2013 Holiday Activities in Las Vegas For Kids

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The Holidays have come again and they really came fast this year!  If you have the time in your Holiday schedule, here are a few 2013 Holiday Activities in Las Vegas that may make this season memorable for you and your family: 1.  The Ethel M Cactus Gardens – My family and I just visited the Cactus Gardens last evening.  We love going to the Gardens, walking the chocolate factory tour and purchasing, what I believe is, the BEST hot chocolate ever!  This is a quick event but really worth it.  Plus admission is free for the whole group.  Their lights come on at 5pm until 10pm through New Years. It does get cold, so I suggest wearing warm coats and gloves.  Check out times and information here.     2.  The Bellagio Gardens – What does the Bellagio have in store for you this year?  Bring the family to the strip and see the beautiful botanical gardens.  Make sure you also stay for the Bellagio Fountains performance.  After years of living in Las Vegas, the fountains are still so beautiful and the Bellagio Gardens smell so fragrant.  You can’t help but get into the spirit.  Plus – bonus – these activities are free to the public, so while your pocket book may be feeling the Holiday, this may fill your spirit. 3.  Mailing Letters to Santa at Macy’s –  Some years ago, Macy’s came up with the brilliant idea to install a very large, red mailbox that goes directly to the Northpole, complete with a desk and Santa postcards.  Your child can bring his/her own letter or write a letter to Santa and mail it right there in the store.  It is really cute to watch the kids compose and deposit their letter to Santa. 4. The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village – Celebrate the holidays with a cherished southern Nevada tradition – the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village! The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer.  Monday Nights are Family Night: Receive one free child admission (ages 3-12) with the purchase of one full price adult admission every Monday night.   5.  The 2013 Holiday Season at Springs Preserve  – Train Rides with Santa, Night at the Museum Polar Express Event, Cookie Decorating and Snow Globe Creation Crafts.  Plus their new “Mad Science Mania” events.  Check out what the Springs Preserve has in store for you this season. 6.  Roos-N-More BEST ANIMAL EXPERIENCE! – Now is a great time to visit the Roos-N-More Zoo.  The weather is cooler and that makes for a more pleasant experience!  There are only three more open zoo days this year – check out the schedule here.  AND, one of them is holiday themed!  Roos-N-More’s Holiday lights and Christmas special: December 21st from 2-6pm is a special Christmas zoo day. We will have raffles, crafts, and interactions with animals. Price of admission is $20 per person. Bring a gift for one of our animals (i.e. blanket, pee pad, toddler toy, dog toy, tilapia fillets, etc) and you will receive a raffle ticket. 7.  Hike / Visit / Enjoy Red Rock, Calico Basin, Valley of Fire, Lake Mead and Mount Charleston – Now that the weather is cooler and snow has arrived on Mount Charleston, it is a beautiful time to take the family on a hike or go sledding.  Our Valley has so many beautiful natural resources just waiting to be explored! 8.  The Nevada State Railroad Museum’s Polar Express “Santa Train” that runs out of Boulder City, NV. It is $5 per seat and Santa visits your child during the trip.  We did this last year and it was fun (better for younger kids) but definitely get there early because it sells out and the line gets bigger and bigger.  Afterwards, we went into Boulder City and had breakfast and then drove down to the Rail Road Tunnel Trail at Lake Mead, just outside of the park entrance for some exercise.   Advanced Tickets are recommended.  This train only runs on the weekends through December 22, 2013. LAST MINUTE ADDITIONS: I keep coming across fun things I want to do before the season is over, so here is a quick add on list.  I hope your holidays are Merry and Bright! The Downtown Container Park – We were here last weekend in the late afternoon and it was so much fun.  Plus they had a local group of carolers singing.  A very pleasant way to enjoy the afternoon with your kids.  And before dark, East Fremont street is more kid friendly. Glittering Lights at The Speedway – I can’t believe I forgot to add this to my post!  A dazzling array of festival lights and sounds. Lemontree Holiday Decor Browsing – Of course I had to put my favorite holiday store in this post.  It always puts me in a happy holiday place! Snow at Town Square – through December 23 Town Square Park Nightly Snowfalls: Monday – Thursday 7pm Friday – Sunday 7pm and 8pm Snow in Las Vegas? That’s right! Town Square brings holiday cheer to Las Vegas in the form of snowflakes with Snow in the Square at Town Square Park. Each show lasts 10 minutes and is choreographed to everyone’s favorite holiday music. Happy Holidays from Moms in...

