May 25, 2016
7 Places to Visit in Las Vegas with Children
One of the big reasons we decided to move to Arizona is that we'd finally be close enough to drive to Las Vegas.
I love going up to visit my parents, and we spend a lot of time reading books on the couch, visiting the park in their neighborhood, swimming in their pool, or working on puzzles at the dining room table.
But occasionally we try to get out of the house, and these are our favorite places to visit. If you're visiting Las Vegas with kids, I highly recommend all of these!
Discovery Children's Museum
We've been to a lot of children's museums all around the country, and this is one of the best. When I was a kid, we had a membership to the original version of this museum, but in the two decades since then, they've moved locations and really stepped up their game. My girls can stay happily here for HOURS. And at the end, the employees march through the whole place (all three floors) passing out instruments and everyone participates in a parade out the doors.
The Bellagio Conservatory
They change out the exhibit every few months (this summer, it's an under-the-sea theme and it is spectacular). No matter what they do, though, it's always over the top gorgeous. Obviously, check out the fountain show (bonus points if you think of Ocean's Eleven while you watch) and the world's largest chocolate waterfall. And of course, you'll want to stop and get gelato at Cafe Gelato while you're there. I highly HIGHLY recommend the mango - I'm not usually one for fruit flavors (give me all the chocolate or salted caramel) but this one is ridiculous. The sandwiches are also incredible, plus their cinnamon rolls are hands-down the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had.
The District Splash Pad and Farmer's Market
This is one of my all-time favorite splash pads. Not only is it pretty much always shaded, because it's between two-story shopping buildings, it has lights strung above it, music playing, and - best of all - couches for parents to sit on. After years of sitting on hard benches in the blazing sun at splash pads, this is the best thing ever. They also have a farmer's market on Thursday afternoons and various concerts and movies throughout the year. I've also heard that the splash pad and park at Town Square is really nice, so it's on my list to visit when we go back later this summer.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory
We've been going to this since I was a little girl - at this point, I've probably been at least 100 times. You can see various chocolates being made through the giant glass windows (sometimes there isn't much going on and sometimes you're rewarded with the most enormous slab of fudge you've ever seen in your life), plus you get a sample at the end. They also have a big cactus garden outside that's fun to wander through and at Christmas it is all lit up for the holidays.
The Container Park
We went here with all the grandkids a couple of summers ago, and it was just really fun. The whole place is built out of those giant shipping containers (much like the Boxpark in London), with fun little stores, great restaurants, and a lot of outdoor seating and a playground in the center. Some of the slides are really big, so they're fun for adults too. They also do movies and concerts on the stage there.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
This is another one we went to a lot when I was growing up - it's not huge, but it's inexpensive and has lots of cool animals. Also, indoors which is what really counts in July and August in Las Vegas.
The High Roller
I've been on a couple of observation wheels (including the famous London Eye) and this one is by far my favorite. It really feels like a PARTY as you go up and around, and we had the best time dancing and singing in the pod, watching the lights in the city go on as the sun set, and listening to the amusing narrator tell jokes and point things out as we went around.
Other things on my list to do on future Vegas trips include the Shark Reef, The Secret Garden, the Lion Habitat Ranch (I didn't even know this existed until very recently) and Cowabunga Bay.
Even better, I always have at least one grandparent along to make it extra easy on me to galavant around with three children.