Plan a family vacation to Las Vegas and enjoy family outings, fun in the sun and even some alone time for mom and dad! These tips will help the entire family enjoy a trip to Vegas. Thanks to Kids Quest for sponsoring this post – and providing great child care for families visiting Las Vegas.
At the beginning of the summer my family had the opportunity to travel to Laughlin, NV to enjoy a weekend away. This was the first time we had ever gone as a family to a Vegas style hotel and casino as a family. I was a little worried about what we’d do as a family in a place known for gambling. As it turns out we had a great time thanks to a little pre-planning on my part and to Kids Quest, where we could let our kids play while we enjoyed the resort.
Our time in Laughlin got me thinking about families who are hesitant to visit Las Vegas and I put together some tips for enjoying Las Vegas as a family.
1. Plan Family Outings
Believe it or not, there are many family friendly activities in Las Vegas. From indoor conservatories to world famous chocolate fountains and ice cream shops, Vegas is packed with family friendly attractions. We even have an indoor amusement park and two brand new water parks to help beat the summer heat. Vegas also offers several family friendly shows that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Downtown Las Vegas is quickly becoming a popular family outing for visitors and locals alike with new parks and restaurants focused on attracting families.
2. Take Advantage of Las Vegas Weather and Pools
Vegas is home to some of the best pools, and pool weather, in the world. Most hotels have outdoor pools that are seasonal. You don’t have to stick to just the pool at your hotel, either. Most pools in Vegas are open to non-hotel guests for a fee, which is often much cheaper than hitting up an amusement park. Let the kids wear themselves out while you enjoy a chaise lounge and a cool beverage. Most pools also offer cabanas and some are surprisingly affordable for a fun day spent in water and sun.
3. Stay at a family friendly hotel
Many Las Vegas hotels on the Strip are not exactly family friendly. A few, in fact, don’t even allow strollers in their casino areas. Not that you’d be gambling with little ones in tow, but you usually have to travel through the casino to get anywhere else in the building. Many hotels off the strip, however, are very family friendly. In particular, the Station Hotels cater towards families with bowling alleys, movie theaters and Kids Quest hourly child care right on site. After the kids are worn out from a day at the pool or a fun family outing, drop them off at Kids Quest for an afternoon or evening of fun and games. Kids Quest even offers meals and snacks so mom and dad can enjoy a quiet dinner sans kids. Our kids love Kids Quest and they begged to go back every day we were in Laughlin. Your kids will fall in love, too!
4. Leave the Strip
The Strip is the heart beat of Las Vegas and it is a fun place to visit. But there is a lot more to see in Las Vegas than just the Strip. Las Vegas and the surrounding area has a lot to offer. We have state and national parks that are great for hiking or just to check out our gorgeous red rock. We have Lake Mead and the Boulder Dam that are a short drive away. Las Vegas is full of amazing parks for picnics and other outdoor activities. You may need to rent a car to explore these options, but it’s well worth it to see the other side of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas has so much to offer for a family vacation! What are your favorite family friend activities in Las Vegas? Tell me in the comments!