It’s unapologetically expensive and we don’t have ungodly amounts of money to spend on the luxury that LV is.
What? Las Vegas with kids?
Are you serious?
I mean, It’s a Sin City. How can it be family-friendly? I’ll never take my kids to Las Vegas.
Do you think along the same lines?
I don’t blame you.
I too thought that LV is all about the adult party, gambling, nudity, and obscenity before I traveled to Las Vegas with my family. And the nervousness was apparent during my visit.
All the nervousness melted away after a day’s exploration. I re-discovered Las Vegas. Las Vegas that’s kid-friendly. Las Vegas that’s budget-friendly.
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Las Vegas, one of the top vacation destinations in the USA still remains off-chart for family and budget travelers.
I wonder why when there’s so much to do and see in and around Las Vegas explicitly designed for families and kids without spending a dime.
Maybe because Las Vegas has been marketed for its glitz, ritz, glamor, and gambling for much of the time.
LV is more than that. Seriously.
And then there’s another side of Vegas: Outdoorsy and Fun. The Sin City can be an excellent base for exploring some of the top family-friendly unique places and national parks in the USA – Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Red Rock Canyon, Joshua Tree, Sedona, and many more.
Can you beat that?
I tell you, you’ll be overwhelmed by choices!
We explored the entire Southwest USA by car keeping Las Vegas as our starting point. Here’s our American Southwest Road Trip Itinerary for some inspiration.
Las Vegas is a great place to travel with your family if done right.
There are tons of free things to do in Las Vegas with kids. There are a few tips and tricks about traveling to Las Vegas with kids you should know before traveling to Vegas. We’ll share those in this post.
The lights will dazzle you, and the city will grab you in its grasp but you should be warned; it can be contagious!
Vegas has so much atmosphere. It knows how to make you yearn to go back, even if just for the pictures.
Free Things to do in Las Vegas with Kids
#1 Pose with the Iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
The ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign is the face of Las Vegas. You can’t visit LV without taking a cliché picture with the classic signboard.
Technically located on the Las Vegas Strip, the sign actually is far away from the madness of Strip. So, it’s best reached by car or cab.
#2 Tour the Las Vegas Strip with the Free Trams
While we know that the best way to explore the Las Vegas Strip is by strolling from one end to the other but walking over 4 miles at a stretch is not everyone’s cup of tea.
Don’t worry. They’ve got you covered. You can stretch your legs a bit and still enjoy the Strip.
Ride one of the three free trams or maybe all the three trams that run from Mandalay Bay all the way down to Treasure Island. Click here to check the routes and timings of Las Vegas Trams and Monorail (not free).
The pedestrian bridges connecting the tram stations and different hotels and casinos are a fun way to discover the attractions on the Strip.
#3 Walk the Las Vegas Strip during Day-Light Hours
As I said, the best way to explore the city and its highlights is by strolling the entire length (4.2 miles or 6.8 km) of the Las Vegas Strip aka Las Vegas Boulevard.
When traveling with kids, make sure (strictly) to walk the Strip during the daytime as it becomes an adult paradise after dark.
Suitably, the daytime is the best time to walk the Strip with kids and family.
The Strip is so much different and fun during the daytime. Most of the resorts and casinos host free shows for families with kids.
You’ll get a taste of all the famous cities around the world on display at Las Vegas Strip. Interestingly, the resorts and casinos on the Strip are designed and themed around iconic places in the world.
It’s crazy, I mean visiting the world’s greatest cities like Paris, Rome, New York, Venice, Egypt, and Bellagio – all in one day!!!
Of course, Vegas doesn’t inspire awe and wonder that one gets from visiting all of the above cities around the world, but it does excite the senses and it is worth seeing once.
Tip: I’d suggest traveling with another family. The couples can take turns to babysit. This way both of them can enjoy the Strip in its neon glory at night.
#4 Discover the Attractions of Paris in Las Vegas
Once you enter the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, you feel like you are walking the cobbled streets of Paris.
The architecture and design of the hotel are inspired by the Louvre Museum and the Paris Opera House.
The hotel has a replica of Eiffel Tower that can be seen while walking the Strip.
You can take an elevator to the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck and admire the Sin City from the top but that’s not free. They have a lovely restaurant that serves French cuisine at the top of the tower.
It also has the replicas of La Fontaine des Mers and Arc de Triomphe.
#5 Get the Taste of New York City in Las Vegas
The New York New York Hotel is designed to look like NYC.
It showcases the replicas of NYC landmarks like Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, and the iconic New York Skyline.
As they say, “Original is always better than a copy” so plan a trip to New York City when in the USA. Here’s our New York 2 Days Itinerary for you to plan a trip to the Big Apple.
