Everyone seems to not recommend taking kids to Vegas on this forum. I've been taking my kids to Vegas every year, as well as Reno twice a year since they were born. Nieces & nephews I take for their 21st birthdays. They love the pools, going to shows such as Cirque de Soleil, the arcades, the sparkling lights, fun restaurants with great food, architecture, the themes, etc. We always stay mid-strip hotels. I used to go to Atlantic City too pre-kids. We usually get comped ridiculous top floor penthouse suites, with all kinds of cool gadgets that the kids love, multiple bathrooms, along with a jacuzzi big enough for whole family. All this from just playing slot machines for a few days.
So, what exactly bothers people about kids in Vegas? My kids know gambling and adult themes, and separate them as "grown-up stuff" - they don't care as long as long as we do fun things with them too, and make sure they don't stay out too late- usually tired by 10pm. My husband usually watches them late at night while I go gamble, maybe until 3am, then my husband goes down to casino for a while, then we just meet up for breakfast, take naps, use the pool, have fun during the day with kids, maybe hit the malls or Caesar's shops.
I haven't seen anything so offensive in Vegas in all my visits that I'm concerned about. Now in San Francisco, I try now to keep kids from some events like Folsom Street Fair & Halloween in Castro, as the nude men may be offensive, especially when dressed in black boots, vests, etc. everything else exposed. One of my god daughters got sight of one of those once and was pretty disgusted at some San Francisco street fair we went to.
I'm just curious what I am missing and what do I need to hide from my kids in Vegas? Is it just the pornography, gambling, swearing, drinking & smoking? I don't swear or smoke, teach my kids not to do that either and why it's bad, so they don't either. Pornography isn't going away, nor is drinking though, at least not in my lifetime. I strategically gamble for a living, have for many years, and have done well - mainly real estate investing gambling though, but always have to report gaming wins too on taxes. When take kids out, usually we take them to Bar & Grills or Tapas Bars, as most fun for everyone. The guys on the strip with the cards just smile at me and don't push the porn cards off on us when they see the kids. We always have so much fun in Vegas, as well as our trips to Disney World, etc. There's even a Mini Grand Prix Family Fun Center in Vegas I just found out.
We are to Vegas again next month. Are there any areas we really should avoid that I don't know about perhaps that are bad for kids?Edited: 13 June 2011, 12:16