My husband and I saw the Blue Man Group back when we were dating. We loved the show and thought it was one of the best shows to see in Vegas. My husband thought it would be a lot of fun to take our daughter to see during this trip. The show is very weird and quirky and essentially right up her alley! The tickets cost a small fortune (hard to believe that Vegas used to be cheap), but we bit the bullet and went. Our instincts were right. Our daughter really enjoyed the show. It was an hour and a half long without an intermission, but she laughed throughout the whole thing. I think by the end, she wanted to be the first Blue Girl to be a part of the show! It was definitely cool to see her enjoy herself. A few years back, I think the loud drumming would have overwhelmed her. She's come a long way!
The next day we took an outing to the Hoover Damn. I totally stole this misspelling from my husband. It was miserable getting there. What should have been a 20-25 minute ride ended up taking two hours! They had put in a new bridge by the Damn recently that is a short cut to Arizona. Unfortunately, the road leading to the bridge is one lane with a lot more traffic going down that road, totally creating a huge traffic jam.
About 45 minutes into the trip, my husband asked my daughter if she wanted to bail on the plans and do something else. She insisted she didn't want to because she really wanted to see the Damn. We warned her that it could take another hour and a half to get there, but she was insistent that we go, so we did. When we were within sight of the Damn, she decided that it was taking too long, and she didn't want to see it anymore. We initially laughed and said we were now at the Damn, so we weren't going to turn back. Instead of laughing with us, she started crying. We were not too happy with her at that moment. We found parking, but by the time we went in, we found out that there was a 45 minute wait for a tour. We decided to forgo the tour and just go to the visitor's center and look around.
I was surprised at how into the Damn my daughter was! I would have thought it would have been kind of boring for her. But she really enjoyed learning about the hydroelectricity process. As we were leaving, she announced that this was much more environmentally-friendly than burning coal, which pollutes the Earth. I asked if she read that info in the Visitor's Center (I didn't remember seeing it). She said no, it was her own conclusion. She knew burning coal was bad, and this method seemed cleaner. Yes, she's in first grade.
The next day, before heading home, we decided to hit the Excalibur Hotel to experience their Spongebob Squarepants 4-D ride. It's one of those rides where you watch a movie while the seats move in sync with what's on the screen. It was in 3-D. The fourth dimension comes in because you also get water squirted at your face, or puffs of air, etc. to go along with the film. For some odd reason, my daughter was nervous about doing this. She was afraid she'd be scared. I explained that it would be like actually being in a Spongebob cartoon, and that sold her! It was cute, except it was much shorter than I thought it would be. I mean, for $10 a ticket, I kinda wanted a little more. Nevertheless, I was sure my daughter loved it. Upon exiting, though, she loudly stated, "Well, THAT was a waste of time!" Sure, those were my sentiments, but I didn't expect her to feel that way. When I asked her why she thought it was a waste of time, it turned out she was talking about what happened to Spongebob in the movie, not her experience on the ride. Whew!
My husband asked her what she liked more: Spongebob or the Blue Man Group. After some consideration, she responded that she liked them equally as much. Considering that one was about a tenth of the cost of the other, I think we know how we'll be spending our money in the future. Sorry, Blue Man Group!