When the NBA Summer League comes to Vegas and you have kid who will watch any and all sports, you head to the Thomas and Mack!
The Princess spent the day with Queen Gram while Cinco and I went to check out a few basketball games. For the price $35 you can stay all day and watch as many games as you want!
We arrived just before the 1:30pm tip off and watched the Knicks vs Pelicans. I, of course, routed for the Knicks given my suburban New York upbringing. And, yes the Knicks won 102 to 81!
After a giant ice cream cone for me and an Oreo blizzard for Cinco, we headed to our next game– Wizards vs. Mavericks. This time it was harder to pick a team (having lived in both DC and Dallas). But I went with Dallas. And again, my team won!!
Our final game of the day was Timberwolves vs. Nuggets. We’d already watched 2 games and this game didn’t start until 5pm. While watching the event, I did stand up and start dancing trying to earn Cinco a foam #1 hand… I didn’t get the hand– but did make enough of a spectacle to get on the Jumbotron…. so you know, that’s something!
I agreed to watch it for 1 hour and see how it was going…
In honor of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s release earlier this summer, Cinco and The Princess had a few days full of all thing Jurassic Park and World related.
Over the course of three days we watched all three of the Jurassic Park films AND the first Jurassic World movie.
We also “hatched” our own mini dinos, which I purchase in the Target dollar section. (NB: The Target dollar section is responsible for at least $200 a year in dumb purchases of junk I do NOT need.) While at Target we also purchased Cinco the full set of Jurassic World, dino themed, Hot Wheels. (Because, you know everyone needs a Triceratops shaped Hot Wheel.)
The best part of our Dino Days was Cinco’s idea to make our own Dino themed board game!!!! Drawing the game board was Cinco’s project while The Princess and I worked on the game board pieces. Each player chooses a tiny dino egg which she and I hand painted.
The basic rules are as follows:
- The oldest person goes first and rolls the dice. (Get doubles and roll again!)
- Depending on which square you land on, you choose a corresponding card. (Red=Danger, Yellow=Challenge, Green=Lucky Day, White=No Card).
- Then you follow the directions on the card.
- When your turn is over the next person rolls.
- First person to escape wins!
As you can imagine, the Danger cards are bad luck, Challenge could go either way, and Lucky Day is, of course, something good. Here are a few of the cards the kids came up with:
Rescue mission gone wrong. You are forced to move back a space.
Eat a poisonous plant and skip a turn.
Power goes out. All dino cages open. Roll the dice. 4 or better move forward 1 space. 3 or lower go back to start.
Who can make the loudest roar? 1st places gets a Lucky Day Card. Last place gets a Danger Card.
You found a map of the island. Move forward 3 spaces.
Catch a ride on a Triceratops. Move forward 3 spaces.
All of us worked on coloring the board and typing the cards. Then it was time to play…
We recruited The Captain to join us. And, in an intense game I WON!!!!
Pretty sure The Princess earned her games Fun patch!
AS you have no doubt figured out, The Princess is a Girl Scout. This summer each girl in the troop is spending a week with Flat Juliette. She is the Girl Scout equivalent to Flat Stanley, only she is Juliette Gordon Low (founder of American Girl Scouts).
Juliette’s First Day: Relaxing in pool, followed by a top-off Jeep ride and dinner at a Vegas Classic, Bob Taylor’s Ranch House.
Juliette’s Second Day: Another Jeep ride this time to Mount Charleston to commune with nature as the real Juliette might have done. She also enjoyed a breezy mountain side afternoon lunch and a few rounds of Cinco’s new favorite game– Coup.
Juliette’s Third Day: We planned take her to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. But when we drove by in the morning and again in the afternoon, we decided the line was just TOO long.
In between drive -bys, we took her to Shark Reef on the Vegas Strip inside Mandalay bay. She got the chance to explore the water’s wildlife and learn about the arctic at the Polar Experience.
Back at the house, we watched a family movie. I kept suggesting Jaws or even the Poseidon Adventure. But, the kids said the Poseidon Adventure sounded a lot like the Titanic only worse and over ruled me on Jaws as well. Though they did recall seeing the Jaws shark at the Universal Studios tour — two summers ago at MOM CAMP!!! So we settled on the film version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda (we will be going to the musical version in August).
Who knows what our next few days with Juliette will bring…