How to spend your day in Vegas if you’re a Big Game widow

What do you do when you want to come to Vegas, but the guys are all coming here to celebrate the Big Game?

Trust me. I know exactly what it’s like to feel like a “game widow.” When the newest video game hits the stores, I already know I’m going to lose my boyfriend for a good minute (thanks a lot, Call of Duty “Black Ops”)!  Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to kill time while the boys are doing their thing.

While we know there are gals out there who get into the spirit of the Big Game, let’s be honest  — most of us don’t! For you ladies who are spending the day of the Big Game in Vegas and want no reminder of football whatsoever, here are a few ideas to pass the time and have fun while you’re doing it.


Whether you had luck at the machines (or just want to stop pressing your luck), keep the money in your wallet and head over to any of the shopping malls on the Strip.

Opened last December, the three-story H&M store inside Caesars Palace’s Forum Shops is not to be missed. In fact, it’s the largest H&M in the world. The first time I walked in here, I seriously felt like I was in a fancy nightclub. And who doesn’t like deals? Here, you’ll find dresses for less than $20 and jackets for less than $100.

If you’re really all about saving money and still want to look like a million bucks, check out Fashion Show Mall’s three-story Forever 21, which just opened up last fall. With all the multiple racks and different styles of threads, you can easily spend the rest of your Sunday here.

Other shopping centers on the Strip include Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, Mandalay Place, and CityCenter’s Crystals, to name a few. While you’re on a shopping streak, check out the shops at the brand new Cosmopolitan hotel. After all this shopping, you’re going to have to invest in another suitcase for sure. For more info about other shopping areas, click here.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Chinese New Year is here once again and Vegas always does it big. Celebrating the year of the rabbit, stroll around various hotels along the Strip and take enough pictures to fill up your own Chinese New Year scrapbook. Stop by Crystals at CityCenter and see the display of a 1,200-pound, 11-foot-tall golden rabbit.

At Bellagio, you can catch a free Chinese lion dance presentation on Feb. 6 at noon. The world-famous dance troupe Yau Kung Moon (which translates to “Style of Flexible Power”) performs at the hotel’s main valet and porte cochere. While you’re here, make sure to stop by the Conservatory where you’ll find an amazing display, which includes a 12-foot rabbit made of 4,500 live plants, a 35-foot-long Chinese Junk Boat, an 18-foot-tall Chinese God of Prosperity and oversized red silk Chinese lanterns, to name a few.

If you’re a fan of actor and martial artist, Jackie Chan, come see his wax figure at Madame Tussauds inside the Venetian. In celebration of Chinese New Year, his sculpture will only be available until Feb. 22.


If you’re looking to eat brunch in a sophisticated and open atmosphere, head to Simon at Palms Place. Here you can admire the view of the beautiful pool through the gigantic windows while enjoying delectable breakfast dishes like salmon scramble, corned beef hash, pastries, waffles and special chef items.

For a fun spot to people-watch and enjoy delicious sundaes, comfort food and milkshakes, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is the place to visit. We recommend calling in advance to place a reservation since it’s  a very popular restaurant. A couple of my favorites include the strawberry shortcake sundae, Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and macaroni and cheese flatbread pizza. The menu choices are equally as fun as the restaurant’s spunky vibe. Plus, unless you live in New York City, you won’t have another chance to visit this eclectic restaurant in any other state.

Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge offers Classic English Afternoon Tea from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Choose from a fine selection of delicious loose leaf teas and pastries. Get cozy while admiring a breathtaking view of the entire Strip.


Visit the Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of Human Form display at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Hours are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Featured artists at this exhibit include Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Judith Shea, Bill Viola, Yoshitomo Nara, Vanessa Beecroft and many others. To read more about the current exhibit, click here.


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you’ll find Valentine’s Day-inspired treatments just about everywhere. Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a Cherries & Chocolate Manicure and Pedicure at Vdara’s Health & Beauty spa or a Valentine’s Amore Face & Body Rejuvenation at Spa Bellagio. This treatment includes a skin-smoothing scrub with white sands from the coast of Bora Bora. Choose spices like cinnamon-vanilla or cardamom-nutmeg. The facial incorporates a micro-peel with choice of spices and ends with a boosting mask to give you that dewy, youthful look.

You can also treat your hair to happy hour with a Hairtini at Kim Vo salon inside Mirage. Enjoy a glass of champagne with your service and leave with your hair smelling delicious and looking better than ever.

Oh, this is ladies night…

We’re pretty sure after the Big Game, the guys will still be tossing back brewskies and celebrating (or grumbling) about the win. Instead of calling them and seeing what they’re up to, tell them to take their time and you’ll be out with the girls catching a show. And ladies, you know what kind of show we mean — the kind of show where it’s raining men! Take this opportunity to be giggly with your girlfriends and see Chippendales at the Rio or Men of X at Hooters. Or, if you want to dabble at your own dancing, surprise your mate with some new skills after taking a class at Planet Hollywood’s Stripper 101.

With so many things to see and do during the Big Game in Vegas, killing time is going to be the least of your worries. Next year when he suggests coming back here, we’re pretty sure you’ll have your bags already packed and ready to go.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.