Vegas Weekender: Moms, music and mayhem

Mother’s Day in Vegas should be more than a fancy dinner and a show: It should be an all-weekend extravaganza. Whether you’re planning a trip with mom or celebrating your own motherhood, enjoy everything from rock concerts and fine dining to comedic acts and parties.

Shows: Top music stars play in Vegas this weekend

“V – The Ultimate Variety Show” at Planet Hollywood is your ticket to fun. The 75-minute, high-energy show includes everything from acrobatics to magic and comedy. The show performs nightly at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Smith Center presents “Stormy Weather: Lena Horne Project” starring Mary Wilson. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, with two shows on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Comedian Rob Riggle (“The Hangover” and “The Daily Show,” pictured right) performs May 10 – 12 at Empire Comedy club inside Paris Las Vegas. Show times are 8 p.m. (Thursday and Friday) and 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Saturday).

Keep the laughs going with stand-up comic Amy Schumer at Riviera’s Icons of Comedy Series. Schumer appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Comedy Central’s “Roast of Charlie Sheen.” See her performance May 11 – 13 at 10:30 p.m.

Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake performs for The Club Paradise Tour at MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. Special guests include J. Cole and Waka Flocka Flame.

Enjoy a free show at The Cosmopolitan’s Book and Stage. See indie pop sensation The Wombats Friday May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.

See Grammy Award-winning rockers Creed Saturday, May 12 at The Pearl inside The Palms. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Enjoy a poolside concert with Snow Patrol (seen right) at The Cosmopolitan May 12. Show time is 10 p.m.

If you’re more of a rap fan, you can always kick it with the Dogg Pound. See Snoop Dogg live at the Hard Rock Hotel pool at 10 p.m.

Legendary performer Liza Minnelli performs at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel Saturday, May 12. Show time is 8 p.m.

See-I (featuring members of Thievery Corporation) rocks the house at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip Sunday, May 13.

Mother’s Day: Treat Mom to something special

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, so spend time with Mom over bubbly and delicious eats.

From May 10 – 13, Vegas Uncork’d by “Bon Appétit” presents more than two dozen food events throughout the Las Vegas Strip. For information on participating restaurants, click here.

Nobody is ever too old for ice cream. Start the weekend right and cool off with sweet treats at the Springs Preserve Ice Cream Festival on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy a 2-for-1 special at The Mirage. Moms eat free at any of the property’s restaurants with purchase of another entrée.

Olives at Bellagio offers a not only a breathtaking view of the Fountains (right), but also a specialty menu for the occasion. Items include wild mushroom tart, bay shrimp and Nantucket scallop ceviche, watermelon and cucumber gazpacho, salt-roasted prime rib, veal, chicken breast with macaroni and cheese and pan-seared Alaskan halibut. End the meal with a green tea mousse, complete with tangerine jam, caramelized peanuts and vanilla bean ice cream.

Located inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, PBR Rock Bar & Grill treats moms and grandmas to free bull rides all day. Bringing the little ones? Each family gets one complimentary entrée from the Rookie menu with a purchase of one regular entrée.

Moms can enjoy special treatments at Venetian and Palazzo’s Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Surprise her with a Mom’s Ultimate Day of Luxury package, which includes an 80-minute Mom’s Day massage, custom facial and a $10 meal credit ($385 Tuesday – Thursday, $405 Friday – Monday). Or, opt for the Mom & Daughter package, which includes side-by-side facials, pedicures and a $10 meal credit ($400 Tuesday – Thursday, $435 Friday – Monday).

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. For more Mother’s Day ideas, click here.

Nightlife/Pool parties: Party like a rock star

Country stars Chad Freeman and Redline perform at Treasure Island’s Gilley’s Saloon on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. The show starts at 10 p.m.

Marquee nightclub at The Cosmopolitan parties all weekend with Joachim Garraud and Cedric Gervais, Friday May 11; Avicii (right), Saturday, May 12; and Nicky Romero, Monday, May 14.

Marquee Dayclub presents special guests Arty, Friday May 11; Avicii and Glenn Morrison Saturday, May 12; and Nicky Romero for Wet Wonderland on Sunday, May 13.

Located inside Artisan Hotel Boutique, Naked Pool offers a couple’s only, European-style pool party, evolve Beach Club. Couples can enjoy a discreet, upscale pool featuring oversized day beds, concoctions and live DJs spinning electric dance music. This summer, evolve Beach Club is every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is charged per pair, with local couples receiving discounted entry.

Every Sunday, Rumor Boutique Hotel hosts Sunkissed Sundays, a gay daylife event. The party begins with a courtyard Addiction restaurant brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For $35, the brunch also includes bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas. From 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., partygoers can listen to live DJ music.


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.