All the travel plans we had for spring break fell through at the last minute, so I decided to hop in the car and take Scarlet on a road trip to Vegas. Las Vegas is amazing for kids, and we had a total blast. And I didn’t have to bother with drinking or gambling, it was all shows, food, and games for us. We packed a lot into about three days, here is my recommended itinerary for families. Prepare for exhaustion, but also extreme fun.
-Arrive in Vegas and check into your hotel. We stayed at the Signature by MGM Grand, which was great because it was a suite with a kitchen, a great view, close to everything, and no gambling so no smoky smell. Ask to be in Tower 1 to save yourself some walking distance. The Mirage, the New York New York, and the Mandalay Bay are all great for kids.
-Go for a swim in the awesome hotel pool (the MGM and Mandalay Bay have the best pools with lazy rivers and wave pools, etc.).
-See a show. We saw Love by Cirque De Soleil at the Mirage (the Beatles themed show) and ADORED IT.
-Eat a buffet at your hotel. The kids will love it.
-Head over to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage.
-Cross the street to have lunch and a gondola ride at the Venetian.
-Walk a little further south and stop at Serendipity for crazy ice Cream treats in front of Caesar’s Palace.
-Head back to your hotel for swimming/chillin’.
-In the afternoon, head over to the Bellagio to see the art exhibit and coservatory (amazing flowers) then catch the fountains.
-Spend an hour at the arcade at the New York New York, and ride the coaster if your kids are into thrills.
-Dinner at Rainforest Cafe (my kid loves Rainforest Cafe).
-Have breakfast at Le Village Buffet in the Paris hotel. It’s adorable. Make a reservation so you don’t have to wait on line.
-After filling up on crepes, head up the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas.
-From there, grab a taxi or uber to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. It’s awesome!
-Take the free tram from the Mandalay Bay to check out the Luxor (maybe see the Bodies exhibit, we passed on that) and/or the Excalibur (maybe see the Tournament of Kings, we had just been to Medieval Times so we skipped it).
-If you dare, take the Las Vegas monorail out to the Circus Circus. You can go to the Adventuredome for rides, or if they just like games then head into the hotel and play at the midway.
-To get your bearings back after all that, drag the kids across the street to the SLS for sushi at Katsu-ya.
-Head back to your hotel on the monorail
Bonus, if you are driving to/from the West Coast, stop in Calico Ghost Town. We spent about 4 hours there, it may have been Scarlet’s favorite part of the trip!