If you’re traveling to Vegas with kids, you may find you desire some “adult time.” Thankfully, several of the city’s resorts have reliable child care facilities. Here are nine great places to stay where you can drop off the wee ones and enjoy a few hours swimming in the pool, relaxing at the spa, wagering in the casino or even flirting over a romantic dinner.
The Orleans — Located on Tropicana Avenue and Arville Street, this off-Strip resort boasts a youth center called Kid’s Tyme with on-site supervised activities. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome. Open every day of the year, you’ll have confidence that the professionally trained staff (who are all certified in first aid and CPR) will foster an entertaining experience in a safe and clean environment. Arts and crafts using crayons, markers and paint are among the activities available. Plus, there’s a multilevel jungle gym with chutes and ladders, a movie room and a coin-free arcade. A snack bar provides meals and drinks for an additional cost. Kid’s Tyme is open Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. and Friday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. The last check-in is one hour prior to closing. Rates (per hour/per kid) are $7 on Monday – Thursday and $8 on Friday – Sunday.
Boulder Station, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station — In 1992 Kids Quest opened its first center in Las Vegas on request from Station Casinos. The hospitality chain wanted to enhance their family destination reputation by offering an hourly child care service. Now there are five Station Casinos properties that house Kids Quest facilities with indoor playgrounds, infant/toddler sections, snack bars and movie rooms. Several of them have special themed areas filled with jungle gyms, balls, arcade games (including PlayStation and Xbox systems), dinosaurs, cars, karaoke machines, Barbies and Legos as well as plenty of arts-oriented materials and coloring books. Various events and promotions also take place throughout the year. For example, kids can delight in a Thanksgiving celebration from Nov. 21 – 25 and the KQ Game Challenge from Nov. 29 – Dec. 1. Winter wonderland giveaways will run from Dec. 1 – 18, and there will be holiday-oriented activities from Dec. 21 – 25. In addition, Cyber Quest tournaments are being held every Saturday night in November at 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. The staff at all Kids Quest locations is comprised of well-trained professionals who are screened carefully. Each center charges a nominal hourly rate – ranging from $8 to $9.50 (depending on the age of the child and the day of the week). Winter hours are Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, visit kidsquest.com.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas — This resort is located within Mandalay Bay. A non-gaming property, it’s known for being a wonderful host to families. Parents are encouraged to supply the names and ages of their children while making the reservation so that their room can be outfitted with some of these things upon arrival: a welcome amenity created especially for kids, toiletries for babies and children, milk and cookies for toddlers, and popcorn and soda for teens. PlayStation games are always available through the in-room television system at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Upon request, parents can receive items to childproof their room as well as take advantage of high chairs, playpens, strollers, cribs and rollaway beds. Plus, with two hours’ notice, the resort will arrange reliable babysitting services from experienced, licensed and bonded nannies. (Note: Many of these services and items may incur a fee.) Families will also enjoy access to an array of toys and board games, a library of DVDs and videos, and the wave pool, beach and lazy river at Mandalay Bay.
Ravella at Lake Las Vegas — The Ravella Kids Club is operated through The Spa at Ravella. Guests are able to request supervision for their children (ages 4 – 12) for a minimum of one hour to a maximum of 3 1/2 hours. Usually arts and crafts are planned for toddlers, while older children pursue