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Kids and Vegas

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Kids and Vegas

Hello, My husband and I are planning a trip to Las Vegas with our children ages 16, 13, 10 & 8. What things are there to do as a family that is reasonably priced?? Does anyone know if there are more things to do on Fremont Street inbetween watching the Fremont Street Experience?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Kids and Vegas

I think people are really tired of answering this question. Best to search this subject for old posts and read those. I'm not sure anyone has the energy to respond to this any more.

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2. Re: Kids and Vegas

My Daughter- 12yr old, loves to go to Circus Circus and ride the rides in the Adventure dome.

Also Gameworks by the M and M store- fun games.

Also Play the games at Excalibur, we also are going off the strip to the

Pinball Hall of Fame.

She is my favorite traveling companion because she is easly entertained and loves sitting by the pool playing cards and have a Virgin drink.

I cant stand the Freemont street expierance, please dont take your kids there.. I think Downtown LV is no place for kids- homeless people..

not family friendly.

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3. Re: Kids and Vegas

Amen to that.........

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4. Re: Kids and Vegas

type- kids in search box, lots of info to be had.

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5. Re: Kids and Vegas

I never understand why people take kids to Las Vegas, I just think of Vegas as "Adult Fun" it's strange for me to see parents wandering around the Casino with their children at 1am. And worse is seeing screaming kids while I'm on Vacation!

why not Disneyland??

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6. Re: Kids and Vegas

Because- I have done Disneyland to death- I live 20 min away from Disneyland and Knotts Berry farm.

These places are not destination places- they are a place to go for a day.

I dont know why some people have problems with Kids in LV-

I dont know how having Children in LV takes away from other people's fun.

Unfortunatly based on what some people say on this board, makes me warn my Daughter that alot of people in LV dont like to see Kids.

My 12yr is not outside at all hours- unless we are coming back from a early show, she is not outside past 830pm. not 1am.

I did not take my DD to LV until she was 10 yr old, and I have been able to expose her to Musical theatre there.

She has seen and loved- Mama Mia, the Producers, Mac King

We will probably go see Tony and Tina's Wedding this trip.

So watch out we going to LV this spring and I am bringing my 12 yr old daughter.

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7. Re: Kids and Vegas

Why not Disneyland? Because Disney makes me want to poke my eyes out with a stick....

Why Vegas? Because it is an easy and inexpensive flight from Colorado for a quick weekend getaway, because I can eat at much better restaurants and stay at much nicer hotels compared to those near Disney properties, and because seriously, Disney is my idea of hell on earth:

Rileysmom, there are plenty of things to do with kids in Vegas, but you are also substantially limited. With kids that age, go during pool weather and stay at a property with a nice pool. The Tournament of Kings show is fun for everyone, and if you want to see a Cirque show, Love is a good one for kids. Have dinner at Rain Forest Cafe.

I'd be remiss if I didn't share my "Rules" for taking kids to Vegas. Mine are 11, 9 and 3, and I absolutely would NEVER take them to Vegas (I do several times a year) without following these rules:

Law Girls's Rules for Taking Your Kids to Vegas:

1) Don't try and pretend Vegas is the perfect family vacation spot. I consider it a compromise - my kids enjoy it, and so do I.

2) Kids are not allowed in the casinos EVER. You may walk through and stay on the outlined path, but you can not pause even briefly near the gaming. I learned that you can’t even stop by a Player’s Club booth with a child.

3) Travel with a nanny/au pair/babysitter. If you think you can’t afford it, then rethink your travel plans and figure whether you can downgrade on lodging or meals to cover the cost. Consider whether you have a trusted cousin, niece, neighbor, friend’s teen, etc…that might be perfectly happy to babysit in exchange for an all expense paid trip to Vegas. I travel with an au pair, and wouldn't consider going without childcare so that I can enjoy Vegas after the kids go to bed.

4) Stay off the Strip at a non-casino property. I prefer Signature or TheHotel, but if you’re on a tight budget, Desert Rose works, too. Vegas is overstimulating for anyone – staying at a non-casino property allows you to get away from the chaos of the Strip and means you don’t have to walk through the casino every time you come and go.

5) Go at your child’s pace. If your child needs a nap, by all means give them a nap. Don’t drag a tired child up and down the Strip because YOU want to see the Venetian. Relax, take it slow, don’t push a child to see and do more than they can handle. Cranky children in Vegas are a nightmare for everyone.

6) Enforce bedtime. My kids go to bed at 8pm. That applies on vacation in Vegas as well. I’m always shocked when I see people pushing an exhausted child through a casino at midnight. Would you let your child be up that late at home? Then why would you do it in Vegas?

7) Be prepared for the adult nature of Vegas. Yes, your children will see pictures of naked women. That is almost unavoidable, and it is worth discussing with your children in an age appropriate manner before you leave.

Have a great trip!

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8. Re: Kids and Vegas

I hope you don't think that I was trying to insult anyone who takes children to Vegas, I just couldn't. I see many attractions that cater to children and families, so it's a popular thing...bringing kids to Vegas I mean, I guess Las Vegas is a place I consider "SIN CITY" and such. No need to raise the hackles :)

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9. Re: Kids and Vegas

I can understand why people flame this post. Vegas just isn't for kids. They'be tried to make it that way but poeple fight it. There are thousands of places in the world that cater to families, but Vegas is that place we all go to get away from kids and blow some steam off. Just because people don't think kids should be brought to Vegas doesn't mean we don't like kids. We just want to go somewhere where we don't have to be PG-13.

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10. Re: Kids and Vegas

Ditto to Danno!

Just walking the LV strip opens up a boat load of questions. "Mom, why is that guy handing out baseball cards?" "Mom, look at all those naked butts on that taxi".

Las Vegas is for the over 21 crowd.

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