about the state of affairs for the under-21 crowd in Vegas?
Fear not! While our city has long had the reputation as a
playground for adults, Las Vegas can be a fun, exciting, and
even educational experience for the "younger set."
During the hot-weather months why not visit Wet 'n Wild?
This is a water park with many novel attractions. Wet 'n Wild
has several water slides, a wave machine, a children's water
playground and even a river that leisurely runs through the
park for those who just want to drift. They offer special
group prices are available for parties. For more information
and hours, call 702-734-0088.
Springs Old Nevada is a great place to spend an afternoon.
The 1880s Mining Town reproduction, located in scenic Red
Rock Canyon (off of W. Charleston Blvd. In West Las Vegas),
offers a full-service restaurant, motel, gift shops, horseback
riding stables, a petting zoo, historic exhibits and western
shows--fun for the whole 'darn family! 702-875-4191.
The Lied Discovery Children's Museum features kid-oriented
interactive exhibits. Open Tue.- Sat. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
and Sun. from 12-5 p.m.; closed Mon. $5 adults, $4 children
12-17 & seniors, $3 children three to 11. 833 N. Las Vegas
The Big Top at Circus Circus is a carnival midway.
There are games of skill and chance, as well as rides and
shops. There is also free circus entertainment in the center
ring from 11 a.m. until midnight. 702-734-0410
prehistoric ages are recreated in Circus Circus' Grand
Slam Canyon Theme Park. Kids can try the corkscrew roller
coaster, the water flume ride and several other ride attractions.
Park entry is free. Ride tickets or unlimited ride passes
can be purchased inside. Open daily at 11 a.m. 702-794-3939.
Excalibur turns back the clock to the days of King
Arthur with games of skill, arcades, shops and the thrilling
Magic Motion Machine. This in-theater ride simulates the experience
of being on a runaway train in the Swiss Alps or on a death-defying
roller coaster. 702-597-7777.
Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary offers a safe haven for animals of all types. It is Southern Nevada's only non-profit wildlife refuge and public education center, housing exotic and indigenous birds and animals like quails, ducks, ostriches, parrots, turtles, goats and burros. It is located in Tule Springs area near Floyd Land States Park. Individual and group tours available. Open Wed.-Sun. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8103 Racel St. Call 702-645-4224 for reservations.
The Family Fun Center is what they call the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix. It is a 7-acre park full of activites for all ages with four exciting tracks including Kiddie Karts, Go Karts and the state's only Adult Gran Prix and High Banked Oval Sprint Kart Tracks, also featuring Tornado Twister, Dragon Roller Coaster, a 90 ft. Super Fun Slide, huge arcade and Restaurant/Party Room. Great for all types of parties and is open year round. Just minutes away from the strip. Open Sun.-Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. One ticket $6; Five tickets $27.50. 1401 N. Rainbow Blvd. Call 702-259-7000 or 888-259-7223.
Real snow real close at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort. Facilities include a 3,000-foot double chairlift, a chalet and lounge. A sophisticated snow-making system ensures full Thanksgiving to Easter skiing. North on Highway 95. For more information and hours, call 702-872-5462.
Casino/Hotel Archaeologists lead water tours that depart
every few minutes.
MGM Grand Adventures is the first full-fledged theme
park in Nevada. There are several acres that consist of rides
and shows and a variety of themed areas, eateries and attractions.
Seasonal attractions will be announced. Open daily from 10
a.m.-10 p.m. 702-891-7979.
MGM Grand houses an 11,400-sq.-ft. arcade. There are
30 of the hottest games including Betty Boop's Hot Rods, Popeye's
Boat Race and a redemption center. Open 9 a.m.-1 a.m. daily.
The Santa Fe is the only place in Las Vegas to enjoy
ice-skating. Hours vary. Call 702-658-4991 for rental information.
State-of-the-art arcades can be found at Bally's, Caesars
Palace, Circus Circus, Excalibur, MGM Grand, Scandia, Monte
Carlo, Stratosphere, The Forum Shops at Caesars, Atari Adventure
at the Riviera, and the Sega Virtualand Arcade at the Luxor,
which offers virtual reality games and interactive simulators.
Zoological - Botanical Park "The Children's Zoo" and...a Bengal Tiger, African Lion, Geoffroy's Cat, Barbary Apes, Chimpanzees, Mandarin Ducks, Flamingos, Cockatoos and Macaws, Mule Deer and more! Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1775 N. Rancho Dr. Call 702-648-5955 or 702-647-4685.
For experienced and licensed child care available 24 hours
a day in either your home or hotel room, call the Children's
Babysitting Service (CBS). 702-255-5955 or 702-258-1048
The Court Jester's Stage on the Fantasy Faire level of the
Excalibur is always packed with jolly good entertainment ranging
from magic and juggling to medieval music and dance. Free
performances are offered daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (beginning
on every half-hour). 702-597-7777.
For a truly unique experience, visit the Omnimax Theatre at
Caesar's Palace, where you will be surrounded by sight and
sound. The films are entertaining as well as educational.
Showings are every 70 minutes Sun.-Thur. From 2-10:10 p.m.
and Fri.-Sat. from 11:40 a.m.-10:10 p.m. Call for ticket information.
The Luxor Hotel/Casino has attractions and features along
with a variety of entertainment involving cutting-edge movie
technology. Shows play Sun.-Thur. From 9 a.m.-12 a.m. and
Fri.-Sat. from 9 a.m.-1 a.m. 702-262-4555.
The United Artists Theatres Showcase 8 offers the best of
Hollywood's first run movies on wall-to-wall screens, with
state-of-the-art sound and projection including DTS, SDDS,
Dolby Digital and THX sound systems. Located next to MGM Grand
and All Star Cafe. Call 702-740-2468 for detailed information
We recommended that parents be completely aware of the suitability
of the shows that they consider for children. Though some
shows may allow children to attend, parents may be surprised
to hear a comedian, who is normally conservative on television,
become suggestive or use profanity on stage. By the same token,
some production shows with topless performers are done in
extremely good taste and are not offensive. As with anything
regarding kids, we recommend that you take the normal amount
of caution in determining the suitability of each show. When
chosen with discretion, most shows will be great experiences