Stimulating Sin City

Immerse yourself in the Hunger Games, pal with the Spice Girls and solve a murder

Be a part of the experience with interactive opportunities in Las Vegas. That could mean rubbing elbows with stars from the ’90s, learning archery at “The Hunger Games,” solving a murder mystery, getting involved in performance art or discovering the intricacies of the human body. Las Vegas has it all.

BACK IN TIME

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas celebrates 20 years on the Strip with a throwback to the ’90s. Wax figures of The Spice Girls—Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh—wear their trademark sportswear, leopard, feathers, Union Jacks and glam. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake team up in all-denim ensembles. Former President Bill Clinton gets down on playing saxophone. An all-new augmented-reality experience puts visitors in the iconic (and criminal) looks of the decade, while Instagram-worthy graffiti walls and projections await. 

CALLING KATNISS

“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” brings an immersive archery training experience to the MGM Grand. Visitors can check out almost 30 original costumes worn by the cast, including the Girl on Fire dress, the Mockingjay gown, Katniss’ Mockingjay armor and pin, Peacekeeper armor and rebellion tactical gear, as well as Katniss’ bow and arrows. The exhibition includes multiple exclusively designed experiences that let visitors explore behind-the-scenes content. See President Snow’s office, the Tribute train and go inside District 13. 

WHO DID IT?

Every night brings a new murder mystery to be solved, complete with dinner. The interactive dinner theater experience “Marriage Can Be Murder” lets the audience become part of the mystery unfolding around it, questioning their fellow diners to find out who the guilty party is. You never know, they might be sitting beside you. 

BLUE IS BETTER

The trio of blue men do everything through nonverbal performance art that includes cutting-edge music in “Blue Man Group.” Some visitors get plucked from the audience for a wooing by the threesome that includes an interesting take on Twinkies, while the entire theater gets involved in the finale that brings a lot of toilet paper and confetti.

LOVE YOUR BODY

Never look at your body the same way again. “Real Bodies” uses real human specimens to explore the complex inner workings of the human form, from the first breath to the last. Immersive galleries bring a new perspective to the body’s complex systems through a series of art gallery displays. The exhibit highlights how breathing, hunger, the rhythm of the heart, love, motion, thought and medicine are part of the human experience. 

 

Susan Stapleton
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