Should you Take the Kids to Las Vegas?
Debbie | On 19, Sep 2013
Las Vegas has long been known as Sin City and has a reputation as an adult holiday venue where gambling is the name of the game. Most of us probably wouldn’t dream of choosing Las Vegas when it comes to looking at suitable family holiday destinations, preferring instead to take the kids to somewhere that’s just more child-friendly, somewhere geared up for kids with plenty of family fun. However, Las Vegas doesn’t need to stay off the bucket list just because you have kids and, if you’ve always fancied a visit, you don’t need to wait years until the kids grow up – there’s plenty of stuff for kids to do in Las Vegas and it’s fast becoming a popular choice for families on vacation.
Contrary to popular belief, kids are actually allowed into the Las Vegas casinos; they’re just not allowed in the gaming areas and will need to stay on the through walkways. Many of the casinos have some pretty exciting sights such as the Fish Tank at the Mirage, the Bellagio Fountains and Gardens and Circus Circus.
If you’re travelling with a baby, then there are plenty of places along the Las Vegas Strip with baby-friendly bathrooms, including the Bellagio where the large stall seem specially designed for mums with little ones. The bathroom lobbies at the Bellagio have separate sitting areas which are ideal for breastfeeding mums. In fact, breastfeeding in Las Vegas hit the headlines earlier this year when Jessica Martin-Weber (founder of The Leaky Boob, a breastfeeding resource blog) hit the headlines after posting in the blog of her experiences while breastfeeding at the Tropical Breezes Café at the Flamingo in Vegas. A fellow customer had complained to staff about Jessica breastfeeding and Jessica was asked to cover up. The ensuing social media storm resulted in a personal apology for Jessica from the Flamingo’s management and a discussion on the possibility of her returning to train their staff and sister hotels on how to better welcome families. 10 out of 10 to the Flamingo here for addressing this situation promptly and effectively.
If the kids are a little older than this, then there are plenty of great places to eat both on the Strip and off it. The off-Strip eateries probably represent better value for money if you’re on a limited budget and often have coupons available (check the local freebie mags and casino websites for special offers).
As for family friendly attractions, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to take the kids for a great time.
- The Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus – an indoor theme park with thrill rides, miniature golf and arcade games.
- The Lied Discovery Children’s Museum – with interactive exhibits that will appeal to kids of all ages, this is a great place to spend the day where your kids can discover and learn through play.
- Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium houses more than 30 sharks, rare golden crocodiles and piranha for an exciting ‘diver’s view’ of these underwater creatures. This attraction is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family.
These are just a few of the tourist attractions in Las Vegas that are specifically designed to appeal to kids. If you’re planning on taking the kids to Las Vegas, then a bit of online research will provide you with even more options for a great family holiday. If you’re looking for camping venues in Las Vegas, there are plenty of RV parks conveniently close to the city with a varied range of accommodation from houseboat rental to cabins and lodges and, of course, tents.