Has Las Vegas Deserted the Family?

Millions of dollars were spent to make Las Vegas family friendly with New York,
Stratosphere, Sahara, all adding roller coasters to their repertoire, but when it
didn’t become the Disney Land they were hoping for, how did this affect the
families who had bought into this vision?Hot 7's Slot Machine Online with 95.69% RTP ᐈ GamesOS Casino Slots

When my husband and I said we were taking our 3 kids ages 8,7 and 6 to
Las Vegas, everyone asked why? “You can’t gamble with kids, what will you do?”

We had no idea but decided to go on an adventure to prove that Las Vegas is
more than it’s latest marketing gimmick “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, and
that it can be a very fun place for families.

Welcome to our journey. We’re the Repchuk’s; myself and my husband Dave
travel all over with our children, and write about it. We decided that on
my husband’s 50th birthday we would go wherever he wanted, and he chose
Vegas. So I got on the internet and started to figure out how we were going to fill
our 10 day excursion of this adults’ paradise.

Things didn’t go exactly to plan, but despite some surprises we had a fantastic
time anyway. The key to a great family vacation is to expect the unexpected,
and treat everything as part of the voyage. So when our flight arrived late into
Chicago, and our connection had already left, we hopped on an 11:00pm flight to
San Francisco, slept in the airport, and caught the 6:30am flight into Las Vegas
the next day. Although we were tired, and our luggage was still in transit, we
decided to use this day to familiarize ourselves with the ‘strip’.

In our boots and warm clothing, we sauntered the street in 80-degree heat with
our excitement and energy in tact. Enormous hotels, malls, TV screens, slot
machines, and entertainment filled the air, and our kids were wide-eyed as they
asked successive questions at a rapid pace. It had grown so much since my last
visit 10 years ago. From Mandalay Bay to the Sahara, it stretched a mere 4.5
miles, but felt like 20. I was amazed when the kids didn’t complain, it must have
been the sites that kept them riveted.

We returned to the Circus Circus Hotel where we were staying, changed into
more comfortable clothing from our newly arrived luggage, and went out in
search of food. Much to my surprise, it was not cheap. Visions of $1.99
breakfast and inexpensive buffets were a thing of the past. Too bad because my
gang eats like wild buffalo. During the course of the week, despite our continued
efforts, we certainly broke the budget on this item. If you wanted pop, liquor, hot
dogs or donuts, these came cheap. Even though I was on vacation I didn’t want
to discard our healthy eating regimen, but fruit was very expensive, which gave
me great insight to the overweight teenager epidemic.

Our entertainment would be the focus for our next week, and Vegas shines in
this category. All for free we swam, watched circus acts, visited flamingos and
exotic birds, seahorses, fish and white tigers, stood in awe at the Bellagio
fountain as water rose hundreds of feet in the air to music, felt the heat from an
erupting volcano, and watched pirates tame the seas at Treasure Island.

The most amazing thing about Vegas was it was like a mini trip around the world.
Hotel themes for Italy, France, New York, Egypt, the Sahara captured and
intoxicated you with far away lands. The architecture and designs were amazing,
from pyramids, to Sphinx, roller coasters, Statue of Liberty, Gondola rides of
Venice, the Eiffel Tower and the extreme elegance of rich and exotic wares.

Then of course comes the side trip selection. For most, including us, we chose
Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour, gardens and homes
of the rich and famous. I think adults appreciate the splendor and feat of the
dam, but children see beautiful blue water and ask how they can swim in it. My
husband and I enjoyed the trip, the bus driver was informative and I learned a lot
about the area. The kids loved the free samples from the chocolate factory, and
we all liked the cactus garden as they invoked images of New Mexico and
Arizona. Overall it was a lovely way to spend the day.

Upon our return however, we were surprised to see Fire trucks and security
everywhere. We had already been aware of the capture of Ohio’s most wanted,
and was curious as to the commotion in our own hotel. A main transformer had
blown, causing a power shut down in the tower we were in. I marveled at how
the casino’s remained untouched, while the ability to use the elevators, or get
any power for 2 days in your room was the reality elsewhere. In darkness, with a
security guard and one flashlight, on the second day we eventually moved to
another room that had power. We did get compensated for our troubles, so
even though it was a pain, the money savings helped to offset our meals, which
was a blessing.

With the kids there were definitely two things that stood out, and one advice I would
stress. First is the advice. Enjoy the strip during the day, but get back to your hotel
at around 7:30pm. When dusk starts to approach, the whole place takes on a different
feel, and despite the amazing light show at the darker hour, I wouldn’t recommend
it with kids.

The two things that stood out: First was the stacks and rows of ‘women for sale’. My kids were
continuously asking why there were so many, why they were naked, why did
people approach you and ask you if you wanted a good time. “Weren’t we having
a good time?” they would ask. Honestly, those questions came to my mind as well. If I am interested in that aspect, I am capable of going to the newspaper like stands that hold it, and taking a look.
Does thrusting a business card sized picture that gets dropped a few feet away
really drum up business? I watched as men would ignore these offers just as
frequently. I think if someone wants it, they know where to go, so my advice to Las Vegas in general is let’s clear the streets of the promoters, and the litter they create.

The other humorous comment was about “Elvis”. The conversation went like
this, “Mom, isn’t Elvis dead?” “Yes dear he is.” “So why
do people want to dress and act like a dead man?” You don’t see that in
Toronto, New York, Montreal, Memphis, but for some reason, it’s alive and
kicking in Las Vegas. I couldn’t respond as to the motivation, and gave a brief
summary of the significance of Elvis, but UFO777 it does make you wonder why, and I
guess it’s because anything can happen in Vegas.

Thankfully a given seemed to be the continuous glorious weather, guaranteeing
us daily visits to the pool, and a healthy glow to our skin. It was a Caribbean
holiday without the price.