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My PSA… Vegas is NOT for Kids

August 3, 2008

So the Husband and I just returned from five glorious days in Las Vegas sans the kiddos. My wonderful in-laws came up to our house and watched the girls for five days so we could get away. The Husband has been away a lot over the last several months so it was very nice to get away and just hang out together for a bit.

Actually he was in a conference during the days so the best part was being by myself all day and then getting to have a couple nice dinners with the Husband.

The thing that killed me while we were there was the number of kids being dragged around the casinos at all hours. I know most of the hotels have great pools and seeing all the lights and glitz can be exciting for the kids, but c’mon when it’s after 9 or 10 p.m., those kids should be in bed.

According to my mother, I am a “sleep nazi.” My kids are both in bed by 7 p.m. every night. It’s a good schedule for us so we stick with it. I know lots of others put their kids to bed later, but I honestly think that preschoolers and younger really should be in bed before 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., they certainly should not be eating dinner at the Hawaiian Tropic restaurant, shopping along the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and they definitely should NOT be hanging out in the smoke-filled casino while their dumb-arse parents are playing the slot machines.

I was so frustrated seeing these screaming kids being dragged all over the place just so that their stupid parents could see the sights of Vegas. I know we are very, very, very fortunate that the husband’s parents could come up to stay with the girls. But if they hadn’t been available, I would have stayed home.

If you must bring the kids, get a babysitter, bring your own or utilize the services that many of the hotels offers. Or split up, have one parents stay with the kids while the other plays tourist. And then switch off, but please, please, please don’t drag your poor kids all over the strip after dark.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. jandcandme permalink
    August 5, 2008 5:40 pm

    The hubs and I went to Vegas this spring. I’d heard all the “oh, it’s becoming a family place now’ stuff….no it’s not. We went to see a Cirque show one evening and the hubs was talking about how much our 11 yo would enjoy that show, how we should bring him sometime. I looked at him and was like “no. way.” What, should we blindfold him on the way back to the hotel?? I really don’t want him to get to see real live prostitutes. And boobs on trucks. And stuff. 😛

  2. August 9, 2008 1:54 am

    I have 61 days until I go to Vegas to see NKOTB. Absolutely no kids will be allowed with us ‘cuz I agree that Vegas is certainly no place for a child.

  3. fixitmommy permalink*
    August 18, 2008 9:05 am

    We were amazed by the digital “backpacks” with the naked ladies on them that the guys handing out all the cards were wearing. Those were new since last time we were there.

    Sandi… on the countown already? How fun!!

  4. rosalie32009 permalink
    January 25, 2010 6:40 am

    I am also a “sleep nazi” and I certainly won’t bring my kid to places that are for grown ups only especially those that can corrupt the young minds of the children.

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