LAS VEGAS WITH A BABY OR TODDLER
When you think of Las Vegas I am sure the first things that come to mind are gambling, alcohol, and shows. If that is what you think when someone says Las Vegas you couldn't be more wrong. Las Vegas is a fun family-friendly destination, especially for families with a baby or toddler.
Sin City is full of fun kid-friendly activities, delicious sweets, entertainment, and shows. Do not think you are crazy for heading to Las Vegas with a baby.
You know us, we are all about allowing kids to enjoy experiences regardless of their age. Plus, going to Las Vegas with a baby or toddler makes people more friendly. I am not sure what it is, but everyone wanted to help us and offered him free things.
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We decided to take an impromptu 4-day family vacation to Las Vegas with our baby/ toddler (he is 16-months old and thinks he is a big boy) and had a blast.
If you are thinking of heading to Las Vegas with your baby or toddler in tow, look no further here is everything you need to know about how to enjoy Las Vegas with a baby or toddler.
BEST PLACE TO STAY IN LAS VEGAS WITH A TODDLER
The crown jewel of Las Vegas is the Strip, and although there is a lot to on the Las Vegas Strip it may not be the best place to stay with a toddler.
If you are a family traveling with younger kids I recommend staying in a hotel without a casino. I like to avoid casinos because they are loud, crowded, filled with smoke, and confusing to navigate.
We usually stay in an Airbnb to save money, but this time we decided to splurge for my wife's 30th birthday and stay at a timeshare. Our preference is to stay off The Strip in Las Vegas to avoid the noise and chaos, and we like free parking.
The Wyndham Desert Blue is a relatively new timeshare in Las Vegas. We decided to stay here during our stay in Vegas because of the activities they provide, located off of the Strip, splash pad, full kitchen, free parking, and no resort fee. Plus, we got an amazing price of less than $120 per night, you can't beat that for the amenities offered.
This location ticked all of our boxes and was a great choice for our 1-year old son. We were able to get a 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with a large jacuzzi tub. I must admit, I wish I spent more time in the tub.
It is located off of the strip but is close enough to get there in less than 5 minutes. There is a shuttle bus available for guests that departs every hour to drop off and pick up at Ceasar's Palace. The shuttle even takes you to the grocery store in the morning if you do not have a rental car.
Activities are available for not only toddlers but kids of all ages. This also includes fun activities for adults such as a popcorn bar, margarita bar, and complimentary glasses of champagne.
The splash pad and swimming pool are heated and feel like bathwater, I had to stop myself from almost falling asleep. If you are looking to spend time at the hotel and relax with your toddler in Las Vegas this is the perfect place.
The Wyndham Grand Desert is the sister property to Wyndham Desert Blue. As you can see the names are similar, which resulted in us going to the incorrect hotel.
We arrived at the Wyndham Desert Blue and were welcome with smiles and a bottle of water. The front desk even allowed our 1-year-old to pick a toy from their prize box. We walked around the facility then realized when we tried to check-in we were at the wrong location.
The amenities of this location are similar to the sister property. The major difference is the location being closer to the Strip, restaurant, indoor play area, and on-premises spa.
If you would like to be closer to the main attractions and MGM Grand station of the monorail, I recommend looking into this location. Keep in mind this location is often booked by timeshare owners and oftentimes may not have availability for non-owners.
The Polo Towers is another timeshare that can be used while in Las Vegas with your baby or toddler. There is a large gym if you are looking to work out during your vacation. The splash pad is perfect for kids of all ages especially a toddler. This timeshare does have a daily resort fee, but parking is free.
If you do not have a car there is a courtesy shuttle service to Albertson's Grocery, Freemont Street Experience, and Las Vegas Premium Outlets South. If you are looking to get to the Strip your best option may be to walk or use Lyft or Uber.
The Luxury Suites International at The Signature was our runner-up when deciding where to stay in Vegas with our baby. Located just 10-minutes away from the Strip you can walk there through the MGM Grand.
If you do not plan on renting a car this may be the perfect destination for you because of the proximity to all of the great things to do in Las Vegas with a toddler. This hotel gives you access to the MGM pool complex.
Although we have not experienced it, the word in the travel Facebook Group is the MGM has the best pool for kids. A nice feature is the se[erate sitting area close enough to your little one so you can keep an eye on them while they sleep.
