Suggestions for the weekend of November 17-18

Vesting Las Vegas the weekend of November 17th and 18th? Not sure what to do with the kids? We have the best things to do this weekend in (and around) Las Vegas!

First, let’s talk entertainment. Sure, Vegas has the adult shows but there are national television shows that film in the city too.  On November 17th America’s Got Talent is filming at The Palazzo Hotel & Casino. Tickets starts at $75 dollars but the theatre offers comfortable seats and it is a warm and family friendly option. Moreover, Vegas is cooler this time of year and not too many people want to venture walking the strip when they could be inside instead!

Also in Las Vegas the weekend of November 17th is the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The group is playing at The Smith Center with tickets starting at $46.00. There is not a bad seat in the house at The Smith Center. The building is the latest addition to the Las Vegas skyline. The Smith Center is known as THE place to be for Broadway shows and cultural events. It is a true representation of the Las Vegas community and not what the typical tourist gets to experience. The only caution is the price of snacks. The Smith Center offers up non-caffeinated soda, juice, and even candy- but two sodas and a bag of regular size m&m’s runs about twenty-dollars. The Smith Center is not within walking distance to any of the Las Vegas hotels. Cab rides run about twenty-dollars (one-way) but the building is adjacent to The Las Vegas Premium Outlets.  If you plan accordingly, you can pay a one-time cab fare to see the philharmonic and get some shopping in too!

Speaking of shopping, The Las Vegas Premium Outlets is the place to save. There are over one hundred and fifty shops and inexpensive eating options too. The downside is the mall is outdoors and the kids will have to be bundled up as the weather in Las Vegas (especially at night) can drop to forty degrees. The outlets offer name brand clothing and shoes at deep discounts.  Some brands include Steve Madden, Nike, Puma, Converse, Vans, and Adidas.

On Sunday, November 18th, we suggest taking the kids outside of Vegas to check-out its non-gaming sister city, Boulder City! You will need a rental car for this adventure. If not, the cab ride will be over a hundred dollars. Another option is to reach Boulder City by way of city bus. The 402 bus is the only way to reach Boulder City (the fare is $2.00 per person, per way) and will require a transfer from any hotels – unless you are staying at Boulder Station or Sam’s Town. We suggest asking your hotel’s concierge to help plan out the details if you do chose to use Las Vegas’ public transportation system.

Boulder City is about twenty-minutes outside of Las Vegas. The historic town was built to house the workers who built Hoover Dam.  There are lots of antique shops to visit when going to Boulder City, but we suggest taking the kids on an old-fashioned train ride when in town. The Southern Railway excursion is an hour-long ride between Boulder City and Henderson, Nevada. On Saturdays and Sundays the train rides run at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30. Get there early to buy tickets as this is a popular activity for Las Vegas locals. Boarding begins fifteen minutes before departure. There are restrooms on the train and the ride offers stunning views of the Nevada desert and mountains. People twelve years of age (or older) can ride for $10 dollars. Ages four to eleven ride for $5 dollars and kids three years old (or younger) ride for free.


After the train ride, we suggest going into town to visit the Boulder Dam Hotel off Arizona Avenue. The hotel has a great interactive museum that shows how men and women built the Hoover Dam and lived in Boulder City during its construction. The hotel itself is rumored to be haunted so if you have children interested in the paranormal don’t be afraid to ask the front desk staff about recent “sightings.” For lunch we suggest walking across the street from the Boulder Dam Hotel to The Dillinger. The restaurant offers an inexpensive children’s menu for hungry youngsters. If you do stop at either the Boulder Dam Hotel or The Dillinger, the bus stop back into Las Vegas is located in the neighboring park.

Boulder Dam Hotel off Arizona Avenue

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