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Top Upcoming Children’s Shows In Las Vegas

July 7, 2014 5:00 AM

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It’s a hidden secret that Las Vegas hosts many of the best shows appropriate for families. In this city of glitz, glamour and showgirls, families still pay the bills and let the casinos and hotels thrive during the off-season. It’s only natural that many kid-friendly shows settle in the Valley and that more are attracted each year. You can find the best, from magicians, ‘clean’ comedy acts, pet shows, a visit from Mickey Mouse and friends and even a Pacific Islands festival. Everyone eventually makes it to Vegas, so sit back and enjoy the shows with your kids.
Palazzo Theater
Palazzo
3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-7777
www.palazzo.com/entertainment

Date: Friday through Thursday

“Panda” is a new show for the entire family, from ages five and up. This show features an all-Chinese cast of performers, acrobats and Kung Fu masters. “Panda” uses traditional dance, acrobatics and mock fighting to tell the tale of LongLong, a panda who has lost his bride, the lovely Peacock Princess, to the Demon Vulture. It’s good against evil, enhanced with huge LED screens that allow audiences to journey with “Panda” through bamboo forests, mountains, waterfalls and even underwater caves. It’s enthralling, visually spectacular and unlike any other show in town.

Jeff Civillico Comedian/Juggler
The Quad Showroom at Quad Resort & Casino
3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 777-2782
www.thequadlv.com

Date: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Saturday

Jeff Civillico is one of Las Vegas’ newest acts, having just celebrated his first year of entertaining at The Quad. His juggling boggles the mind, as he somehow successfully balances a bowling ball, knife and apple, or when he rides a unicycle while balancing a 12-foot ladder. His facial expressions, jokes and clean wit captivate the entire family during his fast-paced, engaging performances. He is just plain fun and kids love him.

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Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater
V Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 260-7200
www.vtheaterboxoffice.com

Date: Tuesday through Saturday

Anyone who has ever watched “America’s Got Talent” remembers Gregory Popovich as one of the most engaging pet trainers around. Not only does the show feature adorable dogs, but also cats, doves, parrots, geese and mice. With infinite patience and care, this performer transforms everyday house pets and other critters into little “people” performing skits about human life. They rescue each other from fire, play doctor, skip with ropes and push strollers. Kids and adults alike are enthralled with Comedy Pet Theater and there is always something new and exciting (and cute) to see. All pets have been rescued from shelters before being transformed into stars, which makes the performances even more endearing.

Mac King Comedy Magic Show
Harrah’s Casino
3475 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 777-2782
www.harrahslasvegas.com

Date: Tuesday through Saturday

The Mac King Comedy Magic Show is appropriate for all ages. Mac King has a great sense of humor, and his slight of hand is very impressive and unique. He interacts with the audience, engaging them with good old-fashioned magic tricks and his show has been touted as the “best afternoon show in Las Vegas.” As one of the Strip’s top magicians, Mac is always striving to go one step farther to entertain and amaze, and his shows are definite proof of his command of the craft. Kids will be amazed and adults will be amused, which is perfectly fine with this entertainer.

“Disney Live – Micky’s Music Festival”
Orleans Arena
4500 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 284-7777
www.orleansarena.com

Date: Oct. 3-5, 2014

From October 3-5, 2014, the Orleans Arena plays host to everyone’s favorite mouse – Mickey – and all of his co-stars and friends. “Disney Live” is a “rockin'” good time, with familiar Disney music remixed to hip hop, pop, swing, rock, reggae and country. You’ll see Goofy, Mickey and Minnie, plus stars from “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story” and more perform in this “Jam Session” fit for the entire family. Kids will be dancing in their seats and singing along with the performances during this lively, noisy experience.

23rd Annual Ho’olaule’a Pacific Islands Festival
Henderson Events Plaza
200 S. Water St.
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 267-2171
www.hendersonlive.com

Date: Sept. 13-14, 2014

On September 13-14, 2014, this free event will gather thousands of guests when families come together to celebrate Hawaiian culture at the 23rd annual Pacific Islands Festival. There will be hula dances, fire dancers, singers and other performers with vendors, food kiosks and crafts that celebrate Hawaii. Children will be enthralled with the color and spectacle and the Festival is perfect for an escape for the entire family. There will be two stages: at the Events Plaza Amphitheater and on the Convention Center lawn.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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