"You're bringing your kids to Vegas?!" I got a lot of those comments when people asked what I was going to do on my sons spring break from school. I think people are assuming I was either gonna leave my children in my hotel room and go party till dawn at the nightclubs, or actually bring them to the nightclubs, lol. I've been going to Las Vegas since I was 12 because my grandfather use to live there. My husband and I do not have sitters, nannies or any family we can leave our children with so we can get away for a few days. Nor as anyone offered. But we honestly enjoy taking our kids with us. We have more fun being together as family and we like the idea of instilling a sense of travel and exploring with our kids. So where we travel, we want our kids to do and see the same! Of course most people just think of drinking and gambling when they think of Las Vegas, but there is more to do with children than you may think! 😉
Here are my top 12 kid friendly places you must see on the Las Vegas Strip!
- Flamingos! We stayed at the Flamingo hotel because it was the only hotel that had a year around pool open that was heated and was right dab smack in the middle of the strip, which is where we wanted to be. So naturally we wanted to see the pretty pink flamingos at the Flamingo! Usually you can only see these pretty birds in the Caribbean, South America, in the middle east, near mediterrearean, or in Africa. Did you know a baby flamingo chick is born grey or white and can take up to three years to turn its signature pink color? A little bit of trivia for ya! 😉 Checking out these exotic pink creatures was a must see, stay as long as you want and it's free!
- Go swimming! There are some pretty amazing pools on the strip! Mandalay Bay comes in as the best family pool with its beach, lazy river and wave pool. It has real sand to make you feel like you're on a tropical island, 1.6 million gallon wave pool with huge waves, that leads you to the quarter of a mile lazy river that's gentle and floats you along. There is also a small area for the kiddies. We wanted to stay in the middle of the strip so our kids enjoyed the pool just fine complete with waterfalls and sprinkles. He had to bring his flippers with us to swim! (He's on the swim team). Check what time of year you go and if your pool is heated. Not all pools are open year long and can get chilly.
- The Mirage Hotel! I enjoy this hotel for the tropical feel of it. I've stayed here a few times the past. We spent a day at the Segfried and Roys Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. It definitely didn't disappoint. You can stay as long as you want and come up close with bottlenose dolphins and learn all about them. It was cool to see them underwater too. We got to experience being close up the famous white tigers at the hotel as well as white lions, leopards and cheetahs. My oldest got to meet Segfried for a meet and greet so that was bonus when he did a magic trick on his arm. It was under $17 for chldren, and $22 for adults, but you can stay as long as you want and it was well worth it.
- Bellagio Fountains! I personally love watcing this water show. It's not long, but it's very elegant and syncs with music. We watched it on a warm evening at sunset which was just lovely. It even had the attention of my 10 month old. It shoots up over 400 feet, goes off everyday about every 15 - 30 minutes depending on day of the week it is, and it's free. It'll put a smile on everyones face.
- Caesars Palace! Just walking through this gorgeous hotel make you feel grand and like a king. We took a walk through the forum shops, where the ceiling looks like you're outside, and saw entertainers that are all dressed up in costumes. If kids aren't impressed with the upscale fancy dancey shops, take them to see Fall of Atlantis show in the forum shops. It's an animatronic figure fight for control in this exciting production. You can be entertained by greek gods who move and can hold your attention with lasers, lights and water show. It's free, takes place at the top of every hour and is rated the best free show in Vegas. This also sits on top of a huge saltwater tank where you can see divers feed the fish and sharks. This is by far my favorite hotel.
- New York New York! Rollercoaster going inside and outside of a hotel?! Need I say more? For $14 a ticket you can ride the Big Apple Coaster, and it's open everyday. They had arcades and attractions at the coaster as well. You must be 54" to ride. If your children don't wanna ride, there are fun candy and chocolate stores they'll definitely love! My son especially liked the jellybean statue of liberty and licorice statue of liberty.
- Circus Circus! This hotel is all the way at the end of the strip and is a little outdated (okay the 80's are back seriously!) but there is a whole floor dedicated to just children with all the games and arcades they can handle. There is also a free circus show that happens a few times every hour. Definitely a way for mom and dad to have some downtime while our oldest plays games (and baby naps).
- Treasure Island! It's a nightly show that lasts less than 10 minutes, about pirates and the infamous Blackbeard. This free show is great entertainment, with real live pirates, fire and water.
- The Big Wheel! You can ride the High Roller, the worlds tallest observation wheel stands in-between the Linq hotel and the Famingo in the Promenade. You can see all the sights and beautiful scenery views from the ferris wheel for a price. But you can stay on it for one full turn which lasts about 30 minutes. It's open everyday, is constantly moving, and costs about $25 per person. You're sure to get breath taking views and snapshots of the famous strip and mountains.
- The Venetian! The Gondolier ride is definitely a must-do and make you feel like you're in Italy. You can have your own Gondolier ride for two (if you're feeling romantic) or sit with others. Someone row you and sing to you as well as riding inside and outside of the hotel and downtown through the shops. The only reason we didn't do this was because you had to make reservations and they were sold out for the next few days. It doesn't come cheap. It'll cost about $20 a person and holds up to 4 people (the baby was free). I still wish we had done it.
- The Monorail! If you want to see all the hotels, it definitely is a good idea to take the monorail. Kids will get a kick out of the train in the sky! Just like the monorail in Disney World, this is another fun ride for the kids to see the sights out the window and give everyones legs a break from walking. We took this to Circus Circus. Kids under 5 are free, runs every 7 minutes, and you can get a 24 hour pass for just under $12. It's a fun ride and cheaper than a cab.
- See a show! On our first full day in Las Vegas, my oldest and I saw a magic show, while my husband stayed in the hotel room to give our littlest one a nap. Rated the #1 best afternoon show, this family friendly show was just a walk away in Harrahs Hotel and definitely a must see. It was packed with kids and families, a small drink station aka bar in the back for all the virgin strawberry daiquiris and pina coladas we could handle. We both indulged. I'm pregnant so the virgin daiquiri tastes just as good as the alcohol version (okay almost as good 😉 ). We were in the second row and definitely had the attention and laughs from my 9 year old (who is hard to please at this age) At the end of the show, you could meet and greet the magician Mac King and also buy some magician games and puzzles in the lobby.
- The sights and food! Just walking around seeing the hotels, sights, scenery, flowers, landscapes, sidewalk entertainers, lights and huge buildings is a fun sight to see. Add on the delicious food and eat at some of the finest restaurants was pretty amazing. Of course being pregnant, I was wicked excited to try all kinds of different types of food, treats and snacks. I almost forgot I couldn't drink. Almost! 😉
What do you think about Vegas? What places do you like to go to with your children?