Caesars Palace, built in 1966, is coming up on its 50th anniversary, but this mega resort is no less imposing and opulent than its newer neighbors on the Las Vegas Strip. There is nothing quiet or understated about Caesars Palace. Like the ancient Roman era it celebrates, everything about this place is extravagant and over the top.
Caesars is flanked by the Mirage hotel to the north and the Bellagio to the south, while across the street lies another long stretch of casino hotels, all of which are under the same Caesars Entertainment ownership. In other words, Caesars Palace is within easy walking distance of multiple casino hotels, giving guests a very wide choice of places to spend their time.
All of the Caesars-owned properties participate in the player's rewards program known as Total Rewards, which means that any comp points earned at any of these properties can be used to help cover costs at any other Caesars property. Caesars Palace isn't cheap, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity every time you play in any Caesars-owned casino. Also, even if you don't play, you should show your Total Rewards card in all restaurants and anytime you spend money at a Caesars property on anything. Most of the restaurants have preferential pricing for cardholders, and the money you spend on rooms, food, shopping, entertainment, and other amenities allows you to earn tier points.
The Caesars location, right in the center of the Strip, could not be more convenient. Besides walking, other forms of transportation that are readily available to take you wherever in Las Vegas you wish to go include taxis, the Deuce bus, and the Las Vegas Monorail which has a stop at Caesars.Child Friendly Activities
The Caesars brand is strongly associated with opulence and luxury and not so much with family-friendly entertainment. Caesars Palace itself has thus built up a reputation primarily as an adult playground rather than as an ideal vacation place for children. What makes Caesars a good family resort anyway, aside from its prime Center Strip location, are its many years of experience in the casino gambling and entertainment industry and commitment to offering facilities which appeal to a wide customer base. Caesars Entertainment not only operates multiple properties in Las Vegas, but has the biggest casino hotel presence of any company worldwide. The recognition that many visitors to Las Vegas are families is not overlooked, and Caesars Palace offers a variety of fun activities that will appeal to both children and teenagers, including the following:Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis
Guests can choose from eight heated outdoor pools, but the huge Temple Pool with fountains to splash around in is probably the one best suited for kids. The pool is open from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. daily. Rafts are available for rental, and food can be ordered from Snackus Maximus.
Chairs and chaises are provided on a first come, first served basis at no cost. However, you also have the option, for a very steep cost, to rent your own cabana for the day and receive all of the following extras:
- Your own all-day cabana host
- Minibar stocked with water and soda
- Fruit tray and chips
- Dining table with four chairs
- Two lounge chairs
- Ceiling fans
The Forum Shops at Caesars is a world class shopping mall with its own separate entrance from the Strip and a major Las Vegas attraction in its own right. More about that later, but one part of the mall which is a must-see for your children, even if you don't have time to cover all of it, is the Fall of Atlantis Show.
Shop till you drop at the Forum Shops
You and your kids can probably spend a whole day (or evening) exploring the Forum Shops at Caesars and still not cover anywhere near all of the stores you would like to check out. The mall is open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. The following are some of the shopping possibilities that would be of particular interest to your kids.Kids Kastle
Kids Kastle, located near the Festival Fountain, is a children's clothing store specializing in high-end brands of clothing and accessories.Gap Kids
Gap Kids, located near the Atlantis Show, offers trendy but affordable children's clothing.H&M
This is the largest branch of H&M in the US. It is also located near the Atlantis show.The Colosseum
Finding evening entertainment that is suitable for children can be a challenge in Las Vegas, but one venue that you can count on to provide quality entertainment that is appropriate for all ages is the Colosseum. The latest star to take up residency is Mariah Carey. The production includes all 18 of her No. 1 hits. Be forewarned, her concerts sell out quickly, and advance tickets for February 2, 5-6,10, 13-14, 17, and 19-20, 2016 are on sale NOW!.
Some of the other headliners with upcoming shows at the Colosseum are Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart and, for the first time ever, Reba and Brooks & Dunn together for a country music concert like no other.
Child-Friendly Activities Nearby
As you can see, there is plenty for your children to do without even leaving Caesars Palace, but the hotel's perfect location between the Bellagio and the Mirage hotel makes including stops to see the family-friendly attractions at those hotels, too, a no brainer. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage will delight children of all ages, while the free dancing fountains show and breathtakingly beautiful Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio will leave them in awe.
Across the street, at Harrah's, the Mac King Magic Show has been playing to a packed house for years and still is. Show times are Tuesday-Saturday 1 pm. and 3 pm. The Million Dollar Quartet, also at Harrah's, is another show your kids would enjoy. The LINQ hotel's dining, shopping, and entertainment center is another must-see family attraction. Your kids can ride the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel.
The concierge at Caesars Palace will be happy to assist you with restaurant and show reservations and in planning other activities for your family. Caesars Palace does not offer its own childcare services on the premises, but for those times when you need a break from running around with your family, the concierge can arrange babysitting services for your children.
