7 Reasons Why You Should NOT Take Your Children to Las Vegas

June 25, 2013

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If you’re a full grown adult this post is not for you. However, if you are considering taking your young children to Las Vegas you can learn from our mistake. Last summer our Man of Steel announced he had to attend a conference in Vegas and invited us to tag along. I thought it was a spectacular idea. The kiddos and I could relax at the pool all day and in the evening we could take in some of the sights like the dancing fountains at the Bellagio. We booked the trip before I did my traditional family vacation research and planning. All I knew was at one time Las Vegas was marketing itself as a family vacation destination. Certainly there would be many activities for children. Well, if I had it to do all over again, I would definitely NOT take my children to Vegas. If you read this post and still want to take your kiddos to Vegas, I’ll be back with another post highlighting recommendations for your Vegas family vacation.


7 Reasons Why I Would NOT Take My Children to Las Vegas



1. It is HOT!

  • When we visited Las Vegas last July it was 115!
  • Even at the pool our skin felt like it was sizzling.
  • Walking from here to there was miserable for the children.
  • We are from South Texas and are accustomed to long hot summers. The dry heat in Vegas is different and at a sizzling 115 it is hard to enjoy any time outdoors. You seriously feel like a piece of bacon frying.
  • If you’re gambling all day in the casino the heat won’t bother you much; however, that’s not an option with two little kiddos.
  • If you’re not traveling in the summer, again the temperature won’t be of much concern. But most families traveling with children take their vacation during the summer.


2. Too much walking!

  •  You can not avoid walking even if you take advantage of the monorail.
  • Just to get out of your hotel you have to walk and walk and walk. The hotels do not make it easy to find your way out!
  • The monorail only runs behind one side of the hotels. It is not very convenient with little ones.
  • We took the kiddos to Caesar’s Palace to view the Fall of Atlantis talking statues and the giant fish tank. Both were great. Unfortunately, we had to walk forever to the monorail at the MGM.  After riding the monorail we had to walk through the Flamingo, cross the street (which is more involved than it sounds), walk through Caesar’s Palace . . . But wait there’s more . . . The Fall of Atlantis is located at the very end of The Forum Shops. More walk, walk, walking!
  • We took the kiddos to Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay. Guess what, the monorail does not run on that side of the street. So you need to take a bus or taxi. Once you get to Mandalay Bay you must walk to the very ends of the earth to reach Shark Reef.
  • I think you get the picture so I won’t bore you with more walking stories. However, know that even to get a bite to eat you must walk!
  • If you’re an adult, the walking probably won’t bother you much. But add two children and the heat and the walking is too much!


3. There’s Too Much Smut

  • Okay, okay, I know What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas. I’ve been to Vegas and I guess as an adult I just ignored all the flashes of flesh.
  • From the moment we disembarked the airplane, there were giant video screens with male strippers ripping off their shirts and show girls prancing provocatively in their thongs and their scantily clad ENHANCED breasts.
  • MacGyver is almost oblivious to the world if he’s not chasing a creepy critter. On the other hand, Miss Enigma is extremely observant and it’s hard to avoid giant movie screens.


4. There’s Very Little Entertainment for Children

  • When I finally got around to researching and planning our Las Vegas trip, I was surprised to find very few recommendations for child friendly entertainment.
  • The Vegas shows that are kid friendly are just too darn expensive. I know my kiddos would not appreciate the cost of the ticket price. They much rather play in the pool. But ummm, the pool closes early.
  • I had been warned by MacGyver’s karate teacher that the pools close at 8:00pm. Swimming in the evening would have been lovely. But I’m sure the hotels want you spending money at their casino rather than lounging in the pool.
  • In my next post, I’ll highlight the kid friendly entertainment that we did find: Shark Reef Aquarium, Fall of Atlantis Show, Giant Fish Aquarium, Bellagio Dancing Fountains, Bellagio Botanical Gardens, The Signature Condo Hotel at MGM Grand


5. It’s Too Expensive

  • The bargain days of Vegas are long gone. If you want to dine or play you will pay!
  • The children really enjoyed Shark Reef but it is not cheap and it is not really very big.
  • Dining out with the children was difficult. In general the food is your average chain restaurant food but with prices way above average.
  • You can find a food court here and there but a hot dog and fries will run your kiddos $12.00 (no drink).
  • My kiddos will not eat enough to pay for the price of the Vegas buffets.
  • I understand you can enjoy some outstanding fine dinning experiences but I’m not going to splurge on fine dining with 2 young children.
  • In my next post, I’ll highlight the kid friendly restaurants we did find: The Cheesecake Factory, Earl of Sandwich,


6. Too Many Crowds

  • We had a very nice stay at The Signature Condo Hotel at MGM Grand. The Signature has several lovely little pools but we also had access to the sprawling pool area at The MGM Grand. I ventured to the Grand with the kiddos to enjoy the Lazy River. OMG! So many people. Toobs bumping into toobs. There were so many people that it was hard to keep an eye on the kiddos. Next, we wandered over to one of the larger MGM pools. Suddenly, everyone was rushed out of the pool. The pool had been contaminated! Of course it was . . . all those kids and all of those people drinking . . . enough said. After that we stayed at our cozy little pools at The Signature!
  • We are beach people. We are nature people. We are even cool city people (think San Francisco). We had to admit we are not concrete city, wall to wall stinky bodies people.
  • I’ll make a confession. We are spoiled! Since we homeschool, we travel and do our sightseeing during the off-season. We aren’t accustom to crowds. I know spoiled! It’s one of the benefits of homeschooling.