Unlike the timeshares on this list, this hotel offers an on-site restaurant and room service.
BEST WAY TO GET AROUND VEGAS WITH A TODDLER
While in Las Vegas you will do a lot of walking. If you are trying to meet a goal on your Fitbit you will likely hit your goal before noon. If you are in Las Vegas with a baby the easiest way to maneuver is with a baby carrier. You can avoid the hassle of strollers and get around quickly and easily by wearing your baby.
Babies are easy, toddlers, on the other hand, are another story. I recommend using a travel stroller to get around if you plan on spending most of your time in Vegas with a toddler on the Strip. We use the Zoe Stroller and love how lightweight it easy and how easily it handles.
If you do not know about Uber or Lyft you must be living in a cave or under a rock. Rideshare apps have completely changed the industry by offering affordable transportation options for travelers. It is easy and quick to get a ride on the strip, but please be advised they can only pick up in specific areas.
If you are near a hotel you will have to go to the designated rideshare pick up and dropoff area. Be forewarned, some drivers will not accept rides if you do not have a car seat for your baby or toddler. We used the Cosco Scenera NEXT while in Vegas with our baby.
If your hotel is not on the Strip, they oftentimes have shuttles that will drop off and pick up at a designated location. We stayed at the Wyndham and were able to get and forth on the shuttle bus with our 1-year-old. This was the most convenient want for us to get around while in Las Vegas with a baby. We didn't have to drag our car seat around and it was free (who doesn't like free).
The easiest way to get up and down the Strip if you do not want to walk is with the Monorail. The Las Vegas Monorail is a 3.9-mile driverless monorail mass transit system. There are seven stations along the strip running north to south starting at Sahara with stops at Westgate, Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah's, Flamingo, Bally's, and MGM Grand.
If you are taking the monorail south to north the stops will be the opposite way. The train arrives every 4-8 minutes and is very fast and efficient. The cheapest way to get a ticket is through Groupon since they usually have discount codes available.
25 OF THE MOST FUN THINGS TO DO IN LAS VEGAS WITH YOUR TODDLER
If you think Las Vegas is not a family-friendly destination, then think again. There is so much to do in Vegas with your baby or toddler you will be planning your next trip before leaving. Trust us, there is so much to do you will need to plan another visit to do everything on this list.
We were only able to conquer 16 of the 25 awesome things on this list. We plan to return to Las Vegas with our 1-year-old in the fall when our son is close to 2-years-old. There was too much to do to fit into our 4-day adventure in Las Vegas with our toddler. Keep in mind these are the most fun things to do in Vegas with our baby or toddler, there is so much more.
The Fountains of Bellagio
The Fountains of Bellagio is a must-see in Las Vegas with a toddler. Your little one will be amazed by the water and enjoy the music. We are a little sad our little guy was asleep by the time we made it to the show. The show is free and occurs daily, check out the current showtime below.
- Monday - Friday 3 pm - 8 pm (show every 30 minutes) 8 pm - 12am (show every 15 minutes)
- Saturday - Sunday 12 pm - 8 pm (show every 30 minutes) 8 pm - 12am (show every 15 minutes)
I think the show is better at night with the lights in the background. It will be more crowded during the day; you may have a better chance at a good spot after 8 pm.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
Marvel Avenger's Station at Treasure Island
Although we had tickets to the Marvel Avenger's Station we were unable to make it because we opted to go to the Highroller. The good news is the tickets are valid until May 2nd so we may be able to make it back to Vegas when our toddler is a little older and can appreciate how awesome Marvel is.
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an interactive and educational exhibit that offers up-close and personal views of costumes, weapons, and exclusive content. If you are a fan of the Marvel movies or if your toddler has a favorite superhero (besides you) this is a must-see for kids and even adults of all ages.
Gondola Ride at the Venetian
If you have always dreamed of taking a gondola ride in Venice, why not try the next best thing in Las Vegas? The gondola ride at the Venetian is one of the most romantic things to do in Las Vegas. Hop aboard the authentic Venetian four-person gondola and float beside cafes, beneath bridges, and under balconies while the gondolier sings throughout the ride.
There are indoor and outdoor rides available, and if you are wondering which one to pick each offers a unique experience. It could be an excuse to return to Vegas and try the other ride.
