Las Vegas with a family

 Free Family-Friendly Things to do in Vegas!

We all know that traveling as a family isn’t exactly cheap. So why not try to save money where you can? I’ve put together a list of free family friendly activities in Las Vegas that’ll keep you entertained on a budget!

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden

This 14,000 square foot floral wonderland has an ever changing scene of fun, beauty and creativity. With each season new flowers and designs are brought in with breathtaking displays. Fun tip, if you get there early enough (before 7:00 a.m.) you can see the horticulturalists changing out the dying flowers for fresh, vibrant new ones throughout the display.

Circus Acts at Circus Circus

As a local, I have so many fond memories of my dad taking me to see the circus acts at Circus Circus. Little did I know that it was my dad’s way of entertaining me for free. With world class acts that include jugglers, trapeze artists and more you’ll be entertained for hours. For a list of performing acts click here: https://www.circuscircus.com/en/entertainment/circus-acts.html




The Aquarium & Mermaids at the Silverton

Talk about an oasis filled with mystique and beauty in the middle of the desert. This 117,000 gallon aquarium has a variety of tropical fish, sharks and other sea life. Thursday-Sundays you will also be able see live mermaids take to the water to interact with spectators.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory

If you’re anything like me then you might be obsessed with chocolate. Ethel M Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite places to visit. When at the factory you can walk down a viewing aisle and overlook as chocolatiers create gourmet chocolate right in front of you. At the end of the self guided tour you can take a walk around the chocolate shop that’s filled with gourmet chocolates and brittles. Don’t forget to grab your free sample!



Fall of Atlantis at Caesar’s Palace

Located in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace this animatronics show is entertaining and educational. This intense display of fire and water tells the mythological story of the city of Atlantis as two 9 foot tall sibling statues battle for control. This show runs at the top of every hour starting at 11:00 a.m. daily.

Fountains of Bellagio

See water like you’ve never seen before, dancing and lit up to a variety of music from Broadway hits to pop music. Located in front of the Bellagio, this 8.5 acre lake has 1,214 jets that shoot water over 450 feet into the air all choreographed to music. It’s classy entertainment on a budget.

Fremont Street Experience

I think Fremont Street is one of the most underrated places in Vegas. There are shops, street entertainers and food galore (deep fried Oreos anyone?). There is live entertainment every night (for a calendar click here http://vegasexperience.com/calendar/) and the famous Viva Visions show which playfully display amazing light shows on a 1,500 foot long video screen overhead to the likes of Bon Jovi, The Doors and more (for a schedule click here http://vegasexperience.com/calendar/).

M&M’s World

Do you want to go to heaven? How about a 4 story chocolate heaven? M&M’s World will offer an unforgettable experience for both you and the kids. On the first floor you’ll find souvenirs & memorabilia galore – from key chains to coffee mugs they have everything M&M you could ever want. The second floor is a feast for the eyes with a rainbow wall full of 22 different M&M colors, every color from pink to grey. The third floor is every kid’s favorite with a free interactive movie ” I left my M in Vegas”. A funny short film (10 minutes) about how Red gambled his “M” away and now him and Yellow are on a mission to get it back! The fourth floor has a NASCAR theme with the M&M’s sponsored Toyota Camry parked in the middle of the floor and a cache of NASCAR merchandise surrounding it.



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The Container Park

This one-of-a-kind play area that was opened in December of 2013 was constructed of 43 re-purposed shipping containers and 41 locally manufactured Xtreme cubes and includes a tree house with a 33 foot tall slide! The play area features a NEOS play system to get your kids moving and to have fun doing it! While the kiddos are having a blast in the gated playground, mom & dad can go to all the boutique shops for a little shopping and grab a meal at one of the many dining options. Throughout the year they have live entertainment (Click here for current events http://downtowncontainerpark.com/events/month/).

Streetmosphere at The Venetian

How about a quick trip to Italy? Head over to St. Mark’s Square at the Venetian and you can come pretty close. With an all day line up of opera singers, jugglers, “living statues” and more you will be entertained and transported to the Italian Renaissance. Grab some gelato or coffee from the nearby cafes and relax while being entertained.

The Volcano at the Mirage

For almost 30 years this Volcano has been lighting up the Vegas strip with an intense fire show orchestrated to music. From the same creators as the Bellagio Fountains, this show includes 12 foot flames that shoot into the air, coordinated fire spouts, water and smoke effects.

The Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum

Located in McCarran International Airport, this museum will walk you through Vegas’ local history of aviation. You’ll learn the history of McCarran airport (originally known as Anderson field), the first flights into Vegas and how the airport has evolved since the 1920s.

First Fridays (Located Downtown)

If you are lucky enough to be in Vegas the first Friday of the month you can head over to the downtown area for a night of art, entertainment and food trucks. This foundation brings local artists from all over the city together for a night of creativity, community & fun.

Shelby American World Headquarters

Just south of the Strip is the Shelby American World Headquarters. They have a free car museum that takes you from the first Shelby ever created to the most current model and creation. Their guide, Jim, knew Carroll Shelby personally and tells you story after story of one of the most iconic figures in automotive history. You can also walk up to the glass walls in the Heritage center that overlook the shop where you can watch the technicians build custom Shelby’s. Don’t forget to sign your name on the wall with a Sharpie to let the world know you were there!

The ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ Sign

Visiting this famous sign is now safer than ever thanks to the latest addition of a small parking lot right in front of it. Come by, park and get your picture taken with one of the most iconic signs in the world.

What fun & hidden free treasures have you found in Las Vegas?
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