I recently returned from my annual trip to Las Vegas with some old school friends for the opening round of March Madness. While I never considered bringing TJ on this trip (he just doesn't have the stamina yet to sit and watch 32 college basketball games in two days), seeing some kids there reminded me of the take him/ don't take him debate Travelin' Mom and I went through when we had to go to Vegas for a family function. We searched tons of websites that offered activities for children in Vegas (although TJ was 10 months old at the time, so the only fun for him would be staring at a spinning slot machine) and also visited several message boards discussing whether to bring your kids to Vegas. The majority of people's answer: Don't bring them.
I can't say I completely disagree. We didn't bring TJ with us on that trip. Las Vegas, especially the Strip, is a very adult-oriented. And I'm not referring to the little cards with pictures of girls and their phone numbers being handed to you as you walk from casino to casino. I'm saying that the majority of the entertainment is for adults and not much thought is put into entertaining the kids. For example, most hotels are okay with kids walking through the casino(according to their policy, the Bellagio only allows kids under 18 to enter the casino if they're registered guests), so long as they're just cutting through to reach a destination. But, I've watched security guards admonish kids, even kids with their parents, to keep moving if they've stopped for even a second. In fact, my under-18 niece and nephew got the treatment several times on that same family trip. So, I'm of the mindset that there are several better places to take kids than Las Vegas.
On the other hand, if you really want to, or even have to, bring your children to Vegas, it's not like there's nothing for them to do. I saw several happy kids parading back from my hotel pool, many of which are resort-quality in Vegas. So, if your juice is coming from a box rather than a sportsbook, here are some places to find kid-friendly activities in Vegas: