I've taken my son twice now....once when he was 17 and the other at age 18. Here are some things we did or should have done....
1. The number one thing was to accept that this was not going to be a gambling trip like my usual trips. Having accepted this, the first time I kept the trip alot shorter and spent very little time in the casino. The second time, I flew out a few days early, did my thing, and then flew him and his brother out.
2. For the second trip, I chose a time that coincided with an event that he was interested in attending. We grabbed tickets for both nights of the Dave Matthews concert...the first night I went also, the second night, he and his brother were quite comfortable with making their way over to the event without my supervision.....(I didn't trust the 25 year old, but did the 18 year old <G>).
3. Although he had his brother, Matthew is 25 and on his first trip as well. I knew that this was not going to be a buddy trip and it was still my role to be with him most of the time.
4. One day we went to the Palms. He saw two back to back films that he wanted to see, while I got to gamble.
5. I had bought tickets to his beloved Blue Man Group - both times. The first time, we both went. The second time I bought a single ticket and then decided to tag along afterall.
6. Bought tickets for two different Cirque shows which he loves.
7. I didn't have him bring a friend because to be honest, I knew my own son would be content to hang in the hotel room, play video games on his computer and chat online for a large amount of time. Having a friend was a recipe for trouble as the chances of them wanting to roam where they probably shouldn't was a distinct possibility. (Although to a large extent, he has friends that would have hung on the computer, but why take that chance).
8. If we had time, we would have done the Pinball Museum and Madame Troussauds.
9. Bowling was another thing of interest. He has been known to bowl 12 games straight and this was something he could also do.
10. Went to Fashion Mall and Forum Shops. He's not a real shopper, but he does enjoy wearing shirts that most wouldn't have back home. He enjoyed the stuff from Metropark clothing the most.
But honestly, the biggest thing is realizing that it's a trip together and it's a little unfair to ignore them - even at any age. So again, just make sure the emphasis is on what he wants to do. My son, also got the unique luck in riding the elevator with Criss Angel and getting his picture/autograph. About the only thing he missed was the chance to see one of those Ultimate Fighting events.
He's not into swimming nor amusement rides, but those are two other things you can do. He did, however, enjoy many of the buffets as an opportunity to try a few new foods. He really wasn't into going to Gameworks but that might be because he was content with online computer gaming. He actually thought it was cool to be 3 hours behind when online with friends. On the first trip, I had managed an upgrade to a beautiful suite and he also got a kick out of people seeing him go in and out....and ordering room service.
Just goes to show you that sometimes it's the simple things that they remember.
Oh yeah, he was 18 on the last trip and I made sure he didn't have access to enough money on his debit card to come home with a permanent souvenir - a tattoo!