Top 7 Things to Do With Kids on Your Last Summer Trip to Vegas

It’s almost back to school time, but don’t get out your school supplies just yet – there’s still time for one last family vacation before your kids hit the books.

And this trip is one that gives the entire family something to smile about. Here’s our list of the Top 7 family-friendly things to do in Vegas.

Downtown Container Park – Just a few miles from the Strip is this hidden gem, complete with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. But you’ll also find some pretty cool entertainment for both kids and adults. Smack dab in the center of the venue is an interactive play area that includes a treehouse with a 33-foot slide and a dynamic NEOS Playworld System so your kids can explore while you enjoy explore the restaurants and shops. An adjacent stage offers free entertainment including music performances, children’s programming, variety acts, weekly movie nights, and more.

Discovery Children’s Museum – This three-story museum is filled with wondrous exhibits promoting science, art and culture.  The 58,000-square-foot museum includes nine themed exhibition halls with hands-on demonstrations and interactive experiments. There’s even a 70-foot, 13-level climbing structure with slides, tubes and educational activities. Other features include Water World (get ready to splish splash fun), Fantasy Festival (use your imagination), Toddler Town (for children five and under), Solve It! Mystery Town (channel your inner gumshoe), Patents Pending (put your experiments to the test), Young At Art (unleash your inner artist), Its Your Choice (learn healthy living habits) and Eco City (learn the art of money in this mini-play city with a bank, animal clinic, grocery store and airport). Even though it’s billed for kids, this wonderland will bring out the inner kid in anyone.

Super Summer Theater at Spring Mountain Ranch – This outdoor experience, just 10 miles out of Las Vegas, is 10 degrees cooler than the city and the perfect location to enjoy a picnic dinner and an evening of musical theatre under the stars. Performing during select dates in August is Shrek the Musical. Tickets are just $12.95 with advance purchase ($20 at the door) and children five and under are free. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show start at 8:05 p.m. Don’t forget to pack blankets, chairs and snacks!

Red Rock Canyon – Head 15 miles west and you’ll take in the natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon with its eroded white, grey and red rock formations and sandstone peaks surrounded by Mojave Desert plains. A 13-mile, one-way loop provides convenient vehicle access, while several side roads and parking areas make for great hiking trails and picnic areas. There are also several family-friendly events, like arts and crafts and nature displays. So whether the family’s up for a brisk hike, a gorgeous summer picnic, a scenic drive, or a fun painting class, Red Rock is a definite must.

Bonnie Springs Ranch – Tucked away next to the gorgeous Red Rock Canyon is Bonnie Springs, a quaint old western town full of adventure. Originally built as a stopover for wagon trains traveling down the Old Spanish Trail to California, the ranch has been operating as a tourist attraction since 1952.  Things to do include horseback riding, pony rides, a petting zoo and a train ride. There’s also a motel, restaurant and bar, so plan to make a day of it!

Springs Preserve – This place is full of interactive exhibits and outdoor gardens that are perfect for kids and parents, too. With more than 180 acres built around Las Vegas’ natural water resource, the Las Vegas Springs, the Springs Preserves has an abundance of trails, exhibits and even an outdoor amphitheater. Admission ranges from $10.95 (kids) to $18.95 (adults) and children under four are free.

Cowabunga Bay Water Park – Vegas’ newest summer attraction is Cowabunga Bay Water Park, now open with 25 attractions including eight waterslides, three pools, three restaurants, cabanas and a family area for children. Families of four will have a blast on the Beach Blanket Bonzai, a giant raft slide for parties of four that takes an exhilarating 600-foot journey through twist, turns and drops. You and your kids are guaranteed to have an absolute blast! General admission is $35.99, $27.99 for kids under 48 inches and free for children ages two and under. Visit the website for special summer night pricing and season pass discounts.