LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
When you think of Las Vegas, let’s be honest we are thinking boys weekends and bachelorette parties. But I can tell you first hand, Las Vegas is more than just Casino’s and pool parties, there are loads of fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids.
Things to know before you go to Las Vegas
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March to May or September to November, this is because the shoulder season offers the most moderate weather. With August being on average the most rainfall. Winter can drop down as low as -2C and reach as high as 41c in the summer during the day.
Go Las Vegas Card
I highly recommend the Go Las Vegas Card, because some of the benefits are, there are 34+ attractions to choose from, as well as one premium attraction of your choice. In some attractions, you can skip the line or get early entry, discounts on eateries and free audio tours on offer.
Hotel recommendation in Las Vegas with kids
There is so much to love about the Bellagio hotel. From the extravagance of the hotel room and the sensationalism of the fountain to the convenient location. If you were to stay at the Bellagio for the weekend, you wouldn’t need to leave the hotel.
Flamingo Las Vegas
The Flamingo Las Vegas is in a fabulous location for an affordable price. Originally named The Flamingo Hotel & Casino, which opened in 1946 by the then notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel. The Flamingo was one of the first casino and hotel properties on what would become the Las Vegas Strip.
Things to do in Las Vegas
1 Watch the iconic Bellagio water show
Nothing screams Las Vegas more than the iconic Bellagio Fountain. Watch the Bellagio Fountain come to life with the Bellagio Water show, see times below:
Monday to Friday (every 30 minutes) 3 pm to 8 pm
(every 15 minutes) 8 pm to midnight.
Sundays (every 30 minutes) 11 am to 7 pm
(every 15 minutes) 7 pm to midnight
Saturdays and Holidays (every 30 minutes) 12 noon to 8 pm
(every 15 minutes) 8 pm to midnight
2 Watch them feed the flamingos at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Not everything in Las Vegas with kids costs money, head over to the family-friendly Flamingo Wildlife Habitat in the grounds of the Flamingo Las Vegas; there is a tonne of free things to do. The opening hours are from dusk to dawn with the Pelican feeding times are 8:30 am and 2 pm daily.
3 See the famous Cirque due Soleil in Las Vegas with kids
Las Vegas isn’t Las Vegas without watching a show and why not see the world-class, kid-friendly Cirque due Soleil? You can not help but be dazzled by the performance as you become memorised on a journey that you will be talking about for years.
4 Dare to ride the roller coaster at New York, New York
If your child is 13 years and above, why not dare to ride the roller coaster at New York, New York? Be warned; this rollercoaster is not for the faint-hearted. Remember that the opening times are as follows:
Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday – Saturday 10:30 am – Midnight
5 See real-life Lions at MGM Casino
Where else in the world would you see real-life lions than in Las Vegas of course. The Lion Habitat Ranch is in the MGM Casino, and you can buy tickets online or at the Lion Habitat Ranch. Operating hours differ with seasons, so check the website before your visit. Why not surprise the kids with a behind the scene tour of the Lion Habitat Ranch, then give them a treat they will remember forever.
6 Spend the day at the Grand Canyon
Yes, you heard right, you can spend the day at the Grand Canyon. For most, the Grand Canyon is a bucket list item for both adults and children. Spend the day driving by coach (stopping at Hoover Dam on the way) or flying via helicopter. Either way, this is a must-do activity when you are in Las Vegas with kids.
7 Feed the stingrays at the Shark Reef Aquarium
Visit Mandalay Resort and Casino and enter the world of sea animals at the Shark Reef Aquarium. The aquarium will have you entertained for hours, learning a thing or two about marine life, and you will also get the opportunity to feed a few different types of sea animals.
8 Be serenaded by gondoliers at the Venetian Resort Hotel
If you haven’t been to Venice and experienced a Gondola ride, then the next best thing is to be serenaded by a gondolier at the Venetian Resort Hotel. Ride the gondola through the makeshift canals of a look-alike Venice. Yes, it may seem a little tacky to you, but when the kids are in Las Vegas, they love it.
9 Feel like you are under the big tent at Circus Circus
Check out online the list of performances at Circus Circus. These performances are all free and will have you and the kids entertained for hours. See high flying trapeze and jugglers perform as you watch in amazement. If you would like to take a break and get amongst all the action, then check out Midway. There are circus-style games that will have you believe that you are under the big tent.
10 Take a photo under the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign
The Welcome to Las Vegas sign would have to be one of the world’s most sort after photo. This iconic landmark has been appearing in millions of people’s photo album’s since the 1960s. You haven’t been to Las Vegas unless you have taken a photo of this sign.
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