Ask LP Kids: is Las Vegas child-friendly?

An adult carries a child on the brightly-lit streets of Las Vegas
Will your kids enjoy a trip to Las Vegas? You might be surprised © Page Light Studios / Shutterstock

When you think of Vegas, chances are that smoky casinos, scantily-clad dancers and all-night parties come to mind – which aren't exactly the things you would normally prioritise when planning a vacation with kids. However, dig a bit deeper and Las Vegas reveals itself to be surprisingly family-friendly, with plenty of ways to entertain the kids both in the city and the surrounding area.

Our community thinks you can have a fun time on a family trip to Vegas, but it definitely requires some consideration in terms of what you do and when. Ultimately, is it simply the kind of place you have more fun without the kids?

The expert view

'Las Vegas is so much more than casinos and nightclubs. Yes, ‘Sin City’ is an adult Disneyland, but it’s also a surprisingly family-friendly city with more to entertain kids than anywhere in North America, west of Orlando.

Blue Man Group, Beatles LOVE and Mystere by Cirque du Soleil are fantastic family shows, as is The Mirage’s volcano show and the dancing waters at Bellagio. Hot-ticket attractions for kids include the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel; Luxor's new HyperX ESports Arena; Adventuredome amusement park; new ziplines FlyLINQ and SlotZilla and much more. The hotel pools have fantastic water parks with lazy rivers, beaches and fountains – there's even a pool that circles a shark tank with a tube slide running through it.

Just 20 minutes from downtown, you can hike in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, while Springs Reserve has hands-on science and nature exhibits about desert life. The wildest place in town is Lion Habitat Ranch with 40 lions and a friendly giraffe. Vegas truly has it all for families, including non-gambling, non-smoking hotels with family suites and kitchens.'

– Vicki Arkoff, At-Large Travel Editor, The Daily Meal

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Want to investigate further? Try these helpful extra resources:

1. Our Pathfinders Wandermust Family blog about their mixed experience of taking a toddler to Vegas.

2. One of the TravelingMom writers asks 'Should you visit Las Vegas with kids?'

3. Lonely Planet covers ideas for things to do in Vegas with kids; for more general travel advice there's our Pocket Las Vegas guidebook.

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