A Dad’s Perspective on Las Vegas, Nevada with Kids

It’s been a long time since I’ve traveled to Las Vegas, NV, and I’ve never been there with the kids.  I figured casinos, show girls, and late nights did not make the city a particularly family-friendly destination.  However, I’ll be visiting Las Vegas again in June and recently discovered Vegaskids.info – a whole website dedicated to discovering the kid friendly side of Las Vegas.  I reached out to them for some suggestions of things to do, and their team of Las Vegas locals shared this Dad perspective on experiencing Las Vegas with the kids.

Las Vegas Strip

Fireworks burst over the Las Vegas Strip at midnight on New Year's 2013, as seen from the Excalibur Hotel & Casino. Photo by Glenn Pinkerton courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau.

Here you are, a Dad in Las Vegas.  Now what?  Think there’s nothing on the Las Vegas strip for families?  Let me share some activities my kids and I did while visiting Las Vegas.  I really wanted to keep them away from shopping or looking at animals.  We could do that at home.  But this was Las Vegas and I wanted to take full advantage of what the city had to offer.

Las Vegas, NV

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau.

 

Know this – Las Vegas has its fair share of amusement park attractions.  It doesn’t matter if your kids are younger, either.  Las Vegas can accommodate requests for fun from kids of all ages.  I liked that all the amusement parks were close to each other, cheap and clean.  Simplicity is what us (dads) want, right!

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is awesome.  The theme park has four family rides, three junior rides, two large rides (must be over 32” tall), and two premium rides (must be over 42” tall).  Kids under 48” tall can ride all day long for $16.95. Kids and adults over 48” tall can ride all day long for $27.95.  Be sure to check out The Adventuredome website before going too, as there are often printable coupons for admission.

Adventuredome Las Vegas

Canyon Blaster at the Adventuredome, photo courtesy Circus Circus © 2013 MGM Resorts International.

 

Besides the rides, there are many other family activities at the Adventuredome too, such as a rock wall, mini-golf, midway games and free clown shows.  Hint – arrive at the clown shows early if you want a seat.  The free attraction really grabs everyone’s attention, and mom’s with strollers start sitting upfront twenty minutes before each show starts (usually every hour on the hour).

As a Dad who traveled to Las Vegas several times as a child, I was excited to hear that Wet ‘N’ Wild is making a comeback this Memorial Day.  The water park was originally on Las Vegas Boulevard, but was demolished over ten years ago.  Now, tennis stars and Las Vegas residents, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have put up 50 million dollars to reopen Wet ‘N’ Wild.  I took my kids to the new site, located on Fort Apache and Sunset on Vegas’ South West side.  My kids are thrilled for the addition, but I am even happier.

After leaving the construction spot of the new Wet ‘N’ Wild, I decided to take my kids to The Excalibur Hotel.  In my opinion, this hotel doesn’t get enough credit as a family destination.  It has a fantastic Midway game area and the entire basement is casino free!  Kids can run around the “Fun Dungeon” without security constantly asking where their parents are, which usually isn’t too far behind anyhow!  I really like The Excalibur because of this separate family friendly floor where minors don’t have to worry about the casino.  The Excalibur has over 150 arcade games, a Dairy Queen and Orange Julius.  The Carnival Midway games kept the kids entertained, and we actually bonded while playing together.  Imagine that, in Las Vegas!  This games level of The Excalibur opens daily at 11am (10am on Saturdays and Sundays).

Excalibur Hotel Las Vegas

Excalibur Hotel Las Vegas © 2013 MGM Resorts International

 

Personally, I would recommend staying at The Excalibur.  The pool is fun, the kids have a blast and it is super affordable!  Vegaskids.info rates and reviews hundreds of Las Vegas kid-friendly attractions including amusement parks, shows, nature parks, water parks, swimming pools, tours and hotels.

So are any of our readers experts on traveling to Las Vegas with kids?  What tips can you share as I prepare for our trip?  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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