A Vegas Seven article on the Family Friendly Era of Las Vegas

Last Friday at 11pm, I saw a parent on the Strip with a kid in a stroller getting ready to pose with Elmo.  It got me thinking about how much I don’t support bringing kids to Las Vegas.  I understand that there can be extenuating circumstances. I know people who could only attend a conference, wedding or other important event if they brought their child on the trip with them.  I have even given suggestions for kid-friendly things to do when people have asked (sometime biting my tongue and sometimes letting them know that I think it is a bad idea).  I do find it odd people still seem to think of Las Vegas as a family friendly destination. While kids are not prohibited by any means (aside from being banned from the casino floor or anywhere that they would also be prohibited in your home town), they are not encouraged in Las Vegas.

I am in the process of writing a longer post on the subject, but in the meantime I thought I would share this recent article on the subject from Vegas Seven.
http://weeklyseven.com/feature/2012/04/12/lonesome-death-family-vegas

Mexican Coca-Cola at Aria

If you are a fan of Mexican Coke (Coca-Cola, that is) and need a fix while
in Las Vegas, the obvious place to go is Coke World at the Showcase Mall (next to the MGM Grand). If you want to avoid the crowds, though, you can get it at Aria Elements, the Aria’s lobby shop.  If you are further North on the Strip, there is also large souvenir store in the strip mall at 3049 S. Las Vegas Blvd (just North of Wynn and Encore) that also carries Mexican Coke.

If you are not familiar with Mexican Coke, it is Coca-Cola bottled in Mexico that uses refined cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. The result is a smoother, less syrupy drink. The best way to see what it tastes like, though, is to try it yourself.

Mexican Coke has been growing in popularity over the years and is even available on Amazon.com

Pawn Stars Tour

Just a few days after my post about how to get to Gold & Silver Pawn via the bus, OnBoard Sightseeing Tours announced the Pawn Stars Tour.
It is a 4 hour tour with stops at Gold & Silver Pawn, The Toy Shack, Rick’s Restorations and Count’s Kustoms.  It is very expensive ($69.99 for adults, $59.99 for kids).
Hopefully the price will come down to something a bit more reasonable soon.

Total Rewards Changes

Total Rewards changed a few things on April 1, 2012 (and this is no April Fool’s joke).
They have cut some of the perks they used to give higher level players (like free shows for Diamond and 7Stars players), but they have made the overall system a little more transparent to the typical Las Vegas visitor.  Part of that transparency can be found on their new Tier Rewards and Benefits page which lists how many Tier Credits you get for gaming activities as well as shopping, dining and hotel expenses.
They have also continued rolling out their dining discounts and casino gift shop discounts.

UPDATE: The free shows have been reinstated.
For more info check my free shows update.

Gold & Silver Pawn (the Pawn Stars store) via The Deuce bus.

If you have not been to Las Vegas in a while, you might think that this would be really easy since the Deuce used to pass right by the shop.  That changed in November of 2010, so now, what would have been a very simple trip to Gold & Silver Pawn or one of the various wedding chapels in the area (like the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel) requires a little more walking.

Take the Deuce North (towards downtown/ Fremont Street) and take it to the Bonneville Transit Center. Walk East on Garces Ave for 3 blocks. Cross Las Vegas Blvd and immediately turn right. Gold & Silver Pawn should be visible in the middle of the block (East side of Las Vegas Blvd).

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If you are trying to get to Gold & Silver Pawn from Downtown/Fremont Street, take the Southbound Deuce to Clark Ave.  Gold & Silver Pawn will be 2 blocks ahead on your left. If you miss the Clark Ave. stop, you can get off the bus at the Bonneville Transit Center and use the same walking directions mentioned above.

You can also take the SDX (Strip & Downtown Express bus). The SDX has fewer stops (hence the Express), so if you take it, you need to use the Bonneville Transit Center stop and follow the same walking directions given for the Deuce.  For $8, you can buy 24 hour pass that allow you to take the Deuce and SDX.  You can also buy your ticket when you board the Deuce bus or via machines at the main bus stops. For more information about the buses, visit www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/