The most family friendly shows in Las Vegas

One of the natural byproducts of Las Vegas’ evolution from an adult playground to a family destination has been the advent of shows both children and their parents can enjoy. The Cirque du spectaculars, magic acts and miscellaneous G-rated fare that began appearing in the early `90s, cautiously at first, are now ubiquitous, rendering the previously prolific indigenous species – the Las Vegas showgirl – all but extinct.

So now you’ve decided to bring the kids with you to Las Vegas. You want to see a show with them but don’t want to worry about the sudden unexpected appearance of a leftover Lido lady flashing a body part best left covered.  Guess what? We’ve got you covered.

From an embarrassment of riches we’ve pared down the kid-friendliest shows in Las Vegas to help you make the best possible choice. Read on!

Popovich Pet Comedy Theater
Planet Hollywood

Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater features dogs and cats (plus doves and other small critters – more than 30 animals in all) acting out skits such as passengers boarding a train, students sitting in a classroom or patients waiting for a doctor.

A graduate of the Moscow Circus School and a fifth-generation circus performer, Popovich juggles, jumps rope and performs a host of other big top-style tricks. He has rescued these animals from shelters all over the country and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars.

Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater is a must-see for young animal lovers.

Terry Fator
The Mirage

As a successful headliner on the Las Vegas Strip, Terry Fator captures the hearts and funny bones of audiences from around the world. Backed by actual live musicians, Fator wows audiences nightly with singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. The America‘s Got Talent winner brings to life a hilarious range of characters, including Winston, the impersonating turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; and lounge singer Monty Carlo. With comedic banter and amazing vocal impressions of musical superstars such as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and more, Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Tournament of Kings

When you arrive at this dinner show inside the castle-shaped Excalibur, you’ll be seated in sections that represent a “country.” Throughout the production, Merlin and a court jester will urge you to cheer for your native knight as he takes on rivals from other lands in challenges like jousting, sword fighting, racing and gladiator combat.

The evil Mordred tries to capture King Arthur’s kingdom, but the countries unite to fight against him.

At Tournament of Kings, you’ll eat Cornish hen, steamed veggies and biscuits, with sweet pastry for dessert. Just like lords and ladies did in the Middle Ages, you’ll have to eat with your hands. But it’s okay to slurp your first course, “dragon’s blood” (tomato soup). Juice and soda will be served, along with grown-up drinks.

Blue Man Group

This show takes on big issues like brain function, groupthink and artificial intelligence, but the three silent stars, dressed in black and earless in alien blue, are childlike in their naivete and curiosity.

The characters stuff their mouths full of marshmallows, play with giant iPhones and crawl over the theater seats rooting through guests’ belongings. At the end of the production, enormous beach balls float through the theater, and audience members can’t help but punch and shove them in slow motion.

This show is noticeably loud. It’s full of dance-worthy original music (including a finale with lyrics that rattle off silly nicknames for your butt) featuring Blue Man Group’s signature invented instruments.

Treasure Island

If you’re looking to take in a high-end show with the whole family, think about Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère, the granddaddy of all Las Vegas family shows. Now in its 26th year, the show delivers the thrill of the circus and features amazing acts that will dazzle and delight kids of all ages.

Among the acts is a two-man tandem that strikes gravity-defying poses in a hand-to-hand balancing routine, an aerialist who twists and turns to create optical illusions with two suspended lengths of fabric, and a group of gymnasts who flip and climb around four vertical poles.

This show has no age restriction, but may not be ideal for children who don’t like clowns. One who acts as an usher rounds out Mystère with good humor, and colorful, imaginative costumes add to the rainbow of spectacle in this classic Las Vegas spectacular.

MGM Grand

Adults got to know this team of masked performers when it won the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew. With a new show based on color and light, Jabbawockeez is set to draw in a new crowd of fans.

Teens who love music with a good beat will get into this production, but younger kids will love the dancers’ pantomimed storytelling set to popular and original music and framed in bright primary colors.

Though there are funny segments meant to make grownups laugh, most of show is about two characters – one dressed in black and one in white – discovering balance and friendship by exploring the color spectrum.

Jeff Civillico
Paris in Las Vegas

Jeff Civillico’s intractable enthusiasm endears him to children 8 to 80. A master juggler with a gift for comedy, he eagerly welcomes kids’ participation in his acts and is always ready with a one-liner to keep their folks laughing.

Civillico’s “Comedy in Action” show never stops moving. Children (and grownups with childlike senses of humor) will fall head over heels for his zany persona and laugh out loud when he pulls out signature moves like his high side kick and dramatic wedgie removal.

