Drive an Excavator and Tear up the Playground With Dig This in Las Vegas

Drive an Excavator and Tear up the Playground With Dig This in Las Vegas

Skip one day of gambling on the strip in your #LasVegas vacation and head over to Dig This. This #active day saw me learning how to manipulate these huge machines and completing challenges, like stacking 2000 pound tires! This is a great #family activity that everyone will enjoy, I know I did.


Did you ever play with Tonka toys when you were a kid? I know I did (girls like them too!) and I bet you did too. Maybe you’ve even secretly wished you learned to use one to fulfill that childhood dream of operating a big ole truck or bulldozer.

Well at Las Vegas, you can finally accomplish that dream. Yeison and I couldn’t believe how many fun activities there were to do in Vegas besides the Strip and Dig This was one of them.

Dig This is essentially a playground for grownups and they let visitors work an excavator or a bulldozer, letting them build, break and and drive to their heart’s content. I was excited to try it out since it’s something I never thought I’d do in my life and Yeison couldn’t stop jumping up and down in excitement.

Dig This is essentially a playground for grownups

We couldn’t wait to hop into our excavators and start digging away!

Toys for Big Kids – dig This in Las Vegas

Dig This Playground
Dig This Playground

Located a mile away from the Strip, it’s an activity that anyone who wants to experience something completely different and unique must do. It isn’t everyday you get to drive a machine that can hold up to 1 ton and dig through dirt like nothing!

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Big Dig Bulldozer Experience

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 Dig This Las Vegas, South Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV, United States
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We were given a safety talk and orientation for our Big Dig and then headed out to the field. It sounded a little confusing at first when they explained the different controls but I couldn’t wait to start digging!

Dig it up

My view – Yeison in the middle and our instructor outside
My view – Yeison in the middle and our instructor outside

Throughout the whole dig, you have a headset so you can talk to the instructor and other people in your group. After we climbed into our machines and got situated, our instructor Dave started taking us through the commands to lower and higher the boom, open and close the bucket and drive the excavator.

Our first task was more of a warm up exercise to get us comfortable with our big machines. We had to drive forward, lower the boom, open the bucket and create a hole. Then close the bucket and dump the dirt on the side, making the hole bigger and bigger.

I have never driven anything bigger than a van before so when I started moving forward in my excavator, it was quite a ride! These are really powerful machines and it felt awesome driving one as you hear the roar of the excavator. I happily tore away at the dirt creating a mound bigger than me.

it was quite a ride!

I have to admit, I felt preeeetty cool by then.

Preparing to dig my hole
Preparing to dig my hole

Stack the Tires

Now we were feeling pretty confident with the controls and right when we were thinking “psshh this is too easy,” Dave told us it was time to stack some tires. They had stacked five tires on the other end that we had to pick up and restack on the opposite side.

These aren’t your normal car tires, these tires weigh up to 2000 pounds! So we drove forward and figured out how to open and close the bucket to hold up these huge things, spin around (that was super fun) and drop them on the other end of the field.

It’s a little scary at first when you’re spinning around in the excavator because you can see the huge wheels on the bottom moving and you can feel the power of the machine right in your hands. I started off kinda slow but it was like a roller coaster ride – the faster you spun the more fun it was! Wheeeee!

There’s Yeison about to pick up his tires
There’s Yeison about to pick up his tires

Basketball With an Excavator

After stacking the tires, our last activity was excavator basketball. They put three basketballs on cones that we had to pick up and put into another tire. But first we had to drive up a little mound to get positioned correctly. It was little but it seemed high!

our last activity was excavator basketball

I inched my way slowly up the mound to make sure I wouldn’t go too fast and accidentally fall over, I sure don’t want to damage these machines!

Yeison’s already up on the mound waiting to play some basketball
Yeison’s already up on the mound waiting to play some basketball

If I thought I was a pro at operating heavy machinery, my skills were well tested with excavator basketball. You had to position the bucket just right so when you close and lift it to catch the basketball, it wouldn’t fall out. I managed to grab one of the basketballs (I dropped the other two) but completely missed putting it in the tire!

And as you can see, Yeison is doing pretty darn well.

Yeison managed 2 out of 3 of his baskets
Yeison managed 2 out of 3 of his baskets

I’m Certified to Drive an Excavator!

Well not exactly. But Dig This gave us a certification of completion at the end and we were both glowing from excitement. To be honest I wasn’t expecting it to be this much fun, it seems like such a guy thing to do but I got a huge kick out of it as we were digging, tearing, building, pushing, pulling, spinning and manoeuvring our excavators. I really felt like a kid again just in a really big Tonka toy!

I got a huge kick out of it

Trust me, it is just as cool as it sounds. Skip gambling for one day and head to Dig This in Las Vegas, we had the best 90 minutes during our time in Las Vegas creating ruckus on this giant playground. It’s impossible not to have a great time and it’s an activity for all ages 14 – 114 can enjoy!

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