Top 10 Family-Friendly Shows

Traveling with kids or adults who act like kids? Vegas is home to a host of shows that appeal to audiences young and old.

Here are our top 10 suggestions. They're all excellent shows, so we ranked them roughly according to the age group they would appeal to most -- youngest to oldest.

Gregory PopovichGregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater
No age restriction

Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater is the cutest show on the Strip, hands down. Kitties and doggies (plus doves and other small critters) act out skits, pretending to be passengers waiting to board a train, students in a classroom or patients waiting to be seen by a doctor.

Popovich, a graduate of the Moscow Circus School and a fifth-generation circus performer, juggles, jumps rope and performs a host of other big top-style tricks.

With the cuddliest cast of any show, Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater is a must-see for young animal lovers.

Circus acts at Circus Circus
No age restriction

Free shows begin daily at 11 a.m. and run every 30 to 45 minutes until midnight on the center stage at the Carnival Midway at Circus Circus. Children will be delighted with classic circus acts like jugglers, clowns, acrobats and flying trapeze artists. And, of course, there are clowns! In case painted faces aren't enough thrill for your older travelers, the Carnival Midway is just a stone's throw from Circus Circus' indoor amusement park, the Adventuredome.

Tournament of Kings
No age restriction

Children under the age of 3 are admitted free of charge if they sit on a parent's lap and share their meal. Any child 3 or older must occupy his or her own seat.

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-style 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.

Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action

No age restriction

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.

Appropriately branded "Comedy in Action," Civillico's 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 followed by dramatic wedgie removal.

Mac KingMac King Comedy Magic Show

Ages 5+

Mac King can teach you how to scare your friends! He gives away his trick for eating "goldfish," but all his other gimmicks are secret. King's show features classic sleight of hand, and it's perfect for a family with attentive, inquisitive kids. From rope and card tricks to disappearing animals and shadow puppets, Mac King's got it all.

A little parent-friendly humor is couched in kid-friendly jokes, and when Mac makes his way into the audience, he's just as likely to pick Junior to come on stage as he is to pick Dad or Mom. He pokes fun at his volunteers without ever embarrassing them. A father in real life and a kid at heart, Mac King is a master all-ages entertainer.

Blue Man Group
Ages 3+

This show takes on big issues like brain function, groupthink and artificial intelligence, but the three silent stars, dressed in black and made up to be earless in alien blue, are childlike in their ignorance as well as their curiosity.

With a bright, colorful visual program and a hearty dose of toilet humor, Blue Man Group is a win, especially for boys. 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.

There's no age limit on Blue Man Group's free nightly procession, in which the stars parade through the Monte Carlo casino floor with their spectacle of kooky vehicles and instruments.

 

V Ultimate Variety ShowV -- The Ultimate Variety Show
Ages 3+

You'll see seven acts in this high-energy 75-minute revue. The performers rotate in and out, but you can bet on a treat no matter when you see the show.

The Crazy Gauchos' drum routine is a favorite, and Tamara Yeroffyeva, a rhythmic gymnast, awes crowds with her grace and flexibility. Melinda, the only female magician to ever have her own show in Vegas, appears often, and the Skating Aratas wheel out amazing acrobatics at high speed.

Wally Eastwood, the host of "V" and a lightning-fast juggler, will amaze the oldest and delight the youngest in your group when he plays Beethoven on a floor piano by bouncing his juggling balls on the keys.

Illusions starring Jan Rouven
Ages 5+

The most amazing thing about Jan Rouven's act at the Riviera is that there is no smoke, there are no mirrors, and there are zero special effects. Your jaw will drop when you see him switch places with his assistant in the blink of an eye, because you'll KNOW that there was nowhere for them to go and no time for them to make the change. It's no wonder he was named the best magician in Las Vegas!

This show is perfect for the almost-teen, who will laugh with good-natured jealousy when Jan introduces a young volunteer to the show's four female dancers and asks him to pick a favorite. Young audience members are often chosen to participate in tricks by testing equipment to see that it's real or guiding Jan through an act by listening to their "inner voice" and telling the magician which actions are "safe" or "dangerous." And you'll laugh out loud when Jan chooses a volunteer who he says is not quite old enough to go on stage.

Mystère
No age restriction

If you're looking to take in a high-end show with the whole family, think about Cirque du Soleil's Mystère, which delivers the thrill of the circus with a touch of elegance. Displays of incredible strength, daring and agility will dazzle and delight kids of all ages. The ideas in the production center around the circle of life, but understanding the theme is not critical to enjoying the performances.

Among the acts is a team of two men who strike 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 it is probably not a good choice 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.

Jabbawockeez
Ages 5+

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 grown-ups 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.