My husband and I have now taken our children to Las Vegas on three different occasions in the span of three years. We get a lot of weird looks from friends who think we are a bit crazy to keep taking young kids to Sin City.
But believe it or not, Las Vegas can be really family-friendly. There are all sorts of activities and things to do in Las Vegas with kids. It’s also perfectly located as a jumping off point for other adventures. We flew into Las Vegas, for example, before driving to the Grand Canyon in Arizona on one trip and also to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in Utah on another.
So how do we keep having a kid-friendly Las Vegas vacation experience? A huge part of that is choosing the right hotel. I’m not planning to party at the Hard Rock or the Palms with my children any time soon. But there are plenty of hotels in Las Vegas that are really well suited to family travelers.
What features make a Las Vegas hotel good for kids? We look for a great pool, kid-friendly shows and activities, a strategic location, and rooms that have all the amenities families need. Bonus for extras like a kids club or restaurants that really cater to little ones.
After our many trips, here are the top kid-friendly hotels in Las Vegas where we’ve stayed, dined, and played and would recommend to other traveling families.
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8 Best Hotels in Las Vegas with Kids
1. The Mirage
The Mirage is the hotel I remember my parents taking me to as a child in the 1990s. Not much has changed about its kid-friendly vibe in the intervening years. The hotel is home to Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat, probably one of the most kid-friendly activities in the entire city. There, children can watch dolphins at play and also see the white tigers trained by the Vegas legends up close.
The volcano show in the evenings outside will mesmerize kids. The pool at the Mirage is also one of Vegas’s best, with a waterslide to tire kids out and waterfalls to swim under. Should you care to take in an evening show, the Cirque du Soleil show in the hotel, LOVE featuring the music of the Beatles, works for kids (note that the show has a minimum age of 5 to attend).
2. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is a hotel that flies totally under the Vegas radar. Most locals know and love it, but it is somewhat undiscovered by a lot of out-of-towners who never venture off the Strip. Red Rock is located near Red Rock Canyon west of town in Summerlin.
We stayed at Red Rock on our spring break visit a few years ago and found it checked just about every box that traveling families would want. It is quite reasonably priced and has a full movie theater, arcade, and bowling alley within the hotel. The pool is large, not crazy crowded, and has a gradual slope for toddlers to wade in easily.
Best of all for parents who need a break is the kids club, Kids Quest. Kids Quest has reopened in 2021 with safety measures in place, including a mask requirement. It’s $12.50 an hour per child and is the best kids club I’ve ever seen outside of maybe a Disney cruise. Our kids were begging to be dropped off all the time.
Although it’s about 20-30 minutes to drive to the Strip, Red Rock has the locational advantage of being just 5 minutes from Red Rock Canyon where kid-friendly hiking trails abound. Our day in Red Rock Canyon may have been our favorite activity in Las Vegas as a family ever!
3. The Venetian
The Venetian is where my family stayed on our first trip to Las Vegas with our kids in 2015. The hotel has a perfect location mid-strip within walking distance of a lot of activities families will want to experience. Within the hotel itself, we loved taking a gondola ride with our children and also eating some sweet treats at Carlo’s Bakery (of Cake Boss fame).
The pool at the Venetian is fairly basic, so I’d consider this hotel when visiting during times of year when being at the pool isn’t a top activity (most Vegas pools are closed in the winter months anyway). We were there during some spring days when it wasn’t quite warm enough to enjoy more than a short visit at the pool, so it worked for us.
But what makes the Venetian ideal for families is exceedingly spacious rooms – they are downright enormous with a split level arrangement separating the living area from the bedroom. We stayed there when my son was a young toddler who needed a quiet corner away from the rest of us to fall asleep. The Venetian’s layout worked like a charm.
4. Delano Las Vegas
The Delano is a non-gaming and non-smoking hotel. That means no lobby full of smoke and slot machines (and probably fewer of Vegas’s most colorful characters), making it a more peaceful retreat for families. It should be on the radar of family travelers for offering all suite accommodations, giving parents and kids much-needed separate spaces. On a visit a few years ago, my family stayed in a two bedroom suite, complete with living room and two bathrooms, with our kids and my parents. We had room to spare.
But don’t worry that this makes the Delano far from the action. It’s one of three hotels in the Mandalay Bay complex, making it easily accessible to all the amenities of a bigger hotel. Most notably, Delano guests have full rights at the Mandalay Bay Beach, the resort’s pool area with a lazy river, sand beach, and wave pool. Also in the complex is a food court with inexpensive eats and the Shark Reef Aquarium which is one of the top attractions in Vegas for young kids.
5. Four Seasons
For families looking for the ultimate luxury Vegas experience, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is an excellent fit. Like the Delano, it’s also a non-gaming hotel located in the Mandalay Bay complex. In fact, it is actually in the Mandalay Bay tower on exclusive floors. That means it has access to the amazing kid-friendly pools of the Mandalay as well as some private pools only available to Four Seasons guests.
Although I haven’t stayed in the hotel (yet!), my family dined at one of the hotel’s restaurants, Veranda. The service was, as one might expect, excellent. And the Italian menu was both sophisticated for adults and accessible to kids. (Check out my friend Katie’s review of the Four Seasons Las Vegas with her then 7 year old daughter for more information.)
6. Circus Circus
On the other end of the budget spectrum is Circus Circus. Circus Circus is definitely dated but rooms can be had at incredibly cheap prices, making it a smart choice for families on a budget. It even has an adjacent RV park for travelers who might be passing through Las Vegas on longer western road trip adventures.
The highlight of Circus Circus for families is its indoor amusement park, Adventuredome. It features several coasters, a carousel, and multiple carnival style kiddie rides. Kids will also love the hotel’s expanded Splash Zone. The area has two pools, multiple water slides, and a huge splash pad perfect for younger kids not quite ready for the crazy slides.
Why Excalibur is a hit with kids is pretty obvious – it’s shaped like a castle! What kid doesn’t want to sleep in a castle? The theming of Excalibur oozes a bit of old school Vegas cheesiness, but that is also what makes it a perfect fit with kids. Inside is an arcade “The Fun Dungeon” as well as the most kid-friendly show in Las Vegas, the Tournament of Kings. This themed dinner show features knights jousting and a surprisingly pretty healthy menu of baked game hen and veggies that my kids adored.
Families can find often two queen bed standard rooms at Excalibur for under $50 a night (plus, of course, the infamous Vegas resort fee). Families wanting more space can also find it very affordably here. Multi-room suites are often available for $300 or so.
8. MGM Grand
Last but certainly not least is the MGM Grand, another Vegas hotel with a lot to offer families. The pool complex is impressive, and features an enormous lazy river. The MGM Grand is currently home to several shows that would work for many families, Ka by Cirque du Soleil (kids 5+ only), Jabbawockeez (all ages), and David Copperfield (kids 5+ only).
The MGM Grand is one of the biggest resorts in all of Las Vegas, meaning nearly everything is at your fingertips there – including a wide variety of restaurants and a food court for quick eats with kids. It is also conveniently located to a number of Vegas attractions that work for families. My daughter’s favorite is the four story M&M World store adjacent to the hotel.
The MGM Grand is also just across the street from the roller coaster and arcade of New York New York and the kid-friendly amenities of Excalibur.
Ready to head to Sin City with kids? Don’t miss my top things to do in Las Vegas with young kids as you plan your activities and shows!