Weekend with Kids in Las Vegas

Written by: Jamie Baker in 2012

One of the fun things to do on a weekend is to check out the attractions Las Vegas has in store for kids and their families. There are many reasons to bring your kids to Las Vegas. The city offers amazing family shows such as five Cirque du Soleil shows, incredible nature tours of the Grand Canyon and Red Rock Canyon and it is home to the world's largest and most famous hotels. But one of the main reasons to bring your kids along is the sheer number and high quality of kid's attractions in Las Vegas.

For starters, kids can enjoy thrill rides at the various amusement parks. They can scream from the top of their lungs while on the Canyon Blaster at the Adventuredome or raise their hands up as they speed down a 225-foot drop on the hypercoaster Desperado out in the desert on Buffalo Bill's. For less heart-thumping rides, The Coney Island Emporium offers bumper cars and the Adventuredome has what it calls Drifters- a classic ferris wheel ride.

After the wild rides, kids can move on to test their gaming skills at the arcades. There are a lot of this kind of Las Vegas kids attractions located in different hotels to steer the kids clear of adult entertainment areas. An example is the Midway down at the Circus Circus Hotel. It has a carnival atmosphere and houses more than 200 arcade games. At Gameworks, entrance is free but you'll need a rechargeable smartcard to get your hands on the games. They range from the ultra high tech, courtesy of SEGA Enterprises and Universal Studios, to the familiar earlier versions of gaming such as Pac-Man, Frogger and Space Invaders.

A weekend in Las Vegas can be both educational and fun when you visit museums and exhibits. Madame Tussauds is a favorite Las Vegas attraction for kids because of its extensive display of life-like wax statues. Children can pose and take pictures with their favorite celebrities or historic people. The Lied Discovery Children's Museum has more than a hundred interactive exhibits that cover science, arts, and culture. Or take the kids on a tour of the various displays of prehistoric and wild animals at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Las Vegas kids attractions also include visits to aquariums and natural gardens where the kids can safely watch and interact with animals. The Aquarium housed at the Silverton Hotel is a 117,000-gallon fish tank with thousands of tropical fish, sharks and stingrays. Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and dolphin habitat, children will come face to face with the big cats- lions, tigers, and leopards and try their hand at being a dolphin trainer.

Is your weekend full yet? You still might have time to squeeze in a couple of Las Vegas attractions for kids like the Vegas Indoor Skydiving Center where your kid can fly for real or the Skyzone Las Vegas where you can hold a bounce party.

A holiday weekend with the kids here in Vegas can be a fun-filled and enriching experience because the various Las Vegas attractions for kids offer a mixture of pure fun, learning, and bonding.

Las Vegas Roller Coasters and Pools: Vegas Atractions for Kids
Written by: Jamie Baker in 2008

There are plenty of Vegas attractions for kids. Whether you are looking for Las Vegas roller coasters or Las Vegas pools, you can find something for everyone in one location for your vacation. Here is a look at some roller coasters to make you sweat and some swimming pools to keep you cool.

1. New York New York Hotel and Casino.
This hotel and casino contains one of Las Vegas roller coasters that is visited by thousands every year. These are one of the best activities for kids in Vegas. The New York New York roller coaster takes you up 203 feet and then drops you 144 feet at 67 mph and then turns you 180 degrees and lets you hang in mid air at 86 feet up. This heart-pounding ride is sure to get your blood pumping. Afterward the family can relax in a beautiful Las Vega pool.

2. Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.
The Stratosphere contains many Las Vegas roller coasters, including the x-scream, insanity ride and the big shot. The big shot goes up 160 feet giving you a 1,081-foot view of the Las Vegas strip below and it goes up to 45 mph. If you are not into the roller coaster excitement take a look at the Stratosphere pool. These Las Vegas pools have an amazing view of the strip. Located on the 18th floor of the Stratosphere it has 68,000 square foot area, with 15,000 of that just for the pool. It is an outdoor heated pool with a separate European sunbathing pool. Bar and cafe at the pool with pool toys, rafts and cabana’s available, this oasis is sure to be a hit. One of the best Vegas attractions for kids.

3. Circus Circus Hotel and Casino.
This Las Vegas roller coasters site has the world’s larges indoor, double loop double corkscrew roller coaster along with many other things for the family. Log rides, bumper cars, laser tag and a special FX theater to name a few. As far as Las Vegas pools go this one may not be the most adult friendly, but Circus Circus has three pools outdoors, one open all year round, heated to 80 degrees. They range in depth from 3-6 feet and are great for kids. Inter tubes and cabanas are available.

4. Sahara Hotel and Casino.
The next of our Las Vegas roller coaster located on this site is call "Las Vegas best attraction" by Vegas.com. This roller coaster called, speed the ride, can go from 0-45 mph in just 2 sec and then again from 35-70 in just 2 sec. The coaster goes, as high as 224 feet and the track over all is 1,365 feet long. The ride produces massive force on the body but only lasts for 45 seconds. Considering the Las Vegas heat, there’s no doubt that swimming pools are a big part of the tourist attractions. The pool at the Sahara is five thousand square feet, is located outdoors, has fountains and cabanas available for rent. This pool site has a refreshment stand and a beautiful backdrop for relaxing. If you are looking for activities for kids in Vegas you should certainly stop by.

Remember when looking for Las Vegas roller coasters or Las Vegas pools to check on life guards for the children in the pools and seasonal scheduling if either is located outdoors. There are so many different options for the family Las Vegas vacation.

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