Like most families we get to have one vacation every year.
Last year, we went to Oregon Coast. Family gathering. Lots of food. Sandy beaches. Sea-lions.
The year before that, San Diego. The zoo. Legoland. And my first outing as a stepdad.
So this year, we had to do something different. The boyz got to see Disneyland with their dad last year as well, so that was out. Apparently a hike up to the top of some Rocky Mountain was out, too. As was a week deep sea diving.
In the end, we went with a split vacation. We’d see the majestic – if not outright jaw-dropping – Grand Canyon
You know, lights. Strippers. Gambling. Joe Pechi putting people’s heads in a vice.
But wait, THAT’S not a kid’s vacation.
True, but was there another side of Vegas? A kid’s side?
I mean, having our 9-year-old watch women take off their clothes isn’t someting we want to happen. Nor are we going to take them to a gun range and let them fire off 1000 rounds on an MP5 submachine gun. Sadly.
Still, there was plenty to interest the boys that wouldn’t get us arrested for child endangerment.
Now with the grand canyon, there was zero interest. I mean, why go see it when you can download a youtube video? Or watch it in IMAX?
But I was adamant. Like a good parent telling their children to eat beans or stop licking the electrical socket, I was sure it would be good for them. A once in a lifetime experience. A chance to see one of the great natural wonders of the world.
So what if there wasn’t a splash mountain in sight? So what if Pokestops would be few and far between? This would be a visual wonder, dammit. A freaking visual wonder!
And if that failed, there’d be Vegas.
But what to do in Vegas?
Ask the 9-year-old.
As soon as I stopped ranting about how spectacular the Grand Canyon would be, and switched to Vegas, The-Youngest perked up a bit. Being of his generation, he went on-line to sort it all out.
We tasked him with a top 10 list and he didn’t fail us. That’ll be a future post. It’s actually a pretty impressive list. Cancel going on your own vacation so you can read it.
For now, know that we have an epic trip planned. One day at the canyon, or as the boyz call it, the snoozapalooza. Then 4 days in Vegas.
Our goal. Give the boys a great experience. Avoid them seeing a lot of drunk adults, including, but not limited to, us, and balance off goofy fun with some real life reality.
Will we succeed? Will it be awesomely amazing?
I’d beat against it, but I’ll keep you updated.
In the meantime, the next post will be the 10 things we’ll be doing differently on this trip.
And I’d put it out there… what would you do in Vegas? With your family?