A Parents Guide to Las Vegas For Families With Kids

The first thought that may come to mind when considering a family vacation to Las Vegas is probably not “wholesome, educational experience.” Affectionately known as Sin City, the gambling mecca is notorious for debauchery and excess adult entertainment. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Despite the town’s raucous reputation, there are plenty of fun and exciting activities to enjoy that are perfect for families with kids. And if you’re willing to travel just a little bit outside of the Strip, there are even more opportunities to discover what makes Vegas so special.

It’s no secret that the sidewalks of the Las Vegas Strip are littered with porn-billers and mobile billboards featuring huge posters of bare-dressed women promoting prostitution. If you decide to stay on the Strip, make sure your children are comfortable with this type of atmosphere, and consider hiring a babysitter if possible. If you’re staying at a hotel off the Strip, chances are they will be less likely to offer and advertise adult shows. Plus, they’re generally quieter and cheaper than their casino-heavy counterparts on the Strip.

Las Vegas is called the Entertainment Capital of the World for a reason. There are many shows that are ideal for the whole family. Have your kids cheer on their knights at Excalibur’s Tournament of Kings, watch their eyes widen as they take in the sights of Mystere by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island, or boogie down to the Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand. And don’t forget to visit the Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel, which features a 117,000-gallon aquarium filled with thousands of tropical fish, three species of stingrays, and mermaids. If you’re interested in learning more about the city and its history, you can also tour the Neon Museum at the Neonopolis. And finally, your kids will love to pose with their favorite celebrities and characters at Madame Tussauds.