Ah, Las Vegas. Sin City. Home of luxurious resorts, celebrity chef dining, non-stop gambling and outrageous electric bills from all the lights. Every year millions of visitors from across the globe trek to this desert oasis to forget about the troubles of their everyday lives and potentially start new ones as they give up their homes for some extra Blackjack chips. It’s an adult playground full of vice, sin, and insane bottled water prices.
Still, take a look along the sidewalks of the famous Strip and you’ll see a good many children walking around. These aren’t teenagers for the most part. Many families tote along their young children, even as small as those requiring a stroller. And despite the fact many of the large hotels along the Strip frown upon tiny guests, they come along with the parents who have the money to spend in the restaurants and on the casino floor.
One has to wonder if this is a good idea, both socially and economically? You are one of these people who have wondered the same thing since you’re starting to plan your trip to the desert city. Here are some things to consider before you make any payments.
How will you get there?
It’s a long drive from most places to Las Vegas. Even a trip from Los Angeles can take upwards of five hours driving through the desert. Flying is better but do you want to use up most of your vacation budget flying your family out and renting a car? By the way, you’re going to want to rent a car with your young family instead of relying on the many public transportation options. You don’t want to be waiting for or getting on a crowded bus or monorail with tired and cranky children.
Where will you stay?
Are you going to stay on the Strip, pretty much the heart of Las Vegas, or are you going to find another location outside of that area? This comes down to amenities and when you intend to go. Weekdays throughout the entire year tend to be inexpensive across the board unless there’s a special event that comes to the city. Unfortunately, while the rooms may be cheap, everything else is going to be expensive — WiFi, water, food, etc. The only thing you won’t pay for is parking — that doesn’t happen in Vegas.
Where will you eat?
Looking to dine at a few celebrity chef restaurants with your young family? Well, you might want to take out a second mortgage on your house before you do so. There are plenty of fast food and fast casual options in the city; however, your kids may get tired of Del Taco or Jack in the Box soon enough. There are plenty of buffets to dine at, some visits may come free with hotel stays, but these are uneven and can still cost a pretty penny.
Will you gamble?
That’s why you came to Vegas in the first place, right? Here’s the thing: does your spouse also want to gamble? And do you want to head to the casino together? Should you have young kids the only choice to do this is to hire a babysitter. You may have to take on split-shifts in order to get the gambling bug out of your system.