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Vegas with Kids... where to stay

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Vegas with Kids... where to stay

Any advice about the best place to stay with young kids ranging from almost 3 to 8? The more stars, the better, but also kid friendly with activities and kid-friendly restaurants.

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1. Re: Vegas with Kids... where to stay

If you want a place to stay that is highly-rated on all the travel websites, very economical, has alot of kid-friendly activities (including childcare) and a decent pool, choices of restaurants, and is not so huge and crowded that either parents or children get overwhelmed and overstimulated, consider the Orleans Hotel/Casino. It's off the strip but be advised that being on the strip and trying to navigate the crowds in the hotels and on the streets, with very young children walking or in strollers, won't be fun for anyone. We were in Vegas recently and all the young children we saw were usually cranky and crying - they are just too young to appreciate the type of scenery and entertainment Vegas has to offer. I'm a parent and in my humble opinion, Vegas is not really the best of vacation destinations for children under the age of 10-12. If you go though, look at the Orleans. Good luck!

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How long is your stay? if only for a short period I would recommend Excalibur, it would have a bigger WOW factor for the youngsters.A longer stay would be more relaxing at the Orleans.Have a great time in LV.!!

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Just keep ALL the kids the hell AWAY from Circus Circus if you value their safety and your sanity. You can thank me later.

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I would suggest the Excalibur. It is set up like a castle and definitely a great place for little kids and it has kid friendly activities. They have jugglers, acrobats, singers, puppets, etc. at the Court Jester's Sage from about 11 until about 8 (free.) They have many child friendly places to eat. There is the Tournament of Kings dinner show at night. You can take the tram right within the building to MB to see Sharks Reef. It is also right on the strip. Across the street you have the Lion Habitat at MGM (free). If the children like animals there is the Secret Garden/Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage and the animals behind the Flamingo. There really aren't too many activities for a child almost 3.

The Orleans is off strip and if you don't have a car you will have to use the suttle with children or take a cab. It does have an arcade and a bowling alley but I am not sure if children that age would really be interested in those activies. There is a movie theater and a child care facility.

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Tammo,

I just did what you are about to do - take kids to Vegas.

At first I booked Circus Circus. Read the worst reviews possible, panicked and switched hotels. I can't thank the guys and gals on this forum enough for that advice. I was directed to the Orleans by a few "in the know" people.

The Orleans really was a great spot for us. Because of it's calmer environment, it was much easier for me to keep an eye on my guys. From what I could see, being on the strip brought with a certain intensity that I was happy to escape (would've loved it without kids.)

The pool was maintained and decent enough. It did not have waterslides or any special affects, but my kids swam in it for hours. As mentioned, the hotel had a very nice bowling alley, a small, nicely maintained arcade, an 18 screen movie theatre & a Subway shop in addition to other restaurants. The breakfast buffet is perfect for someone with younger children because there's room for them to get up and move around without all the other diners having an opinion to the contrary.

Being off the strip, however, also had it's inconveniences. Specifically, we had to drive to the strip to do the activities on the strip, such as M & M world (your kids will like the 3D movie,) etc. Easily resolved if you have a car. I personally did not take the hotel's shuttle but my sister did saying she preferred it to the car.

But, with a 3 year old, I wouldn't want to be doing too much walking along the strip. It's hot and their little legs do 2 steps for each of our 1 step.

I'd skip the Hoover Dam, maybe the 8 year old would enjoy it, maybe not. I'd stick to M & M world, see Cirque show, Mac King is supposed to be great for kids. The day we were planning to see him was a dark day (Sunday & Monday.) I don't think I'd venture too far with your age range kids.

Ironically, not a waterpark to be found. Couldn't believe that.

Anyway, be more than happy to answer any other questions.

Lots of luck.

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6. Re: Vegas with Kids... where to stay

One other thing, vpo3 is right. The Orleans has childcare and I did get a glance at it and it seemed better than I imagined. If I was there with my hubby and we wanted to gamble WITHOUT leaving the building, I would sign my children up for an hour or two.

