Never say never. Yes, we are those parents who brought their kids to Las Vegas!
I’ve been to Vegas a few times prior to our last trip and I’ve always said I would never bring my kids there. But, well, surprise, surprise, our boys came to Vegas with us for 4 days last summer!
We love Las Vegas. We had such an incredible time at our Honeymoon in 2009, and then again in 2013, both times staying at the gorgeous Wynn Encore… every time we go to Vegas it seems different yet always so much fun!
I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to bring our kids to the city of sins, but luckily we had our double stroller (that stroller saved our lives multiple times) and many siblings to help us entertain the boys.
If you’ve read my posts on on our California trip, you know we had the time of our lives over there. So Vegas is the second part of that 10 days trip. We left Anaheim on the Tuesday morning, in our rented super nice minivan and drove off to the desert. It was a really smooth ride, sometime too smooth going 100 mile per hour without even feeling it! The boys were great, and within less than 4 hours we were at The Mirage checking-in. We had 2 great connecting rooms with the best Jojo in the world! Thanks Jojo for the room!!! My Mom and Frank had arrived the day before and Brian’s family had arrived earlier that day.
We all met at the gorgeous pool for a swim as the HEAT was just crazy. Wow! I’ve always been to Vegas in the summer, but I had never seen a Vegas heat wave. We couldn’t touch the pavement as it would have burned our feet instantly. It was so hot we even saw an orange construction cone melting on the street. It went up to 47 degrees at some point. The air felt non-existent, like it was difficult to breath in. So we had a few icy margaritas at the pool while enjoying a swim, and then went back inside to cool down and for a nap.
Later that day, we all met at the Forum Shops at Cesar’s Palace to have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, yep second time in a week having dinner at the Cheesecake Factory… it was that good and we knew our family would enjoy it. We had an awesome dinner and the best server. We then took a walk down the Strip at about 11:30 at night and it was still above 35 degrees…
So the week before we were at Disneyland, and it was magical to see the boys’ reaction when meeting all of the characters… well Vegas was different… as they were scandalized and so confused to see Olaf and some Minions on the sidewalks without their costume’s HEAD while taking a break… so not like Disney!!!
Wednesday was wedding day! Since the last time we had been there, the restaurant Giada had opened at the new hotel The Cromwell, so we decided to have brunch over there. The restaurant is simply beautiful. We had a great booth overlooking the Strip and Bellagio. We shared a brick oven pizza and ceasar salad while the boys had the fanciest chicken strips and some amazing gelato ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
Then, we went back to our room and got ready for the wedding. Drove over to The Little Church of the West and met up with our family and friends that had made the trip to see my mom getting married. Took lots of pictures and then it was wedding time, or wedding minutes! My Mom was gorgeous, and I was the one walking her down the aisle; both of us giggling all the way down. It probably took less than 5 minutes for her and Frank to get married. It was quick and beautiful. We then headed out to one of our favorite restaurant, Maggiano’s. It was really nice to be all together and celebrating this special day. We had a wonderful time and the food was delicious, as always.
My Mom and Frank wanted to go to the Paris hotel where a band was playing in a little casino side cabaret. And that’s when having kids in Vegas started to be a pain. Until then, we didn’t really had any trouble with the kids, as we were able to go through all of the casinos in all of the hotels, as long as we wouldn’t stop, like NEVER. You have to be in constant movement in the casinos or someone will come and warn you. So thanks to our awesome stroller, it was easy for us to keep the kids seated (with the iPad or a toy to play with) for sometime an hour or so. But that night it became a bit more difficult after we were told we weren’t allowed inside the cabaret with the kids… It was kind of sad for Brian to miss my mom’s wedding ‘reception’, but I understand their rules… so I stayed at the cabaret while Brian was circling around the casino. Eventually, he left with the boys to bring them back to the room; a 15-minute walk took 1:30 with the stroller due to some of the elevators being broken, escalators too small for the stroller, and some closed walkway. Basically, it was a pain. So I stayed a little longer to listen to the band and dance with my mom on this special night. There was an hilarious couple who were clearly out dancing us; kind of pretending they were on Dancing with the Stars! It was hilarious! Right before it was time to go, Jojo caught the bouquet, and then we said our goodbyes to the newly married couple!
On Thursday we took a quick trip to the Premium Outlets, met up with my friends Anik and Jannick who flew to Vegas for the wedding. Came back for a swim and a nap, and THEN, got dressed up for the big event: LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. We saw LOVE 7 years ago, but we wanted to see it again. At first, when we booked our trip, the show was on hiatus. But 3 weeks prior to our departure, a 10th Anniversary LOVE show was announced. So we jump at the occasion and bought some tickets for us, Jojo and Brian’s dad. Red carpet and all for Ringo Star, Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s son and Sir Paul McCartney. We could see them from our seats; and it was just a unique experience to watch that show and listen to the Beatles’ music with Sir Paul sitting next to us in the crowd. Fantastic show; we’ll see it again one day that’s for sure. At the end, Sir Paul came on the stage and sang with us. It was such a beautiful moment that I will never forget.
Matante Lulu babysat the boys in our room while we attended the show. Merci Matante!!! By 10:30 the show was over but we weren’t ready to call it a night, so we all left for Fremont Street. At 11:00 at night, parents of the year award goes to us! And it was so inappropriate; the boys saw things they should have not seen for another 15 years! The naked nuns being one of those!!! I’ll just say it’s the last time for a while that I will venture out to Fremont Street!
So Friday was our last day of our 10 day California/Vegas trip. We explored a few more hotels, gambled a little, took a few pictures and met up again with Jannick. We had drinks at Serendipity on the strip side patio and did a bit of shopping. Rounded up the gang and had one last dinner at the Mirage buffet. Our flight was delayed and the boys were amazing staying up late once again. We got lucky though, as the four of us were upgraded to first class seats for our red-eyed flight back to Montreal. Let’s just say the boys looked really jet-set in first class with their drinks and provided iPad! I could really get used to travelling like this!
So, in the end, it was not that bad bringing the kids to Vegas, but I wouldn’t recommend it (although they seemed to have enjoyed their trip and the night life!). Logan really enjoyed Las Vegas as he sang ‘Viva Las Vegas’ so many times during the week, he was so cute! Vegas or anywhere else, we just love to travel with people we love; it’s the best.
We will be back in Vegas for sure… next time at our beloved Wynn Encore… but without our boys by our side! We love traveling with them, and of course I’m already planning on bringing them back to see Mickey soon, but Vegas is our own Disneyland, and we can’t wait to go back by ourselves!!!
Viva Las Vegas!