The Adventuredome Theme Park!!!! Our last Las Vegas trip was a family focused trip! My daughters second time in Vegas, but the first time she actually left the hotel/foodcourt/pool. Our prior trip was all about hubby and I, so we had babysitting set up through the resort and they took great care of my daughter poolside while hubby and I did all the non-family activities Vegas had to offer. This time around? If something was labeled kid-friendly, you bet we were there!!!! So you best believe we made the trip down the strip to Circus Circus and spent the afternoon at Adventuredome!
Located at the Circus Circus Resort, the Adventure Dome is a five acre indoor Adventure/Amusement Park for adults and children. There are rides and attractions including, Canyon Blaster, the world's only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. Other rides include bumper cars, midway games, video arcade, rock climbing, FX movies, and clown shows.
All Day Passes ~ When you first arrive and feel the park isn’t as HUGE as you imagined, don’t let that stop you from purchasing an all day pass! The park is wayyy bigger than you realize and purchasing the Adventuredome all day pass will end up saving your a ton compared to purchasing each ride individually. Roller skating is even included in the all day pass! Worth every penny if you’re with kids. Trust me.
Eat Before You Arrive ~ The food at Circus Circus and Adventuredome really isn’t anything to brag about. Vegas food prices are expensive and paying high prices for just ok food?! No one is happy when that happens!! Eat before you arrive!!! You will thank me later.
Souvenir Shopping ~ Honestly, the shops inside the Circus Circus before you enter the Adventuredome have the cheapest prices I spotted for t-shirts, shot glasses, coffee mugs. You know, all the cheesy merchandise you want to being home for your friends and family!! With deals like two t-shirts for $20, I definitely brought home something for everyone!!! Even picked up a killer Las Vegas tye/dye for myself!
Plan To Spend 2-3 Hours ~ If you purchase an all day pass and plan on doing everything, plan on this being a 2-3 expedition. Adventuredome isn’t usually that crowded, but if you happen to be visiting on a holiday/weekend, you might want to add a little bit more time to your schedule since some of the coaster lines will have a small wait.
Bring Socks ~ If you purchase an all day pass, roller skating is included. To skate, you will need to be wearing a pair of socks! Come prepared if skating is your thing.
Height Requirements For Coasters ~ This is an obvious thing to keep in mind, but it’s good to know a head of time so you can prepare any kids in your party that may be under the height requirement. To ride the coasters you must be 48 inches tall. Being inside a casino, you best believe they are pretty strict about height for all the rides. Even the baby rides my daughter was being measured and she’s 7! I’m assuming it must be a policy of theirs to measure everyone for insurance reasons.
Free Clown Shows! ~ Who doesn't love clowns? FREE shows on the main stage take place all day long. Perfect activity when you want to take a break from all the action. Performances daily at noon, 1, 3 and 4 p.m. Additional shows Friday and Saturday at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm.
Snacks ~ I suggest to eat before you head to Adventuredome, but if the kiddos do get hungry or thirsty, there are snack shops throughout the park! You can purchase things like 20oz sodas, bags of Doritos, chips and candy! Nothing was too crazy priced either!
Nevada Resident Discount ~ you can save $2 by flashing your Nevada ID when you purchase your tickets! It’s not a huge savings, but hey! It’s at least something!
Mini Golf, Rock Climbing, 4D Movies ~ Someone in your Party not into rides?! There are a few non-ride options for that person to enjoy. A few of these activities like the golf do cost extra, but at least that person won’t be bored!
If you are hitting up Vegas with kids under 10, Adventuredome is a must! I’m honestly not a fan of the actual Circus Circus hotel since it’s a tad bit run down, but I do give the Adventuredome part of the resort two thumbs up! My 7 year old had so much fun at Adventuredome. We were trying to kill time between checking out of our hotel and heading to the airport and Adventuredome was the perfect activity to do such a thing! With all day asses we rode everything and then went on a few of our favorites one more time before heading to our Lyft.
I usually have at least one thing to complain about, but besides the Circus Circus being run down, I have zero complaints about the actual Adventuredome! Everything was priced right considering you are in Vegas and we had a blast! If I find myself in Vegas with my daughter again, we will be back!
Have you been to Adventuredome?
Another Mother’s Day has officially come and gone!!! For the last several years we have attended the Mother’s Day Brunch at the Chautauqua Athenaeum Hotel. However, last year, I thought it would be fun to try something new. Total fail since we missed what had become a tradition of ours! Our lunch at a Buffalo steakhouse was delicious, but it just wasn’t the over the top fabulousness that we have grown to love at the Athenaeum Hotel!!!
This year, even if it was 40 degrees so we had to bundle up and not wear the most colorful, spring looks in our closets and it may have been raining as well. Boo!! I made it a point to document our experience so those of you googling away next year know that the Mother’s Day Brunch at the Athenaeum is a not miss event!!!
