I've been telling my kids for years now that they don't allow kids in Vegas and that's why they have to stay home when daddy and I go (usually about 3 times per year). But this year we only had one week for a summer vacation as my son is starting high school football which runs ALL SUMMER long and the tickets to LA for Disney or a Cruise were crazy expensive that week. Yet Vegas was pretty darn reasonable. We also are embarking on a Huge remodel project of our house very soon and didn't see a Vegas trip anywhere in our near future. So we invited another family, took advantage of one of our comped rooms and also reserved a 1500x3 Suite at Mandalay Bay and planned our family vacation in Vegas June 18-21 (Monday-Thursday). My 14 year old son was not happy about this trip "You said I wouldn't like Vegas" and My 6 year old was THRILLED about the idea "I thought they didn't allow kids in vegas" she said. So what does mom say to this? A little Fib. "Well it's School's out Week and the only week they allow kids in Vegas." You'll see lots of kids everywhere taking advantage of this one week! Didn't want them liking it and thinking they could come along every time. We knew this would have to be a completely different trip than my husband and I usually take or we'd be miserabe, so we planned a family vacation in Vegas and here is how it went. Monday: Flight out of PDX to LAS via SW Airlines was a little late due to weather in LAS. We were A borders in the 49-56 group. Got a whole row for us three girls the Two dad's set accross from us and the two teenage boys set in front (that poor woman who had to sit next to our teenagers .) Flight was pretty bumpy with high wind warnings in Vegas that day. Landed to a temp of 100 at 11:00am. Took the bus to the rental car center. got in and out of the Alamo office using the kiosk in less than 5 min. Chose a White Town and Country Mini-van. No problem getting all of our 6 checked bags and 7 carry ons in the back and loaded all 7 of us into the van and headed out. made a quick stop at the Vegas Sign on the way to Mandalay Bay. Got parked in the Self Park and to the Lobby to check in JUST before a huge group of people arrived. Requested that our 2 Queen and 1500x3 Suite be on the same floor. At first she said there were no clean suites. Gave her our Gold Card and suddenly they were able to find a 1500 suite and a 2Queen room that were just a few doors down from each other and ready to occupy. Dropped our bags in the room, called down for a fridge as there was just an empty cabinet where the fridge should be next to the mini-bar fridge in the suite and headed out to Burger Bar for lunch. The kids had HUGE milkshakes. My Friend and I checked out of lunch early and headed back to the Town and Country and ran up to Alberson's on Tropicanna for some groceries to stock the suite. After unpacking groceries we haeded over to Monte Carlo to pick up Tickets to the 7:00 Jabbawockeez Show. We had 4the row seats, all of us really enjoyed the show, especially my 14 year old who really enjoys break dancing himself. The six year old danced in her booster seat the entire show, Had to settle her down a couple of times as I was afraid she may hit the woman in front of her with her wild arm movements. After the show we took the tram to the Bellagio and checked out the chocolate fountain, the conservatory, and the fountain show. Everyone really enjoyed this as well. Then we walked back to the Monte Carlo on the strip. There was a little more complaining about the heat and sore feat on this part, but they enjoyed the atmosphere of the lights on the strip and it really wasn't that far. Back in the suite we set up the kids with snacks and games. The boys were planning to play poker and Risk and the 6 year old had the ipad with Netflix and her jammies on in bed. Off we went to the craps table. I'll take this moment to say that I think the gabling Karma was against us. I'm going with the theory that we were being punnished for bringing out kids to Vegas! So we spend about 20 min at the craps table without anyone hitting a single point. And this pretty much stayed true for the entire trip for me. After three days of this I swore off craps for the rest of the trip and stuck with VP and slots. Never before have I said that my money lasts longer in slots than at Craps but it sure did this trip. We were pretty tired and discouraged our first night and headed up to the room about 1:00. To Be continued..... View from the Mandalay Bay 1500x3 suite room # 19235 Master Bedroom view 2 Queen Bedroom view Jabbawockeez Show My son and I at the conservatory, fun summer theme with bees and ladybugs and a carosel.