To do in Vegas with 11 yr old?

Apr 4th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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You never know what you're going to get when you post here.

If you happen to mention that you clean your house before leaving town, you'll hear from people who can't understand why you waste your time in that way.

If you say you don't like motel rooms with windows placed so people walk by them and look into your room, several people will write wanting to know what kind of a weirdo you are.

These, dear mel, are your fellow travelers--some of the people you may bump into as you and your family wend your way around the U.S.A.
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Apr 4th, 2006, 06:50 PM
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I'm with Mel and happy. Sometimes you have to go places for other members of the family. You can't just always go to "kid" places till your child is 18 or 21.
Apr 5th, 2006, 05:57 AM
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And on top of that, Las Vegas is a great place for kids. Your 11-year-old's eyes will pop.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 06:13 AM
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My kids enjoyed Vegas much more than I did!
There's a roller coaster at NYNY and watch how many times they visit the dessert counter at the buffets!
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Apr 5th, 2006, 06:55 AM
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Although I wouldnt take my kids back if I went again, we really enjoyed hanging out in front of the Bellagio fountains especially in July when it was so horribly hot and humid. The music, the breeze and the spray of the fountains was quite nice!
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Apr 5th, 2006, 03:07 PM
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happy, i'lll be happy if i meet people such as (most) of those who post here!
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Apr 5th, 2006, 06:43 PM
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We will be looking for you.

Once, when visiting Iguazu Falls, it was an Australian couple who advised us to go to the upper falls at a certain time to watch the tucans come to roost. It was a once in a lifetime experience; I am forever grateful.

I hope one of us will be there at the right moment with a suggestion to add to the enjoyment of your trip here.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 07:46 AM
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Lance Burton Show. Kids and adults will love Lance. Lance loves everybody. The show is fantastic. This is a #1 family show. This could be the highlight of a Las Vegas vacation.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 08:41 AM
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When I was 12, my family spent Christmas in Vegas because we were traveling across the country. Wasn't the best but also not the worst and it was a LONG time ago when Circus Circus was the only casino to let kids in. I have frequently taken my kids because it is easy and cheap for us to get to and we have a good time because I don't gamble. There are loads of great restaurants, shopping, nature (off the strip of course) and things to see, so I don't think it is any better or worse than most cities. The exception is the horrendous number of people handing out "porn cards" everywhere so warn your family not to look/take any of the cards or magazines. And have a good time!
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Apr 6th, 2006, 08:45 AM
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Oh and you can check out shows scheduled ahead of time at

Lance Burton (magic) and the Blue Man Group (high energy music and visual) are two shows that I have heard are popular with families.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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Apr 6th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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The Valley of Fire is not too far from Vegas. Great place to hike around.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 05:15 PM
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Just back from Las Vegas and Grand Canyon with two teenagers in tow. While admitted older (17), we found lots to see and do that was not adult-rated. In addition to above mentioned things, consider Cirque d'Soleil for one of the most unusual and enjoyable circus events (there currently are 4 different shows of L'Cirque in Vegas just now) L'Cirque is excellent familty entertainment (EXCEPTION IS THERE NEWEST. "Zumanity" which is "adult only.") Tickets are a bit pricey, but if you've never been I think you'll find it well worth seeing.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 06:56 PM
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ITA on Lance Burton. We took my son to see him whaen he was 13. Not only did he love it, my hubby and I did also!
Apr 7th, 2006, 10:16 PM
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Have a great time, Mel. I'm taking my kids next week. I usually make it an Adults Only trip, but I think Vegas has some great things for kids, and 3 days is perfect. I would especially recommend the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Its awesome. And the Bellagio fountains are wonderful, unique, and free. The grand Canyon is a magical place, but on a 3 day trip, I think it might be too much. Assuming the weather is still warm enough, the pools at Mandalay are amazing. In fact, many of the hotels have terrific pools, and any 11 year old should love that. You have to stay there though. Try a buffet,(many great ones) and if you can spring for a Cirque Show (especially O), I guarantee your girl will never forget it. Get your tickets now, though, they sell out well in advance. Kids love the M&M store. A nice website that gives overall reviews of each property is called, I use it all the time. Rooms, pools, restaurants, gambling, prices, its all there. And on a sidenote, enjoy New York, too.
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