Fam­ily-Friendly Fun

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Make ev­ery day in Las Ve­gas a fam­ily-friendly ad­ven­ture that’s fun for kids of ev­ery age. Lions, dol­phins and sharks find a home up and down the Strip, while thrill rides will make your hair stand on end. Ex­plore them all at these nine at­trac­tions.


MGM Grand used to have its own lion habi­tat, but now the big cats roam this ranch south of the Strip. Lions from 3 weeks to 20 years old are on dis­play. Go on a be­hindthe-scenes tour to see the lions fed, cleaned, bathed and more. Bonus: pet the ranch’s gi­raffe Ozzie. 382 Bruner Ave., 702.595.6666


Test your in­ner crime solver at the block­buster in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit based on the hit TV show, “CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion.” State- of-theart foren­sic equip­ment and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays help fans sur­vey the crime scene, gather the ev­i­dence and solve the case. MGM Grand, 702.891.8111


Get your thrills on more than 25 rides in­clud­ing two roller coast­ers at this five-acre, in­door amuse­ment park. Canyon Blaster is the world’s only in­door dou­ble-loop, dou­ble-corkscrew roller coaster speed­ing through The Ad­ven­ture­dome at 55 mph, while El Loco as­cends 90 feet be­fore drop­ping over and un­der to ex­pe­ri­ence a 1.5 ver­ti­cal-G. Cir­cus Cir­cus, 702.794.3939


Head south of the Strip for an aquar­ium fea­tur­ing more than 4,000 fish, three species of stingrays and three types of sharks in a 117,000- gal­lon tank. As mes­mer­iz­ing as it is to watch these crea­tures swim­ming around, it gets more ex­cit­ing dur­ing two in­ter­ac­tive feed­ing shows daily and mer­maid swims on Thurs­days through Sun­days. Sil­ver­ton, 702.263.7777


Choco­late lovers young and old will love this place where logo-shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence dreams come true. See the Color­works wall and the 3- D an­i­mated movie “I Lost My M in Las Ve­gas,” or or­der per­son­al­ized ver­sions of the candies. Best of all, it’s free, un­less you buy some candy. Show­case Mall, 3785 Las Ve­gas Blvd. S., 702.740.2504


Rides sit atop the ob­ser­va­tion tower for ad­ven­tures not meant for the ver­ti­cally chal­lenged. Big Shot launches rid­ers 160 feet to the tallest point in the city, only to free fall back to the plat­form. X-Scream trav­els 30 feet off the edge of the tower at 30 mph. And then there’s In­san­ity, an in­verted cen­trifuge that spins you 64 feet over the edge of the tower at a force of 3 Gs. Strato­sphere, 702.383.5210


Look 15 species of sharks and 2,000 other un­der­wa­ter crea­tures right in the eye at North Amer­ica’s only preda­tor-based aquar­ium and ex­hibit. Tour the 14 ex­hibits, in­clud­ing the 1.3-mil­lion gal­lon ship­wreck for an al­most 360- de­gree view in an acrylic tun­nel. Ex­plore the Touch Pool, where ev­ery­one can touch sharks, rays or horse­shoe crabs. Man­dalay Bay, 702.632.4555


One half of this mag­i­cal at­trac­tion fea­tures the white tigers, lions and other big cats from the fa­mous ma­gi­cians. The other half lives in a neigh­bor­ing 2.5-mil­lion gal­lon habi­tat with dol­phins. Be sure to head down to the un­der­wa­ter view­ing ar­eas. Mi­rage, 702.791.7188


The 15-acre Flamingo Wildlife Habi­tat is open 24 hours a day and filled with a flock of Chilean flamin­gos, Ring Tealed ducks and Sa­cred Ibis as well as swans, koi fish and tur­tles. Two brown pel­i­cans joined the flock from a pel­i­can res­cue in 2012. Flamingo, 702.733.3349

El Loco

Shark Reef

Big Shot

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