THE FAMILY HOLIDAY PLAN: LET’S GO TO VEGAS!

Las Vegas isn’t just for grown-ups anymore! The city is becoming increasingly family friendly and you can take advantage of the typically low-priced rates for a great family holiday in Vegas.

It’s no longer considered “Sin City” when you see the various kid-friendly attractions like the roller coaster atop New York, New York, or the theme park inside Circus Circus. There are arcades just about everywhere and special shows geared toward the family audience.

The best part is that many of the attractions that kids love are free! You can see the Pirate show outside Treasure Island, view the amazing light show on Fremont Street, or watch the volcano “explode” outside the Mirage at sundown.

Meals are cheap everywhere in Vegas. We once had a complete prime rib dinner including baked potato, vegetable, and salad bar for a mere $2.99 at a small casino across from the Stardust. It was delicious and filling. The various buffets have anything and everything you could ever want to satisfy a picky eater – all at a low price anyone can afford.

Las Vegas is designed to be inexpensive in the hopes that tourists will spend most of their money in the casinos. This is where you can splurge a little and hold back when you’re getting a little short on funds. After all, you’re in Vegas – you have to pull at least one slot machine’s arm.

Depending on when you book, you can get an air/hotel package for as little as $300 per week per person round trip! In many places, kids get a discounted room rate, and if you want your older children to have their own room, many hotels will let you have that at half price.

Once in Vegas, consider renting a car and going on an exploration of the area. You can take in The Hoover Dam, check out the Grand Canyon or take in the Richard Petty ride-along racing experience. There’s so much to do in and around Vegas, you’ll never be bored!

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