Vegas Baby – Enjoying Las Vegas with the kids

Las Vegas with your kids can be a blast!.

holds a special place in our hearts as we were married there.  We have since visited a few times.  Even though it is a much different holiday without the kids there is still heaps and heaps of pretty cool stuff to do in Vegas, kids in tow.

Polly with the Vegas Showgirls

Polly with the Vegas Showgirls


ACCOMMODATION

Vegas accommodation is abundant, assuming there are no major conferences on at the time.  Friday and Saturday nights are the most expensive so if possible avoid these nights.  There are heaps of deals to be had with your accommodation.  Decide on at least 5 hotels and join their email mailing lists.  The deals will come to you every week.  My list of MUSTS for a Vegas hotel were:

  • being on The Strip – saves walking long distances before getting to the action
  • a view of The Strip – nice view at night once the kids are asleep
  • located between Tropicana Hotel  and The Mirage Hotel – to be near most things on foot without driving/taking the bus
  • non-smoking floor

We have looked at private accommodation in Las Vegas but haven’t been successfully finding what we want and there are so many hotels.  We have stayed at the Monte Carlo, Excalibar and The Tropicana.  All lovely but very basic rooms and themes within the hotel.  My dream would be Bellagio.

Excalibur Hotel

Excalibur Hotel

A cheaper option is The Orleans which is off the Strip. Inside this hotel are bowling lanes, movie theatre, kids’ zone and entertainment shows.


SHOPPING

The Premuim Outlets are a bus ride south of the Strip.  Great saving to be had, make sure you buy another suitcase at the Outlets as you will fill it.

Lots of shops on the Strip also and in the Casinos.  The shopping area in The Venetian is amazing.  The alfresco on the roof is breath-taking. The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace caters for both high and low end shopping, with a huge Atlantis Aquarium.

Kitson is a shop we stumbled on in Santa Monica and the one  near the Flamingo is huge.  Such a quirky, unique gift shop.


WALKING

A lot of your time in Vegas will be walking the Strip and visiting the hotel foyers to look at the magic they put together.  They are over the top, extravagant and worth the stroll through.  There is a tram which runs between Excalibur, the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Lots of snacks were needed to keep the kids fuelled and happy.  We did take advantage of a day pass on the bus which goes from one end of the Strip to the Old Las Vegas Strip.


FOOD

So many options, almost too many and we spent a lot of time deciding where to eat.  We loved fuelling up at Denny’s for breakfast, there will be a queue but it moves fast.  This is a great cheap option that will see you through to well past lunch.  Many places don’t open until 11am for breakfast. We also ate at Fat Burger for brekky which was so yummy and filling.  NewYork NewYork has some excellent restaurant choices and you will be close to Ben and Jerry’s for ice-cream afterwards.

Fat Burger- Yum

Fat Burger- Yum


THE OLD STRIP

The retro rocker in Billy loves the Old Strip, he prefers it to the new.  We caught the bus to and from the new to the old Strip.  Fremont Street is a pedestrian walkway with a cover that is lit up with fairy lights at night.  There are street performers and the original Vegas casinos.  We stumbled across The Container Park which is just past Fremont Street. You can’t miss the huge praying mantis out the front.  There is a huge playground in the centre with shipping container shops surrounding it.  Each shop is unique and lovely to browse.  The kids loved this playground and were hard to drag away from the playground.  Billy loves collected ‘chips’ from the casinos so he added to his collection during our time in Freemont Street.

Freemont Street all lit up

Freemont Street all lit up

Tommy enjoying The Container Park playground

Tommy enjoying The Container Park playground, The Old Strip Las Vegas


ENTERTAINMENT

Las Vegas can be pricey but there are lots of free and discounted activities to do.  Just walking around the casinos is amazing but if you are looking for more the list is endless.  For tickets to shows and performances at a discounted price head to the Tix4Tonight booth, locations can be found here.

  • The Bellagio Fountains explode every 15mins and they are pretty spectacular.
  • Watch the volcano erupt outside The Mirage which happens every half hour at night.
  • Head to The Flamingo hotel to see the wildlife – birds, fish and turtles.
  • A MUST is heading to The Famous Sign ‘ Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ which is at the south end of the Strip.  Photo op here.
  • There are free circus performances on at CircusCircus.
  • M&M World is an interesting (very commercial) place to look at and if you are lucky you can try their new flavours.
    MandM World

    MandM World

    Polly waiting for the fountain show at the Bellagio

    Polly waiting for the fountain show at the Bellagio, Las Vegas


NEON MUSEUM

If you get a chance to duck away and be child free, head to the Neon Museum Boneyard.  Book a tour for day or night to see all the old neon signs that once were part of the LAs Vegas Strip.  Places book up fast so reserve your spot in advance as soon as possible.

Neon Graveyard

Neon Graveyard, Las Vegas


CHRISTMAS IN VEGAS

We have visited Vegas twice now just before Christmas.  The decorations are wonderful, especially in The Bellagio.  The LINQ entertainment district near The Flamingo has holiday themed activities with decorations and a snowy hill for tubing.  The Cactus Garden and Ethel M Chocolate has endless fairy lights and a holiday wonderland experience.  In December the weather is warm in the day and very cool at night so layer up.

Cactus Garden with their Christmas lights

Cactus Garden with their Christmas lights, Las Vegas

Christmas botanical gardens inside the Bellagio

Christmas botanical gardens inside the Bellagio, Las Vegas


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