Las Vegas Experience For Children

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Have you taken your children to Las Vegas Yet?

 

We love Las Vegas! And people give us disapproving looks when we tell them our children love to go to Las Vegas too! I guess they did not know there are fun activities for kids in and around the Las Vegas Strip.

 

So why Las Vegas for us?  These are the reasons why we take our children to Las Vegas!

 

Las Vegas as our base point when visiting the nearby National Parks. We live in Central Valley California and to visit a national park in Arizona, Nevada and Utah area mean a 7-hour drive for us, just one way.

And as much as we love the wonderful scenery and tranquility of nature these national parks have, we also long for the welcoming lights and the bustling civilization Las Vegas has to offer.

 

Grand Canyon West Rim is about 124 miles away and about a 2-hour drive from the Las Vegas Strip. It is close enough for a day trip, but of course, we did an overnight stay at the Hualapai Ranch inside the National Park to enhance our  Grand Canyon West Rim experience.

The Hualapai Indians operated the Grand Canyon West Rim, and visitors have to purchase a tour package in order to have access to the hop on hop off shuttle bus to get to the attraction sites. No private vehicle allowed inside the park unless driving into Hualapai Ranch for checking in.

 

 

The High Point Hike. Grand Canyon West.

Sunrise at Hualapai Ranch. Grand Canyon West.

At the Eagle Point where the Skywalk is located.

 

Zion National Park is in the southwestern part of Utah and is about 164 miles from Las Vegas Strip, about 2 hrs and 45 minutes drive. There are no private vehicles allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive as well, and so visitors get to the attraction sites by taking the shuttle bus. But unlike the Grand Canyon West Rim, the shuttle system at the Zion National Park is free. 

Be in awe as you behold the beauty of these majestic cliffs and canyons, enjoy the full-service visitor center at the park, and activities like hiking, climbing, biking and of course one does not go to these magnificent national parks without taking pictures.

 

Zion National Park

We waded in the river towards the Narrows.

 

The Valley of Fire State Park is an hour drive away and it is about 56 miles Northeast of the Las Vegas Strip. The Valley of Fire State Park got its name from the Red Sandstone and Aztec Sandstone formations as a result of shifting sand dunes from millions of years ago, leaving different hues of red all throughout the area.

We saw petroglyphs that are 3000 years old and some petrified ancient trees as well. The Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest and the largest state park in Nevada with a total area of about 40,000 acres.

 

 

 

And we loved the 13 Mile Scenic Drive of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada which is only 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. It was a great way to walk off the drinks and food consumed from the all you can eat buffets in Las Vegas. 

There is a trail for everyone no matter what your hiking skill is, so bring your hiking shoes and explore, and again take pictures! This is the smallest and the easiest park to get to but its beauty is like no other.

 

 

The Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam is about 35 miles southeast from the Las Vegas Strip and it is in the Black Canyon of Colorado River. This man-made concrete arch-gravity structure is more than 700 feet tall and over 1200 feet in length and named one of the Top Ten Construction Achievements of the 20th Century. It contained the largest reservoir in the country by volume, the Lake Mead.

 

 

There are still more national parks and points of interests around Las Vegas to visit and our road trip to Bryce Canyon is in its planning phase. Stay tuned!

 

Fun activities to do at the Las Vegas Strip for children. There are a number of fun activities to do at the Las Vegas Strip for children, just keep the kids away from the smoky casinos and late night wanderings along the strip. We only visited a number of them and so there are more other activities to do for our children in our future visits.

 

 Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin HabitatIs it not amazing that there exist a lush garden and a home to wild animals like tigers and lions and dolphins in the Las Vegas Strip? The garden is at the Mirage Hotel and the ticket prices are $22 for adults and $16 for children.

 

 

The Bellagio Hotel And Casino. There are two free main attractions at the Bellagio Hotel that one should not miss when visiting Las Vegas!

 

  • The Fountains of Bellagio. This water fountains became a Las Vegas icon since the hotel opened in 1998. The soaring water fountains dance to the music and lights and go off every 30 minutes from 3 AM to 8 PM, then every 15 minutes from 8 PM to 12 AM on weekdays, then on Saturdays and Holidays the water show starts at 12 PM, and on Sundays, it starts at 11 AM.

 

 

  • The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical GardensBe selfie-ready with this vibrant horticultural exhibit in the sky-lit atrium just steps from the check-in lobby of the Bellagio Hotel. The theme changes with the season, Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

 

Chinese New Year

 

The place is full of guests most times but be patient and wait until you find a spot for yourself to take your photo!

 

 

M & M’s World 

 

Perusing through this four-story M & M’s World is an experience. There are so many varieties of M & M candy flavors and colors and sizes, and there are plenty of M & M  merchandise and souvenirs that you can choose from! And the M & M 3D movie was so much fun as well. This place is a must visit for everyone who loves M and M!

