Believe it or not, there is actually a lot of fun things to do with kids in Vegas and most of doesn’t require being outdoors in the heat.
Here are 10 things I did with the kids during our recent trip to Las Vegas
- Shark Reef Aquarium
Location: Mandalay Bay
Hours: 10am – 8pm Sunday – Thursday, 10am – 10pm Friday & Saturday
Summer Hours: 10am – 10pm everyday
Cost: $20/adults, $14/children 4-12, Free/children 3 and under
The Shark Reef Aquarium located at the Mandalay Bay is a great way to spend an hour or two with your kids exploring ocean animals. There are big beautiful tanks where you will find tons of different types of sharks and fish. You will also find a crocodile and a Komodo dragon that’s sure to impress your kids.
One of the coolest things my son saw were divers cleaning the big tank while in there with the sharks. They were very friendly and kept waving at us. There’s also an interactive area where you can touch sting rays.
There are very clean restrooms conveniently located towards the middle of the exhibit and hand sanitizer dispensers near the sting ray area.
The aquarium hours are typically 10am-10pm during the summer months. However, on the day were were there, they closed at 4pm for a private event. Make sure to look out for signs for early closures.
- M&M’s World
Location: Las Vegas Strip
Hours: 9am – 12am
Cost: FREE to walk around
The M&M Store located on the Las Vegas Strip next to the MGM Grand is 4 levels of the most M&M’s you will ever see! Part of the fun is to just walk through the store checking out the goodies such as pillows, mugs, shirts, stuffed animals, toys, and more. Of course there’s chocolate everywhere but you can also create your own mix of colors on the wall of M&M’s for $6.99/pound.
The 3rd floor had a small theater where they show a free 20-minute 3D movie starring Red and Yellow M&M.
The 4th floor had a real Nascar which is the M&M Nascar vehicle.
Overall this is a fun place to go and a must see if you are with kids in Las Vegas. It was the perfect way to cool off, get some rest and be entertained.
- Swim at your hotel pool
Location: Bamboo Pool at The Cosmopolitan Hotel
Hours: 8am – 7pm
The Cosmopolitan hotel has 2 pools: Boulevard and Bamboo.
The Boulevard pool is the party pool (adults drinking, loud music playing) and the Bamboo pool is the quieter and more family friendly pool that is more appropriate for kids.
The Bamboo pool was a great place for me to hang out with the baby and have the most delicious Moscow Mule while my son played in the pool with my husband. There is an ample amount of comfy lawn chairs but the challenge was finding ones in the shade. There are cocktail waitresses that will come around and take your drink order but it does take some effort getting their attention.
Every Monday during the Summer, they have Dive In Movies where they play classics to modern movies on a huge screen while you chill in the pool. During our visit, they were playing Zoolander. Doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at 7:30. The pool remains open for as long as the movie is on. The cost is free for hotel guests.
- Miracle Mile Shops
Location: At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10am-11am, Friday – Saturday 10am-midnight
The Miracle Mile Shops is close proximity to The Cosmopolitan Hotel and surrounding.
From the Cosmo, there is a bridge on the second floor connecting the hotel to the shops. It’s a short walk so you wont be walking in the heat for too long.
The mall has over 200 shops and restaurants that will keep you preoccupied for a few hours. I was able to catch a couple of good sales while I was there!
- Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Location: Bellagio Hotel
Each season at the Bellagio, designers transform the atrium into a magnificent floral showcase. It is absolutely amazing what the designers can come up with and put together. It truly is a must see if you are in Vegas.
Because of its popularity, it can get crowded with many people walking through and taking pictures. Be patient. Stop and smell the roses and enjoy the beauty that was created for you.
- Jean Philippe Patisserie
Location: Bellagio Hotel
Chef Jean Philippe is a World Pastry Champion. Need I say more? If that is not enough to entice you, the World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain resides here. It is a floor-to-ceiling chocolate fountain display by the entrance made of white and dark grade chocolate.
We ordered two kinds of gelato; mint chocolate chip and pistachio and both were definitely worth the calories!
- Fountains of Bellagio
We were very fortunate to have an awesome view of the Bellagio fountains from our room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel but there is nothing like seeing it in person.
You have to take in this spectacular show! It is a synchronized water show that is interwoven with music and light.
Each show lasts about 5 minutes or so and a unique show begins every 15 minutes. Make sure to get a good spot outside as it can get very crowded fast. The best time to watch the show in my opinion is right after sunset.
- Rainforest Café grotto and store
Location: Las Vegas Blvd.
We didn’t eat here but my son was so fascinated by the crocodile, snake and tiger that is located on the first floor by the entry way. If I didn’t pry him away, he could have easily spent another hour there. It is a good place to take a breather while the kids are entertained for free.
- Secret Pizza Parlor
Location: Cosmopolitan Hotel
SPOILER ALERT: The secret pizza parlor is located on the 3rd floor of the Cosmopolitan. You will go through a narrow hallway with art work and pictures on the wall and at the end is the pizza parlor. They have old school pinball machines and Galaga machines that you can play with while you wait for your New York style pizza.
The lines can get really long after the clubs close so don’t go during that time.
- Crystals Shopping Center
Location: Attached to Aria Hotel
Cost: FREE to walk around
The Crystals Shopping Center is a fashionista’s paradise! Here you will find all high-end luxury brand stores like Celine, Dior, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, etc. As I enjoyed window shopping (and dreaming) my son played at the Halo collection of about 20 clear tubes with spinning vortices of water.
From here you can take a free Tram to the Monte Carlo, Bellagio and Aria.