How to plan a Vegas vacay with the family

Planning a family vacation is like trying to navigate Disneyland on a Saturday afternoon in July. It sounds like a great idea, but it’s hot, you always end up losing one kid and someone’s crying. Not only do you have to worry about them, but you also have to take into consideration some R&R for yourself. Clark Griswold made it look so easy, but unfortunately it isn’t. So, we’re here to help you out with a full guide on how to book the perfect family vacation in Vegas. While we do this, focus on packing Tommy’s lunch for tomorrow, you don’t want history to repeat itself by accidentally smearing mustard on his PB&J.

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Flying or Driving to Vegas

You have two options, depending on how far you are from Las Vegas. You can hit the road like a traditional family vacation where your kids get sick of you singing your old-fashioned tunes. Or you can fork over the cash and make it easier on yourself by booking airfare for the whole gang. We make flying ten times easier on our site. You can book your flight and hotel at the same time, all while getting a packaged-rate discount! We understand your time is limited, so we’re here to make it easier for you. Little Suzie can’t get to soccer practice and violin lessons by herself, so we’re lightening your workload by combining the two. Check out our Air + Hotel packages, and you’re one step closer to relaxing poolside with a cocktail in your hand with your kids splashing away.

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Hotels

There’s a reason people call The Strip, “The World on One Street.” We have hotels that offer a variety of different themes, some which mimic other cities or countries. It’s like you get two vacations in one. The most family-friendly resorts are Luxor, Excalibur, Flamingo, Circus Circus, New York-New York and Paris Las Vegas. All of these hotels have unique themes and things to do that make staying there so much easier for you and the kids. But what makes some of them stand out are their kid-friendly attractions like the arcades and the hotel pools. Specifically, the 15-acre pool at Flamingo. It’s like taking a dip in a Hawaiian paradise. They have majestic waterfalls for you to swim under and waterslides for the kids. Another perk to these hotels is that they are all cost-effective so you have more money to spend on more Las Vegas attractions.

Attractions

Speaking of activities, there are a million and one things to do with the whole family, some of them are completely free. Yep, your favorite four-letter word is coming into play here. You can check out an action-packed animated show at Fall of Atlantis in The Forum Shops or embrace the beautiful gardens at the Bellagio Conservatory. After you check those off your list, you’ll want to check out the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo or the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. These three Las Vegas attractions offer you a look at wildlife that doesn’t have anything to do with the Strip at 3 a.m. It’s our version of the zoo, but with a tropical twist. If you’re not into animals, you can head over to Marvel’s Avengers Station for an action-packed, interactive experience. The whole family will become secret agents for the day and help save the world while checking out real artifacts from your favorite superhero movies. After the sun sets, you’ll want to stroll the boulevard and check out the world-renown Bellagio Fountains and the Volcano at The Mirage. Both are free and if you’re like us, you’ll really get into the fountains and start singing along while the water shoots into the air. This is nothing like the pictures you’ve seen on “the Google” as some parents like to call it. As soon as the first fountain goes off or the oozing lava comes down, you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty and sheer mechanics of it. But don’t worry about little Liam jumping into the water with all his clothes on, because there are guardrails to keep people out.

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Shows

We might have the nickname “Sin City,” but that doesn’t mean we don’t have family-friendly shows. We are the Entertainment Capital of the World for crying out loud, we have something for everyone. If you’re looking for a sensory overload (in a good way) with a side of comedy, Blue Man Group is the way to go (think laser beams and a truck-load of confetti). But if you want to be transported back to the Medieval ages, check out Tournament of the Kings at the Excalibur. There are horses, action and it even comes with dinner. Fun fact: they didn’t have utensils in those days so you eat dinner with your hands. The kids will love it and you can let loose and have fun too. Last but not least, head to Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action. Your kids will have a sparkle in their eyes from his circus tricks and you’ll get a laugh out of his goofball behavior. It’s a win-win for the whole family. And if the baby can’t sit through a whole show without crying, do things the old-fashioned way and have him suck on your “special” coated fingers for a couple seconds. Our grandparents used to do it on us and we turned out perfectly fine. And this way, you won’t have to worry about him crawling out of your sight again like the last big birthday party.

There you have it moms and dads, Tommy’s lunch is packed correctly, Suzie is at soccer practice, Liam is dry and the baby is fastened in his walker. Now pat yourself on the back for being a great parent and go to Vegas.com. Follow our advice, scream woohoo and start packing your bags. It’s time for a grand old family vacation filled with the best family-friendly activities.

Comments

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