Lots for Tots in Las Vegas

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By Yvonne Newman

From musicals to dinosaurs, from The Summit to a giant treehouse—downtown Las Vegas is a good place for family fun. You can find a mix of things to do perfect for the young and young at heart.

DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AT SYMPHONY PARK

The Young at Art area at Discovery Children’s Museum

The Young at Art area at Discovery Children’s Museum

Learning is filled with amusement at this three-story museum that features lots of hands-on activities. It all begins on the first floor with The Summit, a 70-foot tower that ascends to the top of the building. Not only are there slides and climbing structures, but kids can also check out interactive science displays on its 12 distinct levels. Imaginations will run wild in the other core educational areas at Discovery Children’s Museum. Kids can conduct experiments at the eclectic laboratory in Patents Pending, get creative in the Young at Art workshop and so much more! discoverykidslv.org

DOWNTOWN CONTAINER PARK

The treehouse at Downtown Container Park

The treehouse at Downtown Container Park

A one-of-a-kind play zone is at the heart of this outdoor shopping attraction on the corner of Fremont and Seventh Streets. Kids will feel like they’ve found paradise here and parents will appreciate the budget-friendly price tag—it’s free! Among the activities is the popular NEOS 360 play system, an electronic game that blends the excitement of video games with the aerobic rush of outdoor fun as children are compelled to race around hitting flashing lights. There’s also a treehouse built from shipping containers with a 33-foot-tall slide. downtowncontainerpark.com

LAS VEGAS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

A leopard on display at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum

A leopard on display at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Photo by Jilliene Jaeger

For young archeologists and wildlife enthusiasts, nothing beats a visit to this museum located at 900 N. Las Vegas Blvd. It’s home to a display of animatronic dinosaurs including a ferocious 35-foot-long tyrannosaurus rex, a triceratops and a raptor! Kids can explore the Serengeti in the Las Vegas Founders’ African Galleries and enjoy other ongoing exhibits like the Treasures of Egypt, International Wildlife Gallery and Cox Charities Young Scientist Center. lvnhm.org

THE SMITH CENTER AT SYMPHONY PARK

Among a host of entertainment, see beloved children’s stories come to life in this performing arts center. The Sound of Music plays in Reynolds Hall on Aug. 2-7 and 9-14. Thanks to the direction of three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, the adventures of Maria and the von Trapp family are sure to enchant audiences. thesmithcenter.com

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