As a resident of Atlantic County, and only 6 miles from the famed Atantic City casinos, I am a bit jaded already to the lure. I do know that some of the casinos are done in tasteful decor, while other are overly gawdy. The Taj Mahal is one of my least favorite casinos over all. I cringe every time I drive by it. But then you have Trump Marina and Trump Plaza that are done just right, inside and out.
Food wise, you can't go wrong in AC. There are tons of restuarants. And if you are willing to go a couple of blocks away from the casinos you will find the real AC, with little delis and small hole in a wall places to eat.
For family fun, you are set. With the beach to spend your days at, shows to see in the evenings, and museums and aquarimes to educate yourself a little more. You and the kids will all have a blast.
For shopping you have Atlantic City's The Walk, which is where you will find tons of outlet stores of your favorite name brands.
Come play for awhile why dont ya!