833 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Hours of operation:Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Cost:$8 for adults, $7 for kids age 1-17, senior citizens and military. Admission is free for children one year and younger.
In an often age-restricted city like Las Vegas, finding an oasis for the kids can be difficult. Located only six miles off the Strip, the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum accomplishes just that.
The 22,000-square foot facility opened in 1990 and is now considered one of the largest children’s in the country.
LDCM features more than 100 interactive science, art and humanity exhibits.
The first floor exhibits are geared for children five years old and younger. The floor allows parents and children to blow gigantic bubbles, whisper from 30 feet away, play dress up and create computer art.
Also located on the first floor is “Desert Discovery," an ongoing exhibit designed for the youngest museum goers. Desert Discovery includes a “Baby Oasis" for crawlers to explore, “Desert in the Dark" to help little ones understand day and night and “Boulder Mountain" with pullies and buckets in a pretend construction site.
The second floor is aimed for older children, featuring interactive exhibits about science, communication and technology. Children can watch experiments in Einstein’s Corner, play wheelchair basketball or become a radio DJ.
Along with ongoing exhibits, the museum also has featured exhibits throughout the year. Now through the end of 2008, the museum’s Cultural Gallery is home to “Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee," an exhibit on human rights and the millions who are displaced around the world. The exhibit recreates a refugee camp and includes photos, videos and artwork by refugees from countries like Congo, Columbia and Afghanistan.
The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and takes reservations for birthdays parties, field trips and other groups.