24-Hours in Las Vegas with Kids

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Sheila Hayes

  • Family Travel

  • City Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Las Vegas

  • Nevada

  • Entertainment

  • Shopping

  • Kid-Friendly

24-Hours in Las Vegas with Kids
Curator’s statement

Welcome to "24 Hours in Las Vegas With Kids," a unique travel guide that takes you on an unexpected adventure in the entertainment capital of the world. In June of 2022, we found ourselves in Las Vegas unexpectedly after giving up our seats on an overbooked flight during a layover from Denver. The next flight to our home in Tampa wasn't scheduled for another 24 hours. Instead of feeling stranded, we decided to seize the opportunity and explore Las Vegas with our family. As a traveler who grew up in the 80's and 90's, I'm no stranger to the excitement of "getting bumped" off flights for vouchers, which helped fund our next adventure. Join us as we turn an unexpected layover into an unforgettable 24-hour family experience in Las Vegas!

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Morning (8:00am - 12:00pm)

Breakfast at Hash House a Go Go: Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Hash House a Go Go, known for its generous portions and delicious twists on classic dishes. They offer kid-friendly options like pancakes and waffles, a fantastic start to enjoying your morning in Las Vegas with kids

VR Experiences at New York-New York: Start your day with a blast of excitement at New York-New York’s VR experiences. Kids and adults alike can immerse themselves in thrilling virtual adventures. It’s a perfect way to kick off your day in Las Vegas with kids.

Mid-Morning: Hershey’s Chocolate World Indulge your sweet tooth at Hershey’s Chocolate World, located at New York-New York. Explore the world of chocolate with interactive exhibits and a wide selection of delicious Hershey’s treats.

Adventures in Las Vegas with Kids at Adventuredome: Head to the Adventuredome at Circus Circus, an indoor amusement park featuring roller coasters, bumper cars and arcade games. It's a perfect place for family fun, especially in the morning when it's less crowded.

Lunch (12:30pm - 2:00pm)

Lunch at Rainforest Cafe: Enjoy a jungle-themed dining experience at Rainforest Cafe, located at the MGM Grand. Kids will love the animated animals and the menu offers a variety of child-friendly meals.

Afternoon (2:30pm - 5:00pm)

Exploration at Discovery Children's Museum: No need to be searching for things to do in Las Vegas with kids on your getaway. Spend your afternoon at the Discovery Children's Museum, a hands-on, interactive space that will engage young minds and provide a break from the Vegas heat.

The Aquarium at Mandalay Bay: Visit the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, where your kids can marvel at exotic marine life, including sharks and sea turtles.

The Lego Store: Visit The Lego Store at the Fashion Show Mall. Let your kids’ creativity run wild as they explore the incredible Lego displays and maybe even pick up a souvenir or two.

Early Evening (5:30pm - 7:30pm)

Dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant: Experience a touch of Paris with dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. While it's more upscale, it welcomes families in Las Vegas with kids and offers stunning views of the city.

Evening (8:00pm - 10:00pm)

8:00pm - The Volcano Show at The Mirage: Wrap up your day with the spectacular Volcano Show at The Mirage. Gather around the lagoon as the volcano erupts with fire, water and music—an awe-inspiring experience for all ages.


Spectacular Bellagio Fountains: Don't miss the Bellagio Fountains show, which takes place every 15 minutes in the evening. It's a mesmerizing sight that all ages can enjoy and a perfect activity for families traveling with kids in Las Vegas.

Nighttime Ride on the High Roller: End your night with a ride on the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel. The evening views of the Strip are breathtaking.

Late Evening (10:30pm - 12:00am)

Sweet Treat at Serendipity: Cap off your day with a sweet treat at Serendipity 3, known for its extravagant desserts. Share a famous Frozen Hot Chocolate or indulge in other desserts.

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Need to Know

Las Vegas may be famous for its adult-oriented entertainment, but with this itinerary, you’ve discovered that there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had in just 24 hours. From thrilling rides to interactive museums and captivating shows, Las Vegas has something for everyone, including the little ones. Enjoy your whirlwind adventure in Las Vegas with kids!

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Las Vegas. In need of further inspiration? Check out Dolapo Owolabi’s guide, Kid-Friendly Escape to Las Vegas.

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