On my recent trip to Vegas, I was surprised at the number of people trudging the strip with young children in tow. Though there are things for kids to do in Vegas, museums, shows, the Bellagio fountains and lounging by the pool, I’m pretty sure my kids would soon tire of walking up and down the strip.
If you visit Vegas with kids and want to get away from the strip, the container park is an exquisitely designed haven in the heart of downtown Vegas.
The container park as the name suggests, is fashioned from shipping containers. The 3 storey’s of shipping containers are transformed into shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. The container park was built as part of a drive to transform Downtown Vegas and provide affordable spaces for new and small businesses.
For the kids, there is a wonderful independent toy shop, Kappa Toys whose owner is clearly passionate about toys. I spent a long time in there choosing a perfect gift for my kids. Another favourite was the vintage clothes shop, Vintage NV. We ate a delicious brunch at The Perch, on the 2nd storey overlooking the rest of the park .
Below the Perch, is an open space with a stage, building materials and chalk boards for the kids.
In the centre of the park is a huge, well thought out, children’s playground and outside the playground is another small stage for children’s activities.
By night the container park is transformed into a civilised eating and drinking area, where people sit quietly at the wine or whiskey bar. It shuts down at 11pm so doesn’t attract a rowdy crowd.
One of the highlights of the container park at night is the animated praying mantis that blows flames in time to music.
I loved the container park, I think every city should have one.