The idea of vacationing to Las Vegas with kids in-tow may not be your idea of the ultimate family vacation. When my brother and his fiance made the decision to do a destination wedding in Las Vegas, I initially had reservations of taking our family of five. Vegas is stamped as an adult playground and I worried my boys may be subjected to more than they bargained for, but missing my brothers wedding I just couldn’t imagine.
I have been to Vegas enough to know that there is a lot of fun to be had if we planned it right. I booked a 5 day and 4 night vacation for my 3, 6 and 13-year-old along with my husband and I. As much as I love the main strip we decided to venture off to downtown and book our stay at the Grand Hotel. It’s newly renovated, has a small gambling area and doesn’t smell of stale cigarettes. It’s also a block away from the Fremont street experience and Container Park.
If you take children I highly recommend you rent a vehicle. Everything is not as close as it seems, especially if you want to venture around.
- it’s cheaper than taking cabs. A ride from downtown to the airport cost $34.00 in no traffic. A van for 5 days was $148
- most cabs will only allow 4 to a vehicle.
- you don’t want to be hassling with car seats.
Get yourself bumblebum booster car seats for 40 to 100-pound children. It’s a lightweight inflatable seat that is perfect for traveling, when deflated you can roll it up place it in it’s travel bag and it doesn’t take up much space. The Bumblebum meets federal motor vehicle safety and CPSC standards and is compatible with lap and shoulder seat belts.
If you have kids 4 and under take a stroller. Even my six-year-old got a little tired of all the walking every now and then. I know a four-year old in a stroller doesn’t seem ideal and you may even have gotten rid of your stroller by this age. Trust me my three-year old appreciated the stroller as we walked through hotels, crossed streets and when he needed to take a break.
Places to visit with Kids
Container Park – Tree house, Circus Circus – Midway entertainment, Fremont Street Experience – 100 lbs + Zip lining, Paris Paris – Eiffel Tower, Venetian – Gondola ride, Bellagio – Water Show, Caesars Palace – Atlantis animatronic show, Planet Hollywood – Mall, Golden Nugget – Shark Tank, Stratosphere – Observation deck and thrill rides, New York, New York – Roller Coaster, The Mirage – Secret Garden, Welcome To Las Vegas – Historic Sign
Bonus our trip to the Container Park included a visit with Santa.