LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas is long known as an adult playground, but properties along the Strip and around the valley are doing their best to cater to families.
Numerous Strip projects - including the Skyvue Ferris Wheel and Caesars Entertainment's High Roller Ferris Wheel - are catering to younger customers.
Earlier this month, Malaysia-based Genting Group announced plans for the Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Plans for that project include a water park. A Wet ‘n' Wild water park is opening on Fort Apache Road near I-215 in May.
"I think anything that's a spectacle, that's something you can only do in Vegas, you know, going up and watching things from up above. That seems to be a very big attraction," said UNLV Center for Gaming Research Director David Schwartz. "I think Resorts World will be successful, and the observation wheel, the High Roller, will also be successful, because people want to do that sort of thing."
The shift from Sin City to family friendly is meant to cater to international families. International tourists bring their families with them and spend a lot of money when they visit.
Las Vegas residents can also take advantage of the changes. VivaTotVegas.com offers recommendations for parents who bring their kids to the Strip. Schwartz writes these tips and shares his advice.
"Maybe you want to have a very early dinner - don't go out when people are having their romantic dinner if your kids are going to be crying and screaming, which they might be because they'll be overstimulated," he said. "So, generally the idea is to insulate your kids from Vegas and insulate Las Vegas from your kids."
The idea of making Las Vegas family friendly is not new. In the 1950's, casinos would offer daycare for kids. In 1968, Circus Circus opened with kid-friendly attractions.
These new changes look to reach another level with a more upscale feel.
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