If you are looking for a phenomenal view of the Las Vegas Strip there is a place to go. The Highroller is the world's taller Ferris wheel standing at 550-feet tall. I was terrified to get on the Ferris wheel, but once it started moving, I was quickly put at ease. The ride was so smooth and gradual it didn't feel like we were moving.
There is a monitor in the car that displays your position and when you reach the top of the Ferris wheel. Our little guy spent most of the ride watching Elmo, but we were able to pull him away long enough to get a decent picture and take in the view.
The tickets are $23.50 & up for adults and $7.50 & up for children. Kids under 6 and under are free. There are discounts for Nevada residents, military, students (with ID), and seniors 65 & up.
Before I say this please do not get upset with me, I do not like chocolate. Our trip to Hersey World was strictly for our son since he doesn't have the opportunity to eat many sweets. We thought what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right?
This store has 800 Hershey's Chocolate and candy available. The store is over 13,000 square feet and even boasts a statue of liberty made out of almost 800 pounds of chocolate. We couldn't stop to get pictures because we were too busy chasing the baby around the store. By the time we left he was full of excitement and candy. Why not let him live a little?
We do not drink pop (soda), but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to try drinks from around the world. We decided to try the 16 international drinks and try to guess their origin.
If you have older kids this would be a lot of fun, but since we were in Vegas with a toddler, we decided to let him pass on this event. I am forewarning you they are not what you would expect, but most of them are pretty good.
Seven Magic Mountains
The Seven Magic Mountains in Las Vegas is an artistic structure located 20 minutes outside of Las Vegas. We decided to visit because our toddler is obsessed with rocks, what better place to go than to see large colorful rocks?
Our visit didn't go as planned because our (very stubborn) 1-year old decided not to take his morning nap, so by the time we arrived he was asleep. There isn't much to do besides see the rocks and take in the amazing scenery.
If you have the time and a car it will make a great Instagram photo, but if you are short on time, I'd skip this one.
Aquarium Mermaid Show - Silverton Casino
If your toddler enjoys bubble guppies, they will love the aquarium mermaid show at Silverton Casino. The aquarium is home to 117,0000 gallons of water and thousands of tropical fish. The mermaids swim in the aquarium with the fish and interact with your little one as they perform. They can watch underwater tricks, play patty-cake, and even get bubble kisses.
For families with kids 2 and older this is a must-see while you are in Las Vegas. The shows run Thursday through Sunday at varying times throughout the day with 15-minute intervals between swims.
Fremont Street Experience
We decided to skip the Fremont Street Experience in favor of the park. With only 4 days in Las Vegas with a toddler, we wanted to have a nice blend of adult and baby-friendly activities. If I could describe the Fremont Street Experience, I would call it a huge outdoor party. There is a lot to see and do there, especially if you like museums.
Viva Vision is an awesome light show that we plan to attend the next time we are in Las Vegas. Also, if you are a history buff like myself the mob museum is a cool place to stop.
If you'd like to see Vegas of the past the Neon Museum would be a hit for younger children. You could spend the entire day here exploring, eating, and shopping.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Our 1-year old loves water. We cannot walk by a puddle, waterfall, bathtub, or fountain without him fighting to try to get in the water. This put the Shark Reef Aquarium at the top of our list to visit while in Las Vegas with our toddler. Honestly, it was a lot smaller than I expected, but still fun nonetheless.
He enjoyed watching the jellyfish, sharks, stingrays, and Komodo dragons. If you are looking for more in-depth experience you can feed a stingray, feed sea turtles, and even dive with sharks. How much would your little one enjoy feeding a sea turtle?
Towne Square Park
Towne Square Park is located only a mile away from the Strip. The playground has a climbing cube, slides, trampoline, interactive toys, and a jet fountain. The slides are small enough for your baby to slide down with assistance. There is an open turf area with soft blocks, hula hoops, and balls for your kids to play with.
If your baby is crawling this is the perfect place to let them crawl around without having to worry about them getting hurt or eating grass. There is a train to ride around the center which I am sure your toddler will enjoy.
Discovery Children's Museum
If the weather outside gets a little too warm you can always stop at the Discover Children's Museum located just outside of Las Vegas in Paradise. This is the time you can get a little rest while your toddler runs, plays, and learns. I like to think of it as the place to get our little guy tired just before naptime. He has enough space to run around and try to play with big kids.
