Las Vegas is a different beast these days - it is very family focused and provides a great range of entertainment opportunities for kids. You can't go wrong with the main ones - Ceasar's, The Venetian, Four Seasons, Trump... They are all very family friendly. The only ones that I wouldn't consider are those way outside the main strip - some of them can be a little shady.
Here a few ones to stay clear of:
Also, be ready to explain to your kids the realities of drinking, gambling and raucous behavior, because chances are, you are going to see quite a bit of it! (No matter where you stay)
Jesse - World Nomads about 9 years ago
Check out New York-New York for its roller coaster, Mandalay Bay (Shark Reef ), any of the Stations properties for their movie theaters and arcades, and finally Circus Circus, which has the most kid-centric activities per square foot. I usually go to any of these with my family when i go to Las Vegas. about 9 years ago
I like the places that are more like an apartment w/kitchen and separate rooms versus a hotel room. That way we can still have the family dinners, save some money on eating out, it it just has a more relaxed atmosphere. They really don't run into more money if you compare it to eating out several meals a day.
The last time we were there we had a 3 year old in tow. We did go watch 'the water dance' and Mandalay Bay, and the strip..but there were so many people..handing out so many in appropriate flyers along the strip.. we didn't make it a routine.
We stayed at the Grandview on the Southend of the strip. Still very nice area, less crowded, had the trolleys, near groceries, had a kitchen, beautiful pool..AND the casino next door had a great childcare area that you could use while you went to the movies IN the casino, or dinner, or bowling, or gambling. It was great.
Just be careful since the Grandview is a Timeshare property if you sign up for a tour or a 'deal' with lodging and the tour.. you loose 1/2 a day vacation being dragged around. We did it, we didn't buy, and we go over $100 of food gift certificates. almost 10 years ago