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The 5 Best Vegas Shows to See with Your Teen

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|by Reannon Muth |

Score some points with the teen in your life with these Vegas shows

Teenagers can be tough to entertain in a city that celebrates adult vices; and the city’s theater, magic and music shows are no exception. Many of the Strip’s hit productions feature some very 21-and-older themes – from burlesque and binge drinking, to lewd comedy and topless magic acts. But despite the city’s adults-only reputation, more than two dozen family-friendly shows have found success in casinos up and down the Strip, with many becoming smash hits in their own right.

Below are five teen- and tween-safe shows that will entertain the whole family (and won’t earn an eye-roll from even the most hard-to-impress middle or high school-er).

Caption: ‘WOW – The Vegas Spectacular,’ with its waterworks, hip-hop influences and other variety acts, is sure to impress your teen (Photo: WOW – The Vegas Spectacular)

Caption: ‘WOW – The Vegas Spectacular,’ with its waterworks, hip-hop influences and other variety acts, is sure to impress your teen (Photo: WOW – The Vegas Spectacular)

WOW – The Vegas Spectacular at the Rio Las Vegas
At WOW – The Vegas Spectacular, you won’t have to worry about your teen’s eyes being glued to their Instagram feed – this stunt-filled show is an attention-grabber from start to finish. Featuring acrobatics, water stunts, holograms and more than 30 performers, this 90-minute circus performance is surreal, frenetic and action packed.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Bally’s Las Vegas
Teens who think they are too cool for theater will likely enjoy the spontaneous fun and improve-vibe of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. In this highly interactive dinner show, audiences attend an Italian-American wedding ceremony and reception that’s designed to look and feel like a real – albeit slightly dramatic – wedding (there’s even a cake). In between the “I dos” and the final champagne toasts, guests are treated to a reality show-level of drama involving a stripper girlfriend, a pregnant bridesmaid, an intoxicated priest and other zany characters. It’s an entertaining party, and unlike any other show on the Strip.  

JabbaWockeez: Live at MGM Grand
Teenagers might panic over this show’s odd-sounding name, but there’s no need to worry: The JabbaWockeez are 100 percent cool. The group is a hip hop dance crew that first rocketed to fame in 2006, when they appeared on America’s Got Talent and then later won the grand prize in a dance competition on MTV.  The group has been described as “hip hop mimes,” thanks to their synchronized dance moves and white masks and gloves.

Gwen Stefani at Planet Hollywood
While teenagers today weren’t alive back when Gwen Stefani first topped the pop music charts in the mid-90s, the Grammy Award-winner’s music, with its roots in ska, electro-pop and dancehall music, remains as fresh today as it was 20 years ago. Teenage girls can find inspiration in the girl-power anthem “Just a Girl” and teens of all ages and genders will likely to relate to the cheeky and rebellious lyrics of her hits “Spiderwebs” and “It’s My Life.”

Popovich Comedy PET Theater
Animal-loving tweens and tweens will enjoy Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, as it’s like watching all of their favorite cat and dog YouTube videos rolled into one and live on stage (Think: tight-rope walking cats and adorable puppies on scooters). The variety show showcases more than 30 rescue pets – mostly cats and dogs, but also a goat duo and a miniature horse – as well as (human) gymnasts, jugglers and dancers.


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