Although he is only 1, we enjoyed our time here and loved helping him learn while playing in Toddler Town, the Discover Lab, Eco City, and Young at Art. There is a nursing area available for mom and baby. If your kids are 2 or older, they will enjoy their time here. Here are the prices of admission if you are planning a visit to the Discover Children's Museum.
- Children 1 & older: $14.50
- Adults: $14.50
- Nevada Residents (with valid photo ID): $12.50
- DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Members and children under 1: FREE
Be advised the location is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Fox Hill Park
Fox Hill Park is located 20 minutes away from the Strip and is worth the trip. Kids 2 years old and up will LOVE this “adventure play-themed” park. There are climbing structures, zipline, slide, custom swings, and leap. I must admit this is the nicest park I have ever experienced in my life. Other cities should take note, this is how you can get kids to play outside.
I was even surprised that the bathrooms were spotless, the only "gripe" I have is there is no changing table. This park was so much fun I climbed up a structure (got stuck) and had a lot of fun. You cannot miss this amazing park if you are in Las Vegas with kids.
Address: Antelope Ridge Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89138
Circus Acts - Circus Circus Hotel
The circus is a thing of the past. This makes the free circus acts at Circus Circus unique for young children. They can watch clowns, trapeze acts, juggling, dancers, and contortionist. We tried to go after breakfast, but unfortunately, the first act was not until 11:30 am and our son had to take a nap. He is very cranky if she does not take his morning nap, which makes him a little less enjoyable throughout the day until his afternoon nap.
We do plan to see the circus acts when we return to Vegas with our toddler in the fall. Along with the circus acts, there is an adventuredome for older children. The indoor theme park is the perfect place to let your kids run and enjoy their time in Vegas.
If you are interested in attending the free shows, here is the weekly schedule.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is a must-see while in Las Vegas. Located only 25 minutes from the Strip it is a breathtaking place to see. With our rock obsessed baby, this was a big hit with him. The exhibit at the visitor's center is informative and boasts beautiful views. After your time at the exhibit, you can begin the drive along the 13-mile scenic route.
If you do not stop the drive will take 35 minutes, but if you stop at the lookout points plan to spend at least an hour and a half here. There are over 25 hiking and trail paths to choose from if you plan to spend the day exploring and sightseeing. Be sure to stop at the visitor center to get a map of the canyon to find the best trails for children. The easiest hiking rail with a toddler is Moenkopi Loop since it is a 2-mile loop with minimal incline.
Pro Tip: Although Red Rock Canyon is located only 25 minutes from Las Vegas there is no cell phone reception here, so prepare accordingly.
Indoor Rainstorm at Planet Hollywood
Lake of Dreams - Wynn & Encore
The Lake of Dreams located in the Wynn is a music and light show that runs daily every half hour from 6 pm to 11:30 pm. The show happens over a 40-foot waterfall and a pine-topped mountain. If you are in the area stop in for the show but do not go out of your way to make it. The fountains at the Bellagio are much better.
Volcano Las Vegas Eruption - Mirage
You can watch a volcano erupt at the Mirage every night from 7 pm to 11 pm. Although this may be a little loud for some toddlers our son is not bothered by the music. Fireballs are spitting out of the volcano to the soundtrack of The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian table sensation Zakir Hussain.
Our trip to M&M World was a blast because it was the first time, we allowed our baby to have chocolate and he has been hooked ever since. There are different flavors and colors to choose from. You can mix and match different flavors, at $7.99 per half a pound.
There are four floors of fun with a 3-D movie on the third floor. This is the same floor where you can customize your M&M's. I was surprised our 18-month old sat and watched the movie and even tried to grab the characters. It was a challenge to get him to wear the glasses, but he watched, laughed, and even stayed after and "talked" to "the Professor".
I think we went a little overboard with our purchase, but why not? Also, be careful if you have a little one in the store. There are breakable items at the bottom of the shelves. Our little guy picked up a plastic show full of candy to hand to me but dropped it and M&M's were everywhere. Luckily, they were nice and understanding and didn't make us pay for the broken shoe. We offered, but the manager was kind and insisted it was okay.
Enjoy the Strip
Vegas wouldn't be Vegas if you didn't walk along the Strip. After leaving M&M World we ran into Paw Patrol and took a picture. There is no telling who you will run into while in Las Vegas with your baby or toddler.
