Find Family Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas

by Eric Miller on February 3, 2010

Sure Las Vegas has embraced its notorious past with it’s marketing campaigns in recent years, but there are still several family-friendly hotels in Las Vegas that offer attractive deals for adults travelling with teen and even pre-teen children.

Most of the older theme resorts have done a good job finding a happy middle ground in appealing to both older and younger guests. Excalibur, Circus Circus, and New York New York all have affordable room and entertainment packages for families trying to please a wide range of tastes.

Family Friendly Excalibur Hotel

Tournament of Kings Dinner Show at Excalibur

The Excalibur Family Package requires a two-night minimum stay and includes: 2-FOR-1 tickets for the Tournament of Kings dinner show and 2-FOR-1 tickets to their SpongeBob Squarepants Magic Motion 4-D movie ride. (each can accommodate up to 8 guests with 4 ticket purchases). The Tournament of Kings dinner show features dancing maidens, live jousting tournaments, fireworks and yes, even eating with your fingers. The food is meaty and quite good and the entertainment is an adventure just to watch. Tickets generally run about $60 with tax, so the 2-FOR-1 deal saves about $30/head. The package also includes 2-FOR-1 tickets to Adventuredome at Circus-Circus, 10 Free Play passes at the Fantasy Faire midway, 20% off on tickets for “Bodies, the Exhibition” and “Titanic, the Exhibition” (both at the Luxor), and buy one, get the second admission for 50% to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay for any aspiring oceanographers or scientists in your pack. This promotion runs until December 31, 2010. Rates are about $140/night on week-ends and $80/night Sunday-Thursday including taxes and resort fees. More adult-oriented distractions at Excalibur include Defending the Caveman (a hilarious one-man show about how men and women relate) stand-up comic Louie Anderson and several poker tournaments daily with big prize pools guaranteed.

The Adventure Dome at Circus Circus has been entertaining both kids and adults who are kids at heart for two generations. The Rides and Attractions feature the Canyon Blaster and water-soaked Rim Runner among several others. Circus Circus has taken the novel approach of letting families put together their own room and entertainment packages based on their specific needs. Instead of packaging together room and entertainment choices, they are letting their very low room rates and all-day Fun Passes (~$15 for kids, $25 for adults) speak for themselves. Rooms start at about $40/night during the week and go up to about $85/night on the week-ends. The rooms are basic. This isn’t the Bellagio. But with ad slogans like “Act your age somewhere else” and “Embrace your inner lunatic”, Circus Circus is not trying to attract folks looking for in-room tranquility or a spa experience.


CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand. Part of the 3 for $54 Entertainment Package available at NYNY, Excalibur, Luxor, MGM or Mandalay Bay Box Offices

The New York-New York resort and casino will probably best appeal to families travelling with teenagers who want to be a little independent. Their “3 for $54” package allows a person to do three of the following attractions for only $54: the CSI Experience at MGM Grand (test your inner crime-solver by playing the role of a crime scene investigator in an interactive challenge); “Bodies: the Exhibition” at Luxor; “Titanic: the Exhibition” at Luxor; the NYNY Rollercoaster; Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay; or the “Spongebob Squarepants 4D Ride” at Excalibur. The nice thing about this package is that although several of the options are located in different resorts, there are pedestrian skywalks and trams that connect all the other resorts to New York-New York. It’s a great way for a couple of responsible, adventurous, independent minded teens to explore Las Vegas with a mini itinerary in a safe, heavily populated zone. Room rates are generally about $100/night during the week and $150-200/night Fridays and Saturdays with a “Park Avenue” Strip view and 2-FOR-1 admission into the ultra hip nightclub ROK. Other attractions at New York-New York include Cirque du Soleil’s sexy “Zumanity” show (tickets ~$75), a very nice and comparatively reasonably priced spa, dueling pianos at night in the indoor/outdoor restaurant and lounge area and off course, just the general ambiance of walking around in Manhattan looking for Ray’s Pizza.

(Special note: Treasure Island, the pirate-themed resort across from the Wynn has changed it’s target marketing and image in recent years and is no longer the kid-friendly family destination it was in the past. It now appeals to a younger, sexier crowd and the famous dueling pirate ship show, although still a lot of fun to watch, is decidedly sexier than it was a few years ago.)

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