When you think of kid-friendly destinations, Las Vegas probably isn’t the first one that springs to mind. For many years, Las Vegas has had a reputation for being a decidedly adult destination, with gambling and drinking amongst the most popular activities.
Slowly, however, Las Vegas has experienced a transformation, with more family friendly hotels and activities on offer. Today, Las Vegas is a great destination for family fun, as we learned on a recent trip there with the four of us.
We decided to visit Las Vegas mid-week, when it is quieter and there are less outrageous weekend trips going on! Las Vegas certainly has its fair share of debauchery, but by day it is pretty calm and we found it easy to keep the kids away from the seedier elements.
We actually stayed on The Strip via Zurfers, as we knew the kids would love the kitsch hotels with all of their over-the-top decorations. Specifically, we chose Excalibur Las Vegas, which is shaped like a castle – perfect for Sophia to live out all of her dreams of being a princess!
Another option would be to exchange a home or apartment on Zurfers since that would give you a little more privacy and peace and quiet – however we really wanted the experience of staying in a typical Las Vegas hotel!
Even though kids aren’t allowed in Casinos, obviously, there is plenty else to see and do in Sin City.
Our kids really enjoyed riding the Deuce double-decker bus and spotting all of the huge hotels along the Strip. They’d never seen anything like it and were totally captivated! Best of all, the bus is free for children under 5, so our four-year-old didn’t need a ticket. I always love a freebie!
We also caught the Medieval Dinner Show at the Excalibur Hotel, which was amazing fun for the kids. The show features knights and jousting, and Noah couldn’t believe he was allowed to eat the food with his fingers (that’s right, cutlery is optional for the three-course meal!).
Another kid-friendly show that the little ones loved was the Popovich Pet Comedy Theatre at Planet Hollywood. The show is designed for kids, with a cast of amazing animals who do all kinds of impressive tricks. Sophia in particular absolutely loved the show, and it was definitely fun for the whole family.
Finally, we climbed up the Eiffel Tower to take in the views out over Las Vegas. Our kids were so amazed by how huge the city is, stretching right into the desert as far as the eye can see. Although Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower is only a third of the size of the one in Paris, the views are still pretty amazing – although now, of course, Noah would like to compare it to the real thing and visit France!