Las Vegas-Travel With Kids

When most people think of Vegas, kid-friendly is not the first thing that comes to mind. But surprisingly, there is a ton of things for families with young kids! Milana has been to Vegas 3 times, the first time at just 5 weeks of age.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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The Venetian is also a huge hit with kids.  Milana loves watching the gondolas and loves seeing the fake sky ceiling!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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FOOD

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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37 comments

  1. I went to Vegas as a kid and loved it! I haven’t been as an adult but I suspect I’d actually like the place as a kid more than as an adult. Would love to bring my kids there 🙂

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  2. This is a great round-up of things to do in Vegas with kids. I’ve been to Vegas twice and admittedly never once thought it would be a place to take small kids, but your article has made me think otherwise. Lots for them to see and do, the Children’s Museum looks fantastic. Not to mention Shake Shack and Sugar Factory, they’d be a huge hit for sure! Lovely photos too 🙂

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  3. Wow, I never would have thought about traveling to Las Vegas with children, but after your post, I am sold. The pools like incredible, and how fun is that flamingo-themed hotel? Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing!

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  4. I never would have thought about traveling to Las Vegas with kids, but this post totally changes my mind. The pools look incredible – and that flamingo themed hotel is too fun!

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  5. You don’t realized how much you can do with kids in every place until you read posts like that 🙂 I never was thinking about all those shows like a fun for kids 🙂 Las Vegas is a great place no matter if you adult or kids everyone will have blast 🙂

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  6. My husband and I are headed to Vegas next week, and I actually asked him if people bring their kids here. So the timing of this post is perfect! What a great list of things to do; I’m not a kid and even I want to see all these things! 😉 That little Eiffel Tower is so fun, and the food looks far too yummy (that pork belly, omg)!! We may have to bring a kid here someday. 🙂

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  7. You received a nice upgraded room thanks to your Hyatt status. What level do you have? Globalist? It looks like your daughter got some really cool experiences in Las Vegas. Not to mention some great food. How was the lobster sandwich? That looked pretty awesome. Although the huge root bear float also looked pretty good. I am glad you could find such great family friendly places in LAS!

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  8. Oh my gosh with all this nice pica you remember me my visit in Las Vegas. All this giant nachos, and all this junk food!! For me that I’m Italian was soon crazy all that things! Anyway love your pics and blog! We can stay in touch if you like!

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  9. I had no idea Las Vegas is so kid-friendly. I guess I’ve been fed with too many images of its slot machines, poker tables, and strip clubs. The food diversity is awesome though. I would definitely like to try those hot dogs that everyone rants and raves about.

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  10. Never been to Vegas, and to be honest I don’t think I would like it. But we never know 😉 I believe it must be great for a kid as it looks like an amusement park. Food looks good though.

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  11. Your daughter seemed to have a great time in Vegas! The children museum looks like a fun place to spend some time. The food at Viva las Arepas looks mouthwatering!

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  12. I haven’t been to America yet. So whatever the TV Shows and Films and Youtube shows of Las Vegas in all that I know! So yeah, the common idea is that its not kid friendly! Interesting new perspective! Flamingoes and the fake sky ceiling are really interesting!

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  13. Wow, you’re certainly right that vegas is not the first thing you think of when going on holiday with kids! But looks like they had a ball. Very inspiring article to show that with planning you can do anything with children in tow. Love the spongebob pics! Haha

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  14. I went to LV as an adult. I do not have kids. It is cool to know there are things for kids there. Back then was the Circus Circus hotel… That would be cool. cool experience to have as a fam

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  15. That’s a great post, it is interesting to see that Sin City is also suitable for a trip with kids. It looks like you had a lot of fun!

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  16. I always love these posts. Whenever someone asks “what are you going to do when you have kids?” in regards to travel, they always think I’m crazy when I say “bring them along.” Looks like you all had a blast! Definitely seems like the kids will know good food before many their age, lol.

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    • We got the same thing before she was born. She’s now 5 and has been on over 100 flight, 11 countries (2 more coming up next month) and 4 continents. Those who are skeptics don’t travel to begin with!

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  17. Having been to Vegas numerous times, it amazes me how many things and places I’m still discovering! People tend to think of Vegas as just casinos and strip bars, but there is just so much to do! I’ve taken my friend’s kids to the Adventure Dome and they loved it as well. And there are always cool exhibits in all of the casinos, too!

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  18. Seems like your kid thoroughly enjoyed it, especially that hot dog 😉 My mom told me that she took me to vegas as a 6-month old, and they wouldn’t let me into the casinos 😂

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  19. Oh wow, didn’t know there was so much to do with kids in Vegas. Looks like your daughter had a blast. The food looks amazing. It’s time for another trip back to Vegas!!

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