Whether it’s “Vegas Baby” or Vegas with babies, this city offers a wide selection of activities for every age group. I’ve been going to Vegas since I was a young girl and I’m proud to keep the tradition going with my own three children.
Let me tell you, Las Vegas with kids can really be a blast. And please don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
In this family guide to Las Vegas, we share all of our secrets about how to make the absolute best of your visit to Vegas with kids. We discuss the best hotels for families, cheap family attractions in Vegas, the best shows in Vegas for kids, where to find kid-friendly restaurants, and so much more!
I am confident that by following the advice in our Vegas guide, you and your family will come to love Vegas as much as we do and dream of returning year after year.
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Best family hotels in Vegas
The Vegas strip has so many amazing hotels, most of which cater to families with children to some degree or another. However, from our experience some Vegas hotels are just so much more family-oriented and budget-friendly than others. We go in extreme depth about our 5 favorite Vegas strip hotels for families HERE but here is a quick rundown of the top 3 to get you started.
2. MGM Grand
Kid-friendly shows in Las Vegas
It goes without saying that Las Vegas is a top entertainment capital and is a great place to catch a variety of world-class shows to fit any mood. The best thing for families is that many of these Las Vegas shows are actually kid-friendly! We provide a detailed overview for 21 Las Vegas family shows HERE and best of all, we provide custom ratings for every show to see how well it matches your interests, including the best shows for magic, dance, thrills and comedy. Here is a quick rundown of our top recommendation in each category.
Best show overall
Blue Man Group @ Luxor All Ages live music, drums, interactive, multimedia theatrics
Best comedy show
Terry Fator @ Mirage Ages 5+ variety show, ventriloquist, impersonations, singing
Best cirque show
Ka @ MGM Grand Ages 5+ cirque, martial arts, folklore, fire, puppetry, flying
Best magic show
Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream @ Planet Hollywood All Ages magic, shadows, physical comedy, theatrics
Best budget-friendly show
Laughternoon @ D Hotel All Ages comedy, magic tricks, audience participation
Best kid-friendly Vegas pools
Las Vegas resorts on the strip are enormous and loaded with amazing restaurants, entertainment options, and fun attractions. And one of our favorite FREE family activities to counteract the heat and kill some time during the day is to hang out at the resort pool. Virtually every resort on the Vegas strip has a pool, but not all Vegas pools are created equal. Not by a long shot! There are some Vegas pools that seem to be designed with families in mind, and there are others that seem to be an obligatory afterthought. Here is a short list of our favorite Vegas pools, what to expect, and most importantly, why we love them so much!
Hot Tip: We go into greater depth in our article on the 5 best family pools in Vegas.
Mirage has our favorite pool in Vegas for kids, and it definitely seems like this pool was designed with families in mind. It is a tropical oasis with several waterfalls, tons of palm trees, and a couple of large hot tubs. They also have a restaurant called Paradise Cafe where you can enjoy lunch or brunch poolside. My kids love the Mirage pool, and when we talk about planning a trip to Vegas, they start talking about this pool.
The MGM Grand Pool is an enormous area that includes 5 different pools, a lazy river, and quite a few waterfalls and grottos. They have a restaurant called Cabanas Grill where you can have a poolside lunch or brunch, which we always take advantage of after spending an afternoon at the pool. Best of all, they have 5 different bars in the Grand Pool Complex to grab a pina colada or cold beer! Your family could spend a whole day at the MGM pool and still not have time to do it all.
Mandalay Bay pool
Mandalay Beach is a sprawling pool complex with a lazy river and a huge wave pool. We like that it has a tropical landscape and the kids really do like floating in the lazy river. The Mandalay Bay pool is unique because it has over 2.5 thousand tons of real sand, but to be honest, we could do without the sand. Sure it is a nice touch, but it also makes the pool visit quite a bit more messy. During the summer, they also have a Beach Concert Series so you can catch some music as a family by the pool. I am confident you and your kids will love spending an afternoon at the Mandalay Beach.
