Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids This Week New Year’s Eve Edition

by Kimberley McGee
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Jan. 20 – Fresh updates today! 

There is so much to do in and around Las Vegas that it can be overwhelming to figure out what to do tonight or this weekend. I have plucked some of the best events around town from the long list of things to do to let you know what’s new in Las Vegas for families, from festivals to free events. OK, full disclosure. I’m tired of forgetting things so I make lists. I love lists. But the paper lists get lost, so I made this list of all the things I think are cool to do this week and share it with you!

If you homeschool, I’ve moved the homeschool meetups and classes because there are just so many!

I’ll continue to post unusual or worthwhile events daily on the Vegas Kids Zone Facebook page. And don’t forget the VKZ weekly deals page for updated field trips, discount days at area businesses and more!

The POGO Pass has been a great way to extend our budget for local and travel deals! Get the card to gain free access to local play places, sports activities, water parks and more. Use it for the Discovery Museum’s many summer events!

And if you are trekking across the city to go to an event, check out the Las Vegas Bingo car game kids can play (and keep busy) while you drive. It’s FREE for a limited time.
Vegas Car Bingo

 

Jan. 28

Night Snowshoe Hike
Spring Mountains
MUST REGISTER

Join an educator and discover the wonders of winter in the Spring Mountains on snowshoes! This 90-minute program is $10 and includes snowshoes and poles for the hike. Hikers will be instructed to walk in the snowshoes and then lead on a hike. This program is somewhat strenuous and is best for ages 12 and up. Snowshoes fit most feet of people over age 12.

Registration is required and will not be confirmed until payment is made. Registration closes at 3:45 pm the day before the event. A separate email will be sent the night before to all participants regarding the exact meeting location and other essential details. Check your spam folder if you don’t receive an email. All participants should know that driving and walking in snowy conditions is at their own risk. Participants must check nvroads.com for real-time chains/snow tire requirements, and vehicles must be able to park on snowy lots that may have slush or ice. Read our Snow Season page for details.

This program is subject to cancelation due to weather conditions; you will be issued a refund if this happens.

Jan. 29

Snow Day Activities
Spring Mountain Visitor Center
12- 4 p.m.
Free
No registration is required. 4th-grade participants will get a free Every Kid Outdoors pass which offers access to many of America’s public lands.

Stop by for a bit and warm up from the chilly weather at the Education Building! The interpretive staff will teach about the animals that live in the Spring Mountains and how they survive the winter. Participate in a variety of arts and crafts activities. Enjoy some hot chocolate, tea, and apple cider for a $1 donation while supplies last. All donation proceeds help fund our educational and volunteer programs!

Learn from Archaeologists
Lost City Museum
Overton, NV
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission is $6, free for children ages 17 and younger and museum members.
(702) 397-2193 or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/lostcitymuseum.

Museum enthusiasts will have a rare chance to talk to archaeologists who catalog and curate archaeological resources. Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Springs Preserve, and Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas will have activity stations for learners of all ages. The museum is about 60 miles from Las Vegas.

Plogging Volunteer Event
Wayne Bunker Family Park
Tenaya and Alexander (NW)

The City of Las Vegas has volunteer opps around the city where you can get together with friends, pick up litter and make the park pretty while getting to know more about your community.

Jan. 30

Winter Ecology Hike
Upper Lee Meadows
10-11 a.m.
This program is for visitors of all ages.
*No registration is required for this program.
4th-grade participants will get a free Every Kid Outdoors pass which offers access to many of America’s public lands.The Southern Nevada Conservancy will be at the Echo trail to help kids of all ages discover the adaptations that help animals survive in the winter month. Please come prepared with proper outdoor clothing. Temperatures in the Spring Mountains can be 20-30 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley. Young participants will have a chance to earn their Spring Mountains Junior Ranger badge.

Sustainability Gallery Classroom
Springs Preserve
11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Free

A 15- to 30-minute fun and interactive time with activities for kids that explore the importance of conservation.

Chinese New Year Events

Feb. 1

Chinese New Year Parade
Downtown Summerlin
Park Centre Drive
6 p.m.

The signature Downtown Summerlin® Lunar New Year parade returns on Tuesday, Feb. 1 with a 6 p.m. performance featuring fan dancers, stilt walkers an oversized-dragon and more. The parade, in partnership with BESTAgency and Guan Strong Lion Arts Association, takes place on Park Centre Drive.

February 1 through February 15, the property celebrates the year of the Tiger with festive décor throughout the common areas. Highlights include picture prefect oversized 2022 letters in Macy’s Promenade, a larger-than-life Chinese dragon in the Dining Arroyo and an insta-worthy photo wall filled with festive décor located in the hallway near H&M.

Traditional Line Dance
Venetian Resort
Starts under the Porte-Cochere and ending in the Lobby
3 p.m.

The Venetian Resort will officially kick off Lunar New Year with a ceremonial lion dance and eye ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. The auspicious dance begins at The Venetian’s porte-cochere and winds its way through The Venetian lobby and casino, stopping in the waterfall atrium before continuing through The Palazzo casino and lobby. This exciting event features a parade of dancers and drummers in authentic costumes.

Traditional Fan Dancers
Feb. 1-6
Grand Canal Shops
St. Mark’s Square
3 p.m.
Sky 3:30 p.m.

Traditional fan dancers will perform at Grand Canal Shoppes daily from Feb. 1 through Feb. 6.

Year of the Tiger
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

If you are going to the Bellagio Conservatory to check out the Chinese New Year display through March 4, I have a treasure hunt/study unit you can print out for kids to take and find the jade coins, bonsai trees and understand the meaning behind the flowers chosen for this intricate and gorgeous organic display.

Feb. 3

11th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert celebration
Grand Canal Shoppes
3: 12pm – 12:45pm

Revel in the holiday spirit at the 11th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert celebration on Thursday, Feb. 3, which includes performances and a traditional lion blessing and dance.

Kid-Friendly Places

Adventuredome
Circus Circus
$25

The Adventuredome is festooned with holiday decor and a great place to take kids or visiting family with over 5 acres of rides, carnival games and live shows to spend the day with friends and family of any age. BUT! Get GLOWING after dark every Friday & Saturday takes on a new vibe with neon inspired rides, attractions and Midway Games.

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