Las Vegas activities for youngsters

Old Nov 2nd, 1998, 12:23 PM
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Las Vegas activities for youngsters

Planning to be in Las Vegas in mid December for 3 nights with our 2 daughters, 9 & 14. Please advise us as to shows and activities suitable for them. Is it necesary to make an advanced reservation?
Thanx, Amik.
 
Old Nov 2nd, 1998, 02:42 PM
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My parents took me to Las Vegas when I was a kid. There's a lot more to do now (20 yrs later). Circus Circus has circus acts performing in their midway area, plus lots of games. They also have a mini amusement park (just a few rides but a fun laser tag game) called Grand Slam Canyon. Of course see the pirate show at Treasure Island and the Volcano erupting at the Mirage. MGM's amusement park is closes after Labor Day, so you'll miss that. The Cirque du Soleil is always fun to see, I'm not sure which hotel its at. Excalibur has a jousting tournament that is fun. Unfortunately it will be a little cold in December so the pool will be useless. If you are going Sun-Thurs you won't need reservations (unless its between Christmas and New Years). For weekends you'll need advance reservations.
 
Old Nov 2nd, 1998, 05:00 PM
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For more info, as well as some pros/cons of kids in LV, enter Las Vegas into the text search box. I just checked it. You'll get over 300 entries, including a long strand on kids in LV. Just keep going down the list until you get to it. Takes a bit, but you might find it useful.
 
Old Nov 2nd, 1998, 08:44 PM
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There is a web site by the Las Vegas Taxi Drivers that has great ideas on kids' activities. I took 2 kids(11 and 13) to LV and we all loved it. I would highly recommend staying at the MGM Grand for its great service and attitude toward families. Also, if the kids are hungry and don't want to wait in a buffet line, there is a food court there with assorted fast food for them and gourmet coffee (for you perhaps.)
 
Old Nov 5th, 1998, 02:14 PM
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Don't miss the MGM theme park. It's a lot better than I expected and very reasonably priced. Allow a full day (just like you would Disneyland). The trick is to find it as you have to go all the way through the Casino. Still it was great
 
Old Nov 5th, 1998, 06:01 PM
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My wife and I took our two daughters (aged 13 and 15) to Las Vegas this past summer. We all had a good time. I'm 44 and rode three different roller coasters, including the one at New York New York (the best one), the one at Circus Circus (not bad and indoors) and the one on top of the Stratosphere (a big rip off). The MGM Grand Adventure Park is neat, there's Wet 'n Wild, Excalibur, Circus Circus, New York New York, the list goes on and on. Great shopping, too. I think Las Vegas has something for everyone, including your kids. Enjoy.
 
Old Nov 5th, 1998, 06:13 PM
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Just returned from Vegas last week..The theme park at MGM mentioned above, is closed for the winter unfortunatly..
New York New york has a great midway for kids, Excaliber also has a large area for children.. Circus Circus was mentioned above also..IMHO, it has seen better days and I would not even think of leaving my children unattended there. You should be aware
that Vegas is kinda backpeddling on there "family" image.
They have discovered that its not as
good for the bottom line as they had hoped.. Friends of ours where there the same time we were with there 12 year old, and where disappointed with some of the overzelous security people
as they moved thru some casino areas with him.
As for shows there are several suitable for children,,Probably the best
show in town is "O" at The bellagio..
For magic, The lance Burton show at The monte carlo is a great deal,,alot cheaper than Sig and Roy, and IMO better..For a fun dinner show, Excaliber
puts on a great show..you eat with your fingers while you root for your knight..
great fun for kids!!..For the best seats its best to call ahead..
Hope this is of some help
 
Old Nov 20th, 1998, 03:01 PM
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We went with our parents and our 3 kids, 9, 12, & 16 last November. We're going again with the cousins - age range from 8 to 17. Here's what we did then and are going to do this time. We've been to Disneyworld several times, so decided to skip MGM Theme Park. As well, it may not be open in December. Check it out.

We stay at the Treasure Island. Not to big - great for the kids to find their way to the wonderful, supervised, kids' arcade. You can easily catch the tram to Mirage and then walk through the Forum shops without ever having to cross the street.

Caesar's Magical Empire Dinner Show - a terrific 3-hour dining and magic show(s) experience. The whole family had a great time.

Cirque du Soliel show, Mystere at the Treasure Island. Incredible show. The kids will love being able to buy popcorn, etc. as opposed to just drinks at other shows.

M&M World and Coca Cola Museum - lots of fun picking out a "custom" made bag of "custom" colours of M&M's. Lots of colours that are not available in normal packages. Try samples of Coke products sold all over the world - over 30 kinds.

Hoover Dam trip. You can do this in an afternoon. Just drive out there and go on the tour. Really interesting, and a formidable sight. It also lets you see what the Las Vegas area looks like when you're not on the strip.

Dive Restaurant at the Fashion Show mall next to Treasure Island. Stephen Spielberg's submarine themed restaurant.

Check out other interesting hotels - NY NY, Luxor, Mirage.

See the white tigers at the Mirage.

See the volcano erupt at the Mirage.

See the Pirate Battle at Treasure Island.

This time we are:

Again going to the Caesar's Magicl Empire Dinner Show.

Going to see David Copperfield at Caesar's

Going to the Star Trek exhibit at the Hilton.

Seeing Cirque du Soleil's new show "O" at the Bellagio.

Checking out the moving statue and changing sky show in the Forum Shops Mall. (Don't forget FAO Schwartz)

Going to watch the water fountain show outside the Bellagio.

Just remember that kids are not allowed in the Casinos, unless they are walking through them to another destination. They must stay on the pathway, not walk among the tables and slots. They must be accompanied by an adult and must KEEP MOVING. They cannot stop to talk or watch.

HAVE FUN!
 
Old Nov 20th, 1998, 03:07 PM
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Forgot to mention - yes, you should make advance reservations. For Cirque du Soleil, if you are staying at Mirage, Bellagio, Treasure Island, you can call 90 days in advance. Most other shows 30 days in advance, including Magical Empire. Make your resevations now, so you won't be disappointed. Leave lots of time to get to the show, park and walk to the theatre. When choosing between early and late show times, take into account any time difference between where you live and Las Vegas. It's a very tiring place. Three days doesn't give you much chance to deal with jet lag.
 
Old Nov 20th, 1998, 03:07 PM
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Forgot to mention - yes, you should make advance reservations. For Cirque du Soleil, if you are staying at Mirage, Bellagio, Treasure Island, you can call 90 days in advance. Most other shows 30 days in advance, including Magical Empire. Make your resevations now, so you won't be disappointed. Leave lots of time to get to the show, park and walk to the theatre. When choosing between early and late show times, take into account any time difference between where you live and Las Vegas. It's a very tiring place. Three days doesn't give you much chance to deal with jet lag.
 

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