We stayed at the Circus Circus, and it was during one of the only times that their main Adventuredome and movie theatre was totally closed for renovations. I initially thought all of our plans were foiled, but we made it work. My 5 year old son who has no knowledge of Vegas was the most excited for this leg of the trip. I have no idea why, but it was all he could talk about the week prior and all he talks about after. He wants to go there for his 7th birthday haha.
Circus Circus kept us busy with their nicely renovated rooms, McDonalds for lunch and Cinnabon for breakfast and their arcade area. Like with any hotel we had to trudge through the smoky casino with the kids and baby to get to the arcade area upstairs, but I am sure they did this on purpose to pique the paren'ts interests for later.
Early on we decided to get off the strip and try our hands at some nearby parks. We didn't stay long, but it was nice to get outside and get some fresh air. We made sure that we were tucked into the hotel as night would start to fall. The daytime is busy as it is and filled with the flyer slappers and naked statues, though the flyer slappers did not bother my husband as he obviously had his hands full with four kids haha.
One of the days we drove the truck from Circus Circus down to the Excalibur. Our plan was to walk back towards the Mirage, but inside the hotel I got turned around and when we emerged into the sunlight we realized we had backtracked the opposite direction. The kids were getting tired, so we recharged at the Rainforest Cafe in MGM Grand, enjoyed the M&M Store and them continued on to the Mirage.