Moms in Vegas Youtube Tuesdays – Kid Friendly Pools!

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Kid Friendly Vegas: 3 Pools in 3 Days! It’s Youtube Tuesday at Moms in Vegas and we found the greatest Youtube for you – Kid Friendly Vegas: Three Pools in Three Days! Stay cool with the kids this summer!  Beat the heat at three of the best kid friendly pools in town! Hard Rock Hotel Pool, Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Shark Tank Pool and Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Pool.  

What to do on a hot summer Las Vegas day?

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What to do on a hot summer day? May I suggest getting lost at the Discovery Children’s Museum. Las Vegas weather is not necessarily family friendly during the hot summer months.  We just recorded our hottest day ever in June, topping out at a miserable 117 degrees.  So how can we help stimulate the kids and allow them to burn off some energy, without spontaneously combusting? Check out the NEW Discovery Children’s Museum.  They offer 58,000 square feet of colorful space and 3 air conditioned floors of interactive exhibits. My kids always make a beeline to the Fantasy Festival on the first floor.  They can literally spend hours playing on the pirate ship and castle.  They dress up in costumes, walk the plank, claim the treasure, climb the castle stairs, all while defending the ship and making new friends.  There is a stage where creative minds put on plays, dances, or sing songs. Another crowd favorite is Eco City with it’s mock International Airport, grocery store, restaurant, animal clinic, construction zone, bank and auto shop.  The kids love earning money either making sandwiches or changing a tire, then they get to deposit some in the bank, buy their groceries.  They learn about eco-friendly materials while constructing  a building.  What’s best, is that they are learning valuable life skills in a fun and nurturing environment. The Discovery Children’s Museum boasts nine exhibit halls containing all new interactive exhibits including Water World, Toddler Town, Young at Art and more.  We opted for the annual family membership which costs $125 and allows the cardholder and up to five immediate family members unlimited admission.  We also get member perks like easy members-only check-in, special invitations to members-only events, and discounts on party packages.  The single one day admission price is...

