Las Vegas has changed plenty in the last year, as everyone by now knows. But its reputation for family-friendly fun remains intact, and there are options available for groups large and small. We’ve rounded up two options each for various areas of family entertainment; you’re sure to find at least one thing the whole gang can agree on (and if you can’t, well that just means you’ll have to do both!).
If it’s a show you want to take the entire gang to for some G-rated fun, check out Tape Face at Harrah’s and Extravaganza—The Vegas Spectacular at Bally’s. If you’ve ever watched America’s Got Talent with your kids at home and wanted to see some of those performers in Las Vegas, now’s your chance. Tape Face, a finalist on AGT, currently performs in the Harrah’s Showroom, a larger venue than his House of Tape that allows for a larger audience (due to social distancing guidelines, showrooms can only operate at a fraction of capacity). And Extravaganza, performed in the enormous Jubilee Theater, includes among its enormous cast Silvia Silvia, well-known to AGT audiences for her amazing crossbow skills.
How about some arcade fun? Choose between either The Fun Dungeon at Excalibur, a large arcade area with just about every game imaginable, or the Big Apple Arcade at New York-New York, an adjunct to the Big Apple Coaster (an adrenaline-filled ride with height restrictions). You don’t need to ride the coaster to enjoy this attraction, but odds are at least a few of your kids will be pulling on your coat, begging for “just one ride!”
By far the best family activities are the competitive type, from adrenaline-fueled excitement like Pole Position Raceway, where you get to race against your family in souped-up, electric vehicles (again, height restrictions apply), to more relaxed but still entertaining challenges like Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf at Bally’s, a mixture of creative courses and the creepy atmosphere of Rod Serling’s classic television series. Whether you use that score card or not, you’ll quickly lose track of time here.
Love animals? Head to either Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay or Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. You’ll see aquatic denizens galore at the aquarium (sorry, the touch tank is currently closed), and theSecret Garden gives your kids an up-close-and-personal look at the tigers that used to be used in the legendary magic duo’s show, as well as several generations of dolphins. Get the camera ready; you’ll be using it plenty.
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