An Evening Out in Las Vegas When You're Under 21

Las Vegas is known for being a city for the 21+ crowd, but even if you haven’t turned 21 yet, you can still go out for a good time--and we’re not talking about kiddie stuff. Your options are much better if you’re over 18, although even those under 18 can get in to see shows, go bowling or hit a movie theater at an off-Strip hotel (which often have a bowling alley, food court and theaters).

Shows are a great way to spend the evening, and while shows like Penn & Teller offer acts appropriate for all ages, a few require the audience to be 18+, like Absinthe. The acts here are amazing, defying gravity in every way, plus the show is full of adults-only humor.

If you’re under 21, try getting away from the Strip to find more things to do. Go have fun singing karaoke or test your mini golf skills–and in Las Vegas, if you’re over 18, you can stay out all night doing many of those things.

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.

Read our list for the 10 best ways to spend your evening if you’re under 21 in Las Vegas.



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Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
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