Sunday, February 1, 2015

Child's Play

Where to party like a kid, with a bunch of them

What stays in Vegas also plays in Vegas.

And even if you're in Vegas watching kids (or just hungover and need a break from the casino), you can still act childish off the Strip.

Here's your rundown of the best kid-themed places that are better for adults.

Bring Your Laundry Money: Pinball Hall of Fame
Pinball offers something kids' play-at-home video games can't: the sights and sounds of a real-life arcade. And at the Pinball Hall of Fame, you're free to bang away like a pinball wizard at your choice of more than 200 well-maintained classic pinball machines.
Open daily at 11a. 1610 E. Tropicana Ave. (702-597-2627). Free.

Go, Speed Racer: Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
While the height requirement is only 3 feet, anyone with a valid driver's license can take a crack at beating the record on the Adult Grand Prix Track. Don't worry, though, you can still race the little ones on the longest Go Kart track in Nevada.
Open daily at 10a. 1401 N. Rainbow Blvd. (702-259-7000). $7 per ticket.

Real-Life Cartoons:
The Chuck Jones Experience
The art of 2D animation is lost on kids raised watching Pixar and CGI, which is why The Chuck Jones Experience is meant for anyone who remembers Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of Jones' creations. You'll find them all here along with a gallery of his art and original sketches by an animator who helped define a generation of kids.
Daily 10a-10p. Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South (702-224-2580). $15-$20.

Drinking Sprits: Haunted Vegas Tours
Every town has a spooky side, and Vegas is no exception. From Bugsy Siegel and Elvis to Liberace and Redd Foxx, the ghosts of dead celebrities come alive during this two-and-a-half-hour bus tour through the historical haunts of Sin City.
$66 here. Leaves nightly from Royal Resort, 99 Convention Center Drive. (866-218-4935)

World's Largest Gift Shop: Bonanza Gifts
If your re-gift supply is running dangerously low, skip the middleman and buy something here. You'll find everything from fart whistles and bug ice cubes to rubber chickens and Elvis disguises. Just don't bring any of it to work, unless you're a professional clown.
Daily 8a-midnight. 2440 Las Vegas Blvd. South (702-385-7359)

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