Kid-friendly restaurants in Las Vegas
Las Vegas hotels on the Strip are sprawling resorts that are loaded with restaurants, pubs, taverns and casual eateries. It is hard to pick the best restaurants for kids in Vegas because there are just so many great kid-friendly places to eat all along the strip. Instead, we have selected three of our favorite family hotels and highlighted the top family-friendly options available at each resort. Importantly, we also show you a few kid-friendly places to grab a cold one. This is Vegas after all!
Kid-friendly restaurants at Mirage
Cravings Buffet: This buffet is a bit pricey, but it is so good we find it well worth the cost. They have bottomless champagne and beer at a very reasonable charge!
Paradise Cafe: Dine poolside while you enjoy a yummy breakfast or lunch with gorgeous views of the surrounding tropical waterfalls.
Pantry: The Pantry serves American classics like waffles, fried chicken, biscuits and gravy and is open for breakfast 24 hours. The atmosphere is chic farmhouse and is absolutely adorable.
California Pizza Kitchen: CPK is a crowd pleaser and extremely family-friendly. Yummy tossed, chopped salads and a unique selection of pizzas located next to the Mirage sports book.
Kid-friendly places to grab a drink
The Still: The Still is a sports bar with 27 TVs and a retro theme centered on a refurbished Airstream trailer that operates as a full service kitchen. They specialize in serving craft beers and distinct cocktails, as well as yummy bites like tacos.
Dolphin Bar: The Dolphin Bar can be found at the Mirage pool and is a must visit for a HUGE pina colada while splashing around at the pool in the afternoon heat.
Kid-friendly restaurants at NYNY
Village Street Eateries: This is a fun place to grab a quick cheap bite including NY style pizza, Coney Island hot dogs or NY-style deli sandwiches.
Tom’s Urban: Casual American dining with big family friendly circular booths, this is a unique place that mixes American classics and world-inspired street food.
Il Fornaio: Lovely Italian cuisine in a romantic setting that is also family friendly, the pizzas and pastas are great, and delicious warm bread is served before the meal.
America: This place is reminiscent of the classic Vegas cafe and an affordable place to get eggs, hash browns and coffee in the morning. We love that it has an American road trip vibe and is open 24 hours a day.
Al fresco restaurants in The Park
Sake Rok: Upscale Japanese restaurant with insanely yummy sushi and sake. They also have a stage for lip-syncing battles and other amusing entertainment.
Bruxie: The best chicken sandwich you never had is served in a waffle (you heard that right) at Bruxie. This is a famous sandwich and I challenge any person NOT to fall in love the the Original chicken and waffle sandwich!
Beerhaus: This place is designed after classic beer halls, with a huge selection of beers and happy hour specials. Great place for sausages and sandwiches with an outdoor al fresco environment. Lots of games for the kids to play like oversized Jenga or cornhole.
Kid-friendly places to grab a drink
Nine Fine Irishmen: We love everything about this place and it is one of the best Irish pubs on the Vegas strip. Great authentic Irish fare, and plenty of Irish whiskeys and beers on tap.
Gonzalez y Gonzalez Grill: A decent place for Mexican food and margaritas, with a nice selection of tequilas. Kids love any restaurant that serves chips and salsa before the meal, and this place hits the spot.
Kid-friendly restaurants at MGM
MGM Buffet: A very good buffet that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Avenue Café: This place has a cool retro design and serves hearty meals for breakfast or lunch.
Food Court: Lots of affordable choices at the MGM food court for a quick meal with kids.
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House: This place serves comfort food inspired by traditions of New Orleans and the American South.
Kid-friendly places to grab a drink
Hecho en Vegas Mexican Grill & Cantina: This place has over 100 tequilas to choose from and great margaritas.
Tap Sports Bar: This is a cool sports bar with 60 TVs and tons of different beers on tap. They have an eclectic mix of sports memorabilia decorating the restaurant, making sports lovers feel at home.
Free family activities in Vegas
There is so much to do in Las Vegas, especially if you have a few bucks, but there is actually quite a lot that you can do for FREE. Here we highlight some of our favorite free activities to do with kids in Las Vegas. Be sure to check out the full list HERE.
