Did you know that Las Vegas is kid-friendly? Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of places you should not take your kids in Vegas. But there are tons of places that you should take them, including fun things to do and incredible places to eat. This 5-day Las Vegas itinerary with kids will keep your kids highly entertained with activities that won’t bore parents. Plus, the entire family will stay extremely well-fed. 

Getting to Vegas

Almost everyone flies into McCarran International Airport just minutes away from the Strip. There’s a private airport here as well on the opposite. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are all available to take you to your hotel, but I recommend taking a taxi if possible. Use my Lyft invite for an $18 credit! If you are staying on the Main Strip you can be at your hotel within 5 to 20 minutes. If you are driving in from Los Angeles expect horrible traffic. 

Kid-Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas

First things first, where to stay with kids in Vegas. There are some hotels that you will not want to stay at with kids in Las Vegas. However, for the most part, you can stay at almost any hotel with kids. Our top three are Trump Vegas, Golden Nugget, and Palazzo
Trump Las VegasMy top recommendation for families traveling with children to Las Vegas is to stay at the Trump Hotel. The Trump is located just off the strip next door to the Fashion Show Mall. This hotel has no casino and is non-smoking, both of which make this a family-friendly hotel. Because of the location and lack of a casino, the vibe is much more low-key. Sure they might have a DJ at the pool, but that’s about as wild as it’s going to get. 
If you are on a budget, Golden Nugget is my top pick. The biggest issue with the Golden Nugget is how far away it is from everything else. 

5 Day Las Vegas Itinerary for Families

You can follow this Vegas itinerary day by day or just use it as a starting point. Regardless of whether you stick to it or not you are going to have a fantastic family vacation. Remember to keep kids hydrated and lather on that sunscreen! I previously put together an entire post on what you need to know before you take kids to Las Vegas. I highly recommend reading it before your trip. 

Day 1: Waterpark, Fun Food, & CultureWet'n'Wild Las Vegas

Breakfast: Head to Stacks & Yolks on your way out to the waterpark where you will find traditional breakfast food and over the top crazy breakfast food.

Stacks & Yolks

Captain Crunch French Toast at Stacks & Yolks

Waterpark time: We are going to start and end the week with a waterpark because Vegas is super hot. Kick off the day with a family-friendly day out at Wet N Wild. This is at least a 20-minute drive from the strip and I do recommend renting a car. Vegas is too hot and to spread out to be walking to places with kids. Have lunch at Wet n Wild. The pizza there is excellent. Here’s a WetnWild coupon for a $24.99 single admission, 38% off.Sugar Factory food

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Dinner – Head back to the Trump to get cleaned up from your day at the water park. Once cleaned up walk across the street to the Fashion Show Mall and have dinner at the Sugar Factory. Be sure to save room for one of the massive desserts at the Sugar Factory.Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas

Evening – After dinner, catch an Uber to the Bellagio. Once there watch the Bellagio Fountains. If your kids still have enough energy walk into the Bellagio and see their conservatory.

Tip: Splurge on a cabana at Wet n Wild to get your kids out of the extreme sun. Also, have them wear an SPF shirt and drink lots of water. 

Day 2: Gaming, Tacos, and Animals

Las Vegas Town Square

Las Vegas Town Square

Today have breakfast at nearby Peppermill Restaurant, it’s old school and super colorful. It’s a brief drive from the Trump Hotel. After breakfast head over to the Mirage where you can take your kids to see the animals at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Once you are done at the habitat head south to Town Square where you can have lunch at Gameworks. Gameworks is a massive indoor arcade with a restaurant. Plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours here. If the kids in your family enjoy video games plan of at least 1 hour in the video game room They also have bowling here.

While the kids and dad game at Gameworks mom can go shopping. Town Square is home to loads of awesome shops including a massive H & M. Plus, there’s a playground and splash pad. 

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Dinner: Eat at Maxies for dinner inside the Linq. They have wild colorful food that kids will adore. 

Evening: After dinner, go back to the hotel for an evening of swimming at your hotel.

Tip: If you have younger kids take their swimsuits with you to Town Square where they can play in the splash pad inside the playground.

