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Spring Break in Vegas

Discussion in 'Shows & Entertainment' started by Verboten72, Jan 14, 2018.

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  1. Verboten72

    Verboten72 Tourist

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    Looking for fun and affordable entertainment ideas for my family during our Spring Break Vegas trip. We'll be there for 4 days mid-March and this will be the first time my wife and I bring along the kiddos (girl-15 and boy-10).

    We already have tix to Michael Jackson ONE (daughter is a huge MJ fan) and also tix to Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (son is all about Marvel movies).

    Besides the usual free attractions that are common when exploring the Strip (Bellagio conservatory and fountain show, Mirage Volcano, M&M World, etc.) what are some other free or affordable ideas for entertainment that would be fun for our family? We'll have a rental car, so we're not limited to the Strip proper. I've heard the Silverton has a pretty cool aquarium and Container Park downtown could be fun...anything else?

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. Grant1982

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    Just a heads up container park is either 18+ or 21+ after a certain time of night, can't remember the exact details. I would check out Mystic Falls at Sam's Town, its not long but a must see Vegas attraction in my opinion, especially for kids. You may also want to check out the free circus acts at Circus Circus.
     
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    Oi I'll also add Red Rock Canyon and/or Valley of Fire, it's a small fee per vehicle. Everyone should take the Dam tour (the more expensive one) at Hoover Dam at least once in their life.
     
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    High Roller is not free, but worth it.
     
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    My son loved the CSI Experience at MGM.
     
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    Both of these places are great for families. We will be visiting them in March as well. My kids loved the Children's Discovery trail at Red Rock because it has a waterfall.
    If you go to the dam, check out the Clark County Museum on the way back to town. It's only $2 adults/$1 kids. Ethel M chocolate factory/cactus garden is another fun (and free) spot.
     
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  7. KellyLovesVegas

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    Just an FYI - if your countdown timer is correct, you will be arriving in Vegas on Tuesday and on Thursday the 'March Madness' NCAA tournament basketball games begin (not counting the play-in games occurring on Tues and Wed evenings). Thursday and Friday are some of the busiest days of the year for the sportsbooks and casinos. There will be lots of people (mostly men) ranging from college age to retired people. Expect that many restaurants and other attractions on the Strip (like the High Roller) will be busy. Several Strip restaurants offer all-day viewing deals for basketball fans, and casinos offer viewing parties. There's lots of people drinking lots of alcohol and in some cases, people behave badly.

    Thursday and Friday might be excellent days to take your family to Valley of Fire, Mt Charleston, or Hoover Dam.
     
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    Here's a post I made in a different thread about taking my kids to Vegas in a thread where people were complaining about it (LOL). Some of it may be helpful to you..or not :) :

    My 9 year-old daughter had a gymnastics meet in Vegas in January. I did all of the following with her, and she had a great time:

    - High Roller
    - Monorail Ride from Bally's to SLS
    - Souvenir shop near SLS
    - Deuce from SLS area to Fremont Street
    - Ziplining at Fremont Street Experience
    - Michael Jackson Show at Mandalay
    - Bellagio Fountain Show
    - Movie at the AMC theater on the Strip

    While she had a great time, the other good news is that I could do most of those things with a beer in my hand!
     
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    • Mac King at Harrah's is a great cheap family friendly show.
    • The High Roller is cool.
    • I can recommend the movie theater at the Orleans and they have a small arcade, too.
    • The conservatory and lobby at the Bellagio is a must see.
    • And the aquarium at Silverton is worth checking out. Just check the schedule because the mermaids aren't there everyday.
     
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    Thank you all for the great tips...I knew I'd get some good suggestions! The High Roller and Ethel M both sound like really great options.

    @KellyLovesVegas I hadn't even considered the fact that we'll be there for the start of March Madness...we're there Tues-Fri, so Thurs might be good for a day trip to explore the surrounding areas and avoid some of the Madness. Thanks for the heads-up!
     
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    I agree on the Pinball Hall of Fame, it's great.

    I slightly disagree on Silverton, in that I think your kids are probably too old to enjoy fake mermaids.

    Don't forget the Flamingo has a bird habitat that's free.

    Depending on when you're leaving Friday, you could do Lion Habitat Ranch, which is awesome if you like big cats. (They're only open Friday-Monday now.)

    If you like beautiful scenery and your kids enjoy climbing on rocks, Valley of Fire is worth the time and effort.

    I'd recommend any of these comedy/magic shows if you can find them cheap on Groupon/Travelzoo/etc.: Xavier Mortimer, Nathan Burton, Jeff Civillico, and as another already mentioned, Mac King.

    Check out my trip reports for more ideas. Most of my trips are with my nine-year-old daughter.
     
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