What kid doesn’t want her science, art and culture served up with a side of sensory overload? From the very wet “Waterworld” exhibit placed dubiously close to the front entrance, to three generously appointed floors filled with interactive and educational games for kids of all ages, the Discovery Children’s Museum — formerly the Lied Discovery Museum, now located Smith Center-adjacent in a space nearly twice the size of its former Cultural Corridor spot — provides a vibrant and exciting addition to Vegas’ cultural landscape. It’s all do-able in a day, but here’s our list of don’t-misses:
• Scale the summit: Tackle the “Summit,” a maniacally noisy attraction featuring a multilevel tower filled with activities from musical instruments to slides and an air gun you use to take out tile targets.
• Break a leg: Budding drama queens and thespians can ham it up in “Fantasy Festival,” a medieval play land featuring a climbable castle, a pirate ship and a fully functioning theatrical stage where kids can dress-up as princesses and pirates and have full control of the backstage operations, including lighting, backdrops, props and the curtain.
• Get a job: Sure, it’s little more than a microcosm of capitalist society, but the colorful corridor of faux storefronts and businesses at “Eco City” might test your child’s aptitude for a future career as they tinker with car repair, fill their Smith’s cart with fake raviolis, sling felt lunch items at Jamba Juice, cure Fido’s ailments at the vet clinic, or even learn to balance a budget (or maybe apply for a loan?) at the bank.
• Test your gray matter: Left-brainers, older kids and budding forensics nerds can track clues, gather evidence and explore a crime lab in “Solve It!” Mystery Town,” then further challenge their brainpower in “Patents Pending,” an interactive inventor’s workshop. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday,12 p.m.-5 p.m.; 360 Promenade Place, www.discoverykidslv.org, $12.