We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Vegas is simply not a good place to bring kids. Most of the major hotels no longer offer babysitting, and fewer offer discounts for children staying in a parent's room (many others have lowered the age for children who can stay for free). But if you must bring them, you’ll be best served at the hotels below or in a non-casino hotel, particularly a reliable chain, and a place with kitchenettes.

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
Centrally located on the Strip, this is our first choice if you’re traveling with the kids. The hotel’s mezzanine level offers ongoing circus acts daily from 11am to midnight, dozens of carnival games, and an arcade. And behind the hotel is a full amusement park.

Though the sword-and-sorcery theme has been considerably toned down, Excalibur features an entire floor of midway games and a large video-game arcade. It also has some child-oriented eateries and shows, but there’s a heavily promoted male-stripper show, too, so it’s not perfect.

Four Seasons
For free goodies, service, and general child pampering, the costly Four Seasons is probably worth the dough. Your kids will be spoiled!

Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay certainly looks grown up, but it has a number of factors that make it family-friendly: good-size rooms to start—which you do not have to cross a casino to access; a variety of restaurants; a big ol’ shark attraction; and, best of all, the swimming area—wave pool, sandy beach, lazy river, lots of other pools—fun in the Vegas sun!

The Orleans
Considered a “local” hotel, its proximity to the Strip makes it a viable alternative, especially for families seeking to take advantage of its plus-size pool area, kid’s activity area, bowling, and movie theaters.

Stratosphere Casino Hotel
For families looking for reasonably priced, if not particularly exciting, digs, this is a good choice. Plus, it’s not in the middle of the Strip action, so you and your kids can avoid that. Thus far, it’s not moving in the “adult entertainment” direction, and it has thrill rides at the top.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.