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Family Travel Tips

Best Buy has put together some really great travel tech ideas for traveling families, including photo scavenger hunts, family 5Ks and movie nights in the middle of nowhere.

I think my favorite idea they share is a photo scavenger hunt. It’s never too early to start teaching your kids how to use a camera and what better way than with an educational scavenger hunt. They can learn to use a camera and learn about the area you are visiting in a fun way.

Teaching your kids to use a camera

As they are scavenger hunting for what they need to take pictures of you can teach them:

  • Consider composition – don’t do the standard stand in the middle of the picture photo
  • Find your subject – define your subject, and lose what isn’t necessary
  • Set the scene – think about what you want to show
  • Rule of thirds – split image into threes and have a person in only 1/3 of the photo to the side.Photography tips for kids - use the rule of thirds
  • Center your photo on patterns
  • Perspective – find an interesting way to look at something.
  • Right Light – The best time to take photos is just after sunrise and before sunset. Cloudy weather is also best for taking photos.
  • Adjust the exposure – drop it down on a sunny day
  • Change the saturation – Saturation is your color. To bring out the color, bump up the saturation, if you pull it all the way down you can shoot a black and white photo!
  • Turn on or off your flash depending on the light. Inside and at nighttime turn off your flash.

Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt for kids

Here is a Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt for kids, I’ve created that you can download. It gives you 17 things to find/name at four different hotel areas. Kids can fill out the sheet or just take pictures of what they find. If you don’t have kids, you could also use this scavenger hunt!

Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt for Kids!

In and around Caesar’s Palace:

  1. This statue is a replica of one of the most famous statues in the world.
  2. This restaurant serves a an ice cream sundae worth $1000.
  3. This shrine weighs 8,000+ lbs and is 14 feet tall.
  4. Gamblers rub this heavy weight’s glove for luck.

In and around the Bellagio:

5. This spot is home to the world’s tallest chocolate fountain.

6. This spot is full of seasonally themed vegetation.

7. This piece of artwork is made of 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms.

8. Where the water dances in sync with music.

In and around the Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay:

9. This show rotates 30 horses through the production.
10. This hotel was originally going to be named Project Paradise.
11. This feature is 101 ft. high, making it taller than the original in Egypt.
12. This attraction has a tank that holds more than 1 million gallons of water.
13. This hotel has a Beam that is visible from an airplane on a clear night.

In and around the Palazzo and Venetian:
14. This hotel has 2 Canals, one at 536,000 gallons and another at 278,000 gallons.
15. This tower is 315 ft. tall, nearly as tall as the 323-ft. original in Venice.
16. There are no 4th, 13th, or 14th floors in this hotel.

17. The Venetian Colonnade’s marble floor was hand fitted and modeled of the floor from this famous church in Venice.

Here are the answers to the scavenger hunt:

1. David inside Caesar’s hotel

2. Serendipity in front of Caesar’s hotel

3. The Shrine Of Four-Faced Brahma in the gardens in front of Caesar’s hotel
4. The statue of  Joe Lewis inside Caesar’s hotel
5. The chocolate fountain is to the left behind the Bellagio conservatory.
6. The conservatory inside the Bellagio
7. The Chihuly glass in the lobby of the Bellagio
8. The fountains in front of the Bellagio
9. Tournament of Kinds at Excaliber
10. Mandalay Bay
11. The Luxor’s Sphinx
12. Shark Reef Aquarium
13. The Luxor
14. The Venetian
15. Campanile Tower
16. The Palazzo
17. The Church of Santa Maria del Rosario in Venice