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where to take younger children

Sydney, Australia
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where to take younger children

After visiting Disneyland, we are spending 3 nights in Vegas where my son is getting married on the 2nd night

We have 5 grandchildren 8, 6, 4, 4 & 21 months and are travellling from Australia so not likely to return for many years

We have 1 day free, what "hotels" could we show them during the day which would appeal to younger children... I have a limo booked for our first night so we can do the strip from the safety of a car but I thought during the day we could show them some of the attractions which make Vegas unique

I saw a photo of the water park inside a shark pool at I think the Golden Nugget, they would love that, any other suggestions.. I have been twice but know things change and obviously I did not get to see a lot

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

We leave in less than 3 weeks and will be in Disneyland for Halloween


London, United...
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1. Re: where to take younger children

There are child friendly arcades at NYNY and Circus Circus. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, Sigfried and Roy's Secret Garden has lion cubs at the moment.

Edited: 8:45 am, October 12, 2014
Queensbury, NY
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2. Re: where to take younger children

You won't be able to use the pool at Golden Nugget unless you are guests there, so that would be out. The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay would be good for kids, Secret Garden at Mirage.

Ballyclare, United...
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3. Re: where to take younger children

The container park on Fremont is very child orientated, this may suit?

Other than that I'm sure they would enjoy the M&M and the Coke stores and as the other posters have said the secret garden.

You don't actually say where you are staying?


Dallas, Texas
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4. Re: where to take younger children

Steph12ny is right, the shark pool itself is a guest only feature. Still, if budget allowed and if you know they would absolutely Flip over it, rent a cheap room there just for pool access. The water slide is a clear tube going through the shark tank, Amazing! (check with hotel for pool season dates).

The Giant Farris Wheel.

Gondola Rides at the Venetian.

Bellagio Fountains

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus (adventuredome.com/rides_and_attractions.aspx)

Tournament of Kings at the Excalliber (excalibur.com/entertainment/tournament_of_ki…) the giant castle effect of the exterior is particularly impressive to children, especially in its night lighting and despite its age.


'Love' the Beatles tribute for a show.

Because of the Wide range of ages you are right to be concerned. You did not mention the gender of the kids, if all boys or all girls some other options open up.

ALL GIRLS day of beauty at a spa like the one at Venetian or Aria (2 of the best and you don't have to be staying at the hotel).

ALL BOYS dune buggy/ATV excursion in Valley of Fire, (not too rugged for the almost-2-year-old IF its allowed, best to check with the guide. We like 'Sun Buggy' company but their website is a bit awkward).

Sioux Falls, South...
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5. Re: where to take younger children

I have compiled a list of family activities for those who take their kids to Las Vegas. I am not making any judgments about which ages each of these activities is appropriate for, nor am I making any judgments about how good or bad anything on the list is. I just put it together from numerous TA Forum posts about families in Las Vegas and added some missing activities and attractions. I hope you find it useful:

Mandalay Bay: Shark Reef Aquarium

Excalibur: Fun Dungeon (arcade and carnival games)

Luxor: unique architecture, Bodies . . . The Exhibition, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit, Score! (sports memorabilia museum and interactive experience)

Tropicana: Mob Attraction

MGM Grand: CSI, The Experience (12 and older); CBS Television City Research Center

NY NY: unique architecture, 9-11 display on sidewalk at front of casino, Coney Island Emporium (arcade), roller coaster

Showcase Mall (in the block north of MGM Grand): M & M’s World and World of Coca Cola

Planet Hollywood: Miracle Mile shops

Paris: unique architecture, Eiffel Tower (ride to the top)

Crystals: shops and art

Cosmopolitan: 3-story crystal chandelier

Bellagio: Fountain Shows, Conservatory, Chihuly art glass in lobby, Jean-Philippe Patisserie chocolate fountain, Gallery of Fine Art

Caesar’s Palace: Forum Shops (Fall of Atlantis Fountain and Aquarium, sky dome ceiling)

Linq: auto collection ($100 million inventory), high roller wheel

Flamingo: Wildlife Habitat (birds, fish, flamingos, etc., in a park-like atmosphere)

Mirage: rain forest at entrance, fish tank behind check-in desk, Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, volcano

Treasure Island: unique architecture outside

Venetian: Grand Canal Shops, gondola ride, strolling performers in St. Mark’s Square, Madam Tussauds Wax Museum

Palazzo: lobby, shops, Exotic Car Showroom

Wynn: atrium entrances, shops

Circus Circus: Adventuredome (5½ acre indoor amusement park and circus acts), Chuck Jones Experience (250+ pieces of original Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, & Wiley E. Coyote artwork, interactive exhibits, films, and an arts and animation learning center)

Stratosphere Observation Tower: Big Shot and other rides; watch the crazy & brave people dangle over the edge

Houdini Magic Shops (Caesars Palace Forum Shops, Venetian Canal Shops, NYNY)

Off-Strip Attractions: Hard Rock Hotel: rock & roll memorabilia, Silverton: aquarium (117,000-gallon artificial reef), Sam’s Town: Mystic Falls Park and fountains, Rio: zip line, Pinball Hall of Fame, KISS Mini Golf.