7. Did I Mention,  You Cannot Avoid the Smut

  • If you walk through any hotel, you’ll be assaulted with advertisements for shows such as “Peepshow” and the “Pussycat Dolls Lounge.”
  • If you walk along the strip, you will be treated to enormous video screens displaying advertising for provocative shows.
  • Also as everyone walks along the strip, they are handed baseball style cards of topless women advertising strip shows. Most people are uninterested so they throw the cards on the ground creating a sidewalk wallpapered with topless women. Just another treat for your little kiddos.
  • Pretty much everywhere you go, you’ll encounter people drinking from two-foot tall hurricane glasses.
  • I’ll be up front with you, we indulge in adult beverages. However, our children only see us drink responsibly. We typically do not drink a two-foot strawberry daiquiri while pushing their baby stroller.
  • I’m sure some of you are thinking we are overprotective prudes. It’s this simple. We rather not encourage our little girl to wear a thong and shake her booty for men and we rather not introduce the birds and the bees during a family vacation to Las Vegas.


So you still want to take your children to Las Vegas -or- you’ve already booked your trip . . .



We survived our trip just fine and actually had some fun experiences. Simply in hindsight, I would have left the kiddos with Grandma and Grandpa. If you’re planning a Vegas trip, my next post will share tips for surviving Vegas with small children. Never fear, I do have some good stuff to highlight.

Life with Jeannine

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H June 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Not meant to offend at all, but it wouldn’t hurt me any to never go to Las Vegas myself! The smut is reason enough for me!

Jeannine June 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Tara, you aren’t missing anything if you skip Vegas. We do not gamble and we are not into the party scene. That pretty much sums up Vegas. We had to attend a business conference in Vegas about 10 years ago so I knew Vegas was a playground for adults. But for some reason, I thought we could shield the children from the smut. We stayed in a quiet non-casino hotel and only did family friendly activities. However, you can not get from here to there without the smut. You live and learn, right?

Jamie June 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I’ve driven through Las Vegas on our way to the Colorado River, and I’ll definitely be giving it a pass!

Jeannine July 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Jamie, there are activities outside of the Las Vegas Strip. Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam are two good choices for day trips or in your case driving through!

Julie September 5, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Just last night we walked forever on Las Vegas Blvd with 2 of our kids, ages 13 & 2 to meet up with some friends who were in town for a weekend Vegas vacay. We are new residents of Las Vegas. It was a huge pain! It is NOT a family friendly place. Here is reason number 8 for your list: No place to change a toddler’s diaper! We will enjoy our time here away from the strip. I don’t have to go to the shops at Caesar’s palace for Cheesecake Factory!

Jeannine September 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

I feel you Julie . . . the endless walking is not kid friendly. And definitely not toddler friendly without a convenient changing station.

I’m sure living in Vegas is lovely when you hit all of the fun off the beat and track. Years ago we hiked in Red Rock Canyon and also visited Hoover Dam. Both lovely day trips. But you’ve got to get off the strip with a car for those two.

Dian January 8, 2016 at 9:13 am

This is not a place for kids. I live here and remember when I was younger and my parents came children didnt. There is nothing for them to do, there is stuff I find unsuitable for anyone’s viewing. And on top of that it is not cheap and I don’t want to spend big money on dinner or on a hotel room just to listen to your whiney undisciplined child. Leave them home or take email to Disney.

Thaddeus Mcgoo June 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Dian, those parents spend just as much money as you on those dinners and hotel rooms, some don’t have the luxury of being to go some where without their children, they have just as much right to go anywhere as you do. so get off your high horse and eat a duck you salty old cunt

Amy strozinsky July 31, 2016 at 4:54 pm

It’s called SIN CITY. It was originally developed around ADULT fantasy and fun. What am I missing here?? The only reason I would even gather a thought of taking my kids to Las Vegas would be on thier 21st Birthday. Kids have Disneyland adults have Las Vegas.

orri March 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm

this is the ONLY site listed on the first FOUR pages of Google that says NOT to bring your children to Sin City. Vegas is doing more than ‘marketing’ – thank you very much for this post

Amanda Keeley-Thurman March 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Oh my gosh, I love taking my kids to Vegas. We go every year. We stay at the Mirage, enjoy days by the waterfalls and Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat. At night we enjoy fabulous dinners, shows and live music. There is so much to do and there are ways to keep in budget friendly. We all went up the Eiffel Tower for the cost of 1!

Palak Tandon March 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Please don’t take this personally, but I love Las Vegas and I just relax and enjoy there so I disagree with you. In my perspective I don’t think you should be taking away this moment from people that don’t get that much relaxation and enjoyment so I mean I know you are saying your opinion and I still respect that but I mean I hope you get what I mean.

Thanks for understanding!

Palak Tandon March 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Oh and I forgot to mention I am a kid so I love it so I think most of the other kids do too!!!!!

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