You might not think of Las Vegas as family friendly, but we found plenty to occupy our two children on The Strip. We were looking for free activities for the kids to enjoy during our recent visit to Las Vegas. We did spend some money, on a couple of RTC bus passes, and that made it easier to do all of these things for free without melt-downs due to over-tired little legs.
Here are some of the best things we found to do for free in Las Vegas. Only the things my children loved made the list.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Inside the hotel New York, there is a food court decorated to look like New York City, with types of food available to match. There’s also Hershey’s Chocolate World, which has two Statue of Liberties made of candy. Free samples made this a hit with the boys, especially since they’d never eaten Hershey’s Kisses before, and they could keep going back for more (they had 3 each).
Fountains at the Bellagio
The lake in front of the Bellagio is home to a spectacular water show every half hour from 3 pm and every 15 minutes from 7 pm. Get there a few minutes early to nab a spot for an unobstructed view. The fountains dance along to classical and contemporary tunes for about five minutes. You won’t believe how high the water cannons shoot into the air. It’s best after dark, though still awesome during the day time. We heard that they are currently showing a Game of Thrones-themed fountain display – we didn’t catch it as it’s only on twice daily – 8 pm and 9:30 pm – until 14th April.
Volcano at The Mirage
The volcano outside The Mirage erupts with lava and exploding fireballs choreographed to the music. The eruption happens just three times per night, at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm on the hour. Get there a few minutes before the hour to make sure you get a good viewing spot. Noah (4) found it too scary, while James (6) thought it was excellent. You know your kids as to whether or not they’ll think it’s cool. Check out their website for up-to-date info before you go.
Children’s Playground at Town Square
There’s an amazing playground at Town Square with a maze, a wide-open green space, and structures to encourage imaginative and role play. Town Square is a beautiful outdoor shopping centre, just south of the famous Las Vegas sign on The Strip. Let your kids work up a sweat playing and then cool off in the water splash park. Don’t forget to take a change of clothes – there are decent restrooms here with a mini and full-sized toilet in each large cubicle. Get the SDX Strip and Downtown Express bus to Town Square from the various points along the Strip – see the map here.
Circus Circus offers a free circus performance every hour from 11.30 am. You’ll find these upstairs in the hotel. Kids will love the trapeze, acrobatics and juggling acts, and my boys loved the clown, too. Performances last about 20 minutes. Arrive early to be sure you will get a seat.
3D movie at M&Ms World
On the 3rd floor of this shop, there’s a movie theatre showing 10 minute-long movies in full 3d. My boys absolutely loved this movie – we watched one about Red losing his M and going on an adventure to find it. Three days later they are still acting it out and talking about the movie with great enthusiasm. Apparently, there are also free samples of M&Ms available, but we didn’t find any during our visit.