Las Vegas is not our first pick place to visit, especially with our kids, BUT we some how end up here the beginning of every summer. We have a time share with properties spread out all over the U.S. and they happen to have several in Vegas. Since it’s only a 3-4 hour drive (depending on who’s driving) from our house, that’s where we tend to start our summer off. The resort we usually stay at is the Cancun Resort, it’s down the road a few miles from the strip, it’s quiet and really enjoyable. They have multiple water slides, a HUMONGOUS pool, and several jacuzzis. They really cater to families and even have movie nights at the pool in the summer, so this is our top pick.
Since Matt and I came to Vegas for the weekend (first time here together with no kids), it made me think about the fun stuff we do when we visit with our kids. Granted, there are some places you obviously DON’T want to bring your kids, like Fremont Street, DO NOT bring you kids to Fremont Street! We made this mistake last year because we took a bus tour and this is where it dropped us off. OH BOY! My poor children, I felt like the WORST mother on the planet. I cried and asked for forgiveness, answered a lot of questions I wasn’t ready for, laughed a lot, prayed a lot and cried some more!
Any who, I wanted to highlight on some fun things to do in Vegas with your family! Here are some we have found along the way:
- Cancun Resort – You’re whole family can be entertained with out leaving the property.
- Aquarium at Mandalay Bay – we have done this multiple times. It’s small and now that our kids are a little older, it’s different, but they LOVED it every time we’ve gone.
- Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat– SOOOOOO COOL! We did this for the first time last year and if we make it to Vegas this year, we’ll definitely do it again. It’s really small, not cheap and SO worth it. They have tigers and lions and dolphins oh my! We actually even ran into Siegfried while we were there and he was the nicest guy, they said he comes every day to see the animals and guests. We thought the dolphin exhibit was the best. They have trainers out there several times a day working with the dolphins and getting the audience involved. You can literally walk up to the water and the only thing separating you is a small pony wall that any toddler can climb over. Hudson tried it multiple times so be aware!
- Circus Circus– Ok, I’m not gonna lie, this place is a little ghetto but super fun for the kids! We painstakingly sat through a time share sales seminar for free passes to this place, and I will NEVER do it again, BUT, the smile on our kids faces was worth that 3 hour torture. They have roller coasters and games galore. It’s not an overwhelmingly large place so it’ easy to keep track of kids. I don’t recommend going at night because I think that’s when it tends to get a little shady, but it’s totally fine during the day and not unreasonably priced at all (little did we know)!
- M&M’s and Hershey’s Chocolate Factories– There are thousands of different types of M&M’s and at both places you can mix and match all of your own goodies to put in a little bag. The Hershey’s Factory has a giant statue made out of chocolate, it’s really amazing.
- New York New York Roller Coaster– This is one of my absolute favorite hotels on the the strip. They have an arcade and a really fun and really scary roller coaster. The inside is really cool and they have several different restaurants to choose from, it’s just a really neat atmosphere. I just want to walk around and see every detail in this hotel, the architecture is out of this world!
- Paris Hotel Eiffel Tower– We did this with our kids about 4 years ago and it was SO cool. They might appreciate it more now because they’re older because the guides tell you all about the history and details about building the hotel and tower in Vegas. It’s pricey but we thought it was definitely worth it.
There are a lot of fun things to do in Vegas with or with out kids. We love the exercise we get because we can walk everywhere, and I love the fact that there’s every kind of shopping you can possibly imagine right
at your finger tips, like the largest Louis Vuitton store in the world! Yep, I bought one from there and nope I won’t be getting another one anytime soon! We like to walk around during the day and we have learned to stay towards one side of the strip because the further down (towards Fremont street) the more ‘distasteful’ it gets. As parents, we try to protect our children from things that they’re not ready to see or can’t comprehend just yet. As you can imagine, in Vegas, there’s so much we don’t want our kids exposed to. The environment can change quickly from one step to the next on the strip. We’d rather stay in at night because the energy quickly changes. We are very open and honest with our children and because they were unfortunately exposed to certain things, it opened up the opportunity to talk to our kids about how one bad choice can change your life forever, and a lot of what they saw was the result of bad decisions. Even though it’s hard not to judge others from time to time, we talk to our kids often about the importance of praying for people instead of judging them.
I hope you can check out some of these fun things if you ever get the itch to visit Vegas!