Looking for some air conditioned fun this summer with the family? I have recently checked out some very hot spots in Vegas. Here’s my list of top attractions for family summer fun in Las Vegas.
Please note, my family and I were guests of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum Las Vegas, The High Roller Las Vegas and Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas. All words and thoughts are 100% my own.
1. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum Las Vegas tops my list this summer. It is a place I have seen in major cities around the world, and one I never thought I would ever take the time to visit. I am glad I did. In my husband’s words, “It’s cooler than you think it is going to be,” and he is spot on. Start your journey through celeb-laiden rooms with a quick family pic in front of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” photo drop. Each room is wild because the wax figures seem so real, it actually feels like you are mixing and mingling with some pretty fabulous peeps. The kids loved it because they could get up close and personal with some of their favorite stars, musicians and pro-athletes. And, it ‘s a very hands-on museum as props are available to make the experience even more real. If your kids are into Superheros, do not miss the 4-D Avengers show at the end of the tour. It is included in your ticket price, and is quite impressive. (This is a full sensory experience with 3-D glasses, and the sensation that you are really in the movie. I brought my 10, 8 and 3 year old twins who all loved it. My 6 year old nephew was freaked out and had to leave early. Obviously, trust your instinct with your kid’s personality on this one.) madametussauds.com/lasvegas (Read the whole review here.)
2. The High Roller Las Vegas is another great way to keep your family entertained and out of the sun. From the moment you enter the High Roller Lobby, you are transformed into a futuristic atmosphere filled with lively music, light shows and entertainment. Your Virtual Guide walks you through the experience while waiting to ride to the top. Stop at the bar before getting on, (non-alcoholic bevs available) and step into a pod built for approximately 30 guests. Your Virtual Guide meets you again once inside, and starts the count down to the top- an exhilarating 550 feet- where it becomes one big party with fun dance music and celebratory visuals of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding valley. Book your ride close to sunset to get the ultimate experience of both day and night (can’t beat those desert summer sunsets). There are also great summer deals right now for both locals and visitors. One full ride around the wheel is about 30-minutes. caesars.com/thelinq/high-roller (Read the whole review here.)
3. Sprinkles should be your next stop once off the High Roller. This legendary west coast cupcake bakery now has roots in Vegas. Located at The Linq, it is just a few steps off the High Roller. Day or night, Sprinkles will hit the spot. If you are unfamiliar with the tasty treats, I suggest trying the mini- cupcake first or the kid’s cone for ice cream. Each are priced at $2 and the perfect portion size to try something new. Line too long for a cupcake? Take a walk around the corner to the 24-hour Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. Swipe your card, make your cupcake selection, and it is magically delivered. Cut that puppy in fours and share with the group. sprinkles.com
4. Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas is still rocking the summer fun with exciting water slides and the brand new Tornado. If you ever wondered what it was like to ride in a real tornado, here’s your chance. The ride will drop your 4-person raft 36′ into a 110′ tunnel before entering the eye of the storm. It was a wild ride, and ultimately, our most favorite, actually tied with the Desert Racers. You can spend the day at Wet’n’Wild with either cabana rentals, covered lounge chair areas, or plenty of open space to park your brood. Or, do what we do…rent a locker, purchase an Express Band, and go from ride to ride in a matter of hours. No outside food or drink is allowed, but there is a park nearby with covered picnic benches for an hour of down time (just make sure to get your hand stamped for re-entry!). Also, check rider requirements on-line before heading out. There are a few like the Hoover Half Pipe where riders need to meet height and weight requirements in order to ride. Season Passes still available, along with Twilight Hours ticket specials. For more photos of Wet’nWild Las Vegas click here. wetnwildlasvegas.com
5. The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay offers an impressive indoor aquarium for kids of every age. See ferocious piranhas, a Komodo Dragon, a rare Golden Crocodile, and the electrifying Jelly Fish tank. Ocean aficionados will love the Touch Pool, and all will be awed by the 1.3 million gallon tank with over 30 different kinds of sharks. All of this while also learning about the eco systems and necessity of keeping our oceans clean, conserving on land, and protecting the creatures within. My 3-year old twins loved our visit there, and cannot wait to go back. They were fascinated with the touch pool, the jelly fish tank, and of course, getting to see the sharks up close and personal. Nevada Residents with ID receive discounted tickets. Ages 4 and under are free. sharkreef.com
6. Discovery Children’s Museum Las Vegas creates a different experience no matter how many visits you make in a week, month or year. This summer Scholastic’s Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm, is the new traveling exhibit at the museum until September 1, 2014. Ms. Frizzle’s Classroom is transformed into a Weather Observatory where visitors can explore visitors can explore the water cycle and its relation to weather, and how influences from air, heat, water and land combine to create weather through these three interactive environments. Very hands on and lots to do, though each age will understand it differently. The twins were intrigued by the movement of air, while my 8 year old was more concerned about how it all worked. discoverykidslv.org
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Thank you to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum Las Vegas, The High Roller Las Vegas, and Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas for the opportunity to experience these family friendly attractions in Las Vegas. I was asked to write a review in exchange for mine and my family’s passes. All opinions, however, are based on my personal experience and are honestly written.
Yona Williams said:
I went to the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Hollywood and absolutely love it – that place is magical and so much fun to take pictures at. When we went to Vegas, we checked out some of the more adult activities to do – the one thing we didn’t get a chance to do, but I really wanted to…was see a Cirque du Soleil show.
I think I would have been in heaven at Sprinkles!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) said:
I have been to the shark reef and Madame Tussaud’s, but not with my kids.
We went to the wax museum, it was really cool.. i met the was president! lol
Before reading this post, I would never have even considered Las Vegas to be a family vacation destination. Thanks.
This looks like so much fun! Our kids would love these!!
Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM said:
I am always in “conference/seminar” mode when I go to Vegas. I will check all these out next time I’m there. Looks fun!
Joanna Sormunen said:
Great tips for a Las Vegas visit! Maybe we’ll get to visit there one day, who knows… 🙂
My kids love the magic school bus! I hope that exhibit travels over to our science center. Great list!
I’ve never been a fan of Las Vegas so I rarely go unless it’s business but my boss loves it and she takes her family and they go to Madame Tussaud’s and the M&M Museum.
This is a great list! I was just talking to my husband about what we could do with the kids in Vegas! Will check some of these ideas out!
Jackie Houston said:
We are actually planning a vegas trip so I will need this list! Thanks!
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JD Pham said:
I took my 8 year old (then 7) to the Discovery Science Museum on one of our Vegas trips and she loved it! I remember the exhibits were very interactive and we were treated to a “How to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen” class. I highly recommend it for anyone with curious kids!!!
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Flashpacker Family said:
We’ve been to almost all the things on your list. I can’t believe we haven’t been to Wet n Wild in Vegas though! How have I not done this in all the times we’ve visited? Is it seasonal? We’ve actually never been to Las Vegas in the peak of summer, only September to April, so maybe that’s why I’ve missed it. Anyway, next time we’re there I would love to meet up if you’re free! We’ll be coming back around Jan/Feb next year. 🙂