Walk the strip together as a family
The Vegas strip is unique and there is a lot of fun to be had just strolling the strip as a family. You can cruise through different casinos (as long as you don’t stop for too long, you can pass through casinos with kids without hassle) and you can see what each casino is like. There are picture opportunities and street entertainers. We recommend starting your stroll about one hour before sunset and continuing as the millions of Vegas light bulbs come alive and set the city ablaze at night. Just don’t stay out too late after sunset, perhaps about 30-60 minutes, because the strip can get a little more wild and unpredictable at night. The strip is calm and weather more temperate in the morning, but it is also a way more boring time to walk the strip.
Interact with friendly mermaids at Silverton
The Silverton Casino is not on the Vegas strip, but it isn’t too far away and even if you are not staying the night there, it is definitely worth a stop when you are leaving or coming to Vegas. It has a huge fish tank with real live MERMAIDS that interact with the kids by waving and blowing heart bubbles. The kids will be mesmerized while the mermaids put on their beautiful show. You have to go at a certain time to catch the mermaid show, and here is the schedule:
- Thursday: 12:00 – 1:15pm, 2:00pm – 3:15pm, 5:00pm – 8:15pm
- Friday: 12:00 – 1:15pm, 2:00pm – 3:15pm, 5:00pm – 8:15pm
- Saturday: 12:00 – 1:15pm, 2:00pm – 3:15pm, 5:00pm – 8:15pm
- Sunday: 10:30am – 1:10pm, 2:00pm – 3:15 pm, 5:00 p.m. – 6:45pm
Have fun at the resort pool
Of course the most affordable way to spend a few family-friendly hours in Vegas is to hang out at your resort pool. Just about every Vegas hotel on the strip has a pool, but choosing a hotel with an amazing pool designed for families with children is definitely the way to go (see our favorites HERE). What kids don’t like splashing around in the pool and parading under cascading waterfalls!? It will likely even bring out the kid in you.
Cheap family activities in Vegas
There are lots of attractions and activities to do in Vegas as a family, but not all of them are worth your time and money. We have been to Vegas with children countless times when they were various ages, so we have experienced most of what Vegas has to offer. Here is our list of the best affordable family activities, where we define affordable as less than $30-$40 bucks. It is possible to find deals for most of these attractions, so be sure to look for deals, for example on Vegas.com. These are just the top 3, but you can see the whole list of cheap family activities in Vegas HERE.
Go up the Eiffel Tower for mind-blowing views of Vegas
In my opinion, this is one of the best activities to do in Vegas with kids, especially around dusk when the sun is going down and the lights start to shine along the Vegas strip. The kids loved the whole experience of taking the open-view elevator up to the top of the tower, and then seeing the Vegas strip from 46 stories high! Ticket prices vary by time of day and package. The day tickets (10:00am- 7:00pm) are less expensive than the night tickets (7:00pm-1:00am) and buying a family package or group package also reduces the price of individual tickets. Also, kids under 6 are free!
Get up-close to playful dolphins and lions
We usually stay at the Mirage in Vegas with kids and one of the reasons is because we like to spend a day together at the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Animals are unpredictable so you never know what to expect and each visit is truly special and unique. It can get quite hot during the middle afternoon, so we recommend going early and wearing swimsuits in case the kids get wet from the dolphins and so that you can just jump in the pool to cool off immediately afterwards. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is right next to the Mirage pool.
See a kid-friendly show for under $30 bucks
Las Vegas is a great place to catch a magic or comedy show with kids. Yes shows can be expensive, but before you panic there are some fun choices for around $30 or less. Many family friendly shows will not break your bank (see our entire list and reviews of 21 Vegas shows for kids HERE). Here is a short list of some of our favorites for the price:
That’s a Wrap!
Although an expensive playground for adults, I hope we have shown you it is possible to have a fun and affordable Las Vegas family vacation. It’s obviously easier to have a good time if everyone in the group is over 21, but bringing children to Vegas is worth the extra effort in our opinion, even though it does take a little bit more creativity. A kid-friendly Las Vegas trip can be tricky, so it’s important to pace yourself and not make any concrete plans. Be flexible, walk around and take in the unique sights and sounds of Vegas! In no time, like us, I am sure you will have Las Vegas kids and will find an excuse to return every year after!
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