The family is in Las Vegas? Sure there are rides, restaurants and tons of entertainment activities, but what about education? What about museums? Well, Vegas has fun and educational activities too! If you’re in Las Vegas and looking to soak up some culture, check out these great places.
The Discovery Children’s Museum is located in the heart of Las Vegas. This attraction opened in March of 2013 in conjunction with The Smith Center. Admission is a flat 12 dollars no matter how old or young you are. This place is amazing! Kids and adults will love all the educational attractions the museum has to offer and how close the building is to all sides of town.
The Museum has a science exhibit that teaches kids about patents, another section called “It’s Your Choice” that is designed to help children learn about the importance of good health, an Eco-Friendly exhibit, a mystery attraction that helps children utilize critical thinking skills and a water exhibit designed to teach kids about the power of movement. This museum also will feature traveling fine art exhibits once it is fully up and running. The website is expected to be fully completed by June and the art portion should be in full swing by mid-summer.
Another awesome place for families to visit, and gain some knowledge, is the Las Vegas Natural History museum. Adults are 10 dollars and children ages 3-11 are 5 dollars. Kids under 3 years of age are always free. This museum is adjacent to Cashman Center on Las Vegas Blvd. Children who love dinosaurs will be thrilled when entering this museum. It houses a 244 year old fossil from a Thalattoarchon! Kids can partake in dinosaur / mummy cretaceous science investigation-otherwise known as their version of a CSI team. Parents can print out a free lesson plan here before even arriving at the museum- which helps promote a sense of excitement about the museum before arrival and keeps the kids engaged in the learning aspect while at the dinosaur exhibits.
The Las Vegas Natural History museum also has a weekly Lego interactive attraction that is education, along with feeding sharks and a Critter Connection attraction. Coupons for families are also available directly on the museum’s website.
One last educational attraction to check out is The Springs Preserve. This is also located within central Las Vegas and is easy to get to. The cost can vary depending on what attractions you want your family to take part in and if you are local, visiting or a member. Whatever you chose to do at the Preserve, don’t miss out on the Live Collections. Kids of all ages will love this fun learning tool. It boasts live lizards, foxes, gilla monsters and more. Kids can get up close with these animals with the Live Collections attractions and there is lots of staff available to help answer any curious questions!
Many people don’t understand that Las Vegas is a kid friendly place. And, in being so, the city hosts a wide-variety of educational and fun activities!
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