Children staying at Caesars Palace, even the most finicky eaters, will not go hungry. You would not believe the incredible choices in places to eat. While the hotel also has world class gourmet restaurants, there are many other options. Whatever the hour and whatever you and your kids feel like eating, you can find exactly what you want for a surprisingly reasonable price. Reminder: Be sure to show your waiter your ">Total Rewards Card as soon as you are seated. Not only can you use your accumulated comps at many of the restaurants; almost all offer preferential pricing (a dollar or two less) for Total Rewards Card holders. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.Cafe Americano
Café Americano, conveniently located in the Caesars Palace lobby, is a restaurant with something for everybody. The café serves up classic American café food with a Latin twist 24/7 in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere. The extensive breakfast menu includes everything you and your kids can possibly want from standard dishes to new twists on old favorites. For something a bit different, your kids might want to try Captain Crunch French Toast made with challah or the Brooklyn Breakfast Sandwich (scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, and cheese on a baked Kaiser roll).
The lunch and dinner menu also includes eggs and pancakes, along with many other child-friendly items like sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and spaghetti and meatballs. The dinner menu also includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and a biscuit. Portions are large (i.e., ½ lb. burgers) and probably more suited to teenagers than young kids. There are no lite bite options for smaller appetites. Figure on spending $25+ per person.Serendipity 3
Perhaps you and your kids are already familiar with Serendipity 3 from visiting the original location in NYC. If so, your kids will be thrilled to know there is another branch at Caesars Palace. If you have never been to Serendipity 3, out all of the places in Las Vegas you can take your kids to eat, this one deserves a place at the top of your list.Cheesecake Factory
The Caesars Forum Shops, as you might expect, has no shortage of Italian restaurants and pizzerias. One of the more reasonably priced of these options is Wolfgang Puck's Spago, which has a special menu for kids age 11 and under. For just $6.95, your child can choose one of the following:
- Kids' Pizza
- Grilled cheese sandwich with French Fries
- Chicken fingers with ranch dressing
- Cheesy Parmesan Pasta
Add another $1.95 to $3.95 for the beverage. Then, for dessert, any of these is another sure winner, not only for a child, but for you, too, since it will set you back a mere $3.95 more.
- Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce
- Chocolate chip cookies with milk
- Banana split
You and older kids can order pizza, pasta, salad, sandwiches, or an entrée from the Spago regular menu, which is also reasonably priced.Trevi
Trevi is another Forum Shops Italian restaurant. The menu includes multiple family-friendly choices such as seven varieties of pizza ($14.95-$18.95) or spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna ($19.95). Desserts, which are probably large enough to share, include more enticing offerings like chocolate gooey cake and an ice cream sundae called Banana Veneziana. There is even a creation called spaghetti ice (vanilla and chocolate gelato with strawberry sauce).Carmine's
This is yet another Italian restaurant located in the Forum Shops. Carmine's is known for gargantuan portions of zesty Italian food served family style. If you have a large family and can all agree on sharing one or two dishes, it might be a good choice. This is not the kind of restaurant for everyone to be ordering individual entrees. The cost will be prohibitive and you will have a ton of leftovers.Forum Food Court
When you don't have time for a leisurely sit down meal, but need to grab some quick, reasonably priced sustenance on the go, the Forum Food Court is the perfect choice. All of these places are open at least from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and serve food that your kids will like.
- Smashburger: Burgers prepared to order
- Phillips Seafood Express
- Earl of Sandwich
- Tiger Wok & Ramen
- DiFara Pizza
- La Gloria: Mexican street food
- Graeter's Ice Cream
Even if at first, your children don't seem too keen about this Chinese restaurant, as soon as they see the gigantic fish tank at the entrance and get a glimpse of the chefs in action in the open kitchen, they should be eager to give the place a try. The menu is 14 pages long so, no doubt, many of the dishes will be too exotic for your children's tastes. However, you probably won't go wrong ordering several items from the Dim Sum, Steamed Buns and Dumplings, and Pancakes sections of the menu. Fried rice with pork, beef, chicken or shrimp ($15.99) would be another good option. Beijing Noodle No. 9 is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Summing Up: Is Caesars Palace Child-Friendly?
Caesars may have a reputation for not being the most child-friendly casino hotel in town, and we won't argue the fact that it does not have much going on specifically created with youngsters in mind. There is no amusement park or animal habitat, for example. However, the pool, Forum Shops, and numerous activities offered by the surrounding casino hotels, provide plenty for kids to do. In addition, no hotel on the Strip has a bigger and more eclectic selection of family-friendly restaurants than Caesars. If parents have any problem deciding where to eat at this hotel, it won't be for lack of a suitable place, but picking which one because there are so many.
As with any hotel, there are some negatives to staying at Caesars Palace, which need to be considered in deciding whether or not this hotel is for you.
- Quality accommodations are expensive. There is also a $32.48 per day resort fee.
- Some rooms are too small to comfortably accommodate a family and also lack some of the modern accoutrements you would expect from a luxury hotel.
- Fee for Wi-Fi.
- Navigation is difficult and if you don't know your way around the huge facility, it is easy to get lost. You and your family should be prepared to do a lot of walking.
- On the other hand, Caesars Palace offers many advantages, like the following, which could make it an excellent choice for you and your family.
- Outstanding Center Strip location.
- Upscale family friendly shopping mall.
- Exceptionally wide choice of family friendly places to eat, including Serendipity 3, a sure favorite with kids.
- World class family-friendly entertainment in the Colosseum and more kid-friendly entertainment close by.
- Concierge at your beck and call to make suggestions and arrangements to help make everyone's stay more enjoyable.
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