WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS; UNLESS YOU LEAVE YOUR KIDS UNATTENDED, THEN YOU GET A PUPPY!
Travelling has always been a part of Sax and myself; in fact it is so deep-set that I’m sure it runs in our blood. Before we met, we both travelled a lot for work, more so than pleasure. After meeting, our travels increased and we found ourselves “enjoying” the delights of ‘plane food’ at least once every 2 weeks. There are ups and downs of travelling too much, of which I won’t go into now; but we did eventually perfect our airport and travel etiquette.
Once I fell pregnant, I continued to travel up until I was 6 months, then I didn’t take my next flight until Isabella was 3 months old. Travelling certainly has reduced to approximately 5-7 times a year, but with a small toddler on board that certainly is plenty. Our second daughter Matilda arrived 6 months ago, and now with 2 babies, travelling has become a little harder, but with business abroad we try to make it work for us without upsetting the little ones.
We don’t always get a choice of where we travel to, since the destination is really dependent on where business is; this being said, I am not much of a ‘sit-on-the-beach all day’ gal; I like to see the world and discover the local traditions, so this works perfect for us.
I thought I would write about the trip we just recently took in December to Las Vegas, since there seems to be such a bad vibe whether to take kids or not!
Firstly you need to ask yourself, what is the reason for going to Vegas? If it’s primarily to gamble and party, then kids are certainly out of the question, they are not allowed on any casino floor except to pass through, and without stopping; and you definitely can’t take them dancing, no matter how much they like Gangnam Style! The floor managers will watch you closely and they will follow you until you have left the casino area. However if like myself, you are going for other reasons and not really interested in gambling, then you can certainly take kids along.
There are a few baby/child friendly hotels in Las Vegas of which I have named just a couple below:
This hotel does have an old look and feel about it, and it is right at one end of the strip, however it certainly accommodates for kids. It does have a casino inside, but it also has an area with an arcade, a circus that performs every hour or so, and an indoor adventure dome. The times and days that they operate should be checked though, as I believe they change throughout the year. I.e the adventure dome was only open at the weekend during December.
This is certainly luxury, and one that we absolutely loved! The rooms are stunning and with plenty of room for 2 babies. Although there is a large casino inside, and the bars do not allow you to sit at tables unless you decide to eat, the Grand Canal walk of Venice is stunning and fantastic for kids.
Our daughters loved watching and listening to the gondoliers singers as they caressed our ears with songs like O Mio Babbino Caro and Ave Maria! The seating in St Marks Square although inside, certainly gives you the Al Fresco dining experience, and kids are welcomed with open arms. We did come across this FABULOUS sign; think I should have waited for the puppy!
This hotel is fantastic for families! It doesn’t have a casino but it certainly makes up in decor, a stunning pool area, food & cocktails that are to die for; and rooms that come with a kitchenette perfect for the little ones; and if you arrive with children upon check-in they give kids a goodie bag containing sunglasses, colouring book and crayons. I have to say that the sunglasses are an impressive touch! The location is also perfect, as it is far enough away from the hustle and bustle, but still situated on the strip with only a 10-minute walk to The Venetian. It is also only feet away from the Fashion Mall, which was a must on my trip.
Just walking inside the many hotels along the strip was a sight in itself as they have some beautiful decor.
We did venture down the entire length of the strip on a couple of occasions, since I absolutely had to do the CSI Experience, which I would definitely recommend if you have an interest in that. And also to see the various fountain shows which our daughters were transfixed with.
This is also where we came across the new Gordon Ramsey’s Fish & Chips Restaurant; which really is a photo opportunity, and the food is superb.
We travelled at the perfect time as the streets were lined with cowboys, country music and haystacks, because the National Rodeo Finals were taking place; so the atmosphere was not just about gambling and drinking.
We didn’t actually get to use the pool, since December is a little chilly, but all in all, taking our babies with us on this trip was not an issue and we all managed to enjoy it. And once they get older, there are other attractions to see, I have listed a few below:
- Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
- Family Shows
- Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island
- A pretty spectacular glowing mini golf at King Putt (although this is 15 mins drive from the middle point of the strip)
- Wet’n’Wild Water Park on warmer days which again is a 15 minute drive
- The Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage
- The totally awesome Dig This which is 5 mins from the strip, and with a minimum age of 14
- If you visit between June and August you will find movies in the park in town square
- The many Museums
- Of course Madame Tussauds must be on the list
- And don’t forget the experiences away from the strip like the Cowboy Trail Rides (minimum age of 7), and the well-known Grand Canyon
I hope you found this of interest! Have you taken or are you thinking of taking your kids with you on a trip to Vegas, I would love to know your thoughts.