Summer Sunday Luau
Tahiti Village

Can you blame us for including our own show? Our popular Summer Sunday Luau runs from May to Labor Day weekend and offers authentic Polynesian-style food and great entertainment for the entire family every Sunday evening at Tahiti Village all summer long.

Book a visit to Tahiti Village and suffer no more from Guilty Vacation Syndrome!

The lazy river at Tahiti Village is one of our cures for Guilty Vacation Syndrome.
The lazy river at Tahiti Village is one of our cures for Guilty Vacation Syndrome.

Are you suffering from Guilty Vacation Syndrome, the nagging urge to cancel or delay vacations due to guilt? Based on the results of a recent family vacation survey, you probably are. It is especially likely if you’re a Millennial, 59 percent of which report feeling ashamed for taking or planning a vacation in a time when vacation-shaming in offices nationwide and around the word is growing at an unprecedented rate.

Of those 59 percent that reported having unused paid vacation days, 40 percent said they left five or more vacation days unused because they did not want to deal with the guilt associated with taking a vacation.

Neither are older individuals immune from the guilt. In the same survey, 41 percent of individuals 35 and older felt the same symptoms of Guilty Vacation Syndrome, or GVS. Symptoms (misplaced emotions, indecisiveness, sadness) often go undetected or are mistaken for other, less serious ailments. GVS can also have the ironic side effect impacting your work productivity.

Recent research also shows that an astounding 55 percent of Americans didn’t use all of their time off in 2015, and 65 percent say that their company discourages, sends mixed messages, or says nothing about taking personal time off.

With vacation-shaming growing in offices across the world, there has been a surge in diagnoses of GVS. Many feel that despite wanting a vacation, they shouldn’t take one.

Proven remedies for GVS include:

Realizing that vacations are a necessity and not a luxury.

Commit to an annual vacation—a recipe for stronger ties with families and friends, less stress and better health.

Learning from those that have never suffered from this malady (specifically, timeshare owners who have continued to make vacations a priority).

It’s proven that one to two weeks away from the daily routine leads to better job performance and productivity—perhaps helping to make your job even more secure when you return to it.

Our advice? Book a visit to Tahiti Village as soon as you can. Las Vegas is a number-one doctor-recommended cure for GVS. You certain to feel like a new you!

Shop `til You Drop in Las Vegas!

Lots of you (like 42 million or so) visit Las Vegas every year. You come for different reasons. For some of you, it’s the thrill of the chase – the pursuit of the big score more than the score itself that activates the pleasure center in your brain and keeps you coming back time and again.

For others of you, it’s the opportunity to fine dine in restaurants helmed by world renowned chefs (like Jason Diaz’s 17˚ South Booze & Bites at Tahiti Village!). Still more of you savor the variety of entertainment options on offer, from popular headliner acts to traditional Cirque-style production shows to ubiquitous comedy clubs.

Then there are those of you for whom a visit to Vegas means one thing and one thing only: shopping! Get this: We know a guy who has a wife who has a sister who, on her yearly trips to our radiant city, buys two extra suitcases while she’s here just to hold all the stuff she’s going to bring back. One of those suitcases, we’re told, is reserved for shoes.

We imagine such single-minded devotion to wardrobe wrangling isn’t analogous to this one individual. Judging by the number of shopping outlets that enable this behavior, we must deduce it is epidemic! Therefore, this article on Las Vegas retail outlets isn’t for the initiated; they already know and have patronized these alluring establishments many times over.

It is for you, the person who enjoys a good shop on vacation but doesn’t know where to go in Las Vegas.

For your reading convenience, we have broken down the enviable array of choices into three categories based on their dominant demographic: Mostly Visitors, Mostly Locals, Vegans & Visitors Combo Platter. (That’s Vay-gans as in Las Vegans, not veeeeegans as in people who abstain from animal products.)

So without further delay, let’s go shopping!


As Strip-based shops (or shoppes, for the two that insist on intentional old-fashioned quaintness), these typically adhere thematically to their host hotels and create a uniquely Vegas shopping experience where entertainment is built into the buying. This is exemplified most dramatically at the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes, which features its own gondoliers!

Miracle Mile Shops (Planet Hollywood)

Grand Bazaar Shops (Bally’s)

The Forum Shops at Caesars (Caesars Palace)

The Shops at Crystals (Aria)

The Grand Canal Shoppes (The Venetian)

The Shoppes at Mandalay Place (Mandalay Bay)



If you want to escape the magnetic hold of the Strip and mix with Vegas residents on their home turf (and in their food courts), the following will give you a true locals’ experience.

Boulevard Mall

Opening in 1968, the Boulevard is Las Vegas’ oldest mall. Centrally located on Maryland Parkway, the Boulevard has undergone numerous recent changes. Longtime anchor stores Dillard’s, Macy’s and JCPenney have all left and been replaced by nontraditional tenants new management hopes will attract a younger clientele.