Day 3: Shopping, Sharks, and a ShowShark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Morning: Head over to Mandalay for breakfast and to see the aquarium. Della’s Kitchen is a great breakfast place and the closest place to the Shark Reef. After breakfast, visit the Shark Reef. At the Shark Reef see lots of sea life including 15 types of sharks. At the touch pool, kids have the opportunity to touch sharks and stingrays. Get tickets for $29

Lunch: Head over to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for shopping, lunch, and a show. Your family will enjoy dining at Nacho Daddy because let’s face it, kids will always eat nachos! It doesn’t hurt that they’ve got great margaritas too. Nacho Daddy Margaritas

Afternoon: After lunch enjoying some time shopping. Las Vegas has some of the best shopping in the world. You can pick up bath bombs for the kids at Basin White. They have bath bombs with surprises inside.

Kids will also love Houdini’s Magic Shop where the store associates will teach them how to do a magic trick for no charge. The Miracle Mile Shops is also where a small Sugar Factory store can be found. Parents can enjoy one of their over the top cocktails while the kids can pick out candy.

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show

They take your picture as you come in for the Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show.

Last but not least catch the Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show at 4 PM while you are here. Your kids will love it and so will you. Another good option if it is a Tuesday – Saturday is Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. They have a show every Sunday at 4 p.m. Kids will get a massive kick out of seeing animals perform.

Dinner: Have dinner tonight at Firefly a family-friendly restaurant featuring tapas. Kids will have fun trying all the different plates here.

Vegas high roller

After dinner, take a ride on the High Roller and enjoy views of the entire Las Vegas area. The High Roller is the second largest Ferris wheel in the world and gives you sweeping views of the Strip and surrounding areas. It takes 30 minutes to complete once you get into a pod. Get a ticket for just $6.80.

Tip #1: Try to get to Firefly in time to enjoy happy hour when they offer discounts on food and drink. Also, it’s a little earlier in the day which means it’s more kid-friendly. There are lots of good kid-friendly happy hours in Vegas.

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Tip #2: To see all the lights at night, wait until dark to ride the High Roller.

Day 4: Festive Food, Hiking, and Golf Games

Breakfast: Have a fun colorful breakfast at the Truffles N Bacon Cafe.

UBE french toast at Truffles N Bacon Cafe

UBE french toast at Truffles N Bacon Cafe

Morning: After breakfast, drive out towards the Red Rocks for a bit of hiking at Calico Basin. The hike is easy and kids will enjoy climbing on the rock formations. Calico Basin

Afternoon: Head to the largest Topgolf in the U.S. for family golf games. It’s located right behind MGM and they offer a free shuttle from the MGM Grand to Topgolf. Golfing experience and equipment is not needed to have an entertaining time at Topgolf. Families get their own climate-controlled bay where they can hang out with each other on couches and take turns playing.
Plan to have lunch while you are there. Wait staff will take your order and deliver food right to your bay. You must order the injectable donut holes, they are to die for. While you are there you can also play cornhole or shuffleboard on the second floor. Kids are only allowed on the 1st and 2nd levels. Expect to spend at least two hours here.
Top Golf
Dinner: Grab burgers and freak shakes at Black Tap. You should consider splitting a burger because you will want to make sure you have enough room for a shake! Don’t get the burger salad, it is not that good. 
black tap milkshakes

2 of the milkshakes at Black Tap

Evening: Catch a Cirque du Soliel show. Mystere, Michael Jackson, and the Beatles are all very kid-friendly. Skip KA, it’s too dark in the theater and children will fall asleep. michael jackson cirque du soleil

Day 5: Feast, Splash, and Rock Out

Today dine at Hash House a Go Go for breakfast. Dining here is fun and sure to be memorable.

Chicken and Waffles Hash House a Go Go

Chicken and Waffles Hash House a Go Go

Morning and Lunch: Afterwards drive out to Henderson and spend the day at Cowabunga Bay water park. Two water parks in one trip may seem like a lot, but it’s so hot in Vegas that with kids this tends to be a better use of your time than any other outdoor activity. Have lunch today at the waterpark.

Cowabunga Bay

Before or after going to the water park stop by the Ethel M. Chocolate factory to see how chocolates are made. They also have an impressive cactus garden that’s worth seeing.

Dinner: Have Thai food for dinner at James Beard award-winning Lotus of Siam.

Evening: After dinner, catch the Recycled Percussion show. It’s super loud and kids will love it. 

Tip #1: Don’t forget to put on sunscreen.

Tip #2: Get a Dole Whip at Cowabunga Bay, one of the only places you can get one outside of Disney World.

Have you taken your kids to Las Vegas? What was your favorite thing? We would love to hear about it in the comments below. 

5 day Las Vegas Itinerary with Kids



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