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April 16, 2009

Sin City

Vegas Visit with the Kids Is Drenched in Debauchery


It looked so much nicer in my head. The way I pictured it, we were going to spend a few days of bond-bolstering family togetherness at a Las Vegas resort that would cater to our every fickle whim. By day we would lounge poolside; by night we'd venture out to ooh and ahh over the city's convenient cultural lessons: the Venetian's canals, Luxor's Sphinx, Caesar's Trevi Fountain.

In my imagination — over-enterprising as it may be — we were going to find freedom in the clean light of the warm desert sun.

Instead, we got drenched in debauchery.

On reflection, yes. It was witless to seek a virtuous vacay in Sin City, the nation's unapologetic adult playground. In the 1990s, Vegas's tourism office made a marketing push to lure families there. But the campaign went bust and the tourism office did an about-face, adopting the decidedly grown-up (notice I didn't say "mature") motto, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."

They no longer woo kids. In fact, the Bellagio hotel doesn't even allow children inside unless they're registered guests, and the new Encore and Wynn hotels have "no strollers" signs on their doors.


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What did you expect??? Seriously what did you think LV was like. Vegas is not a family resort never was never will be you had to know this. Have you been living under a rock?
buck

Wed, Apr 22, 2009


you are a dolt. looks like you assumed many things about vegas. did you mother not teach you anything about assumptions and how you look afterward? i hope your kids have more awareness than their mother.
jason

Wed, Apr 22, 2009


Let's see: "Starshine" is your name and you are SO surprised that LV has sex solictors on every street corner on the strip. You are certainly naive and you have extended that to your children. Parents should at least tell their children about the world around them in order to prepare them. My own mother was a bartender and slot machine mechanic and made sure that I knew to avoid certain places and things. She never gossiped or pointed fingers but told me to watch and learn and most of all, to beware.
John

Wed, Apr 22, 2009


I can see where, the bright lights, bling city might be exciting for kids. Too bad it didn't quite work out, but it did you something to talk about and share with the group. Cheers to ya for giving it a go-go.
Camey

Thu, Apr 23, 2009


This is a delightful column, and I think John, Jason, and Buck should learn some manners. Sure, LV promotes its sinful side, but families still go. This is a good cautionary tale for others and a really fun story.
Elizabeth

Wed, Jun , 08:25:49


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