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“Playground for grown-ups” opens in Las Vegas

‘Dig This’, a playground for grown-ups has opened in Las Vegas, Nevada. It looks very much like a large building site – albeit one with very little construction going on – but it is in fact the world’s largest digger playground.

The park’s owner, Ed Mumm, dreamed up the idea of a digger playground whilst renovating his home, and today it is finally open to the paying public. The theme park is just five miles west of the famous Las Vega Boulevard, and allows young-at-heart adults the chance to drive around in multi-ton Caterpillar bulldozers and excavators, performing manoeuvres and generally making a mess digging up dirt and dropping it elsewhere.

A typical three-hour package offers a mandatory 30 minute safety briefing followed by two exhilarating hours doing what many consider to be the fun part of building work. Customers can dig holes and pile up dirt, or take on some of the more demanding challenges such as scooping basketballs from safety cones and moving giant tractor tires.

The theme park is set on more than five acres of dirt and boasts a 2,850 square foot office, training facility and gift shop. It costs $400 US to take part, and participants must be at least 14 years old.

This sort of experience is already popular here in the UK, but naturally, the Americans are doing everything bigger, offering much larger vehicles and more room to drive them.

Spokeswoman Cathy Wiedemer was keen to point out that it isn’t just men who are enjoying Dig This during Las Vegas breaks: “Half of our customers are females, including housewives and grandmothers. Throttling up a powerful engine and moving mounds of earth is very empowering.”

Mr Mumm is keen to open more Dig This parks across America and eventually in Tokyo and Australia. To discover the fun for yourself, be sure to check out our fantastic range of cheap Las Vegas holidays.