Most Las Vegas activities are designed for those people over the age of 21, but even if you haven’t turned 21 yet, Las Vegas still has plenty of things for you to do. Options are much better for people over 18, although even those under 18 can get in to see some shows, go bowling or hit a movie theater.
Shows are an excellent choice for a fun evening out. Some, like Penn & Teller, are appropriate for all ages but a few require the audience to be 18 or over, like Absinthe. Always be sure to check age restrictions before you get your tickets.
If you’re under 21, getting away from the Strip will offer more things to do. Test your mini golf skills or play some pinball at the Pinball Hall of Fame, or stay out late shooting pool.
Las Vegas has a curfew, so those under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and on Friday and Saturday from midnight to 5 a.m. Those over 18 can still be out enjoying the 24 hour nature of Las Vegas, just without drinking or gambling.
Scroll down to read more about the best things to do in Las Vegas if you’re under 21.
Not many places associated with the word “museum” are such a hands-on experience. Open from 11 a.m. until at least 11 p.m., the PHoF is packed with pinball machines from all eras. Known as both the Pinball Hall of Fame (PHoF) and the Pinball Museum, this is an unusual collection by any measure. The 10,000-square-foot non-profit museum is dedicated purely to pinball, and this Vegas gem hosts a massive collection of machines, many of which date to 1950 and most of which come from the celebrated heydays of pinball, 1960 to 1980. Every game is operational, so revisit all of your old-time favorites!
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: At the Pinball Museum, visitors get to play all of the vintage games at bargain prices.
Terrisa’s expert tip: One of the best things about PHoF is how budget-friendly it is. Older games are set at 25 cents per play, and newer machines are only 50 cents per play.
Every month First Friday takes over a small portion of the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas, located around the area of Casino Center and Charleston. The art on display and being created encompasses a wide variety of styles. Food trucks, vendors for all kinds of products and performance artists are also wandering through the First Friday crowd, plus you can enjoy live music being played on a few stages. For those who are over 21, drinks can be purchased at several places. The later the hour, the rowdier (and more adult) the crowd gets. Limited parking is often an issue at First Friday, owing to its downtown location. Hitch an Uber or a taxi to avoid having to worry about where to park.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Once a month the Las Vegas Arts District is the place for a street festival with food, entertainment and all kinds of art.
Terrisa’s expert tip: The “official” First Friday area is closed to traffic, so pedestrians can roam freely, but nearby Main Street (not closed to traffic) is also worth exploring for vintage stores, shops and restaurants.
KISS by Monster Mini Golf is a large space inside the Rio Hotel and Casino, which is located just west of the Strip. It’s theme is obvious from the name, and if you like rock ‘n roll, especially KISS, your round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf will be that much more fun. This is a fun stop for all ages, although the music can get loud for smaller kids. A live DJ is on hand to make sure the rock and roll stays going strong as you check your mini-golf skills. KISS fans will be thrilled to find a treasure trove of memorabilia. Items located throughout the course include every album the group has ever cut (signed by all the band members), an original 70s KISS pinball machine and guitars from the band members.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Mini-golf is fun for all ages and making it glow in the dark just adds to the fun.
Terrisa’s expert tip: With all the black lights at KISS by Monster Mini Golf, if you wear white or neon you’ll glow on the golf course and in the arcade.
Penn and Teller have been astonishing and entertaining audiences for almost 40 years. Yes, they’re magicians, but they’re also comedians. The more talkative Penn is known to many for his appearances on reality TV shows, while hearing Teller talk requires an in-person visit. Their show at the Rio has been running for over a decade, putting them among the top entertainers for longevity in Las Vegas. They keep refreshing the act to keep it feeling new, so if you’ve been before, it’s probably changed. Before the show, you can check out the props that will be used on stage – see if it helps you figure out the magic. On any given night, the act might include guns, knives or fire, but each night it certainly includes a large dose of entertainment.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: The magic of Penn and Teller makes the audience gasp and the jokes keep everyone laughing.
Terrisa’s expert tip: After the show, Penn and Teller are available for a meet and greet with audience members. There’s usually a crowd, however, so you’ll need to be patient to get a photo with the magical duo.
Cue D’s is in Chinatown, a growing district west of the Las Vegas Strip. This pool hall welcomes those under 21, and as long as you’re over 18, you can continue shooting pool past curfew. Weekdays rates are only $10 per hour for 2 players, and on the weekend all tables are $10. Drinks specials are offered to those over 21, and snack plates are available with affordable munchies like hot dogs and spicy cheese stuffed sausage. A full array of soft drinks, energy drinks, iced tea and waters is also available. The strip mall Cue D’s is in is also full of dining options and even a karaoke bar open to those under 21.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Cue D’s is a great place to shoot some pool with friends of all ages.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Cue D’s is in Chinatown, home to an amazing selection of great restaurants. Fukuburger, serving one of the city’s best burgers, is right across the street and is open late.
