When my husband told me that we were going to Las Vegas for 4 days and 3 nights, I hesitated. I mean, Vegas is literally for adults, right? The thought about going to Las Vegas with a toddler worried me because of the travel, his sleeping and eating schedules, and because I didn’t know how I could entertain a toddler in “Sin City”. It has been awhile since the whole family traveled. When Richard broke his leg 3 months ago, we haven’t went out of town until lately but I was looking forward to it.
Traveling with a toddler can be intimidating but on the positive side, it offers a lot of learning for your child as well. So, I packed a suitcase for us three and went to Las Vegas, Nevada. It may be surprising to know that most of think of “Las Vegas” as exclusively for adults only. On the contrary, there is so much to see and do for you and your toddler. With just a little research here and there, you will find that there’s a lot of Vegas for toddler and kids to enjoy.
Here are the things that worked for us while staying in Las Vegas with our toddler!
Las Vegas has a Mono Rail which is simply a train with single rail. The ride showcases the best way to travel the Las Vegas strip faster and can be a more convenient mode of transportation. Since our son is a fan of trains and trucks, we gave him the fun experience of riding the train. He enjoyed watching the mechanical way of how the door opens and shuts itself. As the train goes so fast, his expression was priceless and he was smiling so big. Everyone who was ridding with us was fond of him as he gave them a waves and a flying kiss.
We paid 13 USD/ person for a day-pass with unlimited rides. For more Mono Rail info, check their site here.
High Roller at the LINQ
One of the most awesome ways to see the Vegas Strip is riding the 550 feet High Roller. The world’s tallest observation wheel that flaunts the whole Strip. The view from the top is mesmerizing. Night rides are more expensive, but I would still prefer the day rides for my kid. So, he can really see the vehicles, airplanes and people. Strollers are allowed inside the cabin. Tickets can be purchased at the High Roller box office, from any Caesars Entertainment box office or online at TheLINQ.com.
Ghirardelli Ice cream and Chocolate Shop
On our way to the LINQ High Roller, we found the store that satisfied our sweet tooth. Ghirardelli Ice cream and Chocolate Shop has the guilty pleasure that you and your toddler will enjoy. They have sundaes, chocolates and ice cream that will boost your energy to the nth level. We ordered “Strike it Rich” Sundae which is totally rich in everything sweet – chocolate and butterscotch. My husband said, he almost forgot what real butterscotch tastes like. They have free water and chocolate candy samples as well. So, check it out while your in the alley.
Bellagio’s Garden and Fountains
If you’re kid is into nature, introduce them to the different gorgeous flowers at the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. It is free for admission and open for viewing 24/7. The flowers in the Conservatory are seasonal. They have horticulturists who assemble and organize the presentation. It reminds me of a Rose parade that’s not on a float. This time, it was spring, and they have this Japanese garden style. So, they have different colors of tulips, hydrangea, roses, lilies and cherry blossoms tree to complete the look. It was late in the afternoon when my son and I went at the Conservatory and there was a lot of people. Morning visit might have less visitors if you want to enjoy a less crowded garden. Though my son enjoyed people watching. Aside from the flowers, he had fun mostly with the tiny birds in the cage tweeting and were amazed by the koi fishes.
On our way to the Conservatory and Botanical Garden, the Bellagio’s Fountain is a must-stop attraction. The beauty and mesmerizing and the water dances are undying. The Fountain dance is played every 30 minutes 24/7. So, you have time to take walk and see the architectural beauty around you. My son had fun watching the fountain as I talked to him about how the water comes out of the man-made lake. There were ducks floating underneath the bridge and it was so cute when he started making the duck sounds.
Soleil Las Vegas Pool
Most of the Las Vegas Hotels have pools. There is nothing like enjoying the sun with your son by the pool. The stunning beauty of the Eiffel Tower can be enjoyed while soaking up in the sun with the Paris Hotel 2-acre pool. It is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM and Life guards are on duty during these times. We stayed at the Paris Hotel. I separate this post so, I can show you more of the place.
Tip: A planned day may be so active, I would suggest saving time where your toddler can also rest and refuel their energy otherwise they can get crabby at the end of the day. My son takes 1 nap a day now around 1-3 pm. He may have a nap on his stroller but there is nothing like resting in a comfortable bed.
Always have some light snacks for you and your toddler just in case he will ask for something to munch and keep hydrated. Water bottles inside hotels stores are double the price than normal. But there are food courts and Pharmacies close to hotels that you can buy water from.
Las Vegas is always active and vibrant. It might be daunting to travel to Vegas with a toddler but there is always something to see, something to do and something to eat that will keep your toddler to be more interested in exploring. I have learned that the during toddler stage, kids start to engage in the different sights around them.
For all those moms out there who might be worried traveling with a child to Las Vegas, don’t worry. This is just the short list of the many options to keep your little one entertain. This is just part 1 of a multi part series. Follow our stories on Instagram and subscribe below for our future adventures.