About Viva Tot Vegas

We all know the first rule of bringing your kids to Las Vegas: Don’t bring your kids to Las Vegas. And we all know the second rule of bringing your kids to Las Vegas: Don’t bring your kids to Las Vegas.

But let’s say you absolutely must bring your kids to Las Vegas—you’ve got a wedding to go to and you’re in charge of producing the ring-bearer/flower girl; you’ve got a family reunion; you’re traveling for business and this is absolutely your only chance for a family vacation. What do you do then?

That’s what this blog is all about: tips, tricks, and advice for how to do two very important things:

  • Shield your young children from the worst of Las Vegas
  • Shield Las Vegas from the worst of your young children

What qualifies us to give you this advice? We’re a couple with two young children who live in Las Vegas and we see our share of the Strip. Here’s the cast of characters:

  • Dr. Viva: In his day job, he does a lot of writing about Las Vegas, gambling, and casinos. By night (and in the early mornings), he does all kinds of fun dad stuff, so he’s well-positioned to talk about how to handle bringing little kids of Vegas. He’s also been applying his analytical talents to baby and toddler stuff–and lots of it–so he’s sharing his reviews of books, tv shows, and toys here. He’s been blogging for more than ten years and thought that this blog would be a fun way to combine two of the things that take up most of his time: kids and writing.
  • Mrs. Viva: Formerly a photojournalist covering the Las Vegas Valley for a network affiliate,  she’s now a full-time mom who’s easing into the role of blogger. She contributes reviews and makes sure that Dr. Viva’s travel tips involve a minimum of Star Trek references. There’s still a few, of course.
  • Prima: Our eldest daughter, was born in early spring 2008. She likes princesses, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Fourth Doctor and…did we mention princesses?
  • Secunda: Our second daughter, born late spring 2011. As of right now, she mostly likes being held, crawling, and tormenting our houseplants.

We’ve been in your shoes—tried to take the kids out to a Las Vegas Strip casino restaurant, even waited in line to redeem a comp while wearing an occupied Baby Bjorn—and we think we can offer some advice that might help make your trip to Vegas a little more fun. We can also share some tips about where to stay, what to do, and what to avoid while you’re in town.

The review of non-Vegas stuff show that, hey, Vegas parents are a lot like parents everywhere else.

As of now, we’re still in the “ramping up” stage, so expect some changes. Thanks for reading!

If you want to contact us about a product review, ask questions about the site, or want to learn more about toddlers and Vegas, you can reach us at vivatotvegas@gmail.com.

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