The Athenaeum Hotel is located inside the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. Since it is the Chautauqua off season, you do not need to purchase a day pass to enter the grounds. Just drive right in and head to the Athenaeum. Once at the hotel, enter and look for the Heirloom Dining Room. Since it is off season, when Mother’s Day happens to fall on a sunny day, the grounds of Chautauqua do make for fabulous photo opportunities!! We always take advantage since it’s one of the few times you can enter the grounds without paying for a day pass! So make sure your phone is fully charged for those photos!!!!
I’m not even going to deny it! This Mother’s Day Brunch is definitely on the pricy side. $45.95 for Adults and $14.95 for children. You do get what you pay for though. If the mom in your life loves to feel pampered and loves all thing elegant and fancy, this is the brunch for you. Worth every penny if mom is one who loves to dress up and see hubby in that tie!
The good news is, mom does get a complementary mimosa! You get to choose from Apple, Grapefruit & Traditional Orange. The Athenaeum Hotel does have a full bar, so if a Bloody Mary is more your thing or even a mixed drink or beer, they have it!!! Cheers to mom!!!
This is what everyone always asks me in the comments when I spam my personal Facebook page with my annual Mother’s Day photos! Is the food good?! What do they serve?
The food is definitely phenomenal. We wouldn’t be repeat guests if the food wasn’t out of this world. I’m a proclaimed wannabe chef, so good food is my thing & the Athenaeum delivers every year!!!!
As for what is served? They offer carving stations featuring prime rib, Turkey & ham! I’m not usually a turkey fan, but their turkey really is out of this world. You get to choose from a variety of sides like asparagus, salads, mashed potatoes, stuffing! The Athenaeum also has breakfast stations for those of you wanting to make your own omelets and enjoy a waffles, bacon and sausage. A cheese display, soups and desserts along with breads are also available. So much food it’s sort of overwhelming. Always a good thing when that happens!!
Y’all already know I love the Athenaeum Hotel Mother’s Day Brunch!!! I recommend it to anyone that loves to feel like a princess or enjoys history, old fashioned type of things. The Athenaeum is a historic hotel that has hosted everyone from celebrities to presidents!!! Just being in this hotel gives me this feeling of wow!!!!So many amazing people have walked the hallways of this fabulous establishment and I get to sit and eat brunch there!!!!
The food is also out of this world. If 4-5 star restaurants are your thing, this brunch is for you.
My my only complaint is the fact it’s not exactly kid friendly food wise. My daughter is a picky eater and she ends up eating toast and cupcakes every year. Since it is Mother’s Day, you would think maybe some chicken fingers, pizza slices or maybe hot dogs would be offered, but they aren’t. Thankfully, the child price is only $14.95, so it’s not a total waste. My daughter probably eats that in cupcakes and drinks that in milk alone lol.
How Did You Spend Mother’s Day?
I was originally sorta bummed when we landed in Las Vegas. I had my eyes set on a Mandalay Bay vacation due to their epic wave pool, but there was a huge convention going on. This convention was so large they managed to sell out the whole freaking place!
I’m too boujee for the kid capital of Las Vegas, Circus Circus. So sorry if that’s your favorite, I just love high end amenities!!!! So after an internet search and asking good ole Facebook for recommendations, I was told Mandalay Bay was over rated and the best place to stay is actually MGM Grand. So I figured if the internet says it’s true, let’s book it as my second choice.
From the second we arrived, I was like damn! This really is the place for families. We will definitely be back if we have Haylie with on us on another Vegas adventure.
Here are my 13 Reasons Why MGM Is The Best Hotel For Families!
6.5 Acers Of Pool!
Welcome to Paradise!!!!! This pool may actually be my favorite resort pool in the USA, not counting indoor water parks. 6.5 acres of fun featuring four refreshing swimming pools, three whirlpools, cascading waterfalls and top-notch amenities. Grabbing a tube and float down the famous Lazy River was literally my daughters favorite activity! She just couldn’t get enough!!!! Stretch out on a comfy daybed & enjoy a variety of food and drink options with waitress service so you don’t have to cart your kids around. For those families looking to dial it up a notch, the MGM Grand has spacious cabanas that include flat screen televisions, personalized bottle and food service, and amazing views that overlook the pools!!! Definitely something I would love to take advantage of once I hit the jackpot since those cabanas are definitely not cheap.
Best way to keep those kiddo occupied!!!!! Seriously, this lazy river will have us coming back over and over again. I know several other casinos have Lazy Rivers, but they honestly do not compare to the MGM Grand. This is a legit lazy river with waterfalls and all. Not some dinky 1 minute ride in a circle thing you find in other family hotspots like Daytona & Myrtle Beach. It’s been a week since our Vegas adventure & my daughter still can’t stop talking about the waterfalls and lazy river!!!
