Las Vegas is known for many things and its spectacular signs is one of them. Trouble is, not all of them are what you would call "family-friendly". That said, Las Vegas is a great place to take the family for a vacation and so it comforts to know that there are many shows that you can take in while you are there with your family.
Magic is always a family favorite and there is always something for kids of all ages - from 5 through 95. Someone that has carved out a home in Las Vegas since he first appeared in 1982 is Lance Burton. Lance performances at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino from Tuesday through Saturday.
A native of Kentucky, Lance is a perfect family entertainer. As he goes through his captivating routine, he is always charming, polite and honest. Some acts may be able to keep that up for a few shows but you can not survive over twenty years in Vegas if you are not really sincere.
Burton started in Vegas as a special magic act with "Folies Bergere" at the Tropicana. He successfully performed a 12-minute act featuring white doves for nine years. In 1991 started a five-year run at the now obsoleste Hacienda, where he headlined a 90-minute magic show until being lured away by the Monte Carlo.
Now nestled in his $ 27-million theater built for him by the Monte Carlo in 1996, Lance will be sure to be at the hotel until at least 2009.
Not everyone is a fan of magic and the idea of an evening out watching it would not excite them However, Vegas excels in offering choice. It is almost impossible to think of Vegas without thinking of The Rat Pack. Without a doubt, the best is the Tribute to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey shows at the Greek Isles Casino. There is no better way to see the Rat Pack again and relive the amazing songs and entertainment they provided.
Musical comedy is more popular than ever and The Rat Pack regularly draws near near-capacity crowds eager to see a reasonably priced, high-quality Vegas show.
In the 1970s there was a European and world phenomenon called ABBA. At the Mandalay Bay Resort you can now relive that era through a love story built around 22 ABBA hits. Mamma Mia is a light musical that opened in 2003 and judging by the numbers that continue to flock to it - more than 1 million fans have attended performances at Mandalay Bay - it continues to be very successful.
The Imperial Palace provides a great setting for its Legends in Concert and has done so for over twenty years since it was booked for a six week run. The first shows included only entertainers who were dead. Among them, Janis Joplin, Buddy Holly, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon and Elvis Presley.
Sometimes the cast expanded to living entertainers and today features tribute acts from Jimi Hendrix to Bobby Darin to the Righteous Brothers and Michael Jackson.
With impersonators to the stars this is not a lip-synching show but real singers and dancers impersonating the best - live. Unlike some of the other shows where you need to be five years and older, this show is enjoyable to children age 2 and over.
The Venetian is home to the unique world of the Blue Man Group. As you enter its Blue Man theater, you will immediately notice a universal dress code - crepe paper head bands (and plastic ponchos for those listed closest to the stage). The reasons why become clear soon enough.
Unless you have lived in a bubble for the last few years you will know that The Blue Men are three blue-skinned, black-clad performers. They become austere backdrops when they pour bright, sparkling colored liquids over illuminated drums. When the artists pound on the drums energetically, the liquids shoot up and out in glowing showers of reds, yellows and purples. It is spectacular to see and since a show not to be missed.
The MGM Grand is not to be over-shadowed in this quest for family fun. KA is a saga that follows the adventures of two Imperial Twins who became separated during a siege of their Far Eastern palace by evil warriors.
Except for an opening comment by an announcer setting up the story, there is absolutely no dialog in the 90-minute production but do not let that put you off. The shows fan base is international and one that includes many languages and the lack of dialog that allows it to appeal to all nations.
Technology is the star of KA. With its floating stage that appears and disappears and transforms into a mountain, a beach, a palace and more.
The heartwarming voice Celine Dion can be heard at Caesars Palace along with spectacular effects, choreography and a live orchestra. Starring her show with her world-famous ballads, including "Power of Love," "Its All Coming Back To Me Now" and "Because You Loved Me." You will soon be in Celine heaven.
But her powerful voice is not the only thing that captures you. This stunning production, has fascinating and dream-like special effects, costumes and visuals to amaze everyone.
No matter what tastes and preferences you have, there is a show in Vegas that will entertain you and take your mind away from the ringing of the slot-machines for an hour or two.
If you have family with you on your Vegas excursion you owe it to them to escape to something that you can all enjoy together.