Family Travel Ideas

Las Vegas Vacation With Kids? YES!

Living in Southern California, I am quite close to Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a great destination for a quick weekend vacation, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away! A 45 minute flight or a 4 – 5 hour drive will get you there, stat.


View of Las Vegas Strip, Paris and Bellagio Hotels


In the past, I had gone to Vegas with friends, family, and the hubs, all adults. Many people know Las Vegas as a party destination, hence the name “Sin City”, and it is. There are so many other things to do there, you can definitely take the whole family and find entertainment and fun for all!

The next time you want to hit the Las Vegas strip with the kids, use this guide to help you navigate your way to fun!


Hotels – Where to Stay in Las Vegas with Kids


Monte Carlo Hotel , Las Vegas, NV

Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, photo: Monte Carlo


I would recommend the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino to get the best all around Vegas experience. I stayed there a couple months ago and I think it is a great choice for families. It’s very modern looking, the rooms are top notch and the hotel offers plenty of shows, dining, nightlife options, casino play, shopping, spa services, and more, yet it’s not “brand new”, so it won’t be super expensive. Affordability is key on vacation. My favorite part of the hotel is the Monte Carlo Pool, complete with a lazy river, wave pool, a sand volleyball court, cabanas and food galore! Also, the hotel is located on the strip, so you are still in the center of the action when you want to be.

Take the free tram to visit other properties, you can hop on at the Monte Carlo and ride down to City Center and the Bellagio hotel. Circus Circus is another option, though I have not stayed there in over a decade so I have no idea what it looks like these days.


Activities – What to Do In Las Vegas with Kids


circus circus las vegas adventure dome indoor theme park

Adventure Dome theme park, photo: Circus Circus


Circus Circus Adventure Dome – Get your thrills at this awesome theme park! I remember coming here as a kid, the only place I wanted to be!America’s largest indoor theme park and features thrill rides, traditional carnival rides, laser tag, miniature golf, bumper cars, midway booths, an arcade, clown shows and so much more. The natural lighting, high ceilings and canyon fixtures throughout the property gives you the feel of the outdoors. All ages. —

Wet N’ Wild Water Park – Back and better than ever! I went to this park as a child and was sad when they shut it down. Escape the heat of the desert at this fun oasis, suitable for children and adults of all ages. Attractions include large slides, splash areas and a lazy river. Opens this summer, Memorial Day weekend, 2013.

Discovery Children’s Museum – This three-story museum is full of interactive exhibits promoting science, art and culture. Home to nine themed exhibition halls, the 58,000-square-foot museum entices children of all ages with a well-rounded array of learning experiences that feel a whole lot more like play. —


On the Strip – Fun for Kids and Adults in Las Vegas with Kids


Bellagio Fountains night show on the strip

Fountains of Bellagio, photo:


Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage – Visit Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat where you come face-to-face with Royal White Tigers and Magical White Lions in their own jungle sanctuary. Also, discover a unique underwater paradise where you can view a family of Bottlenose Dolphins as they play both above and below the water’s surface.  —

Stratsophere Tower – Go up to the top of the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere Tower for sweeping panoramic views of the city. All ages.

M&M’s World – If you love chocolate at the iconic brand, you’ll be in heaven! 4 stories of chocolaty goodness have everything you need, a custom film, a NASCAR race car, the history of the brand, and tons of M&M themed souvenirs. Also, just wait until you see it’s lights at night!

Rainforest Cafe, MGM Grand –  This restaurant, located in the MGM Grand Hotel, will give your family a wildly fun time! Picture yourself in an actual rain forest, complete with lush greenery, sounds of waterfalls, tropical creatures and even thunderstorms. It’s a fun adventure to love, oh, and the food is good too!

Fountains of Bellagio – This breathtaking exhibit features the best in water shows, hands down. You can watch them at nightfall, right on Las Vegas Blvd, where the colors and styles change throughout the night. Spouts and sprays of water are perfectly choreographed using popular musical varieties and beautiful lights for a FREE show the whole family will love!


I am planning another trip to Vegas in July, the kids are coming with! It will be hot, thank goodness for air conditioning!


Have you ever taken your kids to Las Vegas?


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