Family Friendly Las Vegas Attractions - Some Free All Fun!

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Las Vegas offers plenty of kid friendly activities.  It's not all about the Strip any more.  There are a host of indoor and outdoor activities for children (of all ages).  Take a tour of the numerous family activities Las Vegas has to offer.

Families having fun in Las Vegas on roller coaster

 

Cloud Nine Balloon Ride Las Vegas

The Cloud Nine Balloon Ride Las Vegas takes riders up 500 feet into the air to have a view of Las Vegas. The balloon itself is tethered to the ground, so it does not travel away from the docking station. The Cloud Nine Balloon Ride Las Vegas website indicates that the gondola, which can hold 25 to 30 guests, is the largest tethered hot air balloon ride in existence as of 2010. The average flight is 15 minutes, and photography is permitted while on the balloon.rnrnThe ride operates from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day but is open two hours later on Friday and Saturday nights. The cost as of 2010 is $24.99 for adults and $17.50 for children ages four to 12; children under four ride for free. For an additional $10 to $13, guests can avoid the line waiting for a ride. Family packages as well as packages for groups of 25 are available as well.rnrnCloud Nine Balloon Ride Las Vegasrn3951 Las VegasrnBoulevard SouthrnLas Vegas, Nevada 89119rn(702) 932-5777rncloud9vegas.com/

CSI: The Experience

CSI: The Experience offers an activity for children in their mid- to late teens. There are three different crime scenes for guests to explore. Each scene involves collecting evidence and exploring it in labs using equipment similar to what is used on the television show. After using the equipment to solve the case, guests enter answers on a multiple choice quiz in a recreation of Gil Grissom's office to find out if their findings were correct. Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen, was the head of the Las Vegas CSI Unit on CSI until he left the show in 2009. The other investigators reported their findings to Grissom and relied on him for assistance in solving cases.rnrnTickets for CSI: The Experience cost $30 for guests 12 years or older and $23 for children ages four to 11 as of 2010. Children in this age range will require adult assistance, according to the CSI: The Experience website. A family packages is available for $75 for two adults along with two children under 12, a savings of more than 25 percent.rnrnCSI: The ExperiencernMGM Grand Hotel & Casino at the Studio Walkrn3799 Las Vegas Blvd. SouthrnLas Vegas, Nevada 89109rn(702) 736-3099rnlasvegas.csiexhibit.com

Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix

Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix offers go karts for children and adults alike. There are kiddie karts, where children can ride on their own track without having to share the ride with a parent. Larger go karts are available for adults and children over 54 inches, with children under 54 inches being able to ride with a parent. Along with the go karts, the Mini Gran Prix offers carnival rides such as a small children's roller coaster and helicopters. Take a break from the rides and enjoy the air- conditioned 7,000 square foot arcade where parents and children can team up to win tickets and trade them in for prizes. The restaurant on-site allows a family to enjoy a full day at Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix.rnrnLas Vegas Mini Gran Prixrn1401 N. Rainbow Blvd.rnLas Vegas, Nevada 89108rn(702) 259-7000rnlvmgp.com/

Bellagio Dancing Water Fountains

Often considered the best free attraction in Las Vegas, Bellagio’s dancing fountains provide some tranquility among the madness of the Strip. Shooting as high as 240 feet in the air to the beat of music ranging from Sinatra to Chopin, the fountains do their artistry every half hour during the day and every 15 minutes after dark. The area around Lake Bellagio is quite large, so securing a good viewing spot is usually not difficult. Bellagio 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 888-987-6667 bellagio.com

Fremont Street Experience

Created in 1994 when a five-block area of Fremont Street in the downtown area become a pedestrian walkway, this light-and-sound show is projected on a canopy 90 feet above the street. Featuring several different themes, shows are held each hour after dark. Obtaining a clear view is no problem, as any place on Fremont Street under the canopy will do. Fremont Street Experience Between Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street downtown vegasexperience.com

The Mirage Volcano

The first free attraction on the Strip, the "erupting" volcano was overhauled in 2009 with a larger and more "lava" spewing structure, and a new percussion soundtrack created by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. This show in front of The Mirage takes place hourly after dark. If you don't want to deal with the crowds, you can still see the show by standing on the balcony outside The Venetian across the street. The Mirage 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 800-627-6667 themirage.com

Sirens of TI

Many of the treasure chests and skulls and crossbones that used to dot the Treasure Island resort have been removed in an effort to make the property more adult-oriented, but the pirate battle remains, if changed from the original pirates versus British soldiers. The battle now features skimpily dressed male and female pirates fighting in the "bay" in front of the casino. The show is held four times nightly, and the crowds grow large, so arrive early to get a good spot. Treasure Island 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 800-944-7444 treasureisland.com

The Rio's Masquerade Show in the Sky 
The Rio's Masquerade Show in the Sky (riolasvegas.com) is a unique carnival-style show that features elaborate floats riding on tracks suspended over the floor of the casino. Performers, clowns, acrobats, music and dancers all add to the fun. Dancers involve the audience, throwing beads and other favors to the crowds below

The Hoover Dam
Who hasn’t heard of the Hoover Dam? One of the top 10 construction feats of the 20th Century, the Hoover Dam still draws over 1 million people a year – 70 years after its completion. This National Historic Landmark, located in Black Canyon, is just outside of Las Vegas – and well worth the short drive. You can tour the dam by helicopter, motor coach, and even boat cruises that get you up close and personal to the hydraulic masterpiece. There is even a tour that goes inside the dam, down dark and narrow hallways that were once traveled by original construction crews.


Embassy Suites Las Vegas

Embassy Suites were voted the Top All Suite Hotel for families by Parents Magazine.  Embassy Suites Las Vegas provides free cooked to order breakfast, two room suites with pull out sofa in living room--Large enough for families of all sizes, plus an outdoor pool and fitness center.