Posted January 30, 2014 by John Baintree in News

Taking Children to Las Vegas on Holiday


Las Vegas is a city that most of us think of as a very adult city – full of casinos and nightclubs and it doesn’t have a reputation as an appropriate place to take kids on holiday.  However, ou might be surprised when you learn of some of the stuff that the famous Sin City has to offer younger visitors.   Las Vegas isn’t known as ‘The Entertainment Capital of the World’ for nothing and the city has some great tourist attractions that can be enjoyed by the kids in your holiday party.


Wet ‘n’ Wild


This is a world class water theme park less than a thirty minute drive from the Vegas Strip.  More than 30 acres of lush greenery packed with more than 25 slides and attractions blossoms like an oasis in the surrounding desert.  Water is the name of the game here and the kids will want to spend all day playing and splashing on this awesome aqua adventure.


Discovery Children’s Museum


This three storey museum is an educational delight, full of interactive exhibits that encourage the kids to discover science, art and culture.  A variety of experiences cater to all six areas of learning, no matter what the age of the child (or its accompanying adults).  This fascinating treasure house of fun is in Symphony Park near The Smith Centre in downtown Vegas.  Give the kids plenty of time in this one (and get into it yourself), it’s a truly enjoyable experience to be savoured.


Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden


No, it’s not a mistake, you haven’t read it wrong – chocolate factories and cactus gardens evidently go hand in hand in Vegas!  This is a factory that lovingly creates old fashioned chocolate using an age-old secret recipe where you can watch how the chocolate is made.  There are plenty of flavours to choose from when it comes to the free taste test that’s an important part of the tour.  The Factory also makes peanut butter, caramel and peanut brittle.


The subsequent trip to the adjoining cactus garden is a botanical treat of the more interesting nature.  A 300 strong collection of cacti and succulentsfeatures spotted aloes, yuccas and prickly pears with something or other in bloom from the end of April onwards.  On the south east side of the town, this is only a 20 minute drive from the Strip.


With these three and other attractions designed specifically with kids in mind, Las Vegas can make for a real fun packed family holiday.  Have any of you been to Vegas with the kids and how did you find it for family fun days?