Within 10 minutes we saw Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the Hulk. There are so many photo opportunities like the one above from the pedestrian walkway. We used the Zoe Stroller Tour+ XL1 to get around the city. If you plan to walk around Vegas with a toddler, I highly recommend using a lightweight travel stroller.
Daytrip to Death Valley National Park
Despite the name Death Valley is a great day trip with younger kids, even babies. Be sure you have a good baby carrier, you don't want to push a stroller here. To truly appreciate everything this National Park has to offer you'll need at least 3 to 4 days to explore.
BONUS: Welcome to Las Vegas
You cannot leave Las Vegas without getting a picture under the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. Hopefully, your toddler is a little more cooperative than ours and looks at the camera. We had to bribe our little guy with rocks to get him to stay in one place. As you can see from the picture this was as good as it was going to get. We all know toddlers have a mind of their own and oftentimes we have to choose our battles.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN LAS VEGAS WITH A TODDLER
Our first day in Las Vegas we had breakfast at the Peppermill Restaurant. We thought this would be a cool place for our toddler to roam because of the neon lights. He enjoys bright colors so this place was a hit for him. The portions are large and the food was amazing. I recommend going early to beat the crowds or heading there after going to Circus Circus to enjoy the free acts.
We stumbled upon Bruxie on our way to M&M World and we are so happy we did. We enjoyed their mouthwatering chicken and waffles with crispy fries. You will be astounded by their homemade syrup that gives the perfect balance between sweet and savory for chicken and waffles.
I was in the mood for seafood and Luke's Lobster had the best reviews on Google so I decided to give it a try. I usually like cram, but decided to take a chance and try the lobster roll. The meat is served chilled on a warm buttery bun. As you can see the roll is not large so if you are looking for a full meal, I recommend ordering the jumbo or getting the combo.
Gordon Ramsey's Burger
I love Gordon Ramsey and watch all of his shows so it is only right that we stopped by one of his restaurants while in Las Vegas. We were in the mood for a burger so we decided to go to Burger located inside of Planet Hollywood.
When we arrived, there was a line to get into the restaurant so we walked around and took pictures with the cool fire. When you arrive if you have a party of 3 or more be sure to let the host know how many are in your party. The line was long but we only waited 115-20 minutes to be seated.
Once seated we browsed the menu and had a hard time deciding what to eat. Our baby does not eat meat so our priority is always finding something on the menu for him luckily, they have a plant-based burger so vegetarians or vegans can eat here too.
After almost 20 minutes we finally decided on our orders and they did not disappoint. I ordered the Hog Burger, my wife ordered the Blue Cheeseburger, my sister ordered the Backyard Burger with a turkey patty, and we shared a basket of truffle fries.
I can tell you this is the best burger I have ever eaten in my life. You have to stop here for lunch or dinner if you are in Las Vegas.
On our way back from the Seven Magic Mountains we decided to try something different and have Big Jerk (Jamaican Food) for dinner. We decided to get the family meal that comes with a whole chicken and two sides. We ordered plantains, beans & rice, and potato salad.
The food was phenomenal, so much so that we forgot to take pictures. If you want to try something a little spicy and full of flavor stop by this family-owned restaurant.
We stopped by the Sugar Factory for a sweet treat and couldn't help trying to get a photo with the candy. They have insane milkshakes, incredible drinks, and fun desserts. If you are looking for a unique treat on the Strip in Vegas with a toddler this is the place to go.
Braud's Funnel Cake Cafe
While in Towne Square we got an apple pie funnel cake with a scoop of ice cream. Yes, it was as good as it sounds, the funnel cake was nice and soft and paired perfectly with the apples and ice cream. We ate it so fast we forgot to get a picture.
Our baby gets upset if you take too long to let him eat, so we have to move quickly. If you are at the park with your little ones and need something sweet, I recommend a funnel cake.
Conclusion: Should you go to Las Vegas with a baby or toddler?
Our answer is, absolutely!! Las Vegas is a great place for families with babies or toddlers. There are a lot of kid-friendly activities, shows, restaurants, parks, and museums. If you are thinking of heading to Vegas with a baby, go for it. We always say; you are more likely going to regret the trip you didn't take more than the one you did.