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Just spent a week in Las Vegas with my husband and 6 year old son. What a fun trip!! We stayed at the Wyndham Grand Desert, a family oriented condo complex 2 blocks from the strip. It's a time share place. There were several listed on vrbo.com so I just picked the cheapest 2 bedroom ($985/week) and booked it. Nice place! I'd definitely book it again. We drove to the strip just so our little one wouldn't poop out on the hot walk but you could easily walk there.

We had been to Vegas a long time ago, pre-child, so had an idea of what to expect but a lot has changed since then. I was warned against taking our child to Vegas but it was fine. We had to walk through casinos to get through hotels and to attractions but other than some smoke, that wasn't a problem. Along the strip there are people handing out sleazy cards for escorts and stuff, but no one handed one to my son. :) The adult stuff really wasn't an issue for us traveling with our little one.

There is a LOT of fun stuff to do with kids in and around Vegas! We took a day trip to the Hoover Dam. Kids under 8 can't tour the dam but they can tour the power plant and walk on the dam. My son LOVED the dam. We took a boat ride on Lake Mead for 1 1/2 hours. That was relaxing and it was nice to see the dam from the water.
http://www.lakemeadcruises.com/
Another cool thing to do is walk out on the new bypass bridge for amazing views of the dam. Just fyi, the parking lot for the bridge is on the road to the dam, not on the road that crosses the bridge.

Another day we drove to Death Valley and Rhyolite, a ghost town. I wish I had allocated more time for Death Valley. It was really really really interesting but it's a huge park! It's about 2 hours or so from Vegas.

On the strip there are a zillion things to do with kids. My son really liked walking through the theme hotels, just looking at the decorations. Mandalay Bay has an aquarium, there's a monorail between MB and Excalibur. Excalibur has a kids game area in the basement (like Chuck E. Cheese). Caesar's Forum shopping center has a spiral escalator and a 'talking statues' show. My kid loved that. He also loved walking through Paris and the Venetian. You can go up the Eiffel Tower and Stratosphere. The Mirage has the Secret Garden with dolphins, lions and tigers. The dolphins there are really fun to watch. Circus Circus has a bunch of kid stuff but man, I can't stand that place! Sensory overload to the max. Oh yeah, and don't miss M&M World! It has a short 3D movie and you can buy M&M's by the pound in all kinds of colors. :) Every hotel has free parking and there's a monorail that goes the length of the strip behind the hotels.

We had a blast on our trip. The downside is that it's pretty pricey. But it was fun! :)

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