When people say Las Vegas is America’s playground, they’re not just talking about the Strip. Once you get into the neighborhoods,
you’ll find—wait for it—playgrounds and much more for families to enjoy. Here are seven of our favorites.
Animal Adventure Tour, Casa de Shenandoah
While Mom and Dad admire Wayne Newton’s recording legacy, the kids can see mini horses, feed swans and ducks, and be introduced to exotic animals such as Boo the Capuchin monkey and Charlie the South African penguin. 3310 E. Sunset Rd., casadeshenandoah.com
Aquarium Las Vegas
The 117,000-gallon aquarium in the Silverton Casino features live mermaids, just like the one from the cartoon parents have no doubt seen many, many times. 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., silvertoncasino.com
Discovery Children’s Museum
So much fun that you don’t realize you’re learning something, and with an ongoing calendar of exhibits and programming, you’ll never run out of things to do. 360 Promenade Place, discoverykidslv.org
Dave & Buster’s
Carnival games are great, but this is your chance to prove to your kids that you were once a Dance Dance Revolution master, if only those hyperactive teens would get off the machine! Downtown Summerlin, daveandbusters.com
Mini golf, wall climbing, a ninja course and paint-less paintball all in blacklight and all under one roof. 6630 Arroyo Springs St., Suite 1200, lv.glowzone.us
Lion Habitat Ranch
Henderson’s wildlife getaway lets you get close (but not too close) to some big cats. The star attraction is Ozzie, the giraffe that paints by holding a brush in his teeth. 382 Bruner Ave., lionhabitatranch.org
The walking trails, butterfly preserve and Nevada State Museum are highlights, and your kids are going to love the Flash Flood exhibit.
333 S. Valley View Blvd., springspreserve.org