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Family-Friendly Vegas Vacation…

Bellagio_Las_Vegas_2011Las Vegas isn’t just for gambling and stag parties anymore. This city has a lot to offer when it comes to planning a family vacation. From amusements parks to interactive animal habitats, every minute of your vacation will be full of laughs, fun and a lot of adventure. The fun places and activities listed below should keep you and your family busy for a few days:

Family-Friendly Shows

Vegas offers entertaining and family-appropriate shows. Magic and comedy shows will be the cleanest, but be sure to check with a reputable ticket seller to make sure it’s kid-friendly. (Don’t buy tickets from some guy off the street. He may just be trying to skim your credit card or sell you some fake tickets.) Some theatrical shows like the Blue Man Group are fun and entertaining for both kids and adults.

Gelato and the Bellagio Fountain Show

Handmade gelato is available at shops all over the strip. This is a great idea for an after-dinner dessert or a daytime snack break. When walking along the Strip and taking in the many sights, you and your kids won’t want to miss the Bellagio fountain show. Water, light and music move together to create a delightful—and complimentary—show every 30 minutes in the day and every 15 minutes in the evening.


The indoor theme park at Circus Circus offers prices for families on any budget. While you’re at the slots or tables, kids won’t feel left out with the arcade games at Adventuredome. The park also features rides and attractions like roller coasters, 3-D movies, bumper cars and put-put golf. Get a lasting memory with a character drawing of the whole family! Artists are scattered throughout the dome.

Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

The attraction lives up to its name as guests become completely submerged in a tropical paradise created by Siegfried & Roy. Families can swim with dolphins in the dolphin habitat or view the pyrotechnics of the “volcano.” The Secret Garden is home to a 20,000-gallon salt water aquarium accented with the bright colors of 450 tropical fish from around the globe, cascading waterfalls and exotic plant life in the 100-foot dome.


Break off a piece of Italy in the Venetian’s Grand Canal decorated with shops, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy retail stores and eclectic kiosks while walking stone floors under a sky-painted ceiling that replicates the streets of an Italian marketplace. Take a ride on the canal with a singing Gondolier.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Meet famous celebrities—well sort of. You can meet their famous wax replicas! See how eerily close the wax-figure artists get to creating counterparts to the stars. Can you spot the difference?

Shark Reef

Over 2,000 water critters, from turtles to piranhas, inhabit this entertaining and educational facility in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Enter and get up-close with the ocean’s friendly creatures in the touch pool, view reef aquariums, venture through the faux jungle and crocodile habitats and find your way to the 1.3 million-gallon shark aquarium, complete with an underwater viewing tunnel.

M&M’s World

Colorful and full of candy, M&M World will fill your kids with sensory overload. The location’s four themed floors each feature something interactive and entertaining that make M&M World an attraction that you could spend a lot of time in. The top floor is decorated in NASCAR-themed M&M products; the third features a short 3-D film starring the M&M characters made famous by the candy company’s advertising campaigns. 22 different M&M colors decorate the walls of the second floor and offer guests the opportunity to create candies with personal messages.

Don’t Get Too Distracted

With hundreds of thousands of visitors staring up at the scenery instead of those around them, there’s always the possibility of someone snatching your wallet or skimming your card to commit ATM fraud. You will also be handing your credit and debit cards to lots of ticket sellers, so before you leave, make sure you have bank fraud protection to protect your name, and your accounts.


Thanks to Dana Proctor for this guest post! She has frequented houseboats, hot air balloons, planes, trains and skateboards to relay the fun things readers can do on vacation.

Still want more on Vegas? Check out our family trip to Vegas too!


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