Easy To Find Lyft/Uber Area
This is actually huge!!! If you haven’t been to Vegas lately, then you wouldn’t know that most casinos and hotels hide the Uber’s/Lyft pickup locations. Cabs are the preferred way to travel. But if you’re someone like me who is all about using credit cards, their beloved PayPal or even Uber/Lyft promotional codes/coupons, you are all about Uber/Lyft!!! Thankfully, MGM won’t make you hunt to find these pickup spots. Signs leading you all the way to the hotel parking lot where you and your family can sit on one of the many benching while you wait for your ride to arrive. When you have little ones in tow, this is such a sigh of relief.
Location To Airport
This might sound really minor, but the fact that the MGM is literally the first major casino when leaving the airport, awesome!!!!! Great for sleepy kids when you arrive and even better for when its time to leave and your kids are driving you bonkers since you have been killing time wandering all day!! You are literally 5 minutes away.
Decent Sized Room For CHEAP!
This was actually another huge selling point. We reserved the second cheapest room the MGM Grand has to offer. The cheapest rooms are two people max rooms in the west wing. We already knew that with kids, you want to be close to the pool and restaurants. Who wants to do extra walking with little ones in tow?
Our room was the next level up and located in the Grand Tower. Huge bathroom with plenty of space for everyone in the family. Nice bathtub for little ones who love their bath time. And an ice machine located in the hall so you have plenty of ice. Each mini bar was also loaded with drinks. Perfect for when you run out of something and your kid needs that juice NOW. Only downside, no refrigerator. You really do need to use that ice machine to keep your kids drinks cold since you will be charged if you remove drinks from the mini bar.
Frozen Drinks For Mom
This really isn’t a kiddo perk, but all you mamas that love your frozen drinks, there are plenty of them throughout the MGM Grand. Buy a souvenir cup and refill it for a discounted price your whole trip!!! Frozé was my personal drink of choice and boy was it yummy!!!
Awesome Pool Security!
This is one of those things I thought I would never be grateful for, but here I am!! Tiesto was preforming at the night club located inside the MGM Grand one evening. I literally made jokes the night before about all the hung over Tiesto folks wandering down to the pool the next day. Not exactly a site you want super little ones to see. We woke up the next day and dogs galore. Pretty much every security guard had a dog walking with them. You would have never known the MGM was Party central the night before thanks to the awesome security making sure the pool stayed a family-friendly place!
Food Court For Pickey Eaters!
Pizza, tacos, hot dogs, Johnny Rockets!!!! The MGM Grand is literally every parent of a picky eaters paradise!!! My biggest worry on every trip is what will my daughter eat?! She’s so picky that she won’t even eat a chicken nugget!!! Thanks to the awesome food court, my daughter had all the pizza & hot dogs she could ever eat while mama got to indulge in other yumminess elsewhere guilt free!
I honestly never even thought about using the Monorail pre-kiddo days! I just wandered the strip and enjoyed every last second of it. Not exactly easy when you have little legs joining you on your adventure. After day one of walking, you will be so thankful that the monorail stops at the MGM Grand!! Where does the monorail stop?!? Even better!!! You can take a ride to Paris, Caesar’s Palace, Linq, Bally’s, Flamingo, Harras & Weatgate!!!
24Hr Starbucks That Sells Milk!
My daughter is a milk addict! Having a 24hr Starbucks was a lifesaver since they had milk for sale!!!!! Perfect for when we arrived at 10pm straight from the airport and needed drinks ASAP once we arrived for bedtime. Gave us a chance to have that milk before wandering to a convenient store the next day.
They Sell Bags Of Chips At The Pool!
Need snacks?!?! Bags of chips at the pool!!!! Most pools in Vegas do not allow outside food and drink, so this was legit AWESOME!!!!! No need to spend crazy money on a second lunch because you can just buy a bag of chips to hold your kiddo over until dinner time.
Every kids favorite restaurant!!!! As most of you know, we are huge fans of the Rainforest Cafe located at Disney Springs, so to be able to dine at one at our very own hotel?!? Score!!!! You will have to make a trek to get there, but boy is it worth it!!!!
What kid doesn’t love M&M’s?!? In just 2 minutes, guests can create their very own one-of-a-kind M&M'S with the Personal Printer, combining customized messages, a variety of images, and 16 different colors of M&M'S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies. There are 14 iconic Las Vegas images available for the Personalized Printer, including the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign!!! The best part?!? The location is right outside the MGM Grands doors!!!!
Have you stayed at the MGM Grand?
And we are back!!!! Did y’all miss us last week?!?! Sorry to go totally dark over here on the blog, but sometimes it’s just nice to escape the internet and enjoy the things & people around us. I love taking these week long breaks every once in awhile because the second I get home, I’m so pumped to share all the awesomeness we experienced with y’all!!!! Nothing better than a writer actually wanting to overshare!!!
