Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas Before You Grow Up


By Yvonne Newman

Adults aren’t the only ones who’ll have an oh-so-awesome time in downtown Las Vegas. Thanks to a towering treehouse and shark-infested water slide as well as educational institutions that make learning ridiculously fun, kids will enjoy plenty of playtime, too.

Explore at the Discovery Children’s Museum


Imaginations will run wild at this museum located at 360 Promenade Place by The Smith Center. There are several ongoing exhibits (including Patents Pending, Fantasy Festival, Water World, Eco City, Toddler Town, Young at Art, It’s Your Choice and Solve It! Mystery Town) packed with interactive opportunities. The Summit, a 70-foot tower filled with sliding and climbing structures, encourages experimentation with different scientific concepts. What’s more, a traveling featured exhibit called Rescue lets children experience scenarios carried out by emergency personnel of the air, land and sea—like flying a life-sized rescue helicopter simulator!


A treasure trove of amusement awaits in the play zone at the heart of this open-air shopping center at 707 Fremont St. Kids will be captivated by The Treehouse, a wonderful play place made from shipping containers that features a 33-foot-tall slide. Plus, with a NEOS play system, huge foam building blocks, special events and much more, they’ll never want to leave.

The Tank’s shark water chute at Golden Nugget


Ready for a thrill? Glide past the ocean’s deadliest critters. Yep, that’s right…we’re talking about live sharks. The one-of-a-kind Tank pool features a 200,000-gallon aquarium filled with the razor-toothed fish, and there’s a 30-foot-tall water slide that will take you right through the center of it before plopping you out in a giant splash. Check out the pool here.


Dig deep into science and the natural world at this museum adjacent to Cashman Center at 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The world’s animals, ecosystems and cultures come to life through themed hands-on exhibits. Kids can enter King Tut’s tomb in Treasures of Egypt, excavate fossils in the Cox Charities Young Scientist Center and glimpse a roaring 35-foot-long tyrannosaurus rex in the Engelstad Family Prehistoric Life Gallery.

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