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Taking my kids to 'Vegas, looking for ideas

Old May 2, 22, 10:16 pm
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Our Spring Break last week was half Vegas, half Disneyland. All was great with the trip -- my kids love Vegas (and Disney) -- except the fact that we now all have Covid.

Summer is indeed hot, but fine for using the pool. Not so fun to walk around and sightsee during the day.

We may be back in July if the Chelsea FC game goes forward.
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Old May 2, 22, 10:26 pm
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Originally Posted by nnn View Post
Summer is indeed hot, but fine for using the pool. Not so fun to walk around and sightsee during the day.
To be blunt, given the heat that all structures and roads absorb throughout the day, the night in and around Las Vegas (and other desert cities such as Phoenix and Tucson) can be equally hot with the re-radiation of the heat from the structures and roads.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Folks - it will be plain hot hot hot both during the day and the night.

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Old May 2, 22, 11:22 pm
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I would for sure choose Disneyland over LV for a kid. Have they been out here before? If not, then I think a couple days at the beach is a for sure. You will be hard pressed to make a 6 day trip in Vegas interesting for kids. I am an adult and can spend my evenings at the casino and maybe a show or two but I would go nuts being there that long....especially at that time of year.
TBF, though it's 6 nights, the first night we land from LHR on VS at 17:45 so we'll all be exhausted, then on the last day we leave around midday for SFO so we only have 5 full days to fill and I'll get a car for probably 3 of them.
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You have mentioned water parks a couple times. Perhaps get out of Vegas a day earlier and stay a night/day at the Great Wolf Lodge in Manteca, CA? Your girls are the perfect age for Great Wolf Lodge.

On my last trip to Vegas we made an entire afternoon out of visiting the chocolate stores (Hersheys World, M&Ms, Ethel Ms). My kids were 11 and 4 at the time - they had a blast.

Zion or Yosemite - both are amazing. Both will also be very busy in summer. Have they been to SFO - perhaps a day there to see the sights?

Not sure if they would be in to it - a day (or at least part of a day) on our next trip will be pressed penny collecting around the strip. We have done this a few times at Disney parks and it has been a hit.

Vegas also has a minor league baseball team - might be an interesting cultural experience. Maybe you will be in town for free trucker hat night (July 15)?
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Old May 3, 22, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by DELee View Post
To be blunt, given the heat that all structures and roads absorb throughout the day, the night in and around Las Vegas (and other desert cities such as Phoenix and Tucson) can be equally hot with the re-radiation of the heat from the structures and roads.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Folks - it will be plain hot hot hot both during the day and the night.

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This...IMO too hot to walk down the street to see sights. Too hot for the pool. There will be a few shade spots taken and also cabanas will be full unless reserved in advance (and only if they have fans and misting). Even 5 full days would be sheer torture to me....maybe your heat tolerance is better than mine. The only thing to do in Vegas in the summer is stay indoors. You are being warned by multiple people so I would suggest rethinking your itinerary but you know your family better than we do.
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Old May 3, 22, 5:29 pm
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Since youre coming from England, you could drive to Laughlin and book tickets on the jet boat down to Lake Havasu and see the London Bridge. Note that Ive never actually done this, but a boat ride on the Colorado River would be one way to cool down in July.

A drive to Grand Canyon North Rim (very different vibe than the South Rim) is also a possibility, but lodging (and even campgrounds) there is most certainly already booked solid for July.
Laughlin is the hottest point in NV, when the LV temperature is a "cool" 110, Laughlin can hit 120+.
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Laughlin is the hottest point in NV, when the LV temperature is a "cool" 110, Laughlin can hit 120+.
I've been there many times. While Laughlin is generally hotter than Las Vegas, the area immediately adjacent to the Colorado River enjoys a cooling effect from the water. The river through Laughlin is just a few miles downstream from the Davis Dam. The dam inlets are well below the surface of Lake Mohave, and the water that flows through Laughlin is ~60F year-round.
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I'd reconsider the Westin in favor of a hotel with a great pool like, Mandalay Bay or MGM Grand or the Mirage. Or, maybe split your stay between the Westin and someplace with a good pool.

Neon Museum might be interesting to them.
https://www.neonmuseum.org

Food-wise, a nice ice cream shop can be a hit - like Sloan's at the Venetian Grand Canal Shops or Black Tap for milkshakes.
https://www.sloansicecream.com

My brother took his kids to the Excalibur for the Tournament of Kings dinner and show. Cheesy, but could be entertaining.
https://excalibur.mgmresorts.com/en/...-of-kings.html
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My brother took his kids to the Excalibur for the Tournament of Kings dinner and show. Cheesy, but could be entertaining.
https://excalibur.mgmresorts.com/en/...-of-kings.html
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Old May 4, 22, 5:32 pm
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6 nt is insanely long in vegas with kids - i would absolutely add smth from zion/bryce/cedar breaks itinerary spending a night or better two there.. 10/12 yo should be good for partial Zion narrows or kanarra falls hike (the latter should be easier to reserve and easier to hike but advance reservation is a must).. you can make it even more interesting and rent an RV for 3 days to go there - that adds a great novelty factor..

alternatively if your LAS-SFO flying plans are cancellable i would suggest a couple night in vegas and doing a road trip over 3-4 days to SF through mammoth/yosemite and/or tahoe.. (and perhaps death valley just to claim being there in july)

i have two kids of similar age - they dont mind having a stopover in vegas for food (many great choices off the strip, in chinatown and elsewhere - raku sweets for example is quite popular) or some minor activity (did indoor archery last time) but they would not tolerate more than a couple days there.. ymmv
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Ah, well, if you want something more American, then if the kids are of age (10yo), they can go shoot machine guns:

https://machinegunsvegas.com/kids-experience/

Some activities I haven't tried, but look like fun:

Playing with construction machines
https://digthisvegas.com

Indoor skydiving
https://vegasindoorskydiving.com
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Ah, well, if you want something more American, then if the kids are of age (10yo), they can go shoot machine guns:

https://machinegunsvegas.com/kids-experience/

Some activities I haven't tried, but look like fun:

Playing with construction machines
https://digthisvegas.com

Indoor skydiving
https://vegasindoorskydiving.com
Yup - the machine guns is American. I've seen something similar WRT construction machines in the UK (think of kids who grew up with Bob the Builder...).

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I live in Vegas. 3yo grand-daughter loves : https://www.discoverykidslv.org/hours-directions
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Old May 10, 22, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by escog View Post
Ah, well, if you want something more American, then if the kids are of age (10yo), they can go shoot machine guns:

https://machinegunsvegas.com/kids-experience/
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Old May 12, 22, 7:39 pm
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Many years ago I was in LV the first week of July. There was a massive rain storm and the strip was flooded. It’s hot, very dry heat, no humidity. If this was me, I’d try to stay in the mountain area, maybe look for a ranch experience, or hop a flight to Cali and do Disney. LV in the heat is no place for any human. You’ll roast at the pool and melt into the sidewalks.
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