To the outside world, Las Vegas is one big adult playground; however, outside the strip and the “what happens in Vegas” vibe, there are lots of places to play like a kid – big or small! You don’t have to be a kid to play like a kid, after all! Grab your inner child and let’s explore!
For the Whole Family
Perhaps you had a trampoline as a kid or were seriously jealous of the one the neighbors had. Either way, Sky Zone is an attraction dedicated to the art of the bounce and your chance to get your jump on. Under 18s need to sign a waiver to play here and you must purchase special socks ($5) or shirts ($7) for some activities. Costs start at $21 for 60 minutes.
Take a large number of bouncy houses, sprinkle in food offerings, and presto, you have Bouncy World. For big and small kids a like, you can bounce your heart out. A bonus for parents, drop off the kids for 4 hours of play (including a snack and a drink!) and have a night out. Costs start at $12.
Las Vegas Ice Center
Step into Las Vegas Ice and cool off! With offerings like ice skating, hockey, curling, and fitness classes, there’s something for everyone in your family! Some activities are offered as “free to try,” such as figure skating and hockey, but must be booked in advance. Costs vary, however, public skate events start at $20.
Wonderland Bakery Cookie Decorating
Unleash your creative side, cookie style, with cookie decorating at Wonderland Bakery. Whether it is an after-school activity for the kids (and also awesome for the parents) or a super fun date night for just the adults, there is no reservation required. Express yourself in frosting Monday – Friday from noon-7pm.
Think of Secret Burger like an online scavenger hunt with super amazing food as your prize. The food isn’t always a burger (though sometimes it is) but it is a secret “off-the-menu” item from some of the best restaurants! How does it work? Visit the website, browse the offerings, and secure the secret item before it sells out. The bonus? You can do this activity from the comfort of your armchair, support local businesses, and get some amazing food. Costs vary.
Calling All Gamers
Press Start Gaming Center
What better way to play like a kid, then to get your game on at Press Start Gaming Center. Whether you are a long-time gamer or want to indulge in a little nostalgia (Super Mario anyone?) you will find all that your heart desires – even board games! Prices range from $7 for an hour to $26 for an all-nighter on Friday evenings.
Game Nest Las Vegas
Perhaps your inner child is more into arcade games (think more Dave & Busters, less console)? Then Game Nest is where you want to be! They offer a wide range of arcade games that you can play by the hour – specializing in unique Japanese models. Consoles are also offered here in case you have a hankering for both types of games. Prices range from $10 an hour to $30 a day.
Bring Out Your Inner Kid
Billed as “a district of immersive experiences” Area 15 is home to a multitude of unique activities. Axe throwing? Check. Zip lines? Check. Wandering through a bamboo volcano? You got it! While many of the exhibits at Area 15 change over time (read: check the website before you go), there are more permanent features such as Lost Spirits Distillery, which is touted as the world’s best. Costs vary by event.
Pinball Hall of Fame
Recently relocated to a larger space near Mandalay Bay, The Pinball Hall of Fame features 25,000 square feet of pinball delight! Games range from vintage 1950s models up to more recent iterations and a list of those available to play can be found on the website (warning, it numbers in the hundreds!). Admission here is free, as they maintain a non-profit status, and donations are welcome.
Last, but certainly not least is Dig This. Did you play in the dirt as a child? Do you longing to jump into an excavator or bulldozer and dig up things? Then, my friends, you have found the perfect place in Dig This. You will receive expert instruction in operating equipment, as well as going through obstacle courses. Experiences range from individual to group sessions and there are activities for kids too. Prices range from $75 for kid’s sessions to $740 for groups.