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My Daughter's First Trip to Vegas, April 1-7,2018 (Part 1)

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  1. caldwell2

    caldwell2 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    So, I finally made it back to Vegas. My last trip was in October of 2009 so I knew for me this would be an almost entirely new trip as most of what I did before was sit at the poker table. This time, I brought my daughter along for the ride. This report will be geared more towards things to do with kids, rather than gambling or food. (April 1-7,2018)


    Day 1:


    We flew into Vegas from JFK on the overnight flight, so although we left on March 31st we didn’t land until April 1st. It was a JetBlue flight, which I love and adore, but it had also been a long time since I last flew on them. The one thing I would love for them to do is put USB ports somewhere on every seat in the cheap seats. Luckily, my daughter and I slept for most of the flight so I didn’t need to ply her with videos the entire time. Picked up the Rental Car, which ended up being a Chevy Malibu, and headed to the Venetian for the first two nights.


    As my daughter was walking up to the doors of the Venetian, without actually walking through the doors, she mentioned this was the nicest hotel she had ever seen. So, what happened next was amazing and my first score of the trip. So it is around 1:30 in the morning, and the reason I chose the Venetian was so I could get a larger room (Suite) that I could set up an Easter Egg hunt in when she woke up on Sunday. Luckily, there is only one party ahead of me in line with only two agents working. I give him my CC and ID, and he proceeds to tell me that we have you pre-booked into a Smoking optional suite. I tell him that I booked online and know that I booked a non smoking room. He tells me that the room I booked is sold out, but I will see what my manager can do, and then disappears to some back office for a couple minutes. He ends up putting me up in a larger Suite, ended up being on the top floor. (When I got home I looked the room up and it was listed as a Prima Suite.) Room 36-118. Amazing…1/2 Bath, full Bar, Jacuzzi tub, a full living room. For my daughter’s first two nights in Vegas, it was an amazing room. This is the first room I had ever been in that had Charmin for Toilet Paper.


    So after the Easter Egg Hunt we end up going to the Denny’s at the Casino Royale. Afterwards, I stopped in the Walgreen’s to look for Bubble Bath for my daughter so she could fully enjoy the Jacuzzi tub. They didn’t carry bubble bath so I ended up with an overpriced Bath Bomb. The ironic thing is I still have not used that Bath Bomb because during our walk through the Grand Canal Shoppes we found Basin White, which sold bigger Bath Bombs much cheaper and in greater variety. I picked one up for later that night, not realizing at the time that we would be picking up more Bath Bombs later for the rest of the week.


    Our first activity was to take the Gondola Ride. It is $36 a person but since I am a Veteran I was able to get the Military Price. (Throughout the rest of the trip whenever I could get the Military Discount I did, which ended up saving me a few bucks in the end.) It was a quick five minutes or so but my daughter loved it and therefore I loved it as well.


    After the Gondola Ride we walked across the street to The Mirage and went to Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden to see the lions, tigers, and dolphins, oh my. A great little excursion. My daughter was not old enough to be trainer for a day so we only ended up spending an hour or two there.


    So I ended up booking two events before we even got to Vegas for that first day. The first one was the Nathan Burton Magic Show, and the second was Tournament of Kings. The Magic Show, held at the Miracle Mile Shops behind the Planet Hollywood, was amazing. Nathan does a great job at mixing comedy, magic, and illusions while making it family friendly. It ended up being my daughter’s favorite. She was also picked to help out on a trick. The show was the 4pm show, and it let out around 5:15-5:30. However, I ended up booking the late T of K 8:30 show so I didn’t realize I had that much time to kill.


    On a whim, I decided to take my daughter to the Rio and do the Voodoo Zipline. (Before the trip I measured her height and she was 48 inches tall so I knew that we could do it, although my wife didn’t want her to. Oh well!) Drove over to the Rio and signed us up. We get to the top and they strap us in with two seatbelts. I didn’t think it would be a big deal but I actually freaked out a little bit more than my daughter. The reason being is the size of the seat they strap you into. It was so small/short that my butt was feeling like it wasn’t fully on the seat. I ended up having to hold onto her grab handle while she had both hands in the air.


    From the Rio we drove to the Excalibur. We were a little early for the dinner/show so I gave her $10 to use at the Arcade outside the arena. The show was a lot better than I what I thought it would be. I had never been to a Medieval Times type show so I went in with zero expectations. The food was good but the acting, especially the fighting, was top notch. The fight choreography was amazing. Just be aware that there are explosions and strobe lighting effects. From there we went back to The Venetian and to bed.


    Day 2:


    My daughter and I slept in, yet she still wanted me to set up another Easter Egg hunt with the remaining eggs I had. Who am I to say no? From there we went to the Adventuredome, but first we had to check out. As I checked my email in the morning I realized the Venetian had sent me an email to check out. Easiest check out I ever had….click on one link and all is done. No need to wait in line. It was amazingly simple and quite a timesaver. Spent a couple hours at Adventuredome and my daughter was able to go on her first real roller coaster, the Canyon Blaster. We also went on the El Loco a couple times, which ended up being my daughter’s favorite ride. From there we ended up going to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium at The Boulevard Mall. I had also gotten a Groupon discount for John’s Incredible Pizza Company and was going to do lunch there, but as we got to the Mall my daughter mentioned she wanted a hot dog. So we ended up just going to the Aquarium. A great little place for kids, as they are able to feed and/or touch most of the animals there. We then drove out to Red Rock Casino and checked in there. They offered me a cheap upgrade to a corner room. I took it but ended up regretting it. It was at the end of the hallway so we had to walk the length of the hotel each time we wanted to leave the room. My daughter had seen a Dippin’ Dots vending machine at SeaQuest but I determined it to be too expensive. So to her surprise I found a Dippin’ Dots booth at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets (South) and we stopped there before going back to the AdventureDome for an hour or so before dinner.


    For Dinner my daughter wanted to go to Benihana so although we were out in Summerlin we made the trek back to the Strip and had an amazing meal. Slight variation in some of the food preparation than I had seen before. The Volcano was a little bit bigger than I had seen in NYC, as well as creating a Pac Man type scene for the fried rice, instead of the beating heart I had come to be used to. Back to the Red Rock to conk out after we ate.


    Part 2 coming up.
     
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  2. BlackJackLady

    BlackJackLady Low-Roller

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    Lucky girl to have the Easter Bunny for a dad! That was really sweet of you
     
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    You rock! We have shared many adventures in Vegas with our kids but you really know how to make it super special. Kudos!!
     
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    What a lucky girl your daughter is. This warms my heart. Do you remember where you got the best bath bombs? I like to take a relaxing bath in Vegas and think this would be nice.
     
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  5. caldwell2

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    I enjoyed Basin White. www.basin.com (There is a retail store in The Venetian.)

    There is also Nectar Bath Treats. www.nectarusa.com (There is a retail store in The Mirage, as well as a couple other casinos.)

    There are a lot of varying scents and purposes for the bombs.
     
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