3 great places for families to check out in Las Vegas
By Aimee Heckel
“Sin City” doesn’t exactly scream “child friendly.” But despite Las Vegas’s reputation for debauchery, the city has a ton of family-friendly entertainment. In fact, Vegas can be a wonderful, warm, inexpensive family vacation — if you know where to go.
Here are our favorite three places for families to check out in Vegas.
1. You’ve got to stay at Circus Circus. Your kids will love the indoor amusement park with 25 rides and attractions. In addition to world-class circus shows, don’t miss the retro 1930s-style movie theater at the Chuck Jones Experience.
Save money: Lucky for parents, Circus Circus is one of the cheaper hotels on the Strip.
- Active military members get an additional 10 percent off. So do AAA members.
- Vegas.com is offering a great deal on flight plus two nights at Circus Circus for about $127 per person.
- Vegas.com currently is offering rooms starting at $24 per night. That’s impossibly cheap! Book now (before April 9) and get 40 percent off, plus a $20 food and beverage credit.
- Stay at Circus Circus and get more than $150 worth of discounts at other attractions in Vegas.
- Save up to 40 percent off rooms when you use a coupon code through ShopAtHome.com.
2. The Sugar Factory Brasserie in Paris Las Vegas. Your kids’ dentist isn’t going to like this one, but it’s a sweet treat for kids of all ages. We recommend the frozen hot chocolate. (Pause for a moment to think about that one. Yeah.)
This is a chocolate-lover’s heaven: luxury fondue, gourmet chocolates and 18 flavors of gelatos and 18 more ice creams. They sell salads here, too, but let’s face it, that’s not why you come to the somewhere called the Sugar Factory. Did we mention this place is open 24 hours a day?
- Stay at Paris Las Vegas and you can save up to 25 percent off, plus 2.5 percent cash back if you book through ShopAtHome.com.
- With the average costs here only $15 or less, you won’t be worried about your indulgences.
3. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Because what kid isn’t obsessed with sharks? (Why is that, anyway?) Billed as North America’s only “predator-based aquarium” (eek), Shark Reef features more than 2,000 creatures, including crocs, rays, piranhas, turtles — oh my. Take an educational tour or if you’re feeling crazy, take a dive in the shark tank.
- Stay at Mandalay Bay and get up to $75 food and beverage credit.
- Got children under 4? They’re free at Shark Reef. (Otherwise tickets cost $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 5 to 12.)
- Nevada residents get a discount on admission.
- Get discounted tickets for groups of 20 or more.
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Photo courtesy of Shark Reef