Las Vegas has a reputation for being adult entertainment. With the nickname ‘Sin City’ and popular slogans which hint at debauchery, many people don’t realize that this Nevada hot spot actually has many family-friendly and kid-oriented activities. Even the famous strip is dotted with amusement rides, museums and more that are ideal for your family vacation.
Adventure Dome at Circus Circus
Entering this magnificent indoor theme park feels like walking into a child’s fantasy. The 200 foot glass panel dome enclosing the park creates an atmosphere that is bright, open and airy. Five and a half acres of thrill rides, carnival rides, arcade games, lazer tag, mini-golf are contained in this amazing world. More than 25 rides and attractions like The Sling Shot where you can experience 4G force rocket launch, or Canyon Blaster, a 55 mph roller coaster with a double loop and a double corkscrew. There are plenty of kid-sized and tamer rides as well as food fare.
Nine themed exhibition halls invite you and your kids to discover, crawl, climb, slide and have so much fun, you wont realize you’re learning. Some of the highlights include a 70 foot tall, 13-level tower of jungle gym, infused with hands on lessons in simple machines, air pressure, light and electricity. Or spend some time as a swashbuckler on the 2-story pirate ship, where you’ll learn knot-tying skills that will serve you well. Try out your sleuthing ability in the interactive exhibit ‘Solve it! Mystery Town.’
Only 15 minutes from the strip on the Southeast side of town, this chocolate factory is sure to be a sweet time. Forrest Mars Jr. named his chocolates for his mother who made them from scratch in her kitchen. Using the same recipe but on a much grander scale, you’ll marvel at the tubes, pipes, conveyors and tanks with 35,000 gallons of chocolate as you enjoy this free tour. Of course the tour ends with a chance to sample some of their fine chocolates and a retail area to take some with you. In the summer your purchase comes with an ice pack to ensure your precious chocolates wont melt, and keep them fresh…because Mom’s recipe uses no preservatives.
Right next door you are welcomed to wander about the three acre botanical cactus garden featuring 300 varieties of cactus. Because chocolate and cactus go together like…. Well, anything goes with chocolate!
Shows for the Family
The live entertainment sector provides for kids and families as well, one of the kids favorites being the Blue Man Group. Recognized by their blue costumes and ingenious musical instruments, the group is entertaining and loud. Even the orneriest of young’uns will be surprised by the antics of the troupe as the crawl over theatre seats and rifle through guests belongings.
There are also several illusion and acrobat based productions that will be a hit with the whole family, including Mystere, V-The Ultimate Variety Show, Mac King Comedy Magic Show and Circus acts with jugglers, clowns, and more appear regularly at the Carnival Midway at Circus Circus where its free to attend.
With just a little planning you can create a fantastic wholesome Las Vegas vacation for your family.