So you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas with the whole family. The lights, the casinos, the shows and parks for the kids, you already know where you want to take them. But as for planning the trip, step by step, you probably don’t know where to start. No matter, in this guide we’ll give you tips on how to try fitting in all the best family attractions in Las Vegas as well as tips and tricks on what to bring as well as what to do during an emergency.
- Don’t bring your kids to the casino. If there are kids on a trip, forget about going to the casino, unless you know someone who can watch them for you while you’re there. Remember that this is supposed to be a family trip, not a gambling trip. No one is saying you can’t make a visit to the casino, but if the kids can’t be trusted to be left alone or that there’s no one who’s going to watch them for you, then just forget about going to the casino.
- Make sure you have enough money on you. There’s nothing cheap in Las Vegas, so it would be wise to make sure you have enough money for this trip. Keep enough on hand and keep the extra in the bank. Budget your money wisely and follow that budget strictly unless there’s an emergency.
- Check out websites for affordable hotel accommodation. However be wary of promos that may have strings attached. Choose one with amenities that kids might be able to use so they won’t get bored easily. Check out also the more affordable places to dine near your chosen place of accommodations. Be careful which ATMs you use; check out non-casino ATMs near you and avoid withdrawing from casino ATMs.
- Know the rules in Vegas. Hailing a cab, for example, is illegal. Jaywalking is also prohibited.
- Try not to see everything there is to see in Las Vegas in only a few days. Visit only a few places each day so there’s something to do for the kids. Do keep in mind that Las Vegas is mainly an adult location and it was only in the 1990s that the image was changed to make it more family-friendly, so establishments catering only to adults still outnumber those that cater for the whole family.
- Plan for an emergency. Teach kids what to do if they get lost. Better yet, attach a GPS tracking device on them in case they get lost, preferably somewhere it can still send signals while it remains unseen. Tell your kids not to be afraid to cry and ask for help to draw attention.
- Have enough rest on your return home. Finally, when going back home, at least make sure you’re home 1 day before you’re supposed to return to work. This will give you 1 day’s rest and enough time to sort out the baggage.