Fam­ily Fun

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Make all mem­bers of your group happy with out­ings that will de­light those from 4 to 94. Join us on a jour­ney as we un­cover the best fam­ily-friendly stops in town.

Spend the day in the park, com­muning with

the an­i­mals, in the wa­ter or at one of Las Ve­gas’ coolest in­door at­trac­tions. Make June your month of dis­cov­ery—let us be your guide through fam­ily-friendly nir­vana with these 13 great spots that are ideal for ev­ery

mem­ber of your brood.

1. WET N WILD OP­PO­SITE PAGE

Cov­er­ing more than 20 acres and fea­tur­ing more than 25 slides and at­trac­tions, fam­i­lies and will love Par­adise Falls, the in­ter­ac­tive chil­dren’s area with nine kid-friendly slides and a gi­ant dump­ing bucket that spills 300 gal­lons of wa­ter on ea­gerly wait­ing guests be­low. 7055 S. Apache Rd., (702) 979-1600

2. SE­CRET GAR­DEN

Siegfried & Roy may no longer be per­form­ing on the Strip, but their legacy lives on at the Se­cret Gar­den, as do white tigers and other large cats. Com­mit­ted to the preser­va­tion of these an­i­mals, the duo has cre­ated habi­tats nat­u­ral to each species; get an up- close and per­sonal look as they lounge, eat and play. The Mi­rage, (702) 791-7188

3. KIT­SON

This store is a true fun zone, with two lev­els of spe­cialty gifts, books, shoes, ap­parel for men, women and chil­dren and so much more. Boys can step into the world of Spiderman with these clas­sic Ari­zona Birken­stocks de­signed from a Spiderman comic book. Other su­per­hero good­ies await as well. In­side The Linq shop­ping prom­e­nade, (702) 836- 0925

4. DIS­COV­ERY CHIL­DREN’S MU­SEUM

As the name sug­gests, this mu­seum of­fers an en­gag­ing way to learn about science, tech­nol­ogy and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. New this month is the “Di­nosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice” ex­hibit, in which chil­dren of all ages can go face-to-face with the pre­his­toric world and meet di­nosaurs of all shapes and sizes. 360 Prom­e­nade Place, at Smith Cen­ter, (702) 382-5437

5. SERENDIP­ITY 3

The over-the-top cre­ations found at this whim­si­cal res­tau­rant are per­fect for a sunny sum­mer day. The fried twinkie sun­dae al­ways beck­ons, and we can’t get enough of the frozen hot cho­co­late that comes in nu­mer­ous fla­vor sen­sa­tions—try out as many as you dare! Strip-side at Cae­sars Palace, (877) 346-4642

6. TOWN SQUARE

An out­door shop­ping des­ti­na­tion cen­tered around a chil­dren’s park, you could spend hours play­ing in the Pop Jet foun­tain, where kids can splash and play in the wa­ter, the tree house in­side a 42-foot-tall live oak tree, slides, the hedge maze and play­houses. Be­fore you leave, take a ride on the Cac­tus Coaster, an elec­tric train with a lo­co­mo­tive and four pas­sen­ger wag­ons— it’s track­less and pow­ered by a silent 48-volt mo­tor. All aboard! 6605 Las Ve­gas Blvd., S., (702) 269-5001

7. RAIN­FOR­EST CAFE

Feel the call of the wild at this fam­ily-friendly res­tau­rant where you en­ter through a 10,000 gallon fish tank. An­i­ma­tronic an­i­mals of­fer up the rain­for­est’s sounds; kids menu se­lec­tions in­clude Juras­sic chicken tid­bits, python pasta and mini mojo bones (spare ribs). MGM Grand, (702) 891-8580

8. SHARK REEF

It’s ham­mer time at this spec­tac­u­lar 1.3 mil­lion-gallon aquar­ium; the reef’s new­est in­hab­i­tants are a pair of scal­loped ham­mer­head sharks, easily rec­og­niz­able for the dis­tinc­tive shape of their heads. Shark Reef is one of only three aquar­i­ums in the U.S. to house these beau­ti­ful crea­tures. Man­dalay Bay, (702) 632-4555

9. MAC KING COM­EDY MAGIC

This de­light­ful af­ter­noon show is one of the friendli­est in town, thanks to your af­fa­ble host. Whether he’s play­ing with gold­fish, masked in the “cloak of in­vis­i­bil­ity” or show­ing off his sleight- of- hand, you’ll clamor to be on-stage with Mac King. Har­rah's, (702) 369-5222

10. M&M’S WORLD

Who can re­sist four lev­els of choco­late­cov­ered good­ness? Not many, judg­ing by the num­ber of yel­low M&M bags we see on the Strip ev­ery day. Start on the top and work your way down, and don’t miss the 3D movie “I Lost My M in Las Ve­gas.” Show­case Mall, across the Strip from Monte Carlo, (702) 740-2504

11. FALL OF AT­LANTIS

The quest of King At­lantis’ chil­dren to suc­ceed him on the throne is the sto­ry­line in this foun­tain show on steroids. See what hap­pens when the gods be­come un­happy—fire rains down, and a 20-foot-tall winged beast ap­pears. Even the celebs love it—Mariah Carey was re­cently spot­ted here with her kids. In­side the Fo­rum Shops at Cae­sars, (702) 731-7110

12. LAS VE­GAS SPRINGS PRE­SERVE

Learn about an­i­mals and plants in­dige­nous to Ne­vada—then dis­cover them for your­self—at this won­der­land ded­i­cated to re­duc­ing its car­bon foot­print (which you can also learn about). You can also walk the na­ture trails and play with in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays. 333 S. Val­ley View Boule­vard, (702) 822-7700

13. BLUE MAN GROUP NOT PIC­TURED

Wild and whim­si­cal, a trio of blue men ex­plore the world of sound and color while cre­at­ing their own in­stru­ments from PVC pipes. Kids of all ages love this stun­ning show that’s truly a feast for all of the senses; it’s both imag­i­na­tive and pro­found. Monte Carlo, (702) 730-7000

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