We all know that Sin City has something for everyone but what about the kiddies? I, myself do not have the issue as to how to entertain my offspring as my kid is a four legged, animal who does not enjoy the sun and is not allowed in most casinos because he is a K9. But, I do have many friends with children and there are a plethora of activities in Las Vegas to entertain even the most ADD child. First, please let me caution all the parents out there to take your children to do these things but do not leave them there unsupervised. I know this seems obvious to most, but just in case it was not, take my advice.
I grew up in a casino myself. I enjoyed every casino from Lake Tahoe to Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. There are a few really cool spots for children (and adults if you are young at heart, not pregnant and do not have an existing heart condition). Circus Circus in Las Vegas has an entire theme park called Adventuredome with full size rides. These are not your average carnival rides but roller coasters that could be found at Magic Mountain. The theme park is not too big where it is overwhelming but has enough choices in rides for the adventurous and the more timid child. If roller coasters are not your thing, than you could try laser tag, rock climbing, mini gold or the FX Theater. There is truly something for everyone at the Adventuredome and you will be entertained all day.
I can feel it is March because I have that college basketball itch! My beloved University of Arizona Wildcats are in the Pac 12 and the tournament is moving from the Los Angeles, Staples Center and relocating to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The viewership of the tournament had declined in the last couple of years (which is obviously the reason I was able to get a seat in the front row at Staples last year) and the forces that be, believe moving the Pac 12 tournament to Las Vegas will attract more attention. I think they are right! This is yet another good reason to visit Las Vegas in March (as if you needed another reason). What better appetizer for College Basketball March madness than with PAC 12 tournament basketball.
Some people call “The Mob” the founding fathers of Las Vegas. They were gangsters, hoodlums and thieves that migrated to Las Vegas from all over the country. Before Las Vegas became big business run by corporations the mob ran this town. From the early 1950′s through the 1980′s you could find the mob running the best casinos on the Vegas strip.
Even though the mob helped make Las Vegas the tourist destination it is today it wasn’t without it’s flaws. The mob was always known for being a major part of prostitution, drug dealing and loan sharking. Mobsters were often ruthless businessman who withheld tax money that should have gone to the Government to build schools, hospitals and roads. However, there were a small portion of the mob that changed themselves for the better to become model citizens and respectable businessmen.
I was first in line last year when I heard that Motley Crue was doing the first ever rock n’ roll residency in Las Vegas. This was a groundbreaking event for rockers around the world. We no longer only had the option of just seeing Elton John or Celine Dion with our parents for a show night out. Now, rockers of the world were able to unite at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Joint to rock out to our favorite anthems with a bunch of other rock revelers. I joined my fellow “Crue Heads” and definitely participated and left my “Shout at the Devil” and loved every minute of it.
I no longer needed to pack skin tight dresses (that would fit a 5 year old) with 5 inch stilettos but traded that Vegas uniform the much more rock appropriate tight black pants, high boots, tank and a ton of jewelry.
NCAA Basketball Tournament, AKA March Madness, is one of the busiest sports weekends in Las Vegas. This year the tournament begins Tuesday, March 19 but the Madness doesn’t begin until Thursday, March 21. The first weekend of March Madness is spread over four days making it the second busiest event for the sportsbooks in Las Vegas behind the Super Bowl. This chaos complicates things for people that want to wager on the games and even for people that just want to watch the games.
There are 16 games on each of the first two days with another 8 games on the first Saturday and Sunday of March Madness. Sportsbooks will be overflowing with people before the first game tips off on March 21 around 9am pacific time. Besides betting on the games sportsbooks are a great place because they’re open to whomever wants to just sit and watch the games. During March Madness those seats are at a minimum. If you want to watch the games on the big screens of the sportsbook make sure you arrive early because those seats are first come whether you bet on the game or not. There are tales of some people paying the homeless to sleep in the sportsbook overnight to ensure that they seats.
When visiting Las Vegas we often try to find some new and different places to eat, drink and be merry. Sometimes we’ll wander into an off the strip dive that nobody knows about and sometimes we’ll stop off at some of the more famous hidden gems. Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen is one of those famous off the strip gems. You may have heard of Lola’s while watching Diners, Drive Inn’s and Dive’s on Food Network or you may have read about Lola’s on a message board as it’s one of the hidden locals’ favorites.
Lola’s is a small restaurant located near The Vegas Strip in between the Stratosphere and the World Market Center which is about a 5 minute cab ride from Wynn Las Vegas. There’s almost always a wait for a table at Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen which is as close to traditional Louisiana cajun dining as you can find in the country. Lola’s recipes are inspired by food from the entire state of Louisiana.
Las Vegas is known for its massive hotels, grand casinos, and one of a kind shows, but here are some things you might not have expected from sin city.
Race Exotic Cars
If racing some of today’s fastest street legal tire burners is more your speed, you may want to stop at for a lesson at Exotic Racing’s School. You can choose to drive one or more sports car from these great manufactures Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Aston Martin, Audi, Mercedes, or Nissan ($199 to $399). For those who want to experience a full out drifting, they also offer 2 laps as a passenger with a professional (starting @ $99).
Have you checked out the new shows at Saxe/VTheater’s lately? These 3 new shows are sure to knock your socks off, and won’t break the bank to get you there!
First up we have The Awesome 80′s Prom. This show features and interactive 80′s party experience, unlike any you have seen before. You get to rock out to all your favorite 80′s tunes, and interact with characters from your favorite 80′s movies! The show performs Thursday-Tuesday at 8pm at the V Theatre, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops connected to Planet Hollywood.