Vegas with kids

May 17th, 2011, 09:08 PM
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Vegas with kids

Family is heading to Vegas in 3 weeks. Our kids are 6 and 8. Would love info on the most kid friendly hotels, preferably on the strip, as well as kid friendly activities.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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May 17th, 2011, 09:26 PM
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Vegas is really not a fmily destination. There are minimal activities for kids - and I don't know why adults go there except to gamble.

Naturally it's none of my business - but since the kids aren;t allowed into casinos, the shows are usually inappropriate for kids that age - never mind expensive - don;t know what they will do. The time spent looking at fountains and MGM lions is minimal.

And the last time I was there (on business) a huckster was handing flyers for "escort services" to kids not much older on the street.
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May 18th, 2011, 01:50 AM
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I don’t think Vegas is any sort of family destination. No doubt it’s great for couples and young people but certainly not for kids below 18. But still don’t want to ruin your vacation so here vegas.com/attractions/kids.html you will find things that kids can do on vacation in Vegas. Have a good time there.
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May 18th, 2011, 03:40 AM
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Seeing the lions fed at the MGM
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Volcano show at Treasure Island
Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo
Dolphin Habitat & Secret Garden at Mirage
Hoover Dam
Red Rock Canyon
Springs Preserve
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May 18th, 2011, 03:40 AM
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Seeing the lions fed at the MGM
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Volcano show at Treasure Island
Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo
Dolphin Habitat & Secret Garden at Mirage
Hoover Dam
Red Rock Canyon
Springs Preserve
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May 18th, 2011, 04:40 AM
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Abram posted what I was thinking (twice for that matter). Use Vegas as a base to do whatever. I agree with the anti-Vegas sentiment for families if just staying at casinos. But even then, there are a lot of things to see. Wouldn't do a whole week though so make sure to go to the Hoover Dam. Are you going to take a couple of days and go to the Grand Canyon?
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May 18th, 2011, 04:54 AM
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The Stratosphere(Roller Coaster on top of the Hotel)

or

Circus Circus

both cheap and VERY kid friendly.

Visit on the weekdays for very best prices

carrentals.com cheap car rental to

Antelope Slot Canyon amazing Grandcanyontours.com also

tonnes of fun with Hoover Dam on the way.
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May 18th, 2011, 05:19 AM
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I've been going to Vegas for a long long time and from what I see, it's getting more and more family friendly. Though I agree it's not quite there yet.
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May 18th, 2011, 05:35 AM
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My DS, DIL and GK's go to Circus Circus when they go to LV.
In addition to abram's list, I'll add the zipline under the big screen at the Fremont Street Experience. The buffet at the Golden Nugget has a view of the circular swilling pool which surrounds a big shark tank. the shark tank has a water slide going through it. They might enjoy seeing the largest gold nugget on public display (near the front desk) at the Golden Nugget along Fremont Street.
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May 18th, 2011, 05:46 AM
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I don't get dragging kids hundred if not thousands of miles to see a couple of lions (thera are more and better in your local zoo) and a gigantic gold nugget.

Unless Vegas is a brief stop on the way to some natural wonders I think small kids will be bored stiff.
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May 18th, 2011, 10:01 AM
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I don't know why some of you are so negative--especially since the OP didn't ask for advice about whether to go to LV or not.

Some of us have listed a bunch of things that we think kids would enjoy--I'll add the roller coaster and arcade at NYNY and the shows at CircusCircus. At those ages, my kids would have been thrilled to spend days and days at a pool.
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May 18th, 2011, 10:11 AM
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I know that OP didn't ask for advise about whether to go to LV or not, but how would she feel if she went and found out that huckster are everywhere on the strip handing out flyers of naked woman and that men have urinated against a building right in front of everyone. At least they are forewarned and can protect their children. Also there is a lot of people traffic on the sidewalks so keep the kids close at hand.

I'll add the fountains at the Bellagio Fountains.
A day trip to Valley of Fire State Park

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May 18th, 2011, 12:00 PM
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There are a number of posts on here re: kids & Vegas including one Mom who was adamant about going (despite the protests of Fodorites) who came back & basically agreed that we were correct. My children have been to Nola, Key West & other places of debauchery, but I would never take them to Vegas, until they are 21. Please reconsider.
Addressing 2 of the hotels mentioned - The Strat is well off the Strip & not close to anything - it is an OK hotel for people who have been before. Circus2, while kid-friendly, is an absolute dump.
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May 18th, 2011, 12:17 PM
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SAnParis, the Strat is pretty much a dump too. Maybe a little less dumpy than Circus Circus.
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May 18th, 2011, 12:21 PM
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C2 is in a class all by itself...lol
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May 18th, 2011, 02:40 PM
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The VOLCANO show is at Mirage. It only lasts about 3 minutes.
The show at Treasure Island is NOT kid-friendly at all. It is the "Sirens" and features scantily clad women hanging off a pirate ship.
The roller coaster at Stratosphere is way up on top of the tower and it scares me to death. I seriously doubt 6 and 8 year olds would like it.

I will add my recommendation to everyone else's that Vegas is NOT a family-friendly destination anymore. Take the kids to the Grand Canyon, but only stay a day in Vegas.
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May 18th, 2011, 02:51 PM
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There no longer is a roller coaster on the top of the Stratosphere. The current attractions tend toward the scare-the-#%*$-out-of-you variety. "Anyone 15 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian."
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May 18th, 2011, 03:09 PM
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We took our kids to see the Treasure Island pirate ship show and it was fine. I'd be really surprised if they even noticed that the women were scantily clad, and if they did notice, well, no biggie (I don't think it's any worse than the pirates chasing the women in the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean ride).
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May 18th, 2011, 05:18 PM
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There are a lot of great day trips to take with kids if you'll have a car. Lake mead, Valley of Fire, etc.

http://www.vegas.com/attractions/kids.html

www.lvmgp.com

www.vegaskids.info/
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May 18th, 2011, 05:45 PM
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About 10 years ago Vegas was trying to cater to families. I think the casinos were losing their backside on that campaign so things have changed (families were not gambling). There is a reason they now have commercials saying "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas".
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