- The most kid-friendly resorts on the Strip are Excalibur, Luxor, and Circus Circus.
- Those resorts have earned that distinction by offering kid-focused amenities like arcades, theaters, waterparks, rides, etc.
- That being said, there are also a few hotels that fall into an “honorable mention” category that offer 1 or 2 amenities that’ll appeal to families.
Many scoff at the idea of bringing kids to Vegas, pointing to the various vices that are on full display in “Sin City”.
The truth is, although there are aspects of Vegas that most would rather not expose their children to, the city has evolved into a much more family-friendly destination.
There’s now an abundance of kid-friendly things to do that include arcades, rides, museums, and so much more.
Although every resort has adult-only attractions like nightclubs, bars, and gaming, there are a few specific resorts on the Strip that go out of their way to cater to families.
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Family-Friendly Resorts On the Strip
With its medieval castle-theming, Fun Dungeon arcade, and 4D Experience, Excalibur certainly qualifies as a family-friendly resort from an amenity standpoint.
Among the top family-friendly draws at the resort, however, is their Tournament of Kings dinner show which includes a full meal consisting of a cornish game hen, corn on the cob, and sweet potatoes during a medieval showdown.
Across the street, MGM Grand boasts a virtual reality video game experience, as well as Topgolf, a social driving range that’ll get the kids’ competitive juices flowing.
In addition to being a kid-friendly resort, Excalibur ranks as one of the cheapest resorts on the Strip.
Just south of Excalibur, and connected by both tram and enclosed walkway, Luxor offers three unique kid-friendly museum attractions.
Luxor’s Titanic Artifact Exhibition will give your kids the chance to learn the story of a passenger aboard the ill-fated vessel while viewing hundreds of artifacts recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Afterward, check out Bodies… The Exhibition, which provides a window into the inner workings of the human body with the aid of actual preserved human specimens.
Lastly, Discovering King Tut’s Tomb will provide your family the chance to trace Howard Carter’s footsteps as he uncovers the tomb of the Boy King.
Nearby, I’d recommend taking the free tram next door to Mandalay Bay to explore the Shark Reef Aquarium, which will give your family the chance to “walk the seafloor”, pet sea creatures, and explore a reptilian zoo.
Like Excalibur, Luxor is also one of the lower-priced resort options on the Strip.
Located on the north end of the Strip, Circus Circus is a ways off the beaten path. The resort, however, is among the most kid-friendly in Las Vegas due to amenities that cater to a younger generation.
Chief among the kid-friendly things to do at Circus Circus is their indoor Adventuredome theme park, which offers 25 rides that range from tame to adrenaline-inducing.
The resort also takes the concept of an arcade to the next level, with a carnival-style midway with 200+ games.
Nothing beats a free attraction, and Circus Circus boasts free circus acts daily that include ladder men, clowns, aerial displays, and feats of strength among others.
Unlike most pools in Vegas, Circus Circus’ Splash Zone caters to kids with multiple waterslides and a splash pad.
While the resort is somewhat rundown and has seen better days, your kids are likely to still have a blast.
A short Uber/Lyft away, STRAT offers thrill rides atop the SkyPod tower that are both a blast and relatively cheap.
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Family-Friendly Las Vegas Hotels: Honorable Mentions
While the resorts below are not recognized as being kid-friendly on the whole, they do offer an amenity or two that could entice you to stop by or even stay there with your family.
The mega-resort earns an honorable mention as a Kid-Friendly resort due in part to its close proximity to NYNY and its rollercoaster, Excalibur, and Luxor.
Additionally, MGM Grand has a sprawling pool complex complete with a lazy river that would make any kid salivate.
Furthermore, Topgolf, located behind MGM Grand offers family-friendly golf games in addition to a 2-level pool that is free for all to use.
The resort is also home to The Hunger Games Exhibition, which boasts an impressive number of costumes from the movie, a replica of President Snow’s office, and the opportunity to test your archery skills.
Steps north of MGM Grand is the Showcase Mall, which is home to the kid-friendly FlyOver Vegas, which sends guests “soaring” over the Canadian Rockies, Iceland, or the American West.
While Mandalay doesn’t offer many kid-friendly activities, they do boast a pool complex which is among the most impressive in Vegas. Complete with a wave pool, lazy river, and real sand beach, your kids are sure to have a blast in the water.
Mandalay is also positioned on the South end of the Strip within walking distance of Luxor, Excalibur, NYNY, and MGM Grand which all offer family-friendly activities.
Due to the resort’s location away from the action, you encounter a lot less “crazy” on the sidewalks around the resort. It’s certainly quieter than being mid-strip.
Earning a kid-friendly honorable mention, STRAT offers 3 thrill rides on the top of its SkyPod tower, 1,149 feet above the Strip.
Big Shot (shooting riders straight up), Insanity (dangling riders off the edge of the tower), and X-Scream (also dangling riders off the edge) are all attractions that children will enjoy.
While ride tickets can be purchased individually, an all-you-can ride pass is available for just north of $40.
Although there are few other kid-friendly activities at STRAT, Circus Circus, and its family-friendly attractions are a short ride away.
While Las Vegas has not always been viewed as family-friendly, the number of entertainment options outside of gambling has grown significantly over the years. There’s now a very long list of things to do with kids in Vegas, making it a family and kid-friendly destination if that is the type of trip you desire.
Hopefully, my rundown of family-friendly hotels on the Strip was helpful in helping you find accommodations!
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I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.