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First time to Vegas...need advice

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First time to Vegas...need advice

We are thinking of going to Vegas in the next year. We will be taking our 11 yr old son and 8 yr old niece, so I need to know about family friendly places to stay. I don't know anything about the hotels in Vegas. Are there activites for the kids or baby sitting if we want to go to a casino? Thanks.

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1. Re: First time to Vegas...need advice

I heard Excalibur was updating their rooms, and I have seen families with children there so maybe an idea.

Circus Circus has the entertainment but not sure if I would want to stay there...although others here on TA have and liked it.

There are lots of posts about children in Vegas (some not very positive), but you may want to use the search field to see if you can find some helpful information.

I am also sure you will get replies from others with more helpful ideas than me...just trying to help.

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Oh blimey.... here we go.........

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3. Re: First time to Vegas...need advice

Sorry guys! I didn't mean to start an "issue." I just read some of the previous posts about kids. We have the option of going by ourselves. It was just that I had heard from other people that Vegas is much more "family friendly" now and there were lots of things for kids to see. Sorry if I brought up a sore subject.

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Why do you have to apologize? That's what forums are for.

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South Point and Orleans have Bowling, movie theatres, and arcades. Orleans also has KidsTyme for children 3-9:

www.orleanscasino.com/hotel/kids-tyme.html

Both are off strip, so having a car would help. If not, both have shuttles to the strip.

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Laurie, the whole "family friendly" thing was what a lot of Vegas hotels tried in the 90s. Basically most of what they tried failed and in the last ten years they've reverted back to what they do best - a playground for adults only.

There are things to see and do for kids but if you have the option of coming to LV without them I'd strongly consider it if you want to get the most from your trip.

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7. Re: First time to Vegas...need advice

Vegas has tried to move away from family friendly and into what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...more adult oriented. But there are still plenty of things kids can have fun at with good adult supervision:

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

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8. Re: First time to Vegas...need advice

I saw lots of unhappy children and parents just last week. The heat was terrible and more than one child was crying walking down the strip.

If I had to take children I would stay off strip at Orleans, more for the children to do, bowling alley, movie theatre and they have a childcare facility. Also an area for video games.

Good luck.

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9. Re: First time to Vegas...need advice

OK...let me try again. I think you have convinced me that maybe just me and my husband need to come to Vegas. That being said...where should we stay? I know nothing about Vegas and we are on a budget.

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10. Re: First time to Vegas...need advice

Laurie, the "family friendly" thing is something Vegas tried several years ago and abandoned. Like any city, Las Vegas has things that are appropriate for children, but its tourist areas are well known for adult activities. You may not want to expose your children to them, and those participating in them probably won't want to have your kids around.

With a little planning, you can certainly have a safe and enjoyable Vegas vacation with your kids, as long as you are willing to make the trip about them and not about your own gambling, drinking etc. However, of all the possible family destinations you could choose, I would think there would be many others that would appeal to your kids more. A number of folk who post here and have children prefer to take their family trips elsewhere and save Vegas for their grown-up trips.