold Mine Tour, as it gives you an exciting way to explore history.
Stay at Paris Las Vegas and give mom that French vacation she’s always talking about, or at the Stratosphere Tower for closer access to those exciting roller coasters. Luxur Hotel & Casino is just two miles away from Madame Tussauds, or the Embassy Suites is less than a mile from the Magic and Mayhem show. These are just a few of the hotels in the Vegas area you can choose from while visiting the city.
Vegas isn’t just for adults anymore; it’s a growing retirement and family community. All of these activities are just some of many others that make Vegas a family-friendly atmosphere. Take the time to visit the city, and have the perfect family vacation this year.