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Old 03-29-2021, 10:20 AM
 
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We're planning to visit Las Vegas during the latter half of next week (April 7) with elementary school aged kids.

We want to walk the casinos on Las Vegas Blvd during the day and then again at dusk Thursday and visit a children's museum on Friday. Wednesday afternoon and the non-walking part of Thursday we'd like to play at a resort pool with waterslides. Would prefer to be on the strip Any recommendations?

Looking for a hotel with with waterslides that is open weekdays and isn't likely to hit the capacity limits. It seems like Circus Circus or Excalibur are the only options (or Mandalay bay lazy river and wave pool--but no slides).

Flamingo's slide pool is only open on weekends according to their website.
Circus Circus is an option, but we would rather stay somewhere nicer.
Cancun would require a drive or shuttle to the strip.

Anything I'm missing? All suggestions welcome. Thanks!
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Old Yesterday, 12:20 AM
 
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Did you look at Tahiti Village? I wouldn't really
call them "on the Strip" even though the address
is Las Vegas Blvd. They're not walkable to the other
casinos. I don't know if they have slides but definitely
a lazy river. I really can't think of any strip hotels with
kid friendly slides that fit your criteria.

I know Golden Nugget on Freemont Street has a 3 story
slide connected to their pool that runs through a massive
aquarium. I wouldn't stay there though with kids...

You didn't say if you'll have a car or not. There is one
water park already open in the area: Cowabunga in
Henderson. (opened Sat March 27th). They have slides galore
and would be a great experience for school aged kids.
I've been there and had a lot of fun.
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Old Yesterday, 12:25 AM
 
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Costco is selling pairs of tickets to Cowabunga at up 40% off $69.99 includes parking 2 park admission 2 meals and two drinks. Way better slides than any strip hotel. Just a thought anyway.
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Old Yesterday, 09:09 AM
 
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Thanks! I guess I shouldn't focus so much on water slides unless I want to make that a central part of the trip.

What strip hotels would you call "kid friendly", or maybe "fily friendly"? I'd love a quick list from actual locals rather than tripadvisor.
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Old Yesterday, 10:29 AM
 
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I would say Mandalay Bay is the best with the lazy river and wave pool. Second would be MGM Grand pool. Be sure to get in line 1/2 hr before they open to get the best chairs.

Of note you can sometimes get into either pool without being a Hotel guest on certain days if you rent a cabana, pod or beach chairs call ahead they don’t do this on busy days. You can see cabana info on the Mandalay Bay website.
If you stay at Mandalay Bay ask for floors 17 or 18 pool side view as the first stop the elevator makes is on floor 17. Don’t do online check in because you won’t get to ask about floor choice.

Also there is an express check in desk but only if you have and show an M Life Mastercard or are a Mlife Gold Level card holder or above then you can use the Priority Check In desk much faster.

Tip, you can sign up and instantly get an MLife credit card by going to the Players Club and applying.

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Old Yesterday, 04:47 PM
 
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I would say Mandalay Bay is the best with the lazy river and wave pool. Second would be MGM Grand pool. Be sure to get in line 1/2 hr before they open to get the best chairs.

Of note you can sometimes get into either pool without being a Hotel guest on certain days if you rent a cabana, pod or beach chairs call ahead they don’t do this on busy days. You can see cabana info on the Mandalay Bay website.
If you stay at Mandalay Bay ask for floors 17 or 18 pool side view as the first stop the elevator makes is on floor 17. Don’t do online check in because you won’t get to ask about floor choice.

Also there is an express check in desk but only if you have and show an M Life Mastercard or are a Mlife Gold Level card holder or above then you can use the Priority Check In desk much faster.

Tip, you can sign up and instantly get an MLife credit card by going to the Players Club and applying.
Thanks for all the details! I think we're going to go with Mandalay Bay. Is check-in that busy on weekdays? We're going to be there Wednesday through Friday.

Would you recommend renting chairs or a cabana on a Thursday? The idea is to hang out around the hotel all day, with much of that time at the pool, leaving to walk the strip around noon, and then again around sunset.
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Old Yesterday, 08:33 PM
 
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Check in can be busy but depends on what’s going on in the hotel. You can call the Cabana desk Wed afternoon before say 430pm and get Thursday pricing for as the prices change constantly day to day. If you rent two chairs get an umbrella it costs extra but well worth it. (Ask for section C Seats 3,4,5,6 are nice) Beach Gazebos are not fancy but provide shade. (Gazebo 7 or 8) More expensive but with couch West Lagoon Cabana 29 or 30.
Still need to get there just before they open to stake your claim to specific chairs/cabanas or they will give them to other people.

Be sure if you leave for awhile to tell the Cabana people you are definitely coming back or squatters may try to take your spot.

To me there is nothing more relaxing than sitting in a chair just when they open drinking my morning Starbucks.

Personally I like the regular rooms there. Last time they gave me an Executive room supposed upgrade I went back and exchanged it for a regular room.

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