When most people think of Vegas, kid-friendly is not the first thing that comes to mind. But surprisingly, there are a ton of things for families with young kids! Milana has been to Vegas 4 times, the first time at just 5 weeks of age and most recently in September 2018 at the age of 6.
We’ve been back twice since, most recently in June 2017, when she was 5 years old. We always stay at different hotels on the strip, and this time we chose the Monte Carlo. This hotel is part of Hyatt, so if you have status with Hyatt, you can get upgrades. Upon check in, we were upgraded to the Monaco suite, which was 700 square feet with 2 bathrooms.
Many hotels on the pool have kid-friendly pools. Perhaps the best is MGM Grand, which has a lazy river and a kiddie pool area, with shallow water for the kids to play in. Because Monte Carlo’s pool is undergoing renovations, guest can use the pool at MGM or Mandalay Bay (another super kid friendly pool) during their stay. We stayed at MGM on our last trip and were glad to be able to use their awesome pool again!
THINGS TO DO ON THE STRIP WITH KIDS
Just walking around the strip will be entertaining enough for your kids! Most of the hotels are unique with themes, so be sure to visit them. We went to the Flamingo hotel to see the flamingos and koi fish.
The Venetian is also a huge hit with kids. Milana loves watching the gondolas and loves seeing the fake sky ceiling!
And of course, all the sights and sounds of the strip itself! She was super excited to see the Eiffel tower, even though she commented about it being much smaller than the one she saw in Paris in March. NYNY has the outdoor roller coaster with the Statue of Liberty.
And the M&M store is a kid’s dream come true!
But, there is one hotel I don’t recommend if you have kids and that is Wynn. We only went here for the buffet, which is rated as the best one in Vegas. The first indication that kids weren’t welcomed was the sign outside of the hotel, stating no strollers are allowed inside. Their buffet, which isn’t anything fancy, has a super strict dress code as well. Men aren’t allowed to wear cut off shirts and were forced to purchase shirts before being seated. Not my idea of a welcoming place, especially since the guy who was seated next to us took off his shoes and put his nasty feet on the empty chair next to him. That’s ok, but no man shoulders allowed! The buffet was good, but not sure I’d go back.
On our last trip, we visited the Bellagio Gardens. Kids will love seeing all the different animals created out of flowers and it’s a good way to get away from the awful heat outside!
THINGS TO DO OFF THE STRIP WITH KIDS
One of the things we like most when visiting a new city is visiting their children’s museum. Vegas has one of our favorites in the country, the Discovery Children’s Museum. There are 3 floors filled with fun, engaging exhibits that are great for any age. The water area on the first floor is bound to entertain your child for quite some time!
Another thing we did was go to the Adventuredome at the Circus Circus hotel. I put this as an off the strip activity because while it’s on Las Vegas Blvd, it’s nowhere near the other hotels and you have to drive (through a sketchy area!) to get here. You can usually find coupons for the all you can ride wristbands, so research before you go. Milana loved playing the games and riding the rides, so it was worth the visit for a couple of hours during the hottest part of the day!
Towne Square Park is a short drive from the strip and there is a really cute playground in the back of the complex. It has play structures, a maze, and a splash pad, that was perfect on the 115 degree day that we happened to be there!
Vegas is known for their amazing restaurants, so we of course had to try some yummy food! One of the newest is Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood. While the burgers are good, the wait is awful and then on top of that, it takes around 25 minutes for your food to arrive (they tell you this once you are seated), so may not be a good option with small, impatient kids. Milana loves burgers and enjoyed the Ultimate Cheeseburger, with 3 kinds of cheeses. Keep in mind, they don’t offer a kid menu, so your child’s burger will be in the $15 range.
Another place we went to was Luke’s Lobster at the Fashion Show Mall. It’s a tiny shack, located outside near the Sugar Factory. The lobster rolls are awesome, however know that it’s a super tiny place with only outdoor seating. Somehow it escaped their minds to order tables and chairs made out of something other than black metal, and since it was 115 degrees on the afternoon we went, we couldn’t sit outside without getting third degree burns. Huge fail on their part! The lobster is good, however be prepared to take your meal to go.
After lobster, we went for dessert to the Sugar Factory, located directly next door. We’ve been to the one in Orlando in March and Milana loved it so much, we took her back to this one. Once again, their desserts don’t disappoint!
We visited the Sugar Factory again on our last trip as well:
Another great dessert place is inside the Venetian, Sloan’s ice cream. They have lots of ice cream flavors to choose from as well as lots of candy.
When we lived on the East coast, we’d visit NYC frequently and there was always a line for the Shake Shack. We never understood the hype, and still don’t like their burgers but there was a location next to the Monte Carlo so we took Milana for some shakes and fries. She had the peanut butter shake and loved it!
Primeburger is one of the best burgers we’ve ever had, it’s inside the Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
One day, Milana asked for spaghetti for dinner so we went to Cucina by Wolfgang Puck at The Shops at Crystals. Definitely recommend this place! Their kid menu was basically smaller version of adult meals and the kid spaghetti and meatballs were amazing. Of course my child being the cheese addict that she is, we also ordered a cheese plate.
There is one restaurant that I do not recommend. We went to Bazaar by Jose Andres and spent several hundred on a meal that was quite possibly the worst meal we have ever had! There were 3 of us adults, and Milana and we all agreed it was terrible. Such a huge waste of money for such awful food, we had better food at some of the hole in the wall places we have been to!
Just outside of Planet Hollywood is Pink’s Hot Dogs, which is very famous in Los Angeles. We have stood in line for over an hour before for one! The one in Vegas isn’t crowded at all and probably much faster to get to since the flight is 45 minutes vs the 3 hours of traffic to LA (even though it’s technically 40 minutes away). If you haven’t try it, definitely do!
If you have a car and are willing to venture away from the strip, you must visit Viva las Arepas. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in all of Vegas, and located right near Circus Circus, so you can easily come here after visiting the Adventuredome. They serve arepas stuffed with many different things. We got a few to try, and Milana’s favorite was the pork butt! So, so good, you won’t be disappointed!
As you can see, there is a ton to do and see in Vegas with kids. Since it’s a short 45 minute flight for us, we will definitely be back! If you want some other kid-friendly destination ideas, join the group Tiny Globetrotters on Facebook.