We received numerous recommendations from friends and family on what we should do and see while on vacation. One of the recommendations was off the beaten path in Barstow, CA. We were told it is an absolute MUST to stop at the Del Taco in Barstow when headed to Vegas. Neither Papa Z nor I are big Del Taco fans, but we had to see what all the fuss was about. As it turned out, it is the original Del Taco. The building looks to be the original building from the 1960s and the bathrooms are outside, but I must admit the food tasted better than most Mexican fast food places.
After a horrible night of sleep due to Silly Jilly deciding to stay up until well after Midnight, we started our day back at the pool. Next we went to the Silverton Hotel where they have a huge aquarium with sting rays. The kids sat for at least 30 minutes mesmerized watching the fish swim around the aquarium. The kids also enjoyed watching a scuba diver feed the fish. Despite being pressed for time, we decided to wait around for the Mermaid show. After watching a woman dressed as a mermaid blow kisses and wave at the kids through the aquarium glass it quickly became clear that this was the show so we abruptly left.
We did actually do some gambling. During a couple of our meals we played Keno. Since we didn't win the $25,000 prize I can admit we let the kids pick the numbers. They got into it a little more than I thought they would and sat with anticipation as each number popped onto the screen. Lady luck was on our side and we did win the first round, but Vegas got the best of us and we got sucked back in and lost our money!
Overall, Las Vegas was the fun and fairly inexpensive family trip we were hoping for. I don't think we even covered half of the free things available. By using the coupons our hotels gave us we were able to get free rides and free games at Adventuredome and some discounts on food/buffets.