Finally, it's true that the Excalibur has the Tournament of Kings for dinner and we checked into this. It's about $55 per person. I have no problem paying for things but there was no way I was paying $55 for my son to eat two bites and say he's full or doesn't like it & the shows boring, etc. and the same for my daughter & I hate the idea of eating without utensils. Tournament of Kings is equivalent to a medieval times, if you know what that is.

If I became desperate for things to do with my kids, then I would forget my bias and try Tournament of Kings. It's better than being bored.

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Tammo-

I've brought my kids (10 and 12) to Vegas several times. The first time they stayed there, they were 3 and 5. We've tried the Luxor, TI, Excalibur, MGM, Mandalay Bay, and the Bellagio. We're staying at the Mirage the next time because we got a better deal, but the only place we've stayed at twice was the Luxor. My kids love the whole pyramid thing. When they were little, my older son wandered around saying, "I have the power of Egypt" (accent on the second syllable) for about a month or two after we returned. What puts Luxor over the top more than anything though is the height of the ceiling in the casino. It goes all the way up to the top of the pyramid and with it so goes the cigarette smoke. A real plus for traveling with (or without) kids in my opinion.

They've seen all the Cirques (except for the grown up one), Blue Man Group, and the Tournament of Kings. Their favorite show - hands down (I just asked them)- is BMG by a long stretch.

Luxor has a walkway to Excalibur so you don't have to even go outside in the heat. The arcade at Excalibur is fun for the kids. I think it's called Fantasy Faire. I enjoy it too. The odds are way better than the casino. We bring all the stuffed animals we win home in giant garbage bags and donate them to a local women's shelter. Next trip we might try to find a shelter in Vegas to donate them to and save ourselves hauling the giant bags on the plane! *If any local experts have a suggestion of a shelter, please speak up. We'll be back next month! Thanks.*

Both Luxor and Excalibur have decent food courts. We avoid the whole buffet thing like the plague. I think that it's Luxor that has a Nathan's hot dogs and that is a big hit with my kids. They also love getting to eat with their hands at the Tournament of Kings. We've found all the restaurants (even very high end) in Vegas to be pretty kid friendly or at least kid tolerant. Granted our kids are pretty well traveled (Vegas isn't the only place we've taken them) and they eat out at home a lot too, so they aren't having loud temper tantrums or throwing stuff. When in doubt call the restaurant and ask if they have a high chair or booster available (even if you don't need one). If they do - and/or they have a kids' menu, you're pretty safe.

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8. Re: Vegas with Kids... where to stay

I forgot to say....

Chris Norton is absolutely correct about keeping the kids away from Circus Circus. It's just plain NASTY, crowded and completely gross. You aren't missing anything besides a trip to the pediatricians office when you get home.

Don't forget to bring wet wipes and/or some waterfree germ killer. Public bathrooms aren't always that clean and there always seems to be a thousand things for the kiddos to touch between there and whereever you might be stopping to eat!

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Don't have any kids myself, so can't vouch for the kid friendly, but a friend of mine just came back from Vegas and she and her husband got a TOWER room at Boardwalk for $75/night midweek. It is right across from the Alladin, so right in the middle of everything. But, you absolutely must bookonly a TOWER room ( about $10 more than ther other rooms which are really vile.) The reason I think Boardwalk might be kid friendly is that it doesn't have giant casino, just a small one. The rooms are sort of like a Holiday Inn( which it was at one time.)

My friend had a room on the 15th Floor and could see some of the Bellagio fountain show from her room- and she found the cleanliness etc quite acceptable. I know some folks really dislike the Boardwalk, but perhaps they got the rooms in the motel part, which is a lot like (ugh) Circus Circus, Westward Ho and other lousy spots. Stick with the Tower and do not eat there- except maybe the Deli ( the buffet has got to be one of the worst) and I think you'll be ok!

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Sheena

You almost got there on time for the waterpark. There was a Wet and Wild on the strip for as long as I can remember. It seemed to be very popular but it was closed and I am sure they are going to build another casino/condos/stores there. After a few years of being child friendly the casinos realized kids don't gamble and families with kids don't gamble enough. Your kids would have had a ball a few years ago.