Get ready to unleash your inner warrior at Axehole, where you and some friends can compete to see who can hit the bull’s eye with an axe – or shovel, ninja star or spear. After you arrive, the friendly staff at Axehole will give your group instructions on how to throw and set up your group with an axe-throwing game. Next, you’ll get a chance to learn trick shots and practice your skills. It’s a fun way to spend an hour or two, and ages 7 and up can participate. Everyone in your group can get in touch with their inner Viking. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes and dress comfortably. Throwing axes is a great group activity and even if you don’t become an expert axe thrower, you’ll still have a good time.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Axehole is the perfect place to have a good time throwing axes and other sharp objects.
Terrisa’s expert tip: With a location at Neonpolis on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, Axehole is just steps away from the Fremont Street Experience and the free Viva Vision light show.
Brooklyn Bowl is a concert venue, a bowling alley and a restaurant, but that simple description doesn’t do it justice. The bowling lanes (which feature large, comfortable sofas) are adjacent to the venue so you can bowl and listen to live music at the same time. A wide variety of acts play here and many shows are open to those under 21; the venue in general is open to under 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food and beverage service is available, with food from Blue Ribbon, best known for their signature chicken. Some performances are free, and many are low cost, making Brooklyn Bowl one of the more affordable ways to see live music on the Strip. Brooklyn Bowl is located conveniently in The LINQ’s open air district, a pedestrian-friendly area filled with restaurants and shops that’s also home to The High Roller observation wheel.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Brooklyn Bowl brings together food, music and bowling, a great combination for a fun outing.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Be sure to check ahead for the hours on the day you’d like to stop in. Sometimes the venue is closed to the public for private events.
Many of Cirque du Soleil’s seven Las Vegas shows are open to people of all ages, but only Zumanity is designed with an “adults only” audience in mind. The sexy show combines the amazing talents of the Cirque troupe with burlesque and cabaret. Seating ranges from stools and seats to splurge-worth sofas for two. If you indulge in a sofa, be prepared to be close to the risqué action on stage. Before or after the show, you’ll find under-21 friendly activities in and around the New York New York, where Zumanity is located. Open-air mall The Park is located right next to NYNY, providing a place to stroll and even stop for something to eat.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Zumanity shows off the sexy side of Cirque du Soleil with its adults-only story lines.
Terrisa’s expert tip: While most Cirque du Soleil shows are appropriate for all ages, even kids, Zumanity is only for adults over 18 due to its explicit sensual content.
The famed House of Blues frequently has shows for all ages or 18+, providing an amazing opportunity for everyone to rock out Vegas-style. The venue itself is interesting to see, with a design meant to imitate the Southern juke joints of bygone days. It boasts a spectacular open-air balcony and over 300 pieces of folk art, making this one funky place to move to the beat of your favorite bands, whether you’re 18 or 88. Fantastic prices are an added bonus. Check out the venue’s schedule online to see what’s playing when you’re in town. The famous House of Blues Gospel Brunch on Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. is also an all-ages event and includes several food stations as well as rousing gospel.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: House of Blues Las Vegas hosts musical acts not only as headliners, but also features live music in the restaurant.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Musical legend Carlos Santana has a residency at House of Blues Las Vegas, which means he plays during dates throughout the year. Check the HOB website for a listing of all his show dates
Absinthe is full of raunchy jokes and incredible displays of physical skill, all in a atmosphere that lives up to the show’s name. The show takes place in the fanciful Spiegelworld tent, and the small space makes it easy to draw the audience into this bawdy and amazing show. The main characters, Penny and the Gazillionaire, drive the show forward and keep everyone laughing (or gasping), but you get much more than comedy at Absinthe. This adults-only version of the circus is filled with extremes of both comedy and athletic bravery. Daring feats of balance and strength are performed up close and personal in this intimate space. If you’re sitting close, not only will you feel the tension of the more daring acts, it’s likely you’ll also be drawn into some interesting exchanges.
Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Absinthe combines burlesque, cabaret, acrobatics, filthy jokes and a host of other entertainment for an unforgettable show.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Spiegelworld has two other adults-only shows on the Strip for those 18+, Atomic Saloon at The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and Opium at The Cosmopolitan.