What are some affordable family activities in Las Vegas?


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There are a number of free family activities in Las Vegas. These include trips to the Marjorie Barrick Museum and the Neon Museum, a tour of the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and watching some of the free shows around the city. The volcano show outside the Mirage, for instance, takes place five times each night on the hour, starting at 8 p.m., and features pyrotechnics, artificial lava, smoke and sound effects.

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Some other free shows include Circus, a permanent fixture in the Carnival Midway featuring clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers and contortionists, and the Fall of Atlantis at the Caesar's Palace aquarium, a fountain show that recounts the legend of Atlantis.

At the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, visitors can watch chocolatiers at work creating confectionery such as pecan brittle and satin cremes. The site also features a botanical cactus garden.

The University of Las Vegas' Marjorie Barrick Museum, which accepts donations but charges no admission fee, exhibits a range of collections, including artworks and Pre-Colombian cultural artifacts. Among them are dance masks from Mexico, textiles from Guatemala and Bolivia, baskets from the Paiute and Hopi and jewelry from the Navajo. Some of the art on display includes the work of Stephen Antonakos, Lynda Benglis, Bettina Werner and Richard Tuttle.

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