Last week, I took my daughters to Las Vegas for a family-friendly trip in Sin City. While the adventure had its hitches — a flat tire in Barstow and no in-room Wi-Fi access at the Excalibur — it had its highlights as well. Nothing beats hanging out with good friends in a fun place. One thing we definitely wanted to try was Las Vegas’ new observation wheel, the High Roller, at the Linq shopping complex, which is also brand-new.
Tickets for the High Roller can be purchased at TheLinq.com.
Are you headed to Vegas for spring break? Well, you are in for a treat. The world’s largest ferris wheel, the High Roller, has opened at the Linq entertainment complex. Standing 550 high, it has changed the Vegas skyline and features dynamic lighting sequences that light up the Strip. High Roller joins a mecca of high flying Ferris wheels around the world, including the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer and the Star of Nanchang. The wheel has 28 cabins that hold up to 40 people each with 300 square feet of glass, ensuring a good view for all. It takes approximately 30 minutes to go all the way around and ticket prices start at about $25. High Roller tickets can be purchased on the Linq website in advance. You can also book entire cabins for large parties.
Warm days are upon us and it’s pool season in Vegas once again — for us parents, it’s time to figure out where the most awesome pools for kids are in Vegas. Whether for spring break or a summer getaway, Vegas pools are legendary but some are more kid-friendly than others. Here are five pools that stand out from the crowd:
Mandalay Bay: The wave pool speaks for itself, but there’s also a lazy river and a sandy beach. Grab an inter tube and float down the river or take advantage of one of the more than 100 cabanas, daybeds, bungalows and villas. Really, why leave?
Monte Carlo: This is a more low-key, centrally located kid-friendly pool that has a smaller wave pool as well as a lazy river. The best part is that it’s close to New York New York, MGM and — for the parents — The Cosmopolitan, for evenings. Rent a cabana and soak up the rays all day long without the crazy crowds.
MGM Grand: Waterfalls, check. Lazy river, check. Secure a reservation for a poolside cabana and you may never want to leave. They even have poolside massage services, just make sure at least one parent has their eyes on the kiddos.
Venetian Las Vegas: The pool at the Venetian was really fun when my kids were small. They have a large shallow pool that is used for both sunbathing and splashing children. It’s a great place to cool off, chill out and have a drink.
Golden Nugget: If you are up for staying off-Strip, this is a fantastic option. The pool has the coolest water slide in Vegas. There’s a shark tank and the slide goes right through the middle of it. Then, you can swim on the outside of it. It’s definitely a thrill. They also have cabanas and tours of the shark tank, too.
It’s going to be a happy holiday season in Las Vegas, as well as a well-lit one and there is no better time for a family to travel to Sin City. With ice rinks and light shows to culinary indulgences and stunning shows, Las Vegas strikes a perfect balance between pleasure and parenting. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on around town:
The Neon Museum is getting into the spirit this year and will light up Nov. 30-Dec. 31.
The menorah will be lit at Downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience on Nov. 27. A Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held there as well on Dec. 11.
The Bellagio will unveil its winter wonderland on Dec. 6. The centerpiece is Las Vegas’ largest indoor holiday tree standing at 45-feet tall and weighing 8,000 pounds. Also on display is an eight-foot reindeer crafted of chocolate and a life-size candy house.
Glittering Lights will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov. 15-Jan. 5.
The Cosmopolitan will transform its Boulevard Pool into an ice rink through Jan. 5
Wynn Las Vegas’ pastry chefs will help guests create their own gingerbread design adorned with delicious confections on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.Or toast to the season with The Twelve Cocktails of Christmas starting Dec. 9 through Dec. 24(weekdays only).
The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will host their third-annual Winter in Venice celebration, running Nov. 18 through Jan. 5. The Italian-inspired experience includes a parade, a tree-lighting ceremony, a 3-D light projection show, the return of the picturesque skating rink above The Venetian’s romantic outdoor Grand Canal and more.
Terry Fator’s A Very Terry Christmas is playing at the Mirage until Dec. 24 with the curtain going up at 7:30 p.m.
Fun With Food
Hotels and resorts around Las Vegas are hosting lavish Thanksgiving Day meals inspired by celebrity chefs from around the world including Gordon Ramsey and Jean Georges.
Special Christmas menus are available at Table 10 inside The Palazzo Las Vegas, Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian Las Vegas, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House located at MGM Grand Las Vegas, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar and d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar at Monte Carlo.
For more information on family travel to Las Vegas this winter and holiday events, visit www.lvcva.com.
British Airways (BA) has launched a new bag-tagging system at Las Vegas McCarren International airport that allows customers traveling from Las Vegas to destinations in the UK and across the BA network to print and attach tags to their own bags at a self-service kiosk. British Airways is the first international carrier with TSA approval for self-service bag tags from kiosks for flights departing the US and the airline has chosen Las Vegas as the first airport in the US to conduct its trial.
According to British Airways, the advanced self-help technology is designed to improve the speed and simplicity of traveling through the airport with the aim of giving customers more control over their journey. Customer service staff will be on hand to greet customers and offer assistance. Once the tags are printed and attached the customer simply leaves the luggage at the bag drop desk. The new process, combined with the option to check-in online and print boarding passes at home or the office, will reduce potential congestion at the airport concourse during busy travel periods.