Happy New Year!
We’re back from Las Vegas. It was a really fun getaway and in an ironic way, Sin City provided the pause we needed to relax and recuperate from an emotional and very hectic month of moving and holidays.
Despite some hesitation whether Vegas would be suitable for CJ, we found it very family friendly. There was lots to keep us entertained while daddy attended his conference!
Checking-in at The Aria Resort
Vegas has a few hotels geared towards families like the obvious Circus Circus but I opted for Aria. A hip resort style hotel with all the grow up bells + whistles yet spacious enough even for the most rambunctious of kids.
There are 3 pools, a spa and 8 restaurants including a grand buffet. I really like Lemongrass, a traditional Thai restaurant with good portions. Pressed Juicery is where we started our mornings – fuelling up on liquid nutrition, and mom + dad often ended our days at Alibi. The bar lounge is conveniently located on the main casino level making it the perfect excuse to pop a sleeping CJ into his stroller while we enjoyed a night cap.
So here’s how I kept CJ engaged during our 4 day stay in Vegas…
Day One: The arcade at New York New York has themed pinball machines and redemption games. A $20 game card kept us busy for more than an hour. Older kids can get a ‘scream pass’ for $26 and ride the Big Apple roller coaster.
We ate lunch at The Rainforest Cafe. Every single day! While the food is meh, the service and ambience is excellent. Fries to go with your misting waterfall, animatronic elephants and tropical storm soundtrack?! Sure I’ll take that if it keeps the little man in his seat and happily eating for 15 mins!
Day Two: Shops At Crystals is where you’ll find Louis, Hermes, Chanel and designer friends. Hangout here not for the shopping but for the water tubes that change colours and create mini hurricanes. There is also a sky tram you can catch on the upper level and we rode that like twenty times!
Jean Philips Patisserie with its too pretty to eat cakes, candies & cascading chocolate fountain is a cute spot to enjoy afternoon dessert. There are two locations: Aria and Bellagio. Just remind me next time to not take CJ here before his nap (that never happened)! #sugarrush!
Day Three + Four: We took down all the tourist attractions like Bodies – The Exhibition at Luxor Hotel, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage and Adventuredome at Circus Circus. (Speak to a concierge at any of the MGM Resort to get a package rate of 3 attractions for $57 USD.)
And of course, exploring the huge luxurious hotels is always a feast for the senses and plenty of entertainment already. So that’s how we did Vegas as a family! PG version obviously. 😉