The most iconic ride in LV, The Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York New York Las Vegas is a thrilling and once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience. You can get it for free with the Las Vegas Pass.
The Hotel also houses Hershey’s Chocolate World where kids can take pictures with the huge Twizzler Statue of Liberty and get a free chocolate sample too.
#6 Gawk at the Attractions of Ancient Egypt in Las Vegas
The Luxor Hotel & Casino is inspired by ancient Egypt. The hotel itself is built in the shape of a giant glass pyramid that is claimed to be one of the tallest pyramids in the world.
It displays a replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza and various Egyptian-inspired statues.
If you get a chance to roam the Strip during nighttime, you can see the Luxor sky beam, the most powerful light beam in the world. They also feature the largest atrium in the world.
#7 Stroll along Lake Como, a famous Italian Lake in Las Vegas
Bellagio Hotel and Casino is inspired by the city of Bellagio in Italy.
It’s best known for its replica of Lake Como that houses the Fountains of Bellagio.
#8 Explore the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The conservatory at Bellagio was a pleasant surprise. We weren’t expecting such extravaganza for free.
They change the display with the season. We visited in September and the gardens were designed in fall colors of orange, yellow, gold, and brown with huge pumpkin displays ahead of Thanksgiving.
#9 Be Amazed Looking at the World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain at the Bellagio Hotel
Kids are super-delighted just at the sight of this unique chocolate fountain at the Bellagio designed by Jean-Philippe Maury, a world-famous pastry chef.
#10 Get Wowed by the Fountains of Bellagio Water Show
The Best. It is. If you just see one thing in Las Vegas with kids, see this!
It’s such spectacularly synchronized show that you can’t help but fall in love with it. We saw it several times during the day but didn’t get enough of it.
Countless fountains dance in sheer harmony with music and lights.
The show runs every 30 minutes from 3 pm to 8 pm and every 15 minutes from 8 pm to 12 am on Weekdays while it runs every 30 minutes from 12 pm to 8 pm and every 15 minutes from 8 pm to 12 am on Saturdays and Holidays.
On Sundays, you can watch the show every 30 minutes from 11 am to 7 pm and every 15 minutes from 7 pm to 12 am.
Bellagio fountains look altogether different when all lit up in different colors at night.
#11 Transport to the Italian City of Canals, Venice
Experience Venice, Italy at the Venetian Resort.
It boasts replicas of Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), Canals of Venice with iconic Gondolas, Rialto Bridge, the Lion of Venice, and St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco).
#12 Watch Streetmosphere at the Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian
Get ready to get mesmerized by classy performances by trained opera singers, jugglers, dancers, musicians, a stilt walker, and other performers at St. Mark’s Square in the Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian.
It truly soaks you in Italian culture and traditions.
This Carnevale di Venezia takes place at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm.
Also, Gondolier March takes place twice a day (9:30 am and 4:20 pm) along the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Las Vegas where 12 Gondoliers sing in perfect harmony while marching.
If you miss the march, you can still listen to the gondoliers singing melodiously while riding their Gondolas.
The Venetian Trio, live music show takes place every 30 minutes from 6:30 pm to 10 pm.
The Living Statues on display at St. Mark’s Square and Tomy Bahama Stage make for perfect photo ops.
#13 Dive into the History of Rome
One of the first themed casinos in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace takes you to ancient Rome.
Its highlights are a replica of Trevi Fountain at the entrance and the grand statue of Augustus Caesar in the premises.
Fountain of the Gods at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace is not only imposing but also magical. They say if you throw a coin and say a prayer, your wish comes true! Try your luck 🙂
The base of the fountain holds a huge aquarium with a large variety of fishes.
#14 See the Fall of Atlantis Show at the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace
The show narrates a story Atlantis, a mythical kingdom with the animatronic display of water, fire, and colossal statues.
#15 Visit the Mirage’s Tropical Rainforest Atrium
We stayed at Mirage. It swaggers a lush indoor tropical rainforest under a 100 feet high dome at its main entrance.
We walked through this extraordinary rainforest to our room.
It features cascading waterfalls, palm trees, lagoons, and overwhelming varieties of plants and tropical flowers.
Also, don’t miss the huge saltwater aquarium in Mirage Hotel’s lobby near the check-in counter.
#16 Free Volcano Show at Mirage Hotel
You can’t miss this show if you’re walking the Strip in the evening. The Mirage Volcano bursts out fireballs just like a real volcano accompanied by music.
The show runs every hour from 6 pm to 11 pm.
Mirage has an amazing Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat but that’s a ticketed attraction.
#17 Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Hotel
You can spot beautiful Chilean Flamingos as well as other exotic birds and animals like ducks, swans, ibis, pelicans and many more at Flamingo Wildlife Habitat.