Meadows Mall

Residents of the growing near northwest area of Las Vegas received a mall of their own when the Meadows opened in 1978. The double decker mall still features original anchor tenants Sears, JCPenney, Dillard’s and Macy’s in addition to the changing cast of storefronts.

Galleria at Sunset

Opening in 1996, the Galleria at Sunset finally gave suburban Henderson residents a mall to call their own. Like the others mentioned above, it offers standard mall fare but will more than adequately satisfy your shopping jones if you’re in the area.



Fashion Show Mall (Las Vegas Strip)

The Strip’s first mall was a sensation when it opened in 1981 and still retains its upscale cred. Bringing high-end anchor tenants and chic specialty shops to Las Vegas for the first time, the Fashion Show attracted a mix of locals and visitors to its mid-Strip location. Thirty-seven years later, it still does.


Las Vegas South Premium Outlets

Similarly named but geographically opposed, this premium pair offers convenient shopping options for those staying downtown (north) and those visiting Tahiti Village or any of the nearby resorts (south). If you’re here in winter, be advised: Las Vegas North’s walking spaces are outdoors.


With the exception of Town Square Las Vegas, which is centrally located on Las Vegas Boulevard a mile from Tahiti Village, the following are far-flung from the Strip but well worth the drive.

Town Square Las Vegas

The District at Green Valley Ranch (Henderson)

Downtown Summerlin (Summerlin)

Tivoli Village (Northwest)

Happy shopping!

Unique facts you may not know about Las Vegas

Back when dad was a blackjack dealer, years ago in the heyday of the Frank Rosenthal-Tony Spilotro Stardust, people, in all innocence, would ask him where he lived when he wasn’t pitching cards.

“Los Angeles,” he would reply. “They fly us in here to work.”

The idea that Las Vegas existed outside the narrow purview of the casino was a concept not easily reconciled by the stimulus-addled brains of mesmerized tourists.

They could barely conceive of a place like this to begin with, let alone accept the paradox of a showgirl prancing au naturel before strangers at the Folies Bergere, then seeing her kids off to school the next morning.

Taken in the context of the time, it is understandable. Las Vegas existed in the minds of visitors solely as an adult Disneyland – a place where everyone magically popped in and out.

Which brings us, in this Unique Facts about Las Vegas article, to Unique Fact Number One:

People live here.

While the myth of a city existing outside the Strip persisted for years, Las Vegas has always been a boomtown, only no one knew it. Residents would always proclaim the normalcy of life here, only no one heard. It wasn’t until the early `90s, with the advent of family-friendly resorts and the mass migration of hotel workers, that the perception began to change.

It was impossible not to notice that Las Vegas was becoming the nation’s fastest growing city, with new neighborhoods sprouting up and sprawling in every direction to house the 6,000 people a month flocking here to work in the megaresorts opening up and down the Strip.

Now, more than 20 years since the start of the last and greatest boom, telling people you live in Las Vegas is like saying you live in Ohio. Las Vegas has everything everywhere does, and casinos have popped up like wild mushrooms all over the country, an occurrence that served to dull what was once our primary debauched distinction.

So the unique fact anymore may not be that a city exists outside the Strip; it’s that everyone now accepts the reality.

Other Unique Facts about Las Vegas You May Not Have Known

• According to estimates, it would take 288 years for one person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas, of which there are approximately 150,000 including Tahiti Village!

• According to astronomers, the Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on Earth when viewed from outer space.

• The largest sum won on Las Vegas slots was at the Excalibur. After putting in $100, a 25-year-old software engineer won $39 million, beating the odds at the time for 1 in 16.7 million.

• Music legend Elvis Presley performed 837 consecutive sold out shows at the Las Vegas Hilton (now known as the Westgate).

• Shrimp consumption in Las Vegas is over 60,000 pounds per day, higher than the rest of the nation combined.


• There are over 300 weddings per day in Las Vegas, making it the top wedding destination in the United States.

• After staying longer than his initial reservation (in which he had booked the inn’s entire top two floors), Howard Hughes was asked to leave the now imploded Desert Inn by the owner. Instead, he purchased the resort for around $13 million. Wynn and Encore now sit on the property.

• There’s about one operating slot machine for every eight Las Vegas residents.

• According to estimates, more than 1,000 people are living beneath Las Vegas in underground tunnels.

• Fifteen of the 25 largest hotels in the world are located in Las Vegas, begging the question: Does underground living come with room service?

OktoberFeast is coming to Tahiti Village! You should be too!

Join us Saturday, October 27, from noon to 4 p.m. for a day of food and drink you’ll never remember! OktoberFeast at Tahiti Village will fill you up with an array of tempting choices from popular local food trucks and a selection of spirits from a variety of joy dispensers.

