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Las Vegas has always been an historically adult location, but during the 1990’s attempts were made to become a more family-friendly destination. After a decade or so, many of those family-friendly attractions (the MGM amusement park and the Wet and Wild waterpark, for example) have closed, but do not fret if you plan to bring the whole family, there are still plenty of things to amuse visitors of all ages.
Several hotels cater extensively to families. The Excalibur features midway games, travelling entertainers, and the Tournament of Kings, a dinner-theater extravaganza with jousting knights, fire-breathing dragons, and a team of tumbling jestors. At the opposite end of the strip, Circus Circus entertains children of all ages in its Adventuredom indoor amusement park and in a midway featuring circus acts on the second floor above the casino level. Both hotels have multiple options in their foodcourts to satisfy all appetites.
Other strip properties having amenities that would amuse children include New York-New York’s Coney Island arcade area, Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef, and Luxor’s Imax Theater and video arcade. Off the strip, many hotel-casinos which cater to local residents as well as tourists have even more venues for family fun. Three in particular, the Orleans, South Coast, and Sunset Station all feature bowling lanes (as does Sam's Town, which also has a beautiful atrium with waterfall that children would enjoy), video arcades, and movie theaters. Each of these three properties also has a Kids’ Tyme or Kids’ Quest childcare center, which offers supervised activities for children from toddler-age to 12 to give parents some time to pursue adult activities.
If you are up for a few hours of fun away from the action of The Strip, check out the Lied Discovery Children's Museum. This museum is a must for grown-ups traveling with curious kids. The museum is located right next door to a public library. The museum provides hands on exhibits for children and adults. There is even an area for younger children equipped with a sitting area for parents to watch the little ones. If you are already stopping by the Lied's, then visit the Natural History Museum (across the street). The life-size dinosaurs will impress any kid (or adult). The King Tut display that was once at the Luxor is now exhibit at the Las Vegas Museum of Natural History. Both museums offer amazing educational experiences which happen to be fun for the entire family.
For many other family-friendly ideas and attractions in Las Vegas, please see this additional TripAdvisor Traveler Article: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g45...
Families should be pre-warned, though, that much of LV is still adult oriented. By law, children are not permitted to loiter in the casino areas; they may however, walk through gaming areas while accompanied by an adult. Families walking the Strip area will encounter soft porn peddlers. Although they do not usually bother families, the sidewalk is often littered with the material. Advertising in the form of billboards and signs can be sexual. Smoking and drinking is abundant, and encountering intoxicated tourists is not unusual. While a family can safely navigate these obstacles, it may require more "explaining" than you may want to do!
If the family likes some out-door activities, the near-by Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire provide easily accessible breaks from the strip where they can do some hiking or just see something of the desert. There is also the Hoover Dam.
Online resource: Las Vegas Kids.net