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Stacey Danheiser

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Las Vegas with kids...What to do!?

We are taking the kids (2 boys, elementary school age) to Las Vegas for a few days over spring break. We are staying with relatives (off the strip) and would love your thoughts on where to take them to burn some energy. Best parks, playgrounds, hikes and any age-appropriate attractions on the strip. Thank you!

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  • Morgan Nicole

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    I have only spent time on the strip, so I can't recommend parks or hikes, but I can recommend family fun on the strip!

    I would definitely take them to Circus Circus Hotel & Casino or Excalibur. They house arcade games, decently age-appropriate themes, and Circus Circus is home to some rides that, depending on your boys level of thrill-seeking are a lot of fun - in the similar vein, New York New York Hotel & Casino has a pretty neat coaster.

    Just wandering the strip, although past a certain hour not the most family-friendly, can be a lot of fun. The hotels are lovely to see, and some of the themes are really neat and exciting. The volcano at The Mirage, or the fountains outside of the Bellagio Hotel are definitely worth a stop.

    I recommend stopping by M&m's World and the attached Coke version. Lots of cool colored candies, and Coke offers a soda fountain with flavors from around the world.

    There are plenty of neat museums and tours, as well as family friendly shows - depending on what Cirque Du Soleil show is playing, I highly recommend trying to go, they put on a wonderful performance - and it's really hard to go wrong with entertainment on and off the strip.

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  • John Henley

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    The Discovery Children's Museum is new and clean and has a variety of activities; it is near The Smith Center (Performing Arts ) which also may have some shows your children may enjoy.

    Over spring break the weather should be great for hiking and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has a number of hikes, (you can see some petroglyphs! and may see some burros) and the Ranger Station at the entrance has some great exhibits and helpful Rangers.

    Hoover Dam is wonderful to see and the tour is great; a bit of walking but really fascinating.

    Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas on Apache is again relatively new and while I our family has not yet been there we are looking forward to a visit this summer; a nice grassy park just down from the water park on Arby has a disc golf course.

    The Strip is pretty dicey for kids any more, but the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is amazing and just up the hallway is a Jean-Philippe Patisserie with three different chocolate fountains. (Go Rockies!)

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  • Andrew Werhane

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    Last time I was in Vegas we did some hikes at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It's a really beautiful area and very easy to manage with kids.

    Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

    It's only about a half hour from the strip, and as long as you're out that way, there's also some great restaurants in the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.

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  • Peter Reinold

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    I can recommend Bonnie Springs Ranch. They have a lot of fun activities and I think it's also a great place for kids and can be combined with Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

    http://gatetoadventures.com/things-around-las-vegas/

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  • Stephanie M

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    Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a good place to see, lots of hiking and a good view. You could always take them to laser tag or putt putt golf at King Putt LLC. On the strip, the blue man group, Beatles' love, and the Michael Jackson show would all be good. If recycled percussion is still here, that's also a good place to take kids.

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  • Marie R

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    There are some great parks around town. Exploration Peak Park has a fun playground and water feature. There is also a hike at this park to the top of the peak, plus lots of grass to fly a kite or frisbee, etc. Many of the "smaller" local parks have water features.

    There is a playground area at Town Square Park. Since this is a shopping center you can then also go to the movies, grab food and walk around.

    Really large parks around town are Desert Breeze Park and Sunset Park. There are others depending on what part of town you are staying.

    The kids in my family LOVE Discovery Children's Museum. We literally take my one niece out crying each time we go. Ask about discounts to enter as there are reciprocal discounts from other kids' museums from around the country if you are a member.

    Many of the local casinos have bowling alleys and movie theaters. Some also have babysitting if you need a break. Try Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.

    There are also various jump house type places such as Pump It Up or Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Las Vegas

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    Another great location for kids is Springs Preserve. They offer a lot of kids activities and even for the parents is stuff there to discover.

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    Valley of Fire State Park is about 45min northeast of the strip. Very easy drive into the Park. In my opinion, the views of Valley of Fire are better than Red Rock Canyon, even though Red Rock Canyon is closer to the strip. The scenic loop inside the park in an easy drive. It is a hop on and off the car, get to your next

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    Terry Fator's ventriloquist show is a once-in-a-lifetime family event. You'll love it as much as the kids! It's at the Las Vegas StripMirage and you should call the hotel for tickets. We would go to Vegas just to see this show again. It's amazing!


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    I love the surrounding areas of Vegas. DTLV I particularly love. Neon Museum is a cool attraction seeing the old-school signs of Vegas. Downtown Container Park is great for kids and adults, since it's something of an open-air entertainment park with several restaurants and bars, as well as a playground. Further afield, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has some great hikes, and even further, Mount Charleston feels more like the mountains of Northern California with hikes with some great views.

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    Red Rock hike. Lake Mead. Hoover Dam. Water Park?

    Mandalay Bay pool. A few rides on the Strip.

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