Presently we have commitments from the following food trucks, which will be parked in our large auxiliary lot adjacent to the Island Courtyard.

Rolling Fusion


Bone Appetit Bar-B-Cue Grill

Lloyd’s Mixed Plates

Dude Where’s My Hot Dog

The Island Courtyard is also the locale for our special adult beverage tasting. The purchase of a $25 wristband gives you access to unlimited samples from Bacardi, Patron, Sierra Nevada, Corona, Modelo, WoodFord Reserve, Odell Brewery, Tito’s Vodka, and Ace Pineapple and Blood Orange.

And what would an OktoberFeast be without games, a DJ, face painting and free raffle prizes? Answer: not much, which is why they’re a part of this great event. Don’t miss the fun!

Book your fall visit to coincide with our Haunted Social on Oct. 31!

Fall is a great time to plan a visit to Las Vegas and Tahiti Village in particular, especially when it coincides with our annual Haunted Social. October is perfect trick-or-treating weather, and we make the quest for candy that much sweeter with a costume contest, games and snacks befitting the scary season. Halloween at Tahiti Village begins with trick or treating around the property and concludes with the costume contest inside Manihi Isle. We’ll begin passing out treat-or-treat bags, maps and goodies at the front desk at 4:30 p.m. Book your October visit today. We hope to see you here!

Brush up on your vast storehouse of arcane knowledge for Vegas Pub Quiz, coming this Tuesday to 17˚ South Booze & Bites!

Vegas Pub Quiz, challenging the trivia acumen of Las Vegas bar patrons since 2006, is coming to 17˚ South Booze & Bites at Tahiti Village.

We invite you to test your knowledge on a variety of obscure subjects for fun and prizes from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday in October beginning Oct. 2. Quizzes consist of six 10-question rounds and come in three different game formats: the original trivia-only quiz, Music Bingo (songs instead of balls) and the new (as of 2017) Teams Against Humanity.

Vegas Pub Quiz writers develop new quizzes weekly to ensure complete freshness. 17˚ South is your home at Tahiti Village for great food, high spirits and now challenging trivia with Vegas Pub Quiz every Tuesday night in October. Be here!


Tahiti Village mermaid CaySea gives her summer swan song this Saturday

Mermaids, like bumblebees, box turtles and badgers, are summer creatures. They thrive in heat, then hightail it home come fall. So it is with CaySea, the wondrous Tahiti Village mermaid. Our favorite blonde hybrid with the colorful speckled fin will make her final appearance of the season this Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2-3 p.m. in the main pool.

“We’re really sorry to see her go,” said Chris Breed, Tahiti Village general manager, to which David Campbell, our aquatics director, replied: “All mermaids must migrate for the winter.”

Based on her late May arrival this year, Mermaid CaySea is expected back the same time in 2019. Be sure to book a summer visit and experience, as CaySea would say, “a fintastic fun time.”

NFL replica jersey giveaway begins this Monday night at 17˚ South Booze & Bites!

Week 2 of the 2018 NFL schedule, starting with tonight’s Ravens-Bengals tilt and culminating in Monday night’s Bears-Seahawks slobberknocker, marks our first jersey giveaway of the season here at 17˚ South Booze & Bites, the onsite bar and bistro at Tahiti Village Resort & Spa. The purchase of any drink special or bucket of domestic bottled beer during NFL game action (Thursday night, Sunday, Sunday night, Monday night) gets you a ticket to enter in our Monday night jersey giveaway raffle. Enter as often as you like! This week’s winner, who must be present to win, will take home a replica jersey of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. We hope to see you here for exciting NFL action all season long. With nine widescreen televisions for your viewing pleasure, 17˚ South is the perfect place to grab a bite, relax with a drink and catch a game.

The Magic of Seth Grabel returns to Sunday afternoon beginning Sept. 16

The amazing Seth Grabel, Tahiti Village’s resident magic man, is reappearing in his customary Sunday afternoon time slot after spending the summer wowing our guests on Monday night. Showtime is 4 p.m. in our intimate Kahiko Room, where Seth has performed his unique brand of magic since January.

Seth, an America’s Got Talent semifinalist, will astonish you with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of sleight of hand trickery, astonishing utensil manipulation, mindboggling levitation, and dexterous card virtuosity.  Seth’s sheer magic mastery compares with any Las Vegas magician you might name, and he is the equal of any of them where audience interaction, participation and fun are concerned.

Don’t miss the incredible Seth Grabel on your next visit to Tahiti Village. Tickets are available at the concierge desk in the main lobby building or by calling (702) 440-6915. Grab some before they disappear!