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Visiting Las Vegas with Kids

Updated: Mar 9

A photo of the casinos on the Las Vegas strip.  It is street level you can see cars speeding by and a title reads Visiting Las Vegas with Kids

You may think that "Sin City" is not the most child-friendly place on the planet. With all the gambling, the adult shows, the alcohol, and partying, it seems like a place that is not at all appropriate for kids.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

While, yes Las Vegas is very much an adult playground there is so much for kids to see and do in Las Vegas, it would take me a series of posts just to encapsulate how much there is for families. Check out my recommendations for visiting Las Vegas with kids!

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Visiting Las Vegas with Kids

I highly recommend you stay at the Four Seasons; it's a non-gaming oasis on the iconic Las Vegas Strip adjacent to the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Perfect for families looking to get away from the gaming atmosphere and enjoy some relaxation and fun. Four Seasons guests gain access to two unique pool experiences – the Resort’s private pool, complete with signature, passed amenities, and the expansive Mandalay Bay Pools complex at the adjacent Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which houses a Lazy River, three swimming pools and a natural sand beach, as well as Mandalay Bay Beach. Four Seasons guests can also expect top-notch hospitality and amenities from spacious family suites that accommodate babysitting or pet-sitting services. Guests have exclusive access to Las Vegas shows and so much more. I highly recommend this hotel when staying in Las Vegas with kids.

A photo of a very fancy bed in the Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay.  There are mirrors and a lamp on either side of the bed.  The room is in greys and whites.

When looking at attractions in Vegas, it is a good idea to purchase the three-attraction pass. It will allow you to use the pass for any three attractions and save you some money in the long run. Since it is a set price, the price of admission to the attractions doesn't matter because you purchased this pass. So feel free to use it at certain attractions; when booking your Las Vegas vacation, I'll happily share with you which attractions this pass applies to.

Speaking of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, it is home to that fantastic sand beach pool and the Shark Reef Aquarium. This is a fun aquarium for kids to explore some of the larger ocean predators. It is full of education and fun.

Enjoy some chocolate, we visited both Hersey's Chocolate World and the M&M store. We looked at both of them I enjoyed the M&M store more, it was four fabulous floors of M&M merchandise and an entire wall of M&Ms to fill up a bag and take home. Hersey's Chocolate World is located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip in the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Resort, this new retail experience offers guests a chance to create their own Hershey's bar wrapper and creating a fantastic Reese combination. For the chocolate lovers in your family, this is the perfect place! My son, in particular, loves the wall of flavors and the Statue of Liberty made out of chocolate. The smell alone will draw you into the store! The M&M Store is right across the street from Hersey's Chocolate World and is next to the MGM Grand. You'll be entertained with four floors of different ways to make your M&Ms memorable. We enjoyed the wall of M&Ms and I was very close to buying a coffee mug to remind me of this epic store!

The owner of Spectrum Getaways with her two boys inside of the M&M store.  There are tons of pillars of M&Ms behind them.  She is holding her youngest son in her arms and looking down at her oldest son.

The free shows on the strip are not to be missed, so take some time to walk with your kids during the day. You'll find ample time to see some of my favorite shows such as the Bellagio Fountains, my youngest son could sit there all day and watch in awe for the spectacular show. There is also the Volcano at the Mirage, and you'll have to arrive at nightfall to get the full effect of the show. The Fall of Atlantis in Cesar's Palace is a fantastic, family-friendly show you don't want to miss.

If you are into animals, check out one free and paid attraction. The Flamingo really impressed us, it is still a casino full of adult fun but it is home to a 15 ache lush rainforest that houses flamingos, penguins, cranes, turtles and so much more. It is a quick, gorgeous setting that can keep any little one's attention for a nominal amount of time. My boys had so much fun spying on all the birds in the rainforest. Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy and The Dolphin Habitat is in the Mirage Hotel and Casino. It is a sanctuary for endangered animals and supports education and research for preventing extinction in these animals. In addition to the Royal White Tigers, there are leopards, white lions, black panthers, and an Asian elephant. Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins live in a 2.5 million gallon water habitat, including an artificial coral reef nearby. My boys found it so neat to see Dolphins up close.

The Lake of Dreams, with its 40-foot waterfall, pine-topped mountain, and nightly shows, is a sight to behold. Take the circular escalator from Parasol Up at the Wynn and experience the dazzling shows out on the show terrace for a water's edge view. When the sun sets, the Lake of Dreams comes alive in a spectacle of music and imagery created by over four thousand lights, stunning, and puppetry. Your kids will be amazed at this show, and it's free, so why not stop at the Wynn and check it out?

A photo of the Paris Hotel and Casino at night.

Off the strip but still worth it, the mermaids at the Silverton are sure to entertain. They swim in the vast 117,000-gallon tank and don’t miss live Mermaids swimming and interacting with guests. My youngest son, who is still a toddler, was shocked to see the mermaids in the water and would wave and clap for them once he accepted that a half-person was looking at him and not a fish. You can even dine with the mermaids on certain nights as an added perk! The aquarium is perfect for all ages and is free to visit in Silverton; this is also one of a couple of Casinos I feel are very family-friendly if you are looking for accommodation off the strip.

Spend a Day at Adventure Dome You can easily spend all day at Circus Circus Adventure Dome! It is free to enter, but much like any carnival, you'll have to pay per ride, or you can pay for a day pass and have unlimited access to the rides. Much like any theme park, all the rides do have height requirements.

Looking for more fun off the strip, a fantastic playground and park called Container Park recently opened. The builders repurposed shipping containers and made them into a tree house and container playground. Kids will enjoy the amazing 33-foot slide, the huge praying mantis statue, large foam building blocks, and an interactive play area that children and adults can enjoy.

Finally, no visit to Las Vegas would be complete without stopping at the Hoover Dam. It is easy to drive over the Hoover Dam and take a quick look, but I encourage you to stop there if you can. Guests can see the Hoover Dam on the Powerplant tour, which will take them to the Nevada side of the dam. If you have a pacemaker, it is not recommended to go on this tour due to the electromagnetic field that may interfere with the device. Additionally, if you have claustrophobia, I discourage you from going on this tour as you'll have to take an elevator down and walk through a tunnel. If these are not great options for you, and sometimes the tour is unavailable that day, a perfect alternative would be to check out the Visitor Center. Guests can see the original exhibit building and the observation decks. It is a fantastic man-made marvel that is not to be missed and something I count as an educational field trip when taking my kids!

This was a long list, and I'm thrilled that you made it this far. There is so much more to do and see in Las Vegas with kids, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are considering taking a trip to Las Vegas, let's work together on your trip there!

The famous Las Vegas Sign.  There is a title that reads Kid Friendly Las Vegas Vacation Family Travel

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