Anyone ever do Vegas with a kid?

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Jan 5, 2015
I'm thinking of taking the family to Vegas. The wife is a spa nut and I know Vegas has a bunch that are pretty over the top. Any one ever gone to Vegas with a grade school kiddo? What is there to do with them? Any "must dos" for families? It's been like 8 years since I've been to Vegas....and that was with a bunch of friends. So. Different crowd here.

Any other suggestions for a nice getaway that involves a spa?

Thanks in advance.
Jan 6, 2015
I think there are many things to see/do with grade school kids:
  • The lion habitat at MGM - also the Rainforest Cafe there would be fun for them I think
  • Gameworks, which is nearby has an unlimited games special I think from 10 - Noon
  • They can ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and watch the two water shows (at night - Bellagio/Mirage)
  • The Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is good
  • The pirate show at TI appears to still be a possibility (free to watch - at night)
  • Shark Reef at Mandalay was cool
  • If they like car shows, the one that used to be at the Imperial Palace was enjoyable
  • Caesar's Palace used to have a number of 3-D motion shows
  • The roller coaster at New York New York is scary (for me) but could be fun
  • There is a Ghirardelli ice cream place near Harrah's
  • Tournament of Kings at Excalibur
If you go in warmer weather, the Wet n Wild was fun when we were there.

All of these are time-sensitive, so check them out and plan ahead. The trolley is the cheapest and best way to get around IMO.

Some of these may be closed as we haven't been in a while ...


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Jan 20, 2015
The casinos ARE strict on not allowing children in the gaming rooms.
There is lots to do with kids, but gambling is not one of them, unless you have someone else to watch the kids elsewhere.
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Jan 11, 2017
As a frequent Vegas visitor I can attest that there are kids everywhere - including the casino floors. Security guards do not enforce the no kids rule, because in many hotels (for example the very popular 'family' place, Excalibur) the only way to get to the reception or from the reception to your room, or to the buffet is through the casino floor. Kids are not allowed to go to the spearted, cordoned 'high roller' rooms, but otherwise? So nobody will arrest you, if you go thorugh the casinos, but definitely the slot mashines are not for kids.
Vegas is a rough place, wherever you go. I would not consider to take there my 8-10 yrs old grandkids.
My recommendation would be: to wake up early, go to bed early. Vegas is relatively mild during morning/early afternoon hours.
Jan 6, 2015
If you choose to stay where there is no casino, be sure they have a free shuttle to one of the strip locations where you can catch the trolley.
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Jul 10, 2013
Yeah, I'm not into gambling. We are actually considering staying at Vdara which apparently doens't have a casino.
I like to stay at the Signature at MGM Grand. Similar to the Vdara, there’s no casino, but there’s a walkway to the MGM Grand and the junior suite has a mini kitchen.

As far as what to do with kids, I recommend driving to Blue Diamond and the Bonnie Springs Ranch. It’s the old west with shows, a petting zoo, and a saloon, which sells kid-friendly food. It’s only a half hour from the Strip.