Vegas - Kid friendly???

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Nov 13, 2005
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Vegas - Kid friendly???

planning on travelling in July for 3 or 4 days to vegas with a couple of 13 year old (son and nephew). Is there any hotels on the strip that you can recommend kid friendly?? I posted this same question in the Vegas Deal forum but I'm not concerned about getting a deal as I am finding a hotel where the boys can enjoy....
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Circus Circus for kids

As to your other post about seeing Blue Man, etc......BOOK NOW....they're usually sold out far in advance.
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I would just drive for 4 hours and go to Disneyland if I were you.
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I wouldn't stay at the Circus Circus hotel, it's a dump when compared to the other hotels on the strip. And you like the sound of midway rides, 100 screaming kids & 200 irate parents. Lots of family & kids stuff in Las Vegas, Most people have gone to them, but nobody talks about them. What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas. The kids will have a blast. ... fgodWEUDzQ
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I remember my 12-year-old classmates many years ago used to boast the fact that they had watched the movie "Showgirls" on PPV... 13-year-olds now are probably as mature as ever...
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Kids are fine, as long as you have an eye open and looking after them...
This is true for anywhere and any vacation spot actually, don't be afraid to go out with kids.
I travel with mine every year, it's fine as long as you got your bases covered.
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Everyone has a different idea of "kid friendly" - so what's your definition? Children are definitely welcome at all the restaurants and at the age appropriate shows. They are not welcome on the casino floor or any establishment with a minimum age. Every hotel on the strip will have restaurants they are able to dine at and many of the pools are all ages.

The Signature for example would be a nice higher-end option. They have 3 pools and 2 are all ages. You get a suite, which means you can get a kitchen. And you can often rent them from VRBO at great rates (and even get them with multiple bedrooms). With The Signature you are given access to MGMs pool - which has a lazy river and I believe no age restriction (the Wet Republic one will though).

This is why it's so important to know what you want your children to do - hotels like The Signature are definitely "kid friendly" but I'm not sure if any of those activities appeal to you or are what you are looking for in a hotel.
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warpdwhim wrote:
Jun 17th, 2017 8:04 pm
Circus Circus for kids

As to your other post about seeing Blue Man, etc......BOOK NOW....they're usually sold out far in advance.
avoid the circus circus like the plague... unless you want to stay far away from the strip and enjoy trashiness
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In all due respect I think there are far better places to take kids then Vegas.

None of the resorts are super child friendly- yes some of them have nice pools. Mandalay has a nice a pool but far from the action.

I can't imagine a kid being interested in just walking around (there's a lot of walking) or shopping. Even if the adults aren't gambling. The few rides (ferris wheel at the Linq or roller coaster at NYNY) are short and expensive. Circus Circus is a dump- not in a great location.

I can see maybe spending a night or 2 in Vegas but let's not sugarcoat it- that's for the adults not for the kids. I would drive to California. Take the kids to the beach- stay in the La area: Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, Universal, Disney, Magic Mountain way more things to do.
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Vdara and Trump have no casino in their hotel if you don't want go walk thru the casino to your hotel rooms and they are both very beautiful 5 stars hotel.

A lot other stuff to do in Vegas Strip for teenagers.
Zoo in Mirage,
the Shark and aquarium in Mandalay Bay.
High Roller in Linx, Effel Tower in Paris
Cirque du soleil shows, etc
Most hotel have swim pools.
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Vegas definitely shifted from trying a family friendly approach many years back to a more reasonable adult play destination.

That being said, there are some neat things to see. With rental car Hoover Dam would be cool. Also a great roller coaster in Prim, Nevada. My kid really enjoyed the Nevada State Museum. .

Mob Museum is great too.

Just try to minimize time in casinos, the second hand smoke (esp downtown/older properties) is brutal

Make sure to watch 'Vegas Vacation' beforehand to get inspired.

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I've only been once. Saw a few kids with families but all I could think was "if I had kids I would never bring them here. Why? Because there is so much to do and see and even if your there for 4-5 days, it's still not enough time
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The kids I saw looked like they were having a blast collecting all of the hooker cards off the street, trading trying to get the whole set

Vegas isn't a place for kids, wait until they are at least 18.. I would have been bored out of my mind at 13
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You guys are scaring me off!
I am planning a short trip to vegas for 3/4 nights. I plan to travel to Grand Canyon for a night so that eaves 2 nights in Vegas. I hate gambling but wife wants to experience it for an hour or so. I will travel with a 13 year old kid.
So is there nothing else to see and do invegas for a non gambler or i will be fine but will have to leave kid alone in hotel for an hour or two?
I thought casinos have some play pens for kids and teens