 

 

The kids had a blast at the self-service M & M candy section which you can mix flavors because you pay per the candies’ weight. It was fun but I got to warn you, the candies are more expensive than at Walmart! Lol

 

 

 

Hershey Chocolate World

Another store to further sweeten your kids Las Vegas experience is the Hershey Chocolate World located in New York  New York Hotel and Casino. The 2 story store offers more than 800 Hershey chocolates and candies and collectibles and souvenirs. 

 

 

And they have a giant Hershey Chocolate Bar that is so big I never saw anything like it at any retail store!

 

 

The Car Museum

 

For the car enthusiasts, there are about 3 car museums on the Las Vegas Strip but we visited the Las Vegas Car Museum. Our boys like checking out vintage cars and this museum have a good collection of the 1950s and 1960s cars.

 

 

The place was small but their number and variety of vintage cars were enough to satisfy our curiosity. You definitely need to check out the other car museums if you love cars!

 

 

 

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

 

Escape into this lush tropical forest in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip and explore the Flamingo Wild Life Habitat and see the resident exotic birds and turtles.

Relax to the sound of the rushing waters from the man-made waterfall and enjoy the Koi fishes in its beautiful large pond.

Get up close and watch the Flamingos with its glorious pink beauty as they interact in their man-made dwelling.

This green and peaceful paradise is a gem in this dry and hot dessert!

 

 

Food

 

The Las Vegas Buffet. Las Vegas is a food mecca with all of its award-winning restaurants and famous celebrity chefs! But our children love the buffets at the casino restaurants because there are so many choices and tons of desserts. A couple of times we did the Buffet of Buffets which allowed us access to 6 specific buffet restaurants for 24 hours.

 

 

Le Village Buffet at Paris Hotel and Casino, included in the Buffet of Buffets

 

The buffet of buffets is beneficial for adults who love to just binge eat for 24 hours, but we think it is not worth for children ( children pays as much as the adults) because they can only eat so much and will not stay up late for late dinner or wake up early for breakfast.

But now, we have about 2 favorite restaurants that we will eat at.  The Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is by far our favorite. The place is cool, classy and not crowded. The food stations are clean and the preportioned food served in the spoon-shaped serving plates look appetizing and not overwhelming.

 

 

and  The Buffet at the ARIA Resort and Casino is good for dinner because children 12 and below is free. The place is clean and classy and there are enough delicious food choices to satisfy your palate and the decadent desserts are awesome! The restaurant atmosphere is inviting and calm despite the crowd.

 

My niece Daphne and her Grandma.

 

We still have to try The Buffet at Wynn because we heard good reviews about it. And I know I have to mention The Bacchanal Buffet at the Caesars Palace, but as much as we love their desserts, the crowd and the wait at this restaurant is not worth for us. 

 

And we never fail to visit our very own Filipino restaurants like the Jollibee, Chowking and Max’s for authentic Filipino cuisine. And the oh so mouthwatering sushi that despite being in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas Japanese restaurants managed to bring in the freshest fish and seafood.

 

The High Roller Observation Wheel. We preferred the night ride because you can see the glittering Las Vegas Strip lights and of the whole Las Vegas Valley.

The Las Vegas High Roller towers at 550 feet above the center of Las Vegas and goes a slow revolution that takes 30 minutes. It is the world’s tallest observation wheel!

 

 

Other activities for children in Las Vegas that we wanted to experience in our future visits are the Marvel Avenger’s S.T.A.T.I.O.N  located at Treasure Island Hotel, the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, and several shows by Cirque du Soleil like the Blue Man Group, Mystere, O, and Ka.

 

The Fremont Street ExperienceI know! I know! This place is only with parental guidance and it does not matter if its daytime or night time. The craziness of this place is like no other but the drawing attraction in this part of downtown Las Vegas is the Viva Vision Light Show.

This state of the art, high-resolution canopy screen is made up of 12.5 million LED lamps along with the concert quality sound makes this a must see in Las Vegas. The canopy is about 1,500 Ft long, 90 Ft wide and is 90 Ft above Fremont Street.

 

 

And for the brave at heart, you can zipline through under the light show at the SlotZilla Zip Line! and that should make your Fremont Street Experience unforgettable!

 

 

Fremont Street is lined with hotels, shops, and restaurants and there are plenty of street performers as well. In the evenings, there are live bands that perform for free as the audience dance and sing along, usually carefree and with drinks in their hands. And again, thoughtful parental discretion is advised!

 

 

 

There are many more places to see and experiences to do in Las Vegas for children that make this place a wonderful place for families to visit, even at the Las Vegas Strip. And of course, it is a great place for adults, for the adults only kind of fun at the casinos and nightclubs.

 

And for the shopaholic, Las Vegas is a glorious shopping destination in a number of stylish and luxurious shopping malls.

 

Have you taken your children to Las Vegas? Go on, it is not scary! It is a fun place to be!

 

Check out our stay at the Hilton Grand Vacations at the Flamingo, our home away from home, when visiting Las Vegas!

 


 

 

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