Hot and cool winter

Christmas time is finished, but the gift giving season is far from over. Give the gift of warmth and a cool time by checking out the Mirage volcano display. The iconic volcano throws massive pillars of flame into the air, higher than 12 feet! The heat from these magnificent volcanoes is so hot it can be felt from the street, so if the winter chill is getting to you, stop by the volcanoes at the top of each hour 8 p.m. to10p.m, Sunday thru Thursday and one additional show at 11p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Along with these flames, billowing smoke and amazing waterfalls in the surrounding pools of water. The volcano was designed by WET, the same company that designed the
Bellagio fountains. There are many things in this area, there are 2 volcanoes, several small waterfalls and a couple big ones and a multi section lagoon. The sounds that are  played simultaneous to the fire presentation are just perfectly coordinated to every little fire burst and cloud of smoke. These are accomplished through a carefully programed execution system on a state of the art sound system so strong that you can feel the music course through you. In my experience, the best way to view this show is from above, if you have the means or the opportunity, try to view the show from the 14th floor or higher for an absolutely stunning view. One last thing for this, if you are feeling generous, there are usually ducks chilling in the lagoons and they would greatly appreciate it if you gave them just a little bread, consider that your payment for these glorious volcanoes!

If you are not in the mood for chilling, but are more in the mood for a cool experience, go to the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. This is an immersive and educational experience that showcases exhibits. On display is an extensive range of
Avengers operational equipment such as Captain America’s uniform and shield, Bruce Banner’s laboratory, Hawkeye and Black Widow uniforms and weapons, Vision’s birth cradle, Ant-Man’s helmet, a preserved Chitauri warrior from the Battle of New York, Iron Man’s MK 45 suit, as well as the Hulkbuster suit. Visitors can also map the stars to find Asgard and battle Ultron. The hours of operation are from 10a.m. to 10p.m. daily, however the last time for ticketing is 9p.m. so be mindful of time. The pricing for this is $34 for adults and $24 for children from the ages of 4 to 11 and a $5 rental fee for a training device. These are steep prices, but there is a 20% discount for locals, students, seniors, and active military members. Also, don’t forget to visit the retail store at the end of the experience. This store is absolutely huge and has just about everything Marvel you could ever want from t-shirts to gadgets.

The consumer electronics show more commonly known as CES is in town and will continue to amaze us with all the new and innovative technologies being unveiled and
showcased here in Las Vegas.  CES may not be open to the public, but you can follow many tech accounts online to be continually updated on cool gadgets and gizmos. This trade show has historically brought over close to 200,000 attendees to Las Vegas. This makes it one of the city’s largest conventions, both in number of attendees and economic impact.  The show is so large it occupies space in the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Wynn and Encore, the Sands Expo Center at the Palazzo/Venetian, and City Center.

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