Visiting Las Vegas With Kids. No, Really.

I want to talk to you about going to Las Vegas with kids.

Stop laughing, I’m serious.

Although it seems far removed from the family friendly Vegas of the 1990s there are still plenty of fun things to do as a family. I speak from experience. I brought my 8-year-old daughter Elizabeth to Las Vegas twice in 8 months. The first time was a two-night stop during our epic girls’ road trip. The second was a last minute family trip for three nights over winter break. In those two trips we explored the following places both on and off the Las Vegas Strip. This article will give you the scoop on Las Vegas Boulevard a.k.a. The Strip. To see what we did off Strip check out this article.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign:

What better way to start your adventure than with a picture in front of this iconic sign?

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Welcome Sign)

There is a free parking lot available at this popular tourist stop. The only caveat is that you see the sign driving north on Las Vegas Boulevard but must enter the lot driving south. We overshot the sign, made a U-turn, and went back to the lot on our most recent trip.

Bellagio:

This is probably my favorite resort in Las Vegas. The Bellagio Conservatory is a large room decked out in flowers and different themes throughout the year. Elizabeth really enjoyed looking at the decorations in here.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Bellagio Conservatory)

The lobby has a stunning Chihuly glass flower ceiling.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Bellagio Chihuly Ceiling)

The Fountains of Bellagio are a great kid friendly activity. The water cannons shoot out perfectly synchronized bursts of water in time to music. To me, the Fountains at Bellagio are an iconic Las Vegas experience.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Fountains of Bellagio)

If you have a young art aficionado, add the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art to your itinerary. Admission is free for those kids 12 years and younger; others are $17 each. I recommend going on the docent led tour. It is given once a day (2pm during our visit), and you have an expert who will walk you through the exhibit for no additional cost. We learned a lot from our docent who taught us so much about the exhibits in the two-room gallery and the techniques used by the artists.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art)

The Venetian:

The Grand Canal Shoppes are a great place to explore with kids. Where other than Las Vegas could you see gondoliers pilot boats on an indoor canal while singing? It is free to watch the gondolier performances, but if you would like to be on the boat that can be arranged for a price.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Venetian gondoliers)

The inside of the Grand Canal Shoppes is made to look like outside with blue sky ceilings and forced perspective two-story buildings that give a great realistic feel. Sometimes street performers can be found in the shoppes – Elizabeth had a lot of fun with a human statue during our summer trip. There are also many places where you can eat “al fresco.”

Mirage:

At night the giant volcano in front of the resort “erupts.” It is a fun (and free) show that runs about twice per night. Check the Mirage website to find out exact times.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Mirage Volcano)

There is also a large aquarium behind the Mirage check-in desk where you can look for Nemo and friends.

Caesar’s Palace:

This is a huge resort. There are two areas of shopping in the Forum Shops, a large casino area and hotel towers. The Forum Shops also have a fun outdoor feel. There is even a replica Trevi fountain. Located next door to the fountain is the aptly named Trevi restaurant where you can eat “al fresco.”

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Caesar's Palace)

The Linq:

For a change of pace the Linq is actually located outside. At least the shops and restaurants are outside (the hotel is inside of course). Also located in this area is the High Roller. The High Roller is a 550-foot, enclosed-cabin giant Ferris wheel that provides great views of The Strip day and night. Tickets can be purchased at time of riding for full price or bought online ahead of time at a discounted price.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (The High Roller)

New York New York:

A Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty outside

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (NY NY outside)

and a food court inside that looks like you are on the streets of New York can be found at this resort.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (New York New York Food Court)

There is also a huge Hershey’s store with a chocolate Statue of Liberty and a roller coaster for those daredevils 54 inches or taller.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Hershey's Chocolate World)

Disclaimer: Zumanity (the adult-only Cirque du Soleil show) resides here and advertising is prevalent. Check out ads online ahead of time to evaluate your own comfort level with images.

M&M Store:

Four floors of M&M merchandise and a wall of pick your own M&M colors by the bag. Need I say more?

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (M&M Store)

Cirque du Soleil:

We have now taken Elizabeth to both Kà at MGM Grand (read more about our experience)

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Cirque du Soleil Ka)

and “O” at Bellagio.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Cirque du Soleil "O")

Both were full of action, and none of us took our eyes off the stage the entire time. I cannot explain to you the magic of Cirque du Soleil – you really need to experience it for yourself.

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef:

Based on the research I did, this looks like a cool aquarium located inside the Mandalay Bay property. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn’t get to check it out ourselves.

Summer Season Bonus – Hotel pools:

Some of the nicest hotel pools can be found in Las Vegas. We had a great experience at the Vdara pool over the summer when we went from 9am until 12pm.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (Vdara pool)

Many resorts have more than one pool so check out which one is best for you and your family during your trip.

Winter Season Bonus – Ice Skating at The Park:

If you find yourself in Las Vegas with your family in December into very early January you can rent ice skates and glide around a rink behind New York New York in the area known as The Park. Coming from a cold weather climate as I do, I thoroughly loved ice skating in the balmy 58-degree day.

Las Vegas with Kids - A guide on what to see on your family trip to Vegas (The Park Ice Rink)

Did I convince you that Las Vegas may actually be a fun place for a family trip? If you are still unsure, check out my next article showcasing all the fun stuff we did off the Las Vegas Strip.

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11 comments

  1. I love Vegas and agree with you it would be a great place to take kids. Many of the things on your list of recommendations would be on my list! #MondayEscapes

  2. This is awesome! I think my girls would love Las Vegas. It’s very Times-Squarish, which they love (Hershey’s store, M & M, etc.). Pinning this should we ever make it there – thinking a road trip. #mondayescapes

  3. I think Vegas is a family friendly destination too. Not long ago, we took friends from outside the country to the city. They had with them their three years old son and all of them had a great time. We went to Circus Circus, The Mirage’s Volcano, The Bellagio’s Fountains and other places. That is how I know kids can truly enjoy Vegas. #MondayEscapes

    1. I’m glad to hear you had a fun time visiting Las Vegas with a small child. It really does have a lot to offer families if you know where to look.

  4. we took our 4 boys to Vegas in 2007, they were 8, 12, 15 and 18, we stayed in Circus Circus which is a great hotel for kids to stay in, they loved the roll oar coaster at New York, New York and pretty much just going wherever we took them, hubby and I have visited many times, but sadly the youngest is now 18, so i doubt we’ll ever go back again as a family. #mondayEscapes

  5. We don’t actually have Vegas on our bucket list, I think it may well be time to add it. As I looked at your pictures I imagined my little boy there and the wonderment he would have to it all. I guess it’s not all about gambling ? #mondayescapes

    1. Suzy, I’m glad you found inspiration from the photos. There is so much to do besides gamble in Las Vegas. It is a unique city unlike any other I’ve seen 🙂

  6. Definitely! I stayed in Vegas as part of my honeymoon and can see that it would be an epic place to take kids. There’s so much more to it than gambling. Went in August and it was ridiculously hot so I think I’d want to pick a cooler month, but your suggestions on things to do with children are spot on. Thanks for sharing with #MondayEscapes

  7. I ask my kids , where do you want to go? Answer is always Vegas…. We visit Vegas at least 3 times a year … home away from home?

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