Posted August 1, 2013 by John Baintree in News

Is Vegas Child Friendly?

Generally, trips to Vegas fall under two categories: business and pleasure. Thanks to the cities vast amount of conference space, many business meetings are held throughout the many hotels – but the vast majority of visitors will be travelling to Nevada in order to try their luck at the games tables. That being said, how suitable is a city that has earned the moniker ‘Sin City’, for a family holiday, and most importantly, is Vegas child friendly? At first glance, everything about Vegas screams ‘keep your children away from here’, ranging from being born out of the underworld, to the heavily debauched lifestyle the city promotes. That being said, many of the city’s leisure corporations, who operate the hotels and casinos, are branching out to appeal to child visitors, attempting to justify Vegas as a viable holiday destination for families. Increasingly, over the past few years, more and more steps have been taken to cater to the needs of children, with many child friendly forms of entertainment available. That being said, the notion of Vegas as a ‘child friendly’ city remains up for debate.


Child Friendly Hotels

Due to the themed nature of many of the Las Vegas resorts, many children (and adults) will find this hugely exciting and entertaining. After all, many of the resorts resemble theme parks, which are a firm favourite with kids and teens. Some of the best resorts to consider will be outlined below.



This castle themed hotel will surely appeal to many children. Aesthetically, although it is not quite Disneyland, it still is one of the more captivating hotels for youngsters. The hotel looks particularly chanting when lit up at night, with its blue and pink spires piercing the night sky.


circus circusCircus Circus

This resort houses America’s largest indoor theme park, in the form of Adventuredome. Adventuredome has many rides to choose from, ranging from roller coasters to more family friendly attractions, such as a 4D film experience. That being said, due to the business and noise of the resort, Circus Circus may be better catered to older children.


Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay is a tropical water-park themed resort, and comes as the most recommended for youngsters. Children will find the water-park aspect of the resort engaging, but best of all, the tropical theme is very comprehensive, including many impressive features. The biggest draw of the resort is the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, which is one of the largest aquariums in America. The aquarium is home to a wide variety of sea-life, including sharks, rays and fish. The resort also hosts high end shows, with past events including Mamma Mia! and The Lion King.

It should be said however, that you should check online reviews of these hotels before booking. The Circus Circus and the Excalibur are older resorts, so if you are looking for a luxury Vegas experience, then you will not find it there. Mandalay Bay is the newest of the recommended resorts, being constructed in 1999, so if you are looking for a more modern hotel, then that is your best bet.



Besides the facilities in the aforementioned hotels, Vegas also has a range of other attractions which are suitable for children. One of the best options, would be to catch one of the many stellar shows that are performed everyday in Vegas – although this will not be to every child’s taste. For children with a sweet tooth, a visit to M and M World would be a good idea. The complex houses 4 floors of M and M related merchandise – kids will love it, adults may think it is tacky. For kids interested in video games, then the Pinball Hall of Fame should feature on any itinerary, as it will offer hours of entertainment.



Las Vegas has a slew of eateries to choose from, however the three main hitters for children are the Hard Rock Cafe, the Rainforect Cafe and Planet Hollywood. Kids will feel right at home at any of these restaurants, and they cover all tastes. If visiting Vegas with kids, then eating at one of the more refined restaurants on the strip may be out of the question. You will likely find yourself dining at one of the restaurants mentioned above, or at one of Vegas’ many buffets, which offer a quick and reasonably priced way to feed the whole family.


So is Las Vegas child friendly?

This is a difficult question to answer. If you are planning a trip to Vegas, then no doubt you are going to indulge in the gambling facilities it offers. Children will not be able to accompany you into casinos. This then means you are restricted to whatever services the resorts offer in order to keep children entertained. Due to this, a full blown vacation to Vegas would probably not be advisable. Even though many steps have been taken to make Vegas more accessible for children, it still is not entirely ‘child friendly’. So, if travelling with children to Vegas, it is perhaps best only to do so for a weekend visit. On the other hand, you know your children better than anyone, and if you think the resorts in question will keep your kids entertained, then go for it.