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…
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…
When your sister is at a Girl Scout Camp sleepover and you’re done with band camp, it’s time to head to the hockey rink. I mean it’s 105 degrees so what better way to cool off.
Cinco and I went to catch a development scrimmage for the Las Vegas Knights! In true Mom fashion, I drove straight to CityNational Arena after band camp and of course wound up being about 45 min early for the event. And yes we did get good seats.
As an added bonus, ‘cousin’ Jack Dugan took the ice!
I did have a few flash backs to NHL 2018 Xbox while at the scrimmage. I kept wanting to ‘announce’ the plays and more importantly when a guy almost staked into the goal I felt a LOT better about my Xbox hockey playing skills. As I frequently crash into the goal! So my playing is highly realistic!
After we went for a mother-son dinner.
Day 23 we embarked on a Mom Camp field trip! And, we went with one of Cinco’s friends he has known since his first days of pre-school! As luck would have it, Cinco’s buddy as an adorable little sister who is only a little younger than The Princess. And the two girls have turned into friends as well!
We started by watching It turned out to be very educational and both kids really enjoyed watching it. It offered information on the people, plants and animals of the rainforest. The Princess was very emotionally effected by the section about extinction and gave me a big lecture about it later in the morning.
Armed with information on the rainforest, we headed over to none other than the Rainforest Cafe. If you live in a tourist Mecca like we do, odds are you have a Rainforest Cafe in your town. In my opinion, the food is not very good and it’s over priced. But the kids really enjoy the rain effects… So I periodically take them.
While waiting for our friends to arrive, we took a stroll through the gift shop. They used to have a talking tree that The Princess really loved. The voice recording still plays, but the mouth and eyes of the tree no longer move. This was disappointing to The Princess. When I sat she really loved the tree I mean she spent a period of several months asking if all trees could talk. I got suckered into purchasing the kids stuffed animal snakes– but 4 days later they are still playing with them all the time. They also used the snakes to design their own stuffed animal rainforest.
After lunch we headed over to another attraction: a rainforest exhibit for kids @ Springs Preserve. . The exhibit had a bunch of fun things to do: a climbing tree, a log tunnel, a gorilla sanctuary, coloring pages, a wooden bridge to assemble and loom with big weaving ribbons. Lots to do.
Plus, I let the kids watch another non-educational show!
Then we ended the day with a little reading!