Perfect Play Days in Las Vegas

A local's look at some of the best kid-friendly attractions in Vegas

Spend the day in the park, the water or indoors while you gain an insider's appreciation for Vegas' most exciting attractions for the whole family. Spring's the perfect time to discover something new, and we've armed you with the hottest new things to see and do for every member of your brood. So let us be your guide through family-friendly nirvana with the stops below. Don't forget to dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes, break out that sunscreen and carry plenty of water with you! 

 

Container Park

A tribute to the spirit of ingenuity alive and well in Las Vegas, this downtown destination features local shops and restaurants and a live music venue encompassed within 40 brightly colored shipping containers. In the middle, a children's park contains a treehouse with 33-foot-tall slide, a NEOS play system, a wet zone and more. At Fremont and 7th streets, 702.637.4244

Child at Container Park

 

Da Vinci: The Exhibition

Kids big and small will marvel at machines that the true Renaissance man used to revolutionize the way humans work and play, such as inventions that pre-dated the helicopter, hang glider and more. The Venetian, 702.414.9000 

da Vinci's "The Last Supper"

 

Dolphin Habitat

There's much more to this environment, designed as an observation and research facility, than meets the eye—there are numerous ways to interact with the dolphins. Book an appointment in the spa to do yoga with the dolphins and find your zen zone in the underwater viewing area. Let a dolphin show you its creative side when you paint away the day with them. Or, indulge in the experience of a lifetime and become a Dolphin Trainer for a Day and make a new flippered friend or two. The Mirage, 702.792.7889

Dolphin trainers

 

Shark Reef

Home to some of the most menacing creatures known to man—the golden crocodile, Komodo dragon, piranha and more than 100 sharks of 15 species—this aquarium delights with its floor-to-ceiling windows and two tunnels, allowing its inhabitants to swim above, below and beside you. There's also a touch tank in which you can befriend rays and horseshoe crabs. Mandalay Bay, 702.632.4555

Golden crocodile

 

Wynn Atrium

Steve Wynn doesn't do anything small—even a simple flower garden becomes a larger-than-life display featuring hot air balloons and carousels. The latest come courtesy of designer Preston Bailey; among them, 110,000 flowers were used. Wynn, 702.770.7070

Wynn atrium