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Las Vegas – Taking Your Kids to “Sin City”

Las Vegas: it may not be the first destination you consider when planning a family holiday. But in addition to poker tables and shows that slide to the risqué side, Vegas has roller coasters, pizza places and Medieval duels. In other words, it’s an attractive destination for the young (and of course the young at heart).

Las Vegas sign

Taking Your Kids to Las Vegas



As the name suggests, Circus Circus has plenty to offer in the way of family fun. AdventureDome is the country’s largest indoor theme park complete with five acres of full of thrilling rides, games and carnival treats.

AdventureDome Las Vegas

Tucked in the back of New York, New York is a kid-friendly area called The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade featuring a roller coaster that does a 180-degree twist and dive maneuver then a 144-foot drop. Their arcade offers midway style carnival games and coin-operated video games.

Satisfy those candy cravings with a visit to M&M’s World, a sprawling sweet shop right on Las Vegas Boulevard, commonly known as The Strip. Load up on your favourite treats along with t-shirts, hats, magnets and figurines.

A trip to Las Vegas means you’re within range of the Grand Canyon. Keep in mind that this mega attraction is still 200 km away from The Strip. But if you have some time, it’s certainly worth the drive. If time is short but funds aren’t, a helicopter tour covers the miles in quick time.

The Hoover Dam truly is one of the modern wonders of the world and it would be a shame to bypass this attraction since it’s only a few minutes out of town. A Colorado River float trip that begins at the dam is a stunning and relaxing way to see the sights


If you’ve yet to introduce your family into the magical world of Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas is the place to do it. While not all their shows are fit for younger audiences (Zumanity, for example) Mystere at Treasure Island certainly is. This long-running, mystical journey will have everyone talking about the acrobatics for years to come.

Tournament of Kings Las Vegas

Get ready to step into Medieval times with a visit to the Tournament of Kings inside Excalibur. The dinner and show includes displays of chivalry and sword-clashing challenges. And of course, eating with your fingers.


You’ll come for the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and stay for the Triple Decker Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Serendipity 3, located near The Strip on the Caesars Palace property promises a menu with something for everyone.

Serendipity 3 Las Vegas

Luxor and Mandalay Bay are connected by a long indoor walkway dotted with restaurants, shops and attractions. Near the Luxor end, you’ll find Slice of Vegas. There’s an old-school pizzeria atmosphere to the joint, it’s family-friendly (and wallet friendly, too) and dishes up delicious ‘za along with salads, sandwiches and appetizers.

In the mood for an old-school Vegas meal? Ask your cab driver to take to Ellis Island Casino. Inside, The Café serves up hearty breakfasts, thick steaks and shrimp dinners for a fraction of the price you’ll pay at any restaurant on The Strip.

Have you ever “done” Las Vegas with the kids?



Shel writes about the outdoors, travel and food when she’s not playing outside, on the road or eating. Her recent adventures have included a trip to the tundra to serve as cook at a caribou hunting camp and making a long overdue journey to Ukraine with her dad Merv. She’s the founder of a group called the Manitoba Food Bloggers as well as an avid angler and hunter. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband Ivan and their son Clark. [email protected]

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Wednesday 12th of February 2014

Hubby and I went to Vegas for our Honeymoon. We would love to go back -- looks like it would be kind of fun to take our kids

Teresa Claire

Monday 10th of February 2014

I would never have thought of taking my children to Las Vegas but every picture tells a story and these look like fun and adventure!!