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Viva Las Vegas – Family Destination

We've just arrived - Viva Las Vegas!

For Spring Break, we embarked on a nontraditional family destination – Las Vegas! Believe it or not, there are non-gambling families (including us) who love this place.

We had a great time. Unlike most visitors, we’re not gamblers (truth be told – we played $2.00 worth on penny slots) nor social drinkers (unless you count melted gelato).

It was our three year old daughter’s first visit to Las Vegas (2nd trip for our 8 year old) and we can’t wait to go back.

The key to the trip was to booking a non-smoking / non-gambling hotel. We chose Trump, since we’re big fans of Celebrity Apprentice. It was close enough (but not too close) to the Strip (near the Wynn hotel) and we lucked on price by securing a good deal on Hotwire. We got an unbelievable price for our week long stay at Trump and to boot, we didn’t smell like smoke.

We also stretched our money with this hotel by buying groceries (with the exception of additional splurges on gelato and room service) since there was a kitchenette with high end appliances in our hotel room.

For our family outing, we rented a car and headed out to Hoover Dam. As a tip, make sure you go early in the morning or you face a long commute!

Hoover Dam

In addition, we did all of the novelty tours (Eiffel Tower, Venetian gondola tour, etc.) and hit up all the kid friendly destinations (Circus Circus’ Adventuredome, M&M World, World of Coca Cola, etc) .  We even managed to take pictures with Elmo and celebrity/ movie character look alikes. For most of these destinations, we paid full price. However, we later discovered that coupons are offered in local magazines.

Eiffel Tower - we actually took the elevator to the top

One day, we walked the entire length of the strip and visited all of the major hotels. This is where an umbrella stroller comes in handy and also helps melt off the pounds. Below is just a few places we visited:

–          Flamingo’s wild-life habitat

–          Bellagio’s water fountain show

–          Treasure Island’s evening pirate show

–          Mirage’s volcano show and the Kardashian Khaos store (couldn’t stop saying “hi, doll!”)

The best time to visit Las Vegas is the beginning of the week since hotel prices are much cheaper and crowds are more sparse. Also, try to make it back to the hotel early enough for the kids’ bedtime. They’ll need the rest and it’s best to avoid the evening social crowds.

If you meticulously plan your Las Vegas trip, I firmly believe it has something for everyone!

Elmo

– Cool Playground Mommy

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