Family Fun in Las Vegas for Visiting Grandkids
Lights, showgirls, and decidedly grown-up fun may have been some of the reasons you decided to retire in Las Vegas, but that doesn’t mean your grandkids have to feel left out when they come to visit. Despite its reputation as Party Central, there are plenty of Las Vegas attractions that aren’t adults-only. Here is our list of some of the top things to do in Las Vegas that can be appropriate for all ages for when the family comes to call.
Fun & Affordable Things to Do In Las Vegas with Grandkids
If you’re looking for activities to keep the grandkids entertained, you’ll love the variety of experiences that “Sin City” has to offer. Whether your taste runs to thrill rides, the great outdoors, or magical stage shows, you’ll find fun for the entire family in glittering Las Vegas.
Visit the Amusement Parks in Las Vegas
When it comes to thrills, Las Vegas has them all. Whether looking to entertain the grandkids with all-day fun or just wants to kill an hour or two, there are amusement parks large and small to choose from.
Looking for a heart-pounding experience and an unparalleled view of Las Vegas? Look no further than the Big Shot, high above the Stratosphere Hotel. Sending you 16 stories into the air at 45 miles per hour, you’ll never forget this award-winning thrill ride.
This observation wheel is the tallest on the planet, featuring 360-degree views from the air-conditioned comfort of a fully enclosed cabin. It’s a spectacular view from an easy and kid-friendly ride that works perfectly for younger grandkids.
Adventuredome and Carnival Midway at Circus Circus
For grandkids of all ages, Adventuredome offers a variety of rides from a roller coaster to bumper cars to gentle toddler-friendly rides. The hotel’s Carnival Midway gives you the chance to play more than 200 new and classic games (and maybe win a prize) as well as watching live entertainment from extraordinary circus artists.
Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas
Twenty-five slides and water features over 20 acres makes Wet’n’Wild the perfect place to cool off should your grandkids decide to visit in the summer. With everything from zero gravity slides to a lazy river to kid-friendly slides and wading pools, this is Las Vegas’s favorite place to chill out and beat the extreme desert heat.
Experience Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures
While you probably think of bright lights and city life when you think of Vegas, the city is in the middle of a bevy of extraordinary natural wonders. If you enjoy the outdoors or want to expose your grandkids to the beauty of nature, you’ll find a variety of activities sure to keep everyone entertained.
For example, if you love trail hiking, you’ll find a variety of exceptional trails in the mountains, canyons, and deserts surrounding the city. Visit Valley of Fire State Park, Red Rock Conservation Area, and Ash Meadows Wildlife Conservation Area for scenic views, camping, and hot springs.
If your grandkids are horse-lovers, there are a variety of trail ride and ranch adventures in the area where they can enact the cowboy life. Even the youngest and smallest of cowpokes can join in on the fun with many ranches offering pony rides for the smallest cowpokes.
And, if you, and the grandkids are up for a more exciting adventure, whitewater rafting is another option to explore the West beauty. There are a variety of companies within a short drive from Las Vegas with opportunities for guided trips, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, and a variety of other adventures along the waterfront.
See Kid Friendly Vegas Shows
With all of the hotels and theaters in beautiful Las Vegas, there is no shortage of family-friendly fare for you to enjoy with your grandchildren. From magic to thrills, you’ll find talented performers sure to create memorable experiences that everyone will love.
Blue Man Group
This well-known group has performance troupes all over the world, and they never disappoint. Featuring a variety of comedy, musical, dance, and acrobatic performers, the show will delight children, parents and grandparents alike, and the interactive elements mean you could find yourself on stage as well.
Cirque du Soleil
Las Vegas is home to a number of Cirque du Soleil companies, including Michael Jackson ONE, The Beatles LOVE, O, KA, and the original Mystere. Each show is unique, from theme to music to costumes. In addition, performances range from an emphasis on acrobatics to synchronized swimming to dance.
Terry Fator is a Las Vegas staple, with a family-friendly show of puppets, singing, and hilarious jokes that are good, clean fun. His talent as a ventriloquist and impressionist will keep the whole family, grandparents, moms, dads and kids alike alternating between belly laughs and jaw drops.
Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream
A featured performer on America’s Got Talent and Michael Jackson’s ONE, Xavier Mortimer adds showmanship and humor to exceptional illusions to create a one-of-a-kind family-friendly magic show. His show has been called “poetic and dream-like” and you won’t want to miss it.
Whether it is taking in the thrills of the amusement parks, the serenity of nature or one of the Strip’s latest shows, there are plenty of family-friendly activities for you and your grandkids to enjoy when they visit you in one Del Webb’s premier Las Vegas’ 55+ communities.
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