In my previous post 7 Reasons Why You Should NOT Take Your Kids to Las Vegas, I admitted that we made a mistake in taking our children on a family vacation to Las Vegas. Take a peek and learn from our mistake. Having said that, I do have some positive activities to highlight . . .
While I wouldn’t do it again, we did survive our trip and actually enjoyed a number of family friendly activities in Las Vegas.
- Shark Reef was our children’s favorite activity in Las Vegas.
- There are over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water.
- Admission is Not Cheap (But Vegas in not cheap.)
- Adults: $18.00
- Children (5-12): $12.00
- Children (4 and under): Free
- Tickets Available Online
- Shark Reef Activities, Education, Interactive Games
Shark Reef: Komodo Dragon
- Shark Reef begins with a reptile section.
Shark Reef: Walk Through Aquarium
- It’s pretty darn cool to have sharks and fish swimming up, over and around you.
Shark Reef: Sting Ray Touch Tank
Shark Reef: Circular Jellyfish Aquarium
- So graceful and deceptively serene.
Shark Reef: Lion Fish Aquarium
- The most impressive fish at the aquarium!
- FREE! FREE! FREE!
- show runs every 1/2 hour
The Dancing Fountains set to lights and music at the Bellagio are my favorite thing about Las Vegas. Let’s just say the Bellagio is the one bright spot in Vegas.
A walk through the Bellagio is the one Family Friendly stroll you’ll experience in Las Vegas. The hotel is simply grand and yet whimsical at the same time.
- FREE! FREE! FREE!
- Breathtaking, creative, unique, brilliant, colorful . . .
- All in the comfort of cool air conditioning!
Don’t forget to look up while observing the Conservatory Gardens.
- The Lobby of the Bellagio is adorned by a chandelier filled with 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms by artist Dale Chihuly.
Each hand-blown glass blossom is dazzling. The display is gorgeous!
- Talking Statues tell the tale of The Fall of Atlantis.
- Show includes lights, water and fire!
- Young children may be scared by the drama.
- Located at the very end of The Forum Shops.
- Plan dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and take in the show.
- An enormous fish aquarium filled with exotic fish is located adjacent to the Fall of Atlantis Statues.
The Fall of Atlantis Aquarium actually rivaled the aquariums at Shark Reef. Our kiddos were captivated by the variety of fish in the circular tank.
- Our kiddos considered the Las Vegas Monorail an amusement park ride without loops and twirls.
- It really is a must for getting from here to there with kids in Vegas.
- Single ride $5.00, Daily passes available
More Family Friendly Options You Might Want to Checkout
- Three non-casino buildings with condo style rooms.
- The rooms are big and spacious with kitchenettes.
- Enormous bathrooms with Whirlpool spa tub and separate shower.
- The huge spa tub was a hit with the kiddos!
- Small on-sight restaurant and Starbucks.
- We booked through vrbo.com (Vacation Rentals By Owner) and got a fabulous rate!
- Each building has it’s own gorgeous pool and hot tub area. In the photo above, the children are enjoying an additional sunbathing pool.
- The pools are quiet and private. Many days we had the pools all to ourselves.
- You also have access to the sprawling pool complex at The MGM Grand.
- We preferred our quiet, private pool areas.
Kid Friendly Places to Eat in Las Vegas
- The Cheesecake Factory is located at The Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace.
- Take in The Fall of Atlantis Show located next to The Cheesecake Factory.
- Casual dinning with good children’s menu.
- Earl of Sandwich located in Planet Hollywood.
- Good sandwiches, salads, fruit and yogurt selection.
- Fast food choice without all of the fried food choices.
- Hotel Food Courts
- More budget friendly choices aimed at families.
- Pizza Delivery
- One night we had pizza delivered to our hotel (cheaper than dinning out) and enjoyed dinner and a movie in our room.
- Be prepared, dinning in Las Vegas is not cheap.
Life with Jeannine
Have you and your children survived a Las Vegas Family Vacation? What are your thoughts. What family friendly Las Vegas Attractions have you enjoyed? Where did you stay, play and eat?