The pond has koi fish, and turtles. The habitat is lush with palm trees and tropical plants.
A photo with the colorful macaws costs a little.
It’s open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Pelican feedings take place at 8:30 am and 2 pm.
#18 Free Circus Show by Circus Circus
The most fun things for kids is seeing trapeze tricks, balancing tricks, acrobats, aerial acts, and clowns in the world’s largest permanent circus at Circus Circus.
And all this fun is FREE.
It takes place every hour starting at 11:30 am daily. Check the Performance Schedule here.
#19 Indoor Rainstorm Show and Fountain Show at the Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood
Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood is one of the best shopping complexes in Las Vegas.
I loved the way its ceiling is created to give a feel as if you’re in the open with a fake sky.
It runs a rainstorm show hourly on weekdays and half-hourly on weekends starting from 10 am to 11 pm where you can experience the rain pouring down with fog, thunder, and lightening.
You can also see their fountain show that takes place every hour from 12 pm to 11 pm daily.
#20 Flower Carousel at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel
This is one of my absolute favorite things to do in Las Vegas.
A riot of colors!!!
The Carousel and a hot air balloon made entirely of fresh colorful flowers – It’s not an easy task to create and maintain such amazing stuff.
There’s a beautiful canopy of trees adorned with balls made of flowers and lights.
We went to Las Vegas in 2016 and got a chance to get clicked with the huge, shiny sculpture of Popeye, the Sailor Man by Jeff Koons, an acclaimed American artist.
The statue was acquired by Steve Wynn for a hefty price of USD 28 million.
If you want to get a picture with it, you’d have to visit Encore Boston Harbor Resort and Casino in Everett, Massachusetts now. The statue was moved from Wynn Las Vegas to Encore Boston Harbor in June 2019.
#21 Watch the Lake of Dreams Show at Wynn
Wynn has two lovely waterfalls and a lake and a stream outside. You can enjoy the Lake of Dreams show on and in front of one of the falls while enjoying food and drinks.
The blend of music and imagery shaped by thousands of lights, amazing holographic, and puppetry – it’s a wonderful show.
It runs every hour starting from 6 pm until 11:30 pm. You can’t see it from the Strip as it takes place inside the Wynn’s outdoor garden and restaurant.
#22 Explore the Hotel Excaliber’s Castle
Stroll through Excalibur Castle and Gardens and feel like a prince or princess.
Fun Dungeon, gaming arcade at Excaliber is fun for kids and kids at heart where you pay only for the game you play.
#23 M&M World at Showcase Mall
Kids will be super excited to see the largest M&M’s candy wall in the world. It covers the entire length of the wall from floor to ceiling and holds about 125 tubes of colorful M&M’s in at least 22 varieties and 11 flavors.
They can also revel in a free 3D movie “I Lost My M in Vegas” at M&M’s World.
#24 Look Up and Observe the Ceilings of Hotels
We saw some of the most stunning ceilings in our lives at Las Vegas’s Hotels and Casinos.
They are a work of art. We particularly loved the ceilings of Bellagio, Wynn, and Venetian Hotels.
Kids were not behind in appreciating the artwork.
It’s almost impossible to miss the vibrant and intricate glass ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel. It’s sculpted by Dale Chihuly, an American glass sculptor. Fiori di Como, as the work is known as is created by around 2000 pieces of handblown glasses and weighs over 40,000 pounds.
You can’t help but be amazed.
The vaulted ceiling of the Venetian Lobby is extravagantly frescoed. It gives a basilica-style feel and looks gorgeous.
Our kids loved the colorful parasol chandeliers at the Wynn Hotel. Yours would too.
#25 Mermaid Show at the Silverton Hotel
This is another free family-friendly show in LV. You can see mermaids swimming in the colossal Silverton reef aquarium that’s home to thousands of fish, stingrays, and sharks.
The Mermaid Show takes place three times a day from Thursday to Sunday. Check the schedule here.
Kids love it when mermaids come close to them and blow kisses.
You can also attend the interactive Stingray Feeding shows at the Silverton Aquarium. The show timings are 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm daily.
There are some other free shows and activities in Las Vegas that we missed because of the time crunch. We only had 2 days to explore Las Vegas.
Kid-Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas
We knew that it’s vital to choose family-friendly accommodation so that everyone especially kids can feel comfortable and not get overwhelmed by all the glitz and glamor.
Normally, we prefer apartments or Airbnbs but here we wanted to stay near the Strip, the center of all the activity.
We chose the Mirage and it lived up to our expectations.
I’d choose Hilton Grand Vacations for our next trip to Vegas. It offers well-maintained studios and suites for every kind of traveler.
If you prefer something off the Strip, I’d recommend Red Rock Casino, Resort And Spa.
So, when are you taking your kids to Las Vegas?
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