Vegas Baby … But Vegas for Babies?!

Las Vegas. It’s reputation is known around the world. Just the mention it’s name and your mind no doubt starts to conjure up wild images involving gambling and alcohol. If you’re searching for your next family getaway, it’s a good bet Vegas isn’t on the list. It wasn’t on mine. (Note the past tense reference.)

It got bumped to the top of my family’s summer plans when a good friend, who actually lived in Vegas, announced she was getting married. Ok, I know exactly what you’re thinking. This screams “leave the kids with Grandma and go.” Normally yes, but my girls had starring roles in the wedding. My babies were headed for Vegas.

The wedding festivities would take up some time. But what I was going to do with them the rest of the time made my head spin. I turned to Google and in about an hour, panic was replaced by excitement.

Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

The Strip

It doesn’t matter if you’re 6 or 60. The strip has a huge “wow” factor. It goes on forever, takinghours to walk the whole thing. We stayed smack dab in the middle at the Flamingo Hotel. Cutting the Strip into chunks, makes it a bit more manageable for little legs.

Along with being prepared to walk a lot, be prepared to stop a lot. The Fountains of Bellagio give it’s famous counterparts in Versailles’ some serious competition. The dancing spouts of water shoot up and down and side to side, carefully choreographed to music ranging from classical to Broadway. Shows run pretty much every half an hour, and as often as every 15 minutes during peak times.

When it’s too hot outside, head inside at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. This is not your hometown mall. It’s like walking into ancient Rome, complete with replicas of the Trevi and Triton Fountains and talking statues.

The peaceful vibe of the fountains will quickly disappear when you watch the Mirage volcano erupt, complete with lights, music and fireballs that shoot 12 feet into the air. The volcano explodes nightly every hour on the hour from dusk to 11p.m. Maybe not the best activity to do right before bedtime.

Interestingly enough, with all the high-tech attractions the Strip has to offer my oldest daughter still says one of the best thing’s about Vegas is M & M’s World. Four floors dedicated to chocolate. Yum!

Make a Splash

When it comes to hotels in Las Vegas, pools are not just pools, they’re attractions. At Mandalay Bay you can go to the beach. At the MGM Grand, swimmers can choose from 5 pools, 3 whirlpools and a lazy river. The pools were another deciding factor for my family to stay at the Flamingo. Four pools interconnected with lagoons, a waterfall and waterslide in the middle of 15 acres of tropical paradise. Is Vegas really in the middle of the desert?

My kids thought they were heaven until a wedding activity took us to The Tank at the Golden Nugget. The $30 million dollar attraction boosts a 3-story waterslide that takes riders through a 200-thousand gallon shark tank. In a period of 4 hours, my kids got out once, just long enough to devour some chicken strips.

My kids are so spoiled. I guess that means so am I. Stay tuned, this is the first post of a series. More things to do with kids in Las Vegas will published next week.

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