A Mom, A Dad, Two Kids and Sin City Part I

Eating at Yellowtail Restaurant at The Bellagio

 

I have only been to Vegas three times before this most recent trip and while I always see plenty of kids here, I instinctively felt like it wouldn’t be ‘Vegas’ if I ever brought my kids along.  I was under the impression that there wouldn’t be a whole lot for them to do, considering much of the attraction to Las Vegas is adult entertainment.

Alas, we knew we needed to get away somewhere, and we wanted a place we could drive to.  So with that requirement, and having done Palm Desert twice already, we figured we would give Vegas a shot with the whole family.  Boy, was I wrong about not having much for the kids to do.

I am writing this not only to document a memory, but also give some ideas for a Vegas trip for another family with small children.  This is how the we did Vegas…

 

Day 1:  The Drive & Arrival

 

We left the house around 10am equip with snacks, toys, music and fully charged phones.  We stopped in Barstow for food and to stretch our legs, then back in the car while the kids and I slept the rest of the way.

We checked in at Bellagio and were given a wheelchair accessible room by the woman who checked us in as a curtesy.  What’s the difference?  Well, the room and bathroom are considerably bigger.  I wouldn’t know that had I not stayed at this hotel twice before.  We settled in and had dinner at Fix.  Just a tip, every restaurant we went to we requested a rounded booth so we could sandwich the kids between us (good idea).

 

Ready for adventure, we drove to Circus Circus for a fun show and carnival games.  Vivien, our 4 year old, actually popped a balloon with a dart and won herself a prize.  We topped that off with chocolate fromHershey’s Chocolate World in the NYNY Hotel and we are still working through our endless bag of kisses.

Getting the 2 year old to bed that night wasn’t easy, so the strategy ended up being that he fell asleep in the stroller and then was transferred to crib.  We did that each night.
Day 2: Museum Day, Spa and Kobe Beef
As you may know, many kids want to eat the moment they wake up.  Having totally forgotten this, we didn’t order room service in advance and faced hungry children at 7am.  We quickly got ourselves together and went to a breakfast place I had remembered from my first time in Vegas called The Cracked Egg.
After eating we headed to The Las Vegas Museum of Natural History.  Looks are deceiving here, because when I first entered, the place seemed somewhat small.  After getting through the aquatic portion of the museum, we entered a space with Egyptian relics, then dinosaur fossils, then the whole of Africa.  The kids could have spent the entire day there, but quite frankly, it was us parents getting worn out towards the end.
Back in the room we put Sebastian down for a nap and I went to Bellagio’s amazing gym and spa spending several hours pampering myself.  That night, we decided to do dinner at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant in our hotel.  Sebastian wouldn’t eat sushi, but he amazed me at how quickly he inhaled the kobe beef.  Note to self: get that recipe!
Finally, The Spa at Bellagio