I've always been hesitant to take the kids here because I don't think it's necessarily kid-friendly despite what some people might say (I mean "hello! You see sex reps everywhere passing out stripper and hooker cards).
Since this work trip was set in Vegas, it set the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
*This work trip actually took place in August 2018, the week before the kids went back-to-school.
Where we Stayed
We stayed at the Palazzo again - we were actually invited back so "huge thanks" to the hotel for hosting us once more. The kids were loving the suite and loved that there was room to move.
I didn't take photos of the interior but you can check it out in a previous blog post I wrote on our stay a few months back, palazzo.html Nice and open, it's classic in design as well. Made a good impression on the kids so that's always a plus!
While waiting for my arrival, their dad took them to the hotel's pool to get some aqua time in.
The kids were a bit grossed out because people left their garbage in some corners of the pool area. They even found a few pieces of trash in the pool. Blech.
Other than that, they loved that they were able to cool off. It was so hot the week we went (temps were in the 100s) that a few pieces of trash wasn't going to stop them from swimming. Still, it's unsettling that people don't clean up after themselves!
THINGS to DO
We only had a few days in Vegas and we were able to get the kids to experience a few things that one would do in Vegas their first time around (sans the clubs, strip shows, drinking to their hearts content, and tables/slots). ;-P
We took them to one of the many buffets in Vegas - one in particular, "Cravings Buffet" located in the Mirage. We only ended up there because we were all ravenous and it was close by - diagonally across the street from the Palazzo. I admit, the food didn't taste the best but it satisfied our hunger. The kids wanted to eat a bit fancier but we didn't quite have the time - we were on a schedule!
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
We met up with some family that happened to be there the same time we were. We saw the Jabbawockeez show together at MGM Grand. I personally haven't seen them perform in a few years so it was nice to watch them again with the kids.
We gave the kids a few options to choose from between this, Michael Jackson, and a magic show. Ava and I chose Michael (although, I could've gone either way) and the boys chose Jabbawockeez. We were beat but I'm glad it didn't disappoint.
It was a more intimate and cozy venue than last time but it was perfect because we all had a great view.
Gondola Ride - Venetian
We were, of course, serenaded by the gondola drivers/operators...whatever you call them. It must be nice to be able to sing all day. :-)
Bellagio Fountain Show
We were able to see the Bellagio from the Palazzo/Venetian area but we found out soon enough how close but so far it was. Although it was late afternoon, temps were about 104 degrees (so this made our walk seem longer than it was) and there were a handful of drunk people (a couple of them belligerent). Ava, my youngest, was getting anxious, frustrated, and really not feeling the atmosphere.
Last Day - Wedding Work!
My assistant flew in the night before with her boyfriend to help me with this party of 10. We checked them into Treasure Island across the street from the Palazzo.
The morning of the wedding, Josette did the prep work and touch ups, while I did the rest of the face. It made the whole thing go pretty smoothly. Initially I was supposed to make over all faces on my own but that was going to push it. My call time was at 8 a.m. and they all had to be ready by 1 p.m. Yikes! Thank God for Josette!
Once touch-ups were done and clean-up was complete, we went back to our hotels to check out and my family and I headed straight to the airport. Josette stayed behind to enjoy the rest of her time in Vegas. Yes - I make sure my assistants get some fun in when they work with me!
Heading back home
It's always a blessing to have my family accompany me on work trips. Not only did I make some money doing something I love, I was able to spend quality time with my family.
This was one of our shortest family trips but they appreciated we brought them somewhere nonetheless. We asked the kids what they thought and we had different answers: Christian, our eldest, liked it but wants to come back with a group of friends (of course); Ashton was okay with it but would've wanted to eat more gourmet (not surprising); and Ava hated it - she prefers the beach and more relaxed surroundings (I don't blame her);
If you ever decide to bring your kids here, just make sure that you have an idea of what you could do together. Again, I would save trips to Vegas with your friends or significant other.