If you're hesitant to ring in the 2019 New Year with your family among all the chaos on the Las Vegas strip, consider a kid-friendly getaway to Adventuredome Las Vegas and wrap up 2018 under the five-acre hot pink big top at Circus Circus hotel. With rides and attractions for thrill-seekers and tiny tots alike, Adventurdome is one of the country's largest indoor theme parks, so you won't even have to check the forecast. Make sure to investigate all the ways you can save before booking your expedition.
What to Do
With a packed weekend's worth of entertainment, plan on spending a good chunk of time in the Adventuredome. Regular Wristband Vouchers for adults (anyone 48-inches or taller) are $33.95 and $19.95 for juniors (48-inches and under) for ride-all-day enjoyment. Plan a family laser competition at Black Heist Laser Challenge: Crack The Code or Escape The Vault, where challengers either race through a web or lasers and intentionally break as many beams as possible or navigate a series of lasers while avoiding as many beams as possible. Or, Lazer Blast offers a more-traditional lazer tag challenge, where siblings and parents get the chance to nab each other with a little friendly fire. Try out your hand at rock climbing or, for serious daredevils, bungee jumping in the Xtreme Zone. More tame crowds will enjoy a round of mini-golf at Pirates Bounty, mini-bowling at Highway 66, or an afternoon of gaming in the Arcade. For little ones, free clown shows on the main stage occur at noon, 1, 3, and 4 p.m.
For those who are there for the rides, the Canyon Blaster coaster features a double corkscrew and gets up to 55 miles per hour. Or, scale 90 feet before experiencing a dramatic drop on the El Loco. Coaster riders must be at least 48-inches or taller. Other fun attractions include the Canyon Cars bumpers (adults must be 54 inches to drive and kids 42 inches to ride), Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4-D show, and endless flipping on the Inverter.
Families with smaller children can enjoy the B.C. Bus, Drifters Ferris wheel, Circus Carousel, and friendly slopes on the Road Runner. Junior rides for those between 36 and 58 inches include the Frog Hopper and Miner Mike, perfect for parents to watch their little ones and snap photos of their toothy smiles.
Outside of the Adventurdome, Circus Circus offers free circus acts every day starting at 11:30 a.m. Jaw-dropping entertainment includes the flying trapeze, stunning aerial displays à la Cirque du Soleil, juggling, strength displays, unicycles, and more. Surrounding the stage is Carnival Midway, with games and entertainment for kids and adults alike. Enjoy classic carnival games and prizes while you wait for the next show to start on the circus stage.
If you didn't get your fill of holiday shopping, take the family for a stroll at the Circus Circus shopping promenade, and make a one-of-a-kind souvenir at Buffalo Old Time Photo.
Where to Stay
Staying at the Adventuredome's Circus Circus hotel makes it easy to enjoy the fun in a one-stop shop. The hotel offers double king and double queen rooms, suites for larger families, and an RV park for road-trippers who prefer to camp on the Las Vegas Strip.
The family-oriented hotel features three towers connected by a sky shuttle and, of course, the five-acre Adventuredome. Circus Circus is one of the more affordable options on the strip and has a lot of free entertainment, so it's an ideal choice for families on a budget.
Where to Eat
Within Adventuredome, there is a main snack bar, and adults can pop by the Cactus Bar for a cocktail. But, prices will be inflated and you might be better off bringing in your own snacks and enjoying another eatery at the casino, just outside of the dome.
Circus Circus has several restaurants on the premise, with reservations still available for New Year's Eve, including THE Steak House, Circus Buffet (open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.), a dine-in or take-out Pizzeria, the 24/7 Westside Deli, and Blue Iguana Authentic Mexican Cuisine. For families with small children, the buffet is an ideal option, as children under age 4 eat free with a paying adult. For a more formal option, THE Steak House serves Midwestern beef featuring Prime cuts prepared over a mesquite charcoal broiler in exhibition style. Perhaps the perfect in between is the Blue Iguana Mexican eatery, with kid-friendly options like the deluxe nachos or deep-fried taco and grown up dishes including the Iguana chicken bowl or traditional albondigas soup.
If you want to explore more of the strip, enjoy children-friendly Las Vegas New Year's Eve dinner options nearby, like Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Hotel (which welcomes children under 12 for $25), Zen Kitchen at Waldorf Astoria for children of all ages, or Canyon Ranch Grill with an expanded kid's menu for the holiday.
Where to Ring in 2019 Nearby
Hop a cab or the Monorail (which is free for riders on New Year's Eve) to Mandalay Bay for a family-friendly performance by three-time Grammy winners Maroon 5, which starts at 8p.m. on the 31st. While Mandalay Bay's night clubs are limited to 21-and-over, you can view the fireworks from the casino's self-park garage nearby. If Uptown Funk is more your speed, Bruno Mars will be performing with special guest Boyz II Men at T-Mobile Arena nearby.
Since Circus Circus is on the North end of the strip, the fireworks view will be a little distant, but that might be preferable for enjoying the show from afar, away from the chaos. If you want to have a closer view, take advantage of the free public transportation (road will be closed to cars and rideshares), and take the Las Vegas Downtown to a more-central area of the strip. To avoid the raucous crowds on the street, find a prime spot on a pedestrian bridge or at a central parking garage, like Gold Coast. If you have little ones, note that strollers are banned on the strip on New Year's Eve.