Olivia’s other Auntie A visited Las Vegas recently and it encouraged me to go ahead and dig this post out which I typed up a few years ago. I lived in Vegas for quite a few years and knew it better than anywhere else in the world! Vegas was my playground and I know that one day in the near future my daughter will be paying a visit to the party capital where my dear friends eagerly await to meet her. So there are plenty of reasons not to visit Las Vegas with your children but equally there are plenty of reasons why you could. With an array of casinos across the strip the most popular hotel for children would be the Excalibur.
Shaped like a castle and situated at the top end of the strip it is closest to the airport and has a range of shows. There are 3 pools including a children’s pool and the buffet is fit for a king. A mono rail service outside of the hotel leads to all major casinos but do check the times as they do not run 24 hours a day. Across the road you will notice New York New York. It is impossible to overlook the roller coaster that actually rides through the casino! There’s the lovely village eatery if you fancy a bite to eat with vendors such as pretzels, pizzas and Ben and Jerrys. Feels like you are walking right through a quaint English village but with an added touch. There’s an Irish bar hidden in there also! Always bustling and full of fun.
Mums and dad next stop is Bellagio. Another great photo opportunity as the lobby is decorated to match the seasons. I have seen it at every season and Halloween has to be my favourite. The biggest pumpkins you will ever see and a huge floral display. We are talking on a close scale of Chelsea flower show here! The best time to visit the Bellagio is after dark. You do not want to miss the fountain show! My description would never do this amazing music and water display any justice so please do google the Bellagio Fountain show. It is absolutely free and they only have a few shows per evening so do check times with your hotel concierge. Not to be missed.
Next stop and why not swing by Ceasers palace. Everything and more it says on the box and known as the most prestigious hotel in the world. I am sure you have all heard of the film “the Hangover” filmed at this casino. Lots of nice little shops in here including a Victoria’s Secret and Bebe for the yummy mummies! There are also free shows happening throughout the day. Caesars palace also boasts a Cheesecake Factory . Yummy.
Onto the next chapter and a big mention to the Mirage. I have lots of great memories of this particular resort. Hanging out with sports players, comedians and attending high profile events. I also had some big wins here too. But over again to kids activities. Siegfried and Roy have a dolphin and garden habitat housing leopards, tigers and other big cats. There is a fee for this activity and you can experience a swim with the dolphins. In the foyer there is a grand scale aquarium behind the check in desk. There are so many different kinds of fish to see including a real ugly puffer fish with bulging eyes! And finally a short stroll through the atrium will give you some time out from the craziness of Vegas!
Next door is Treasure island. I must admit I do not think I have ever ventured into this casino. Although I do know it is known for its big pirate ship in the water by the entrance and you can see a show example from Sandra bullocks film Miss Congieniality 2. Again this is a night time show but it is free of charge.
Unless you have had a big cash win or are stopping for lunch I would skip the fashion show Mall which is next door. Great shops but very expensive and why shop with the kids around? Nice for us mummies but no other pros to this part of the strip.
So if you want to continue the fun from the Mirage and Treasure island I suggest grabbing a taxi to the next fun stop on the strip. This would be circus circus but it is a slight walk away. It boasts an indoor theme park set over 5 acres and is worth the price of a wristband which is around 27 dollars. You can ride all day with this. There are also clown shows and circus performers to see. The entertainment is free of charge. Circus circus is a great way to spend the day out of the sun. So these are all the best casinos on the left side of the strip from the position of the Excalibur facing New York, New York casino.
On your right hand side is even more casinos and things to do.
The MGM grand is the Excaliburs neighbour and although some may deem cruel houses 2 tigers. You can watch them being fed. It is also the main host of the boxing matches there so a good location for Dads! Bear in mind that the majority of the casinos in Las Vegas are each bigger than UK shopping centres, the length of 14 football pitches. So space is not a worry! Heading up the strip and you have several restaurants and stores.
You can take the monorail from the MGM on this side of the strip and stop at most of the casinos. If you take the monorail to the 4th stop from MGM this will lead you to the Venetian , palazzo , Encore and Wynn. 4 amazing casinos that I totally recommend mummies see! The decor is just exquisite and only in vegas can you ride a Gondola through the casino with your children!
Of course if you decide to walk the strip from the MGM then Denny’s is a popular American eatery and you cannot experience Vegas without having breakfast here. Beware the portions are LARGE. Probably best to share! Moving on and there’s an M&M world to explore. Good photo opportunity if the cuddly characters are loitering outside which is usually the case!
There is so much more to vegas than drinking and partying and especially away from the strip. Town square being a popular attraction both day and night. Town square is a typical American shopping precinct – very Alabama I would say! Great shops and restaurants here including Mac Makeup and yard house eatery. Really nice place to go for a leisurely afternoon with the kids and grab a nice cream. Check with your concierge how much a cab ride would be.
If you really want to play like rockstars you can take a helicopter ride over the strip at night to see it lit up.
Other helicopter tours include flying over the Grand Canyon and landing for a champagne lunch. I have been lucky enough to experience this trip on a few occasions as my good friend is a pilot but I’m guessing it doesn’t come cheap!
The summer months are very hot so best avoided with children and Be sure to dodge the American spring break scene too! I believe this would be March!