Things you should know if you ever plan to take your family to Las Vegas:

  • Being on vacation is more work than “working”
  • If one of your younger kiddos starts crying in his sleep, while you’re driving through the middle of the desert, pull over as soon as you can, unbuckle him, drag him out of his seat, and make him walk around for a few minutes. Unless, of course, you want to go insane and let him “cry it out”.
  • Come to terms with the fact that you may never know what kind of bug is now the big yellow goo splattered on your windshield.
  • Your 21 month old can make it all day without a nap, but there are better ways to ruin your dinner.
  • You should make sure that your kiddos know not only your mobile numbers, but your area code, too. You can always tattoo it across the tops of their hands, just to make sure. You never know, they could decide that they want to help the security guards find you, for some reason.
  • If your 3-year-old drops his shoe in one of the animal exhibits in the Mirage’s Secret Garden, your 8-year-old can get it before he gets caught. Hey, his speed will save you a trip to Walmart and the $10 for new shoes… totally worth it! But, make sure you retrieve the shoe after you’ve seen all of the animals, though, so you get your money’s worth.
  • You should most definitely bring along a sister, cousin, friend, or grandpa who can stay with your kiddos, after they go to bed, so you and your hubby can cruise the strip after dark. Doing this does wonders for making you feel like being in Vegas was actually a good idea.
  • That said, take your first “evening out” and scope the land. Discover first-hand which hotels are  appropriate through which to stroll with the kids and which ones are not. Keep in mind that even the “good” hotels have sections to avoid. Um, this is definitely easier before your kiddos can read.
  • If you are even slightly observant you won’t have to drive around for forty minutes looking for the closest grocery store…. It may just be around the corner from your hotel!
  • Plan a day trip to Hoover Dam, but make your husband promise that he won’t pee off this incredible structure. It will be difficult, but you’ll be glad you did.


  1. says

    Great post and great advice! Seriously, traveling with young kids is not a walk in the park, you know? You have to plan for so many things… meal time alone is a huge challenge… and, oh, the packing!