Unfortunately, we did not hit the jackpot this Vegas trip, but we did see some cute Flamingos at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat located inside the Flamingo Casino. This was actually my very first time seeing these cuties, so I figured I would give you all the info on this specific habitat along with my thoughts and opinions.
WHAT ANIMALS ARE AT THE FLAMINGO HABITAT?
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is home to a beautiful flock of Chilean flamingos. You will also find swans, ducks, koi fish and turtles living at the Habitat. Two brown pelicans also call The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat their home. They joined the habitat from a pelican rescue in 2012.
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is open daily, dawn to dusk.
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is nestled on the Flamingo Las Vegas Casino’s lush 15-acre grounds, the habitat is filled with exotic birds, fish and turtles.
It’s Free!! That’s right FREE OF CHARGE!!!!
Honestly, I thought the flamingos were totally cute!!! This whole Las Vegas trip was based around family travel and sharing ALL the family activities Sin City had to offer. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat was a total hit with my 7 year old daughter. If you are in Las Vegas with kids, you MUST take them to see the Flamingos!!!! I promise it will be all they talk about!!! Plus, you can’t beat free! Vegas is an expensive city, so it was nice to not spend any money for a few minutes!
The location was pretty stellar as well. We went to the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat after riding the High Roller Ferris Wheel located at The LINQ since The Flamingo Casino was literally a few steps away. Totally convenient for anyone hanging out at The LINQ.
Now, if you’re not traveling with kids, or if you would have to go out of your way to see these tall pink cuties, that would have to be up to you! I personally would not take a cab to The Flamingo Casino just to see the birds. You will spend about 10 minutes max at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. Not worth cab fare unless you link this excursion with something else close by!
Now, if you’re wanting to plan a little drinky drink & some shopping at The LINQ next door, I would definitely check out the Flamingo Wild Life Habitat since it’s a few steps away. It makes for some cute insta pics that’s for sure!
Have you been to the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat inside the Flamingo Casino?
Niagara Falls!!! One of the most beautiful places in the USA!!!! Hollywood may have you convinced that the American side of Niagara Falls is filled with cheesy heart shaped hot tubs, but it’s so much more than that!!!! Even someone like me that’s a hater of most things dealing with the outdoors, just can’t get enough of the beauty that is Niagara Falls!!!! I totally recommend Niagara Falls as a family destination! Definitely a sight your children need to see with their very own eyes.
Since my daughter is always along for our crazy adventures, I thought I would share a few traveling with kids tips for visiting this fabulous New York destination!!
1. Dress In Layers
New York weather can be so unpredictable!!! Even if the weather claims 80, I would still pack a hoodie! You never know how windy the falls may actually be AND nothing is worse than a cold kiddo crying to leave due to the weather. Plus, evenings can be pretty chilly in Western New York!!! Pack that hoodie! Better safe than sorry!!!
2. Prepare To Get Wet
If you plan on doing any of the heart-pounding activities that offer up-close-and-personal encounters with the falls, you're going to get wet. I would again, pack accordingly. Maybe an extra set of clothes if you have kiddos who can’t stand being wet? Also, don’t wear anything fancy! Save those cute outfits for dinner and dress your kiddos in something you won’t mind getting wet!!
I am the queen of forgetting to pack sunscreen and having to shell out ridiculous amounts for it at gift shops! You will be outside all day! You will definitely need that sunscreen at some point. Paying double for something you already own is the absolute worst!!! Toss it in your bag now so you don’t forget!!
5. Save “Wet” Excursions For The End.
I know Cave of The Winds and the Maid of the Mist are the must do activities EVERYONE is dying to do, however, saving them for the end will be the best decision you make. You WILL get wet, so do you really want to be snapping picks of wet kiddos all day?! Take all your cute photos first THEN head on over to those wet excursions!!! You have your Insta-worthy family pics, so who cares if you get soaked after that!
4. Purchase Discovery Pass
To stretch your coin when in Niagara Falls, I would highly recommend purchasing the Doscovery Pass!!! The pass will cost $46 for adults, $35 for kids 6+ and free for 5 and under! While seeing the actual falls is free, the pass will give you access to 5 attractions and unlimited trolley use! That trolley comes in handy when you have a crew of tiny legs in tow! The attractions included in the Discovery Pass Discovery Center & Hiking Trails, Aquarium of Niagara, Maid of the Mist, Adventure Theater, and Cave of the Winds!
6. Check Out The Awesome Fireworks
When planning your trip, I would try to plan around the fireworks schedule! All kids love fireworks!!! One incredible experience!! Total bragging rights to say you had the opportunity to watch fireworks over the falls!!! Definitely a memory your kids will treasure for a lifetime!!!
Have you had the chance to visit Niagara Falls?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.