I haven't been to Las Vegas in a looooong time, and all I did was drink and play craps in the "cheap" downtown casinos and hit the buffets! Now I'm contemplating a trip with the kids (son 14 and daughter 11). I'm really in the very early planning stages and not even sure it will become reality. The trip would be one week in the summer of next year. Las Vegas would be one destination and potentially the base for some road trips. (I want to show the kids the West, but also have some tourist fun in Las Vegas.) Here are some questions: -What are the best (and reasonably priced) hotels with kids? I've heard Mandalay, but wonder if that is too freaky now after the horrible mass murder that occurred there. What are others? It can be on/near the strip or have shuttles. Bonus if it's a Marriott, as I have some points. -What are the best kid-friendly activities in Las Vegas? Is Penn & Teller appropriate? We watch their TV show and love it. We've done Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group shows, and even though we know they vary, they would not be high on our list. -I'm thinking of touring the Grand Canyon via helicopter/airplane. How are those trips? What are the best ones? Will they break the bank? -Has anyone done a one-day road trip to Death Valley? I'd like to possibly make a long day of that along with Red Rock Canyon maybe??? -Has anyone done a road trip to Monument Valley and Four Corners? Is it doable in two days/one overnight from Las Vegas? -I plan to see Hoover Dam as well, either from the Grand Canyon aircraft tour or preferably by just driving out there. What else is cool and iconically Western that I can do with one-day trips? Thank you!