I have read so many posts recently about Las Vegas and why it is not good for kids. I remember when we booked Vegas a couple of yeas ago. When we told people we were taking the boys, they took a sharp intake of breath. No one could understand it. And I don’t disagree with what others say, there are so many things you can’t do in Vegas with kids.
Having said that, if you plan your trip well I do believe Las Vegas is a place that should be seen through the eyes of a child.
If you are wondering what to do in Las Vegas with kids? It has a LOT to offer families with kids and teens.
It is not fully geared up for families, yet we were never once made to feel uncomfortable. You cannot take children in bars, but you can go into a restaurant as a family. We found that most restaurants did not offer kids menus, but they were very accommodating and would allow you to order one meal with two plates. Or there were often a variety of starters to suit.
We visited in October and there were many other families, we were not alone. Yet it is clearly a predominately adult environment, but there is no reason if you exercise a little caution you cannot enjoy this incredibly wonderful place as a family.
And with the help of the boys I have compiled a list of things to do with kids in Las Vegas-Las Vegas
The theming, as soon as you step out of your hotel it is everywhere.
Every hotel is extravagantly styled in its own unique way. We stayed in the MGM Grande it is huge, more of a village than a hotel, with many restaurants, shops and bars. The hotel pool complex is just incredible, and as we visited later in the season it was more of a chilled environment than in full on party mode.
Of course the MGM Grande is all about the Lions.
The boys loved feeding time; we set our Vegas clocks around Lion feeding times so the boys could see it every day. And just watching the keepers snuggle with these huge powerful animals was incredible to watch.
Our view from our suite was overlooking the New York Hotel
Incredible theming with a roller coaster built into the facade, a Jelly Bean shop and a tradition Irish bar. There was always some sort of New York style street party going on outside the hotel; it was so much fun, and an incredible atmosphere.
Don’t miss the fountains at the Bellagio
We went to see them twice in a week, the sheer scale and beauty of the fountains is breathtaking, the boys spent hours marveling at exactly how the water was able to synchronise to lights and music. The fountains at the Bellagio are something you have to see to believe.
The Bellagio Arcadia- Las Vegas With Kids
In essence is the most stunning seasonal flower display, it’s really hard to put it into words. When we visited the fall display was in full bloom, it was breathtaking. We spent hours admiring displays of autumn trees and pumpkins. I would go as far to say it felt magical.
Circus, Circus, now I did not love the fun fair at Circus Circus, but for kids it was heaven.
It is a huge indoor fun fair and arcade, all built under a glass dome. The boys were so excited they didn’t know what to do first, to be honest we could have spent a whole day in there with all the rides, and the largest kids arcade I have ever seen, I suppose it was a bit like a kids casino where the reward was stuffed teddies rather than cold cash.
Visit the Siegfreid and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage
This attraction is a huge example of exactly how deceptive Las Vegas is, you enter through the hotel thinking it can’t possibly be that big, situated behind a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and then you enter the Secret Garden which is vast tropical garden with Dolphins, Lions and Tigers.
Kids will love taking a trip on a gondola, or walk the street of Venice in Las Vegas
The Venetian was just incredible, how can a hotel in the middle of the Nevada Desert make you feel although you are in Italy. Well, let me tell you it does, I have to say this was my favourite themed country. We ate pasta and gelato in a delicious Italian restaurant, and shopped in Venice with gondolas passing us by, and the stars twinkling on the artificial but very realistic ceiling above us.
Check Out Characters Along The Strip
No matter where you walk there are character to meet. Be sure to have change on to tip in exchange for a photo. Some will charge so check and agree a rate first.
And lastly, not quite on the strip, take a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon
There are several options, coach tours, coach then helicopter or helicopter tours. We chose the helicopter tour, it was expensive at $1100 but wow I would say it was money well spent. We boarded our helicopter a 5am, and trust me I was so grumpy about this, but as we flew into the sunrise I thanked my lucky stars the booking lady had advised us to book this ungodly hour. It was magnificent; we flew over the Hoover Dam, many tiny settlements, even refueled in the middle of the Desert. And the grand finale, landed in the Canyon for a champagne breakfast. It days like that the boys will remember forever, and not an experience I would have wanted to encounter without my whole little family together.
Vegas for us was the most wonderful family trip, Chris and I are planning to go back alone as we would like to experience the casinos and breathtaking themed bars we saw, but could not visit. But am I glad we took the boys on our last trip? Absolutely, 100% In fact the boys are quite annoyed that we are not planning to take them with us next time.
14 thoughts on “10 Things To Do In Las Vegas With Kids”
It looks fabulous. My brother had been (for work). We have never visited the States but would love to. Infact, it’s becoming a bit of a dream of ours. Since having our three kids we just can’t afford holidays at the moment, but I’m trying my best to save some money. Las Vegas looks awesome. I’d also love to go to Montana, California, Alaska, Maine and the southern states. Big dreams! Sarah x
Sarah, I ma exactly the same big dreams, and do what we can when we can. I so hope you get there x
Best. Place. Ever. Fact!!! I’m dying to go back but, I’ll be honest, it’s not that I don’t think that the kids would enjoy it, I just don’t want to miss out on all partying 🙂
Ha ha its a tough one Rachel, part of me wants to take the boys back, but the other part is like noooo, I want to enjoy the casinos, and drink in the giant chandelier bar at the cosmopolitan x
Some really good ideas here. When the grandkids are old enough…
Thanks Tom, yes our two absolutely loved it x
I’d love to go to Vegas and this post has made me even more eager to go!!
Ah thanks Heledd, it is just incredible such a wonderful experience x
Ha Ha I’m def one of the sharp breath ‘kids in vegas’ ones? However you have pointed out some of the great things. I would just want to do all the things without them. You have to book and go back!
Ha ha I know Karen, we do need to go back, every time I talk myself out of it I see something Vegas related and change my mind again x
This is a great post Sarah. A few years ago one of Katie’s friends went to Vegas for 2 weeks, and I remember people saying how it wasn’t for kids. But they all had the most amazing family holiday, probably doing very similar things to yourself. The theming looks incredible and what wonderful memories the boys will have. Hubby is desperate to go when he is 50, just me and him, but thinking about it the kids would be 19 and 16. But then we would have to leave them outside whilst we went in all of the bars lol x
Tracey Las Vegas is most definitely one of those places kids just love, our two were mesmerised x
We went to Las Vegas pre- little miss and it isn’t somewhere i ever thought we’d be able to go with kids. But actually, as you’ve proven, its a pretty great place to go with kids x
Thanks Katie, yes it was fab, the boys loved it. Don’t get me wrong we do want to go alone as a couple but we loved it as a family trip x