Thanksgiving in Las Vegas with the kids

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas can be an amazing time, especially for children.  Here are a few suggestions for things to do on Thanksgiving Day for families visiting Las Vegas.

 1. Thanksgiving in Las Vegas can be an amazing time, especially for children.  But, families on a budget (and who want to avoid massive crowds) should stay away from the infamous Las Vegas Buffets. Buffets in Las Vegas tend to feature gourmet cuisine (on a massive level) and champagne prices. Plus, Thanksgiving tends to bring tourists and locals together in one very long, long, long line. Not the ideal set-up for hungry kids on turkey-day! Here is what we suggest for families visiting Las Vegas on Thanksgiving day. Ranch House Kitchen in Town Square. The menu is healthy and inexpensive. Located on Las Vegas Blvd., Ranch House is a short cab ride from most of the hotels and accessible via city bus too.  There is a mechanical bull that kids can ride. Healthy sweet potato tots and the smoked turkey breast platter are menu staples and perfect for a Thanksgiving Day feast too.

 2. Rave Motion Pictures at Town Square is a pleasant option for families in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving.  Pi in 3D opens on November 21st.  Rave Motion Pictures offers its signature large screen entertainment, raveXtreme. This special BIG SCREEN EXPERIENCE is an enormous wall to wall and floor to ceiling curved silver screen.

 3. If you really want to try a buffet on Thanksgiving,  The Palms Hotel and Casino is the best bet for an inexpensive, child-friendly option. The Palms’ buffet is located in the middle of the casino, but the main floor is small enough that it isn’t a challenge to move a family quickly through it. The Palms also has a movie theater and a KidsQuest hourly babysitting venue.

 4. Pole Position is located across from The Palms Hotel and Casino. It is also very accessible for families staying a few miles away on Las Vegas Blvd. Pole Position  is a unique,  family-friendly go kart track. The company offers an Arrive and Drive promotion or scheduled races. The downside is that children have to be a minimum of forty-eight inches tall to participate.

 5. When children visit (or even live in) Las Vegas, the large white castle sitting on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana beckons a stop.  The Excalibur has a huge arcade and carnival-like setting in the basement. But, it is the Tournament of Kings Jousting show that will entertain the entire family. The Tournament of Kings is opened on Thanksgiving night, starting sharply at 6pm.  There are two ticket options.  $44 dollars for the dinnerless show or a full-experience ticket at $59 dollars. The Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur is appropriate for children of all ages. Plus, kids who are three years old (or younger) may sit on a parent’s lap and don’t need a ticket. ** This show is not safe for adults or children who suffer from asthma or seizures because it features horses, pyrotechnics, strobe lights,  and fog effects.

 6. The Neon Museum, which recently re-opened, is an off-the-beaten path options for families seeking a little adventure on Thanksgiving Day. The Neon Museum, which is free for children under the age of six, sits on two acres of land and is located on the north side of Las Vegas Blvd. It is only accessible by cab or if you have a rental car. Note, if you do take a cab then  schedule a pick-up to get back to the hotel. Taxis normally don’t stop at the Neon Museum to pick-up tourists.  The museum allows visitors to tour old Las Vegas signs, starting with those from the 1930’s.  The only downfall to this activity is that there are no bathrooms on property. This can be a challenge with toddlers, but if your child can spend an hour touring Vegas’ past- it is worth living without a potty break!

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The Las Vegas Strip contains many family friendly shows.

The Cirque du Soleil features acts to enthrall all the family. Their “O” and “KA” shows are exciting and very family friendly. Or try the Blue Man Group; an act with a difference! Three blue-hued men dressed in black will draw you into their fantasy world.

There are plenty of Vegas shows for the whole family; enjoy Mike Hammer’s Comedy Magic show at the Four Queens Hotel in downtown, or the Comedy Pet Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort or Dirk Arthur’s Extreme Magic Show, with his white tigers, Bengal tigers, spotted leopards, black panthers and a rare tiger. And what about the V: The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood? Global award-winning magicians and illusionists perform in an exhilarating magic show, featuring comedy, physical feats, juggling and magic.