Family-Friendly Shows (Again, I am not making any judgments about how good or bad anything on the list is.): David Copperfield, Blue Man Group (Rio), Terry Fator (Mirage), Love (Mirage), O (Bellagio), KA (MGM), Mystere (TI), Jabbawockees (Luxor), Nathan Burton (Flamingo), Mike Hammer (downtown at Four Queens), Mac King (Harrah’s), Michael Turco’s Magic & Mayhem (Saxe Theater @ MM Shops), Steve Wyrick (off strip at LV Hilton), Popovich Pet Theater (Planet Hollywood), Tournament of Kings Dinner Theater (Excalibur), Vegas the Show (Saxe Theater @ MM Shops)

Downtown or near downtown:

Freemont Street: Light/music shows, free live music on various stages, zip line (60 lb. minimum), Neon Boneyard tours, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum (at the Smith Center downtown), Mormon fort, Cashman Field

Off strip destinations:

Maverick Helicopter Tours (15 minute trip over the strip at night), Pinball Hall of Fame (250 pinball machines; http://www.pinballmuseum.org/games.php), King Putt (indoor golf), Red Rock Canyon (the drive through the canyon is nice, and there are family-friendly trails, the Red Rock Canyon Ranch has horseback riding and a petting zoo.), Bonnie Springs and Spring Mountain Ranch are on the same loop, Valley of Fire …vegaskids.info/Valley-of-Fire-Tour/, Hoover Dam, Mt. Charleston, Hoover Dam and Lake Meade, Springs Preserve and Nevada State Museum, Sam’s Town laser light show, Indoor Sky Diving (minimum weight is 40 lbs.; www.vegasindoorskydiving.com/weight.php), Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Ethel M. Chocolate Factory Tour and Cactus Garden, Grand Canyon National Park (5 hour drive from LV)

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Sydney, Australia
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6. Re: where to take younger children

thank you so much everyone for all your suggestions

We are staying at the Stratosphere because my son is getting married in the chapel in the clouds so did not make sense to move the kids around for 3 nights plus I think they will enjoy seeing the tower of terror (both my big boys are going to give some rides a go)

We have 2 boys 8 & 4 and 3 girls 6, 4 & nearly 2 (the 2 girls are the gamest of the bunch, you should see the 6 yo on a skateboard and surfboard)

a shame about the shark pool but anyway there will be plenty in the short time we have to keep them wide eyed and entertained

I will copy all your replies and carry them on my iPad


Adelaide, Australia
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7. Re: where to take younger children

Greetings abbey

I hope you and your family have a great trip- it sounds like a major undertaking!

Also, best wishes to your son and his fiancé :)

The Stratosphere Chapel in the Clouds is a unique wedding venue!

Bon voyage


Saint Paul...
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8. Re: where to take younger children

Container Park good for young kids

Tournament of Kings for the whole family-check for groupons

Circus Circus adventure dome-good for the kids

Popovich Pet Show..amazing for kids and adults alike. look for coupons

Madame Toussard's wax museum-a blast for all

Seeing that they are 8 and younger. these should keep you and them busy.

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9. Re: where to take younger children

Abbey- in case you do go to the Golden Nugget pool and shark tank, it is heated and open year round. There is another large tank aquarium at the GN that is open to the public in the Chart House.

Boise, Idaho
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10. Re: where to take younger children

if you really want to use the Tank, just book the cheapest room possible at the GN for one night (and don't stay there,) and then use the key for the entire party to enter the pool area. It really would be a low cost alternate way to use the pool. (The GN charges $30 per person to use the Tank if you are not a guest.) You can use the room as a day room for convenience, changing, and the restroom. You can probably land a room for about $40 (tell them 1 or 2 people in the room only.) The room key will allow everyone in the party to enter the Tank area. Well worth the price for your whole party to use the tank.

Edited: 4:11 pm, October 13, 2014