We have visited Las Vegas a few times and even though it changes constantly there are always the big ticket attraction to see. When you have done or the ‘MUST DO’s’ is Las Vegas try our new list of exciting things to do with your kids:
Pinball Hall of Fame Las Vegas
Step inside this unassuming building to a world of old pinball machines. We had the best time here. There are rows and rows of old school pinball machines and some more recent productions. There is a change machine inside and we gave the kids $10 each. Most games are 25c-50c a game. Their money lasted a long time. We played a few 2 player machines and the kids also ventured off and had a turn on their own.
Mini golf – KISS themed
The boys had a blast at the mini golf inside the Rio Casino. The whole place is themed with the band KISS. The indoor experience presents 18 holes of rock ‘n roll miniature golf, complete with music from a live DJ and luminous shades of purples and blues that beam around players like lasers at a KISS concert. Away from the course, the KISS-centric fun continues with arcade games, and a KISS museum.
Art in the Desert
We drove a few miles out from the strip to the amazing fluro coloured boulders called the 7 Magic Mountains. This art installation is in the middle of the desert and it seemly rises from nowhere. Well worth the short drive.
The Hoover Dam is only a short 45min drive from the Las Vegas Strip. The Dam is spectacular. We drove through all the carparks and visitor centre to the Arizona side where the car park is free. This side in Arizona gives you an amazing view of the Dam and the sheer size of the project. It is also where you can view the newly constructed bridge which was completed in 2010.
We then drove back to the Nevada side to park in the free parking lot to walk across the bridge. A real MUST DO to catch the whole Hoover Dam from such an impressive height.
Container Park Fremont Street
The kids had visited the Container Park before and begged to return. The slides at the park are high and the whole park is set up like a tree house. There is a large fire breathing praying mantis at the park entrance. Note for parents there are coffee shops and bars surrounding the park. The shops around the park are all constructed from shipping containers hence the name ‘Container Park’. It is an easy walk to the Fremont Street ‘Old Strip’ where there is lots of street entertainment and a zipline over the whole strip.
Secret Pizza Place
This pizza joint is well worth the find. BEST PIZZA EVER!!
Secret Pizza is a New York-style pizza place with a casual feel. There’s no signage in the front and it’s not easy to spot if you were walking by. Hidden on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, you won’t know this little eatery is there unless you follow the record-lined hallway. After passing album covers from Frank Sinatra, Elvis and other music notables on the wall, you’re spilled into a tiny, standing room only place. We did not wait long for our pizza and the standing room only space has a quick turnover so there is always a small space to rest your drink and pizza. Add it to your must eat.
Even though this is on the strip inside the Venetian it is a fun activity to do and the kids loved it. We were lucky enough to be guests on the Gondola Ride and it was lovely to sit back and feel like you are in Italy. Cooper and I had the gondola to ourselves and we were sung many songs in Italian. Don’t forget to tip your gondolier.
Catch a show
There are so many live performances and show in Las Vegas. Polly and I were lucky enough to be guests of the Mystère show by Cirque du Soleil. The performance was magical and G rated (some shows are not). There are ticket booths inside each casino or try heading to Tix4Tonight for discounted shows and performances.
Bass Pro Shop
An unusual recommendation but trust me this will be one of your Las Vegas highlights. The Bass Pro shop is simply out of this world and the expression ‘only in America’ came out of our mouths numerous times. The shop is for fishing and hunting but it is so much more this. It is huge!!! There are aquariums of fish, taxidermy animals from Africa, a shooting range, climbing walls and products that I never knew existed. We visited in December and had a free photo with Santa.
The Las Vegas Sign
At the beginning of the LAs Vegas strip is the famous sign. There is a car park there to acess the sign. It is amazing to visit day or night and it never closes.
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