The Las Vegas strip is not known for being the best place to bring children, but don’t overlook the benefits of having some of the world’s best attractions right here in our backyard! The lights, colors, sounds and sheer size of the strip make a magical experience for kids, especially around the holidays. Keep it kid friendly by just strolling around the outside of the casinos!
Walk around the fountains at the Bellagio, listen to some music at the Hawaiian Marketplace, watch the light show on Fremont Street (have an adult run in for fried Oreos at Mermaids- 99 cents for three!), or grab a crepe at the Paris and eat it under the “Eiffel” tower.
Thank you to guest author Kendra Thornton for providing us with some additional suggestions to do with children in Las Vegas this time of year! So pack the kids in the car and head to the strip or downtown for some fun activities- tourist style!
Experience the Magic of New York for a Fraction of the Cost in Las Vegas
By Kendra Thornton
If you’re like me, you enjoy the hustle and bustle of New York City during the holidays. But, NYC is just so expensive that we’ve decided to have a New York-style holiday vacation for a fraction of the cost in Las Vegas. Now, I know that nobody wants their kids’ holiday memories to be about gambling, strip clubs and drunken revelry. But Las Vegas isn’t only about those activities, and the truth is that traveling to Las Vegas is cheap because businesses want visitors to spend money in the casinos. You’d be surprised by the variety of inexpensive, family-friendly cultural amenities, accommodation and activities. Here are five Las Vegas holiday attractions that will give your family a taste of the Big Apple.
1. New York New York Hotel
Enjoy the perks of NYC without all the hassle and expense. This faux-city is built just like the real thing, with replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. Their arcade is the home of the world’s first roller coaster to feature a 180-degree loop. Your kids will love being able to watch the coaster from your room. You’ll love staying in a luxury room for a knock-off price.
2. Shopping at Caesar’s Palace
If you like to shop, then visit the Forum at Caesar’s Palace. With over 160 stores, it’s even better than Madison Avenue. Choose from affordable shops to high-end boutiques like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dior. Its unique atmosphere simulates ancient Roman streets. Ride the spiral escalator to see replicas of the Trevi and Triton Fountains, the giant reflecting pool and the beautiful skylight.
3. Serendipity 3
You’ll enjoy this offshoot of the NYC restaurant of the same name. Kids love the funky decor and tasty menu. Beat the heat with their signature drink – frozen hot chocolate. They’re also known for their super-sized versions of classic favorites, like monster spaghetti and meatballs and dinosaur-sized BBQ ribs. It’s right on the Strip, overlooking the iconic fountains at Caesar’s Palace.
4. Go Ice Skating
If ice-skating at Rockefeller Center is your idea of a quintessential holiday activity, then visit the winter wonderland at the Venetian. They’re creating a snowy scene that will make you forget you’re in the desert. Sip on hot cider while the kids ice skate. Listen to live carolers as you enjoy the light show. You’ll never miss the real snow falling in NYC.
5. The Nutcracker Ballet
Crazy shows featuring Elvis impersonators are the only cultural events in Las Vegas. Vegas offers many cultural amenities. The Nevada Ballet Theater performs the traditional Nutcracker ballet. This larger-than-life performance is just as magical as the Balanchine production in NYC. Treat your family to this holiday classic that’s so closely associated with the season.
There’s no denying the magic of New York City, but don’t break the bank to give your family these holiday memories. Las Vegas offers an affordable alternative to many of the same dining, shopping and cultural experiences of New York.