110 Vegas Summer Activities

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The District at Green Valley Ranch: Walk around The District at Green Valley in the evening and grab some fro yo or dinner while you are there Paint Some Pottery at Color Me Mine Catch an Outdoor Picture Show Friday and Saturday nights – click here to view their schedule Go to the Movies, inside the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Casino Experience A Whole New Kind of Movie Experience: Plush reclining seats, beer and wine service, all digital sound and projection, enormous DFX screens … reserve your seat online (this theater sells out).  http://www.galaxytheatres.com/green-valley Catch a Summer Movie Express film at 10am on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for $1 at participating Regal Cinemas – view times and movies here Catch a drive in movie at West Wind Drive Ins Play At A Water Park: Visit the latest water addition to our valley – Wet N Wild Water Park Go to the Henderson Multigenerational Activity Pool The Water Park at Town Square Visit the 10 splash pads of Henderson Parks: http://www.cityofhenderson.com/parks/parks/water_features.php Visit one of the 27 splash pads of Las Vegas Go  On A Staycation: Stay at Mandalay Bay and spend the day on their lazy river or wave pool The Golden Nugget – kids love the tank slide Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa – for Henderson residents, this is a convenient staycation Monte Carlo – affordable staycation rooms and a lazy river Red Rock Hotel & Casino – for Summerlin residents, this is a great getaway Caesars Palace – kids love the temple pool and walking around the forum shops Sample Local Desserts: Your Favorite Ice Cream in two of your favorite cookies:  http://sweetaddictionlv.com/ A Local French Bakery: http://patisseriemanon.com/ A Famous Frozen Custard Experience:  http://www.luvitfrozencustard.com/ Italian Dessert: http://montesanos.com/menu/desserts/ Know for their pizza’s and homemade candybars, visit The Wynn’s Esplanade for Sugar & Ice Crepes at The Paris Hotel Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory Tour Sundae’s at The Sugar Factory – these are huge and so fun to order! Grab some unique cupcake pops from Showboy Bakeshop Butterfat Milkshake for The Heart Attack Grill downtown High Tea at The Four Seasons Order a Nothing Bundt Cake for your next BBQ – this successfully franchised business was started in Vegas. Explore Unique Restaurants (some of our favorites): DW Bistro Geisha House Steak & Sushi Bachi Burger Yassou Greek Grill Cafe Dona Maria Tamales Hot N Juicy Crawfish See A Show (some local favorites):  Blue Man Group at The Monte Carlo Mystere at Treasure Island The O Show at The Bellagio Le Reve at The Wynn See The Tournament of Kings Catch a Show at The Smith Center Marriage Can Be Murder Tony & Tina’s Wedding Wander The Strip: See the sharks at Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Window shop at The Fashion Show Mall – catch a fashion show and lunch at our favorite restaurant there – The Nordstrom Cafe Visit Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Drive the strip at night to see all the lights Take an evening stroll through The Bellagio and catch the Bellagio Fountains Water Show Walk through M&M World Adventuredome at Circus Circus Ride the Roller Coaster at New York New York King Tut Museum Dolphins at Mirage Take a Gondola Ride at the Venetian Participate in pilot show reviews at CBS Television City Research Center Visit Bodies The Exhibition at Luxor Climb the Stratosphere Tower & Ride The Rides (or check out the view) See The Pirate Show at Treasure Island Walk through the Forum Shops at Caesars Visit Local Museums & Kid Attractions The New Discovery Children’s Museum Las Vegas Natural History Museum The Neon Museum Springs Preserve The National Atomic Testing Museum Pinball Hall of Fame Las Vegas Natural History Museum Dig This Hoover Dam Tour Titanic Exhibit at The Luxor Madame Toussaud’s Wax Museum Don’t Forget Downtown Las Vegas Downtown 3rd’s Friday Farmers Market The Fremont Street Experience Fly over Fremont Street on Flightlinez Kid Focused Fun Paintball Get your toes done Go Golfing Catch a 51’s Game The Putt Putt Park (evening Cosmic Mini Golf events) Laser Tag Roller Skating Ice Skating Sky Zone Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving Fast Lap Indoor Cart Racing Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix Family Fun Center Pole Position Raceway Bowling Try Climbing at Nevada Climbing Centers Get Out In Nature (and beat the heat) Evening Backyard Barbeque Kayaking Lake Las Vegas Paddleboarding Mount Charleston Hike – click here to see more on weather conditions and hiking trails Roos & More Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary & Orchards SunBuggy Tours Pink Jeep Tours Boating on Lake Mead Kayaking on Lake Mead  Town Square Play at The Park Catch a Movie in The Square at Sundown – see the schedule here Grab a Burger at I Love Burgers Tivoli Village Go just to walk around and visit Charming Charlie Walk Around Plant World (just to see all the amazing animals and birds) Try A Sunday Brunch Buffet:  Sterling Brunch at Bally’s Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars The Feast at Green Valley Ranch Cravings at Mirage The Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan The Red Rock...

