When people ask me about free things people can do in Las Vegas, I almost always suggest they stop by M&M’s World, especially if they have children. I’m not a huge fan of M&M’s, but there’s something strangely quirky and charming about this funky store located near MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s one of the places I often taken newbies in the city because it’s (almost) uniquely Las Vegas (there are a couple others around the world, but I would argue this one is the most famous).
M&M’s World is a multi-story shop with just about any kind of memorabilia you can imagine as it relates to M&M’s — clothing, household goods, office items, knick knacks, collector’s pieces. And, of course, there is a healthy dose of the candy itself. One of my favorite things about M&M’s World is the serve-yourself wall covered in every type and color of chocolate candy you can practically imagine. Though you can buy pre-packaged M&M candy packs for certain occasions (say, for example, Halloween or a wedding), most people like to mix and match their own concoction of candies, creating eclectic mixes of flavors and colors. For a long time, my sister had a plastic jar of candies from M&M’s World that sat on her dresser. It reminded me of a rainbow in a jar.
Though I’m not one to pick up trinkets just for the sake of owning such things, I am in love with the M&M’s themed stationery, and last time I was there, they had an eco-friendly M&M’s journal. From lampshades and key chains to pillowcases and leather jackets, it definitely feels like just about everything has been branded with the sweet multi-colored characters. It is worth noting that, as my foreign exchange student pointed out, only the primary colors have items dedicated to them. The brown M&M’s are completely stricken from the store.
In addition to all the retail merchandise, M&M’s World has a free 3-D film, and, if you make it all the way to the top floor, the M&M’s race car is on display. Not many people seem to get all the way up to the top, so if you do, it’s a nice respite from the crowds.
I’m not sure what it is about M&M’s World that makes it such a compelling stop in Las Vegas. Maybe it’s because it, like everything else in Sin City, is over-the-top. Whatever it is, I love to take people to visit, just to see their eyes light up at a place entirely devoted to fun chocolate candies.
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