Can You Really Enjoy Las Vegas With Kids? You Bet.By Max Dionne
Las Vegas is often described as the ultimate playground for adults to let loose and blow off steam. But parents in the know will discover Sin City is home to a surprising number of wholesome activities geared toward kids.
As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip.
Casino Time, Kid-Style
Many casinos have incorporated elaborate ways to keep children busy. Still, if you’re looking to spend more time with the littles, plan to wander around exhibits at the casinos, and ride the 203-foot Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, MGM Collection, which features a few big drops and a loop-de-loop in front of the casino’s not-quite-to-scale Statue of Liberty.
Or, turn your attention to Excalibur Hotel & Casino, MGM Collection, the landmark casino at the south end of the Strip that looks like a giant colorful castle (the kiddos will easily be the most excited about this one). There’s even a dinner show featuring jousting knights.
Later, marvel at the beautiful fountain and light show at the Bellagio, a Luxury Collection Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, which is choreographed to music.
Quick tip: The Strip is deceptively long and can get blisteringly hot during the summer. Beat the heat by using the monorail, on the west side, to get around.
An absolute must with the kids is an outing to the city’s Neon Museum, located about 15 minutes north of the Strip, which is dedicated to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ yesteryear. It houses a vast collection of discarded Vegas signage, no doubt torn down to make way for things bigger and brighter.
In a town where everything competes for attention, it’s fascinating to see the signs that didn’t make the cut, such as the one from the Sahara, one of the Strip’s original hotel-casinos.
Most of the museum is outdoors, and the enormous signs are strewn about in a way that makes the place feel like a crazy, colorful junkyard. Kids love it. Make sure to take a few selfies here.
Kids typically hate tagging along on shopping trips, but if you’re ready to hit the stores, Vegas certainly helps you disguise the act (with many thanks to the brilliant minds that designed Town Square Las Vegas). Located just south of the Strip, this shopping center has plenty of stores for everyone — from Sephora to Tommy Bahama to Saks Fifth Avenue.
The real highlight, however, is a children’s park featuring a maze, an epic treehouse with slides and a climbing wall, a playground and — best of all — a pop-jet fountain, where jets of cool water squirt up from the ground.
Quick tip: On Fremont Street, the Downtown Container Park also features open-air shopping, entertainment and an interactive playground — all built from shipping containers.
There is no shortage of sweet treats at M&M’s World, located right next door to the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Enter the four-story chocolate paradise, make your way past the (slightly over-priced) branded merchandise and spend some time in the room that houses the legendary confection in every color imaginable.
Mixing signature combinations has never been so much fun — and is something the entire family can agree on.
This article was published through a partnership with Marriott Vacation Club®. Read the original story: Family Travel Tips: How to Enjoy Las Vegas with Kids on the blog.