What Starts Out in Vegas, Ends Up at the LVPD

I love the first day of anything. I have an unwavering glass-all-the-way-full attitude about new starts. Whether it’s the first day of school, a new year, birthdays or an every day sunrise, I’m endlessly optimistic about all the ways it’s going to be the best [year/day/adventure/age] ever!

Needless to say, in all of my RV road-trip dreams I surely didn’t picture us spending the first full day of our adventure at the Las Vegas Police Department. But that’s what happened. In the middle of the night, we were awaken by the RV moving up and down. Angelo & I sprang out of bed with no idea what was going on and soon discovered someone had pried and cut Angelo’s securely locked mountain bike off our Kuat bike rack.

Instead of conceding that this is a bad start, I did what I also do best – stubborn optimism.

I refuse to let this set the tone of our new adventure. Instead of being bummed out by filing police reports in 110-degree heat, I choose to laugh at how excited Jax was to go to a real-life police station (even though we didn’t let him go inside) and the amazing Thai food we stumbled on at DE Thai Kitchen.

Because what’s more important than dreamy optimism is high five-ing the ups and downs. Whether we’re having an epic day or a comedy of errors, it means we manifested a dream into real life. So cheers to one-day dreams becoming day-one adventures, imperfections and all.

Scroll on for some family-friendly things-to-do in Las Vegas that aren’t the LVPD! 😀

Family-Friendly Things to Do (and not do) in Las Vegas

DE Thai Kitchen


You know what makes you forget you’re in the City of Sin (and that you’ve spent the day at the LVPD)? Thai food this good. Located in the emerging Arts District off the strip, DE Thai Kitchen mixes authentic Bangkok street food with a modern aesthetic and great prices. Born and raised in Thailand, the chef turns out mind-blowing Curries, Tom Yum soup and house specialties like Kao Soi, a Northern Thai curry noodle soup, to devout patrons. So good, I almost want to go back to Vegas.

DE Thai Kitchen
1108 S. 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV
Street Parking

Adventuredome at the Circus Circus

Before we hit the National Parks, we hit one of America’s largest indoor theme parks, the Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus. Over 5-acres of full-throttle kid fun are inside the big top. From bumper cars and huge roller coasters to 4D theaters and laser tag, you’ll forget what time it is (or how hot it is outside) in this indoor oasis of thrills.

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Free Parking

Pinball Hall of Fame

Pinball Hall of Fame

Don’t let the is-this-the-right-place exterior fool you, Las Vegas’ Pinball Hall of Fame is a treasure trove of vintage and modern pinball machines. Young and old cash in their quarters at this 10,000 square-foot mecca of pinball fun. Totally family-friendly and with games prices starting at .25 cents, we played for hours for under $40. The best deal in Vegas!

Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E. Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV
Free Parking


Field Trip to the LVPD to file a police report for our stolen mountain bike. Uggggghhhh! Clearly not recommended. ;D


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