Las Vegas Spring Break Activities

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Spring Break is upon us and for many, leaving town is not an option.  So what do you do if you are having a staycation?  Here are some Las Vegas Spring Break Activities to make this Spring Break a memorable event for your family. Have Your Nails & Toes Done. My daughters love to have their toes done, especially when you add little flower embellishments.  They were so excited to find the Paris to New York Nail Bar in their own backyard after watching this YouTube video below.  They can’t wait to have their Glitter Pedicures! Teen Facials.  Nothing makes you feel so grown up as your very own facial.  I had to search for sometime to find a place where my kids could get a mini facial and they love it.  The SkinBar in Henderson, NV offers facials for kids 10 and up. Park Tour.  A great way to spend a day in Vegas is by visiting three or four parks.  Have your kids plan some of their favorite locations and make a day of it.  Breakfast, local park, lunch, second park, third park, ice cream and a fourth park will keep you busy all day! Here are a list of Las Vegas Parks. Here are a list of Henderson Parks. See A Show. We are heading into a busy time for the strip, but there are always deals to be found for locals.  Cirque de Soleil offers local resident discounts.  Blue Man Group offer local discounts.  And if you sign up for The Smith Center, you can get on their pre-sale email list and find great offers for shows at in this beautiful setting.  We love to dress up and see a show! Bellagio Gardens, Bellagio Fountains & Crepes in Paris.  If you are going to see the Bellagio Gardens and take in the fountains, why not walk across the Strip to Paris and have a Crepe at La Creperie.  La Creperie is located on their French cobblestone street.  You walk up to the window and order, then sit at their bistro like tables and enjoy a savory or sweet crepe.  Sundaes at The Sugar Factory.  We love going to The Sugar Factory to have a sundae.  These are not your ordinary sundaes!  They are huge.  We can all share one with left overs.  This is just a fun activity and the kids love it.  Moms in Vegas recommend that you go in the day time.  Once it hits 7pm, it gets crowded and loud! Painting Pottery.  There are several places to paint pottery but our favorite is Color Me Mine at The District in Green Valley Ranch.  The store is clean and there are lots of pottery choices.  Why not have a Spring Break painting pottery.  Invite some friends along and have a good time.  Afterwards, there are lots of dining choices – Rachael’s Kitchen, The Crazy Pita, Balboa Pizza Co. and more – or grab some Fro Yo and let the kids play outside.  The district is also fun to walk around in the evening because all the trees are lit up. Hoover Dam Tour.  One of the best Las Vegas Spring Break Activities may be a trip to Hoover Dam.  You can walk across the dam, take a Dam Tour and see beautiful lake mead.  If you up for an adventure, take a hike through the railroad tunnels and walk old downtown Boulder City, where you can grab lunch from several restaurants and pizza joints.  Valley of Fire.  I was so impressed with the Valley of Fire that I want to go again.  It is truly a magical place.  However, it gets really hot out there, so the perfect time to go to the Valley of Fire is in the winter through Spring Break.  After that, you may not enjoy the hikes as much as you would right now!  You may want to add this to your Las Vegas Spring Break Activities list. Red Rock & Calico Basin.  This time of year, you can often find small springs during your hikes in Red Rock and Calico Basin.  We usually pair our hike with some time at a nearby park after our hike. Miniature Golf.  It is so nice outside this time of year.  A great activity is Miniature Golf and there are many places to try.  But this year, we want to try  The Putt Park, Pole Position.  What kid doesn’t love driving.  This indoor go-kart racing is a must on your Las Vegas Spring Break Activities list.  They even have a 3 day spring break camp available for your kids, if you need a few hours to yourself.  Learn more on their web site here. Movies & The Mall.  My girls love The Fashion Show Mall on the strip.  So, we like to go there every once in a while and just walk around.  Typically, I will give them a purchase plan – example, each of you gets one outfit or a new pair of shoes.  This makes the trip to the mall fun because they get to find and pick out something new.  We often eat at the mall (Nordstrom Cafe being one of our favorites) or leave and go to the movies.  One of our favorite movie theaters is at Town Square. Lake Mead.  There is no better way to see Lake Mead than by boat.  One of the great Las Vegas...

Oobleck Goo Fun

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Make Your Own Oobleck My daughter came home from Dr. Seuss day and told me that they didn’t get to make Oobleck at school because one of the kids in her class was acting up.  So, we decide to make our own.  She looked up the recipe and it is really simple: 1.  Water   2.  Cornstarch  3.  Food Coloring (optional) 4.  My daughter said they also use some glue as well (so we added some for good measure) Here is a link to the Oobleck Recipe we found online. We made this outside, which I highly recommend.  The stuff is so weird that it is quite fun to play in.  It seems watery, but if you put your hand in the substance and try to move quickly, it feels like you are in cement. When we were all done playing with our Oobleck, we put it in zip lock plastic bags so that the girls could keep it to play with in the future.  Then, we decided to clean up. Oobleck (or as we like to call it goo) can be cleaned up easily with some Dawn and lots of water.  The more water you add, the less Oobleck it becomes until it returns to just watered down corn starch. Here is a quick video I found on making...