Yes, I take my kids to Vegas and I love it. Now, get that terrified expression off your face and hear me out. I have been going to Las Vegas since I was a baby. I had a few years of doing Vegas in my twenties, before I filled my life with toddlers and I have to say I didn’t enjoy it anymore than I do now. Las Vegas has so much to offer to families to have a great vacation together, you just need to know where to look. Here are HotMama’s top five things to do in the LV with babies.
1. Pool Day: A great way to spend the day in Las Vegas, especially during the summer months is in the pool. Many of the hotels along the strip have gorgeous pools that you’ll want to spend some time by, sipping Pina Coladas in the sun. I personally love The Mirage pool, because it is tropical and lush. The Grecian style pools at the other hotels are beautiful, but there is something special about The Mirage’s pool that is more exciting than the rest. Although, when Steve Wynn owned The Mirage the pool was better. It had water-slides that entertained me for hours as a child. Unfortunately, all the water-slides were removed, but the pool still has the fantastic waterfalls, palm trees and seclusion from the strip that I have always loved. Pool days are great way to burn up the kids’ energy too, yielding relaxed kids at dinner.
2. Free entertainment: Most hotels offer some sort of attraction or entertainment to draw people in off the strip. This works out great for families, because this means constant entertainment for everybody.
The Mirage has the volcano which erupts nightly starting at 8pm and runs every half hour until midnight. It is really intense and exciting for the kids. It is pretty loud and really hot, so if you kids is a bit jumpy stand back a bit.
Caesars Palace has characters and show girls that stand out front for photo ops. The kids love it and all they ask for is a tip so carry some singles and let them have fun.
Inside Caesars Palace, in the middle of the Forum Shops, is the Fall of Atlantis show. The statues come alive as they tell the tale of how Atlantis was destroyed. There is fire, a light show on the ceiling and tons of excitement. The great thing is that it is located in front of many dining establishments, so you can enjoy your meal while the kids are being entertained.
Bellagio has a water and light show that is set to music.
At the Silverton there is a giant aquarium where kids can view live mermaids. Our kids love it. Heck, I love it. We always make a stop on our way into Vegas to check out the mermaids.
Off the strip a bit as you venture off to Downtown Las Vegas is Fremont Street and they have the really cool Viva Vision Light Show that is about six minutes long and runs every hour starting at 6pm.
3. Restaurants with live music: Parents will have a much more enjoyable dinner if the kids are entertained. I try to pick restaurants that have something for everybody. I love the Nine Fine Irishmen, because Sin E Ri-Ra (a fantastic Irish band) starts performing at 9pm and kids can be in there until 10pm. That gives us about an hour of entertainment with the kids. Restaurants that offer live music are different from the bars and lounges, because kids are usually allowed until the time they stop serving food.
4. Hotel Attractions: It would be hard to find a hotel that does not have some sort of attraction, though you may have to pay for a ticket. I usually decide ahead of time what attractions my kids would be interested in and budget for them. For instance, my kids LOVE Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, so I plan for that attraction every trip. We also get a discount as hotel guests which make it a great value.
Mandalay Bay has the Shark Reef.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower.
New York New York has the arcade and roller coaster.
5. Shows: Most of the shows allow children age five and over. Some shows will even allow younger. Shows are a great way to entertain the whole family and a perfect evening activity. My parents always took us kids to shows growing up. We loved getting dressed up, going to dinner and then going to see live entertainment. Every hotel has their own show and they vary from Cirque, musical showcases, magic, comedy, impersonators to everything in between. It is fun to pick a new show every visit.
Despite what many may think, Las Vegas can actually be very family-friendly. Although there is gambling, cocktails, clubs, bars and plenty of adult entertainment, it also has a plethora of attractions, activities, amazing restaurants and live entertained that kids as well as adults can all enjoy together. What I love most about Las Vegas is that it so versatile. Vegas can whatever you want it be, so plan your visit and make it your own! Viva Las Vegas, Baby!