If you think the city of lights and entertainment is for adults only, think again. When you’re looking for goof-proof ways to tickle your preschooler’s fancy, look no further then here. Las Vegas offers first-class options for keeping your critters delighted as well as distracted. – Courtney Delong

Get up close and personal with this sand tiger shark at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. (Credit: sharkreef.com)

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas NV, 89119
(702) 632-4555

Explore the deep blue sea by visiting the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Walk through an underwater tunnel that shows the “divers’ point of view,” surrounded by more than 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water. Or visit exhibits that reveal rare Golden Crocodiles, experience more than 30 types of sharks, and let the little ones pet sting rays and baby sharks in the “touch pool.” The added bonus is that many of the colorful tanks are toddler height. The waves of excitement experienced at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay will have you and your kids wanting to relive the adventure for years to come. Box office hours: Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aquarium hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Last admission one hour prior to close.

Las Vegas Library

833 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 507-3500

Preschool is a prime age for socializing your kids, as well as teaching them the importance of reading. At the Las Vegas Library, parents and their young ones spend time reading new books, singing songs, doing movement techniques, and expanding language and literacy abilities. Since it’s held once a week in 20-minute increments, weekly story time at the Las Vegas Library is ideal for fitting into you and your little one’s regular schedule. It is the perfect way to meet other parents and kids, all while educating and socializing on your own. Check the Web site for times and days, as well as when weekly story time is held.

Lied Discovery Children’s Museum

833 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 382-5437

There is no such thing as a short attention span at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, which is bubbling over with activities to educate and entertain. Your kids will be amused all hours of their time spent here. The exhibits are separated by age group, and parents even get their own room to relax in. Flip through parenting magazines while the kiddies create electricity, learn about “Going Green” in the environmentally conscious “mini city” and witness science experiments in “Einstein’s Corner.” There are a hundred ways to fill your day with fun and excitement at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, closed except most school holidays.