Museums and Farms for kids, OH MY! We have lots of educational fun for kids to enjoy here in Las Vegas.
The holidays are a wonderful time to visit all of our museums and farms. Seasonal exhibits, rides, and attractions are rolled out for the kids and fun is to be had by the whole family. From The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden (yes, they are one and it sure is fun) to Springs Preserve, we have fun fun fun for the kiddos.
The DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is a 58,000-square-foot building that is home to nine-themed exhibition halls totaling 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on core exhibits. The 5,000 square foot Featured Exhibitions Gallery is large enough to accommodate major exhibits from the nation’s leading museums. The new location is a safe, easily accessible, family-oriented and energetic educational destination that offers visitors extraordinary learning experiences and enhanced school, public and extended programs.
GENERAL ADMISSION Ages 1-99: $14.50. Members: Free. NV Residents (with valid photo ID): $12.50
Address: 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas, NV 89106
Business Hours: Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
Website: Discovery Museum
There are three great ways to spend your day at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, two of which are free.
When you visit the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson, Nevada, make sure to walk through their exclusive self-guided viewing aisle, where you might just catch chocolatiers and machines creating the Ethel M Chocolates available for purchase in the gift shop.
Each Ethel M Chocolate Tasting Experience lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and includes a bit of education on how chocolate is sourced, refined and produced, as well as the subtleties of chocolate tasting and flavor identification.
The Chocolate & Wine Tasting Experience expertly pairs premium chocolates with four hand-picked Trinchero wines. Must be 21 years or older to participate in Wine & Chocolate Tasting.
Ethel M Chocolates’ breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest and one of the world’s most prolific collections of its kind. Based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden features three acres of drought-tolerant ornamental, cacti, and other succulents.
Take a leisurely stroll through the cactus garden, and view the botanical desert terrain, and enjoy the self-guided chocolate viewing aisle.
Premium Chocolate Tasting (All Ages) Daily at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm
Adult: $15 | Child Under 13: $6 | Student: $10 | Groups of 10-19: $13 per person | Groups of 20+: $10 per person
Premium Chocolate & Wine Tasting (21 Years & Older) Daily at 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM, 7PM. Adult: $25
Address: 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014
Business Hours: Daily 8 am – 8 pm
Website: Ethem M Chocolate Factory
Gilcrease Orchard offers a unique and fun experience where people can come and pick their own produce. There are also field trips available for schools which can be set up by contacting the onsite staff. Apple cider is made in a facility located right on the orchard grounds. The process takes the orchard’s own apples and washes, chops, and makes them into the freshest cider you’ll find in the area.
Every year they have great holiday events on Halloween and Christmas. There is a carriage ride that drives you around the orchard, and for Halloween, there is pumpkin picking. The Orchard staff produces a variety of delicious treats including apple cider donuts and homemade hot chocolate. A great time for kids of all ages and families of any size.
Admission is free – you just pay for whatever fruit and vegetables you take home. Special events on Halloween and Christmas are $2 per child over 2 years of age. Under 2 and you are free!
Address: 7800 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89131
Business Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 7 am – 12 pm.
Website: Gilcrease Orchard
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a private, nonprofit natural history museum that is located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The exhibits focus on various subjects, from dinosaurs, marine life, as well as an Egyptian exhibit that opened in February 2010, focusing on the life of Tutankhamun.
Admission- Senior $10.00 each. Adult $12.00 each. Child $6.00 each.
Address: 900 Las Vegas Blvd North, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Business Hours: Daily 9 am – 4 pm
Website: Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Springs Preserve consists of 180 acres dedicated to nature walks and displays and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District. The Springs Preserve hosts several annual special events tied into holidays, seasons and cultural celebrations. These productions provide an opportunity for the community to come together and experience the Preserve’s grounds and facilities through music, art, activities, tours, and concessions.
A few of these events are Black History Month Festival, Spring and AutumnPlant Sales, Día del Niño, Brews & Blues Festival, Ice Cream Festival, Grapes & Hops Festival, Haunted Harvest, Día de Muertos and much much more. If you would like to see more events go on the site and check out their calendar. They even have activity days for children, Tours, etc.
If you are a Nevada resident, you get a significant discount paying $8.95 per adult and $4.95 per child. Seniors, Military and students are all $8.95 per person. Non-Nevada residents- Adult-$18.95 child-$10.95 student and senior $17.05 and for Military it is $8.95. Membership options range from $30 to $60. Perks of being a member are Year-round Springs Preserve AND Nevada State Museum access discounts on activities and in the Divine Cafe and Gift Shop Exclusive member previews and events. American Horticulture Society Reciprocal Admissions Program.
Address: 333 Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Business Hours: Daily, 9 am to 5 pm
Website: Springs Preserve