Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Leap Year and Other Wonders

You're the type of person who celebrates St. Patrick's Day – and you're not even Irish. You roll out the snacks to watch the Big Game – and you don't even follow football. You get into the spirit of events, large and small. And since going to Las Vegas requires a leap of imagination, you shouldn't be surprised to know this city will appeal to your celebratory instincts on leap day, too.

Like all leap years, leap year 2016 takes place on February 29. Make the most of this “bonus day” with myriad activities on and around the Strip.

Marriage requires a leap of faith, and perhaps no one knows this better than the proprietors of the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. They are offering several discounted packages on Feb. 29, including the fittingly named Leap Day Wedding Package. Couples determined to place a good bet on their future can enjoy a two-rose bouquet, boutonniere, courtesy limousine service, the services of a wedding coordinator, music, a candlelight ceremony and a small album of photos. A few openings are still available, but couples who wait too long might have to wait another four years for the opportunity.

You don't have to be a newlywed to enjoy the Leap Year “Get Ahead” Spring Show at Cashman Center, but it may help. Hundreds of exhibitors will do their best to cause the heart of any home enthusiast to do a leap of joy. Among the attractions: kitchen cabinets and counters, energy-efficient doors and windows, window treatments, solar panels, spas, pools, waterfalls and virtually anything a homeowner could want to spruce up their home, indoors or out. There will be so much to do and see that the event will take place over three days preceding leap day: Feb. 26, 27 and 28. Download two-for-one coupons as an extra bonus. 

You would expect some of Las Vegas' most famous hotels and attractions to get in on the leap year frivolities, and they won't disappoint on Feb. 29. "CSI: The Experience" at MGM Grand will offer free admission to anyone with a leap year birthday as well as half-off general admission. (The experience” allows visitors to “solve” mysteries in two state-of-the-art crime labs.) Meanwhile, the Rhumbar in the Mirage will host a patio party from 3 to 7 p.m. with “leap year-inspired drink specials” and dance music announced by DJ Larry Lynx.

If you're a “leapling” – someone who was born on a leap day – you might want to surround yourself with others who can identify with your birthday challenges. Cabo Mexican Restaurant will host a birthday party – complete with cake and champagne – starting at 6:30 p.m. and Madame Tussauds Las Vegas will offer complimentary general admission tickets to anyone who was born on Feb. 29.

No trip to Las Vegas would be complete without a tour of this dazzling city. The city's premier tour listing site – VegasDaze.com – offers a full array of  tours of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. The challenge will be picking your favored vantage point; the company offers walking tours as well as tours on bus, Hummer, horseback or by plane or helicopter. Spend the better part of the day on a VegasDaze.com tour and you can be confident the memories will last another four years.


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