How to give your children an amazing holiday in Las Vegas
No, you shouldn’t leave them in the hotel, although some hotels do offer baby sitters and creche facilities. Also you can’t let them wander around the casino floor while you gamble, there are strict laws against this. So this is our essential guide to what you should do with your children in Las Vegas.
If you have decided to bring your children with you to Las Vegas, there is actually a lot for them to do. In the 1990’s Las Vegas tried to restyle itself as a family destination, and resorts such as Treasure Island, Excalibur, Aladdin, and Circus Circus were a major part of this. Whilst Las Vegas has repositioned itself as a high rollers paradise, with newer hotels such as Wynn, Vdara, Aria etc not having the theme of older hotels, many of the family friendly attractions remain. Here’s our list of the best family friendly activities in Las Vegas.
23 things to entertain your children in Las Vegas
- Definitely go on the Las Vegas Monorail – It’s supposed to be a quick efficient way to travel on the Strip, and it is, but it also provides fantastic views of the High Roller in particular, and it is totally FREE for under 5’s.
- Talking of which, the High Roller offers the best view of the Strip, well ok, maybe apart from at the top of the Stratosphere. Click on the link for best price tickets.
- You and your children in Las Vegas can take a Gondola ride in Venice at the Venetian! Very popular with all age groups, children in particular will feel like they are actually in Venice. Great fun
- Head over to the Mirage – Siegfried and Roys Secret Garden – and see the tigers in this oasis of calm in the middle of the Strip.
- Want to see a Las Vegas show with your children?– Jabbawockeez at MGM is suitable for teenagers, and we offer a best price guarantee
Excalibur Tournament of Kings – Fancy a knight tournament themed dinner? Of course you do.
- Discovery Kids Museum – Another Downtown gem. Loads of fun to be had here with your children in Las Vegas. It is very close to the Las Vegas Premium Outlet North.
- The Fremont Street Experience Downtown has a great light show every hour. It is totally free, and a noisy fun spectacular. Kids of all ages will love this.
- Container Park Adventure Playground – we have no idea why this isn’t more well known. It’s totally free. The treehouse looks great fun, we are just sad that we are too old to be allowed to climb on it. Just a couple of minutes walk from Fremont Street.
- There is an M and M shop near to Planet Hollywood in the middle of the Strip. These stores are popular all over the world, but beware, they are very hectic!
- Escape the madness for a few hours and take the children to the cinema. United Artists Showcase Theatre 8 is close to the MGM Grand on the Strip.
- There is fantastic aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Shark Reef is an immersive amazing experience and we can’t recommend it highly enough.
- Theres a Wet and Wild about 15 mins cab ride from the Strip. There used to be one of the Strip near to the Riviera, sadly this is no longer the case.
- New York Yew York has the Big Apple Roller Coaster. Strap yourselves in, this is way more powerful than it looks. And it already looks pretty scary. The opportunity to look out over the Strip whilst hanging upside down, or to try and peek into someone’s room shouldn’t be missed.
The Adventuredome at Circus Circus will keep your kids amused for hours. If they are older children you could safely give them some freedom here, and have a sit down yourself. Rides, arcade games, old fashioned amusements and interactive games will entertain them, plus it is all inside so the weather won’t dampen spirits. There is a rollercoaster here too.
- Don’t miss the small amusements section which is located near to where you buy roller coaster tickets in New York New York. Loads of all kinds of arcade and amusement games are here, it’s noisy and exciting, just like arcades should be.
- The Fun Dungeon at Excalibur is just below the main casino floor. There are a whole range of games to play here.
- The small monorail between Excalibur and Luxor is fun and free.
- And it has a second line from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur. Save your feet, and let the children sit down for a while.
- There is a cable car train from the Mirage to Treasure Island. It only takes a few minutes, but if your children like trains, and most do, then it’s worth crossing the road in style rather than walking.
There are some rides at the top of the Stratosphere – The Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream, but they are frankly terrifying and for big kids only
- If you have older children or teenagers who are interested in shopping then Caesars Palace Forum Shoppes is the best place to take the on the Strip. There are lots of major brands there with fantastic exciting shops, in particular the H and M shop is spectacular. As an added bonus, you can also watch the free Atlantis show outside Abercrombie and Fitch and Nike. Beware, the lights go down and it is very loud, so may be unsuitable for the very young. It’s a throwback to when there were lot’s of these types of amusements on the Strip. Don’t miss the amazing curved escalators either, they are in the section nearest the Strip.
- Las Vegas Premium Outlet North is a 15 min cab drive from the Strip, or a short cab, bus or even walk from Fremont Street. If your children are brand conscious you’ll find Polo Ralph Lauren Kids, Calvin Klein, a huge Disney outlet, and lots of other stores they may be interested in spending your money in.
We’d be interested if you have any other suggestions for entertaining children in Las Vegas, and we will keep this list updated. Don’t forget that most hotels offer a baby sitting service, or hired in nannies or au pairs.