How to Do Las Vegas With Kids
Las Vegas is famous for its gambling and nightlife and hence most people are surprised to find out that it is actually a really great family-friendly place to visit. Your little ones will enjoy the kid friendly hotels, parks and museums, as well as bright lights and larger than life attractions. We will steer you in the right direction and help you make the most of your time in Las Vegas with kids! There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city!
Best family-friendly hotels to book when visiting Las Vegas with kids.
Las Vegas hotels are often geared towards a more adult clientele, however, it is possible to find family-friendly hotels in Sin City. The hotels we’ve suggested have amenities and accommodations that are suitable for kids. If you want your hotel to have an even more family-friendly vibe, consider renting baby gear such as a full size crib, sound machine, baby bathtub and more from BabyQuip. An Independent Quality Provider from BabyQuip Las Vegas can even have the items waiting for you at the hotel upon your arrival.
1. Four Seasons Hotel
Although the Four Seasons Hotel is a bit of a splurge it is worth its weight in gold. It is casino-free and the service is impeccable with many amenities and services geared towards families and kids.
2. Circus Circus
As the name implies, Circus Circus, is a circus themed hotel that has been entertaining families for years! The Carnival Midway has games with prizes and there is also a daily circus show for free. Best of all, Circus Circus houses the Adventuredome Theme Park!
3. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Families flock to the Mandalay Bay Hotel for its world famous Mandalay Bay Beach. It is the hotel’s pool area and it features a lazy river, a sandy beach and a wave pool. The 1.6 million gallon Shark Reef Aquarium is also located inside the hotel.
4. New York New York Hotel
The New York New York Hotel has a great location in close proximity to many family attractions and activities on The Strip. It has an arcade for kids that are a bit older. The whole family will enjoy the 2-story Hershey chocolate store, located inside the hotel that is filled with candies, chocolates and gifts!
Las Vegas Shows For Kids
A trip to Las Vegas would not be complete without exploring at least one of the magnificent and mesmerizing shows they have to offer. The good news is that you have plenty to choose from. From circus performances to pet theater, Vegas has it all!
1. The Blue Man Group
The Blue Man Group at the Luxor Hotel is a long time favorite for families, blending music, percussion, comedy and interactive audience participation.
2. Mystere By Cirque Du Soleil
If you’re ready to be wowed, take the little ones to Mystere, a gravity defying Cirque du Soleil performance. It is a high energy aerial circus act at Treasure Island Hotel, featuring bungee jumpers, gymnasts, clowns and more! The whole family will enjoy and remember this awe-inspiring experience for years to come.
If fast paced hip hop and pop music makes your little ones want to get up and dance, check out the Jabbawockeez dance extravaganza at the MGM Grand Hotel. This perfectly choreographed group has been voted the “Best Family Show, and “Best of All Ages” show for three years in a row.
4. Gregory Popovich’s Pet Theater
Gregory Popovich’s Pet Theater is a completely family-friendly show that will have kids laughing at all of the hilarious Pet Theater antics. Located in The V Theater at Planet Hollywood, this show features silly pet tricks that even toddlers will enjoy!
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Best Kids Activities in Las Vegas
Las Vegas in not just a playground for grown ups. There are actually plenty of attractions geared towards kids. Some of the best activities are as simple as getting to experience a bird’s-eye view of the splendor, glitz and glamor of the city from high up in the sky. Theme parks and aquariums are always a surefire hit with the kiddos as well. Here are some of the best activities Las Vegas has to offer!
1. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Kids will be amazed by the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. This aquarium with over 2000 animals spanning 14 exhibits is a breathtaking sensory experience, that allows guests to touch sharks, rays and horseshoe crabs.
2. AdventureDome at Circus Circus
Although Adventuredome has some pretty serious roller coasters, they haven’t forgotten about their younger visitors. There are family-friendly rides such as Circus Carousel and Road Runner, as well as junior rides such as Frog Hoppers and Thunderbirds.
3. High Roller Observation Wheel
The High Roller Observation Wheel at The Linq in Las Vegas is the world’s largest observation wheel and a very popular attraction for kids! It features a 360 degree sweeping view of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.
4. Eiffel Tower Experience
The Eiffel Tower Experience in Las Vegas is a half scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and provides incredible views and an exhilarating ride to the top that kids will enjoy. The best part is that kids under 3 years old ride for free!
Family Things To Do in Las Vegas off The Strip
Most people around the world immediately associate the city of Las Vegas with The Strip. The Strip is a 4 mile stretch of world famous hotels, casinos and attractions. Although there are plenty of activities for the kids to explore on The Strip, be sure to check out these family-friendly attractions off The Strip!
1. Discovery Children’s Museum
Located in Downtown Las Vegas, The Discovery Children’s Museum has exhibits for children of all ages. Toddler Town is a desert themed exhibit geared specifically for kids under 5 years old. The Crawl Zone is a protected sensory area for infants who aren’t yet walking. Permanent exhibits also include Water World, which features a replica of the Hoover Dam, Eco City, Young at Art and many more!
2. Las Vegas Natural History Museum
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum located in Downtown Las Vegas features many interactive exhibits for your kids to explore. They will particularly enjoy the Cox Charities Young Scientist Center that allows kids to dig for fossils or explore the depths of the ocean inside a submarine.
3. Lion Habitat Ranch
Just minutes from the Strip, the Lion Habitat Ranch is a lion sanctuary that features over 40 lions and Ozzie the Giraffe. Get a behind the scenes tour and take a photo with your little one feeding Ozzie!
4. Downtown Container Park
The Downtown Container Park is an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment area made entirely from old shipping containers. Kids will love The Treehouse, an interactive playground with climbing areas and slides.
5. Red Rock Canyon
If you fancy taking a break from the bright neon lights and stimulation of the Las Vegas Strip, consider a serene adventure to Red Rock Canyon. These unique geological formations are a sight to behold and have formed over the last 600 million years. Families will enjoy a bit of nature on the various hiking trails!
Free Things To Do in Las Vegas With Kids
We all like to go easy on the pocketbook when and where we can, in between the inevitable spending that’s going to set us back a couple of bucks. Have no fear, since there are definitely a handful of free things to do with kids in Las Vegas.
1. Bellagio Fountains
Head to the Bellagio and check out the iconic Bellagio Fountains. It is a spectacular water show choreographed to music and lights, that runs every 15 or 30 minutes daily depending on the day of the week.
2. The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden is completely free and open to the public 24 hours a day. Children will marvel at the intricate floral creations that change four times per year with the seasons.
3. The Volcano at the Mirage
The Volcano at the Mirage Hotel “erupts” to fire, lights and music nightly. It is an over the top attraction that is a sure crowd pleaser!
Whether you are willing to spend like a high roller or whether you are on a budget, there is plenty to do for families in Las Vegas that span the entire spectrum from high-end to free! The one thing you can be certain of is that there is more than enough attractions to keep the whole family entertained around the clock!
Jennifer O’Neill is an Independent Quality Provider with BabyQuip, helping families travel lighter and happier. She is a mother of two boys and enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends and of course, traveling.