I have lived in Las Vegas all my life, so get ready:
There is a big difference between the strip and the rest of Las Vegas (or at least the Eastern Side) The strip is beautiful, but most of the residents here don't go down there very often. We used to have field trips and go down to some of the casinos, but thanks to the economic crisis, the government has cut out ALL field trips for public schools. Our teachers are underpaid, our schools waste our money when we should be spending it on education, and most of our schools are people who are illegal from Mexico.
However, we do have great magnet schools
here in Vegas. If you are into perfoming arts, LVA
is for you! Our magnet schools are excellent programs.
Almost everything is open 24/7 or open till like midnight. However, almost all of our movie theaters are in casinos (which i sometimes a problem for younger kids) and we only have 1 miniature golf course in the Adventuredome at Circus Circus Casino.
It's very hot here during summer, so bring lots of water. If you are going to the strip, bring extra cash. Things can get pricey up here. Just remeber there is more to Vegas than Strippers and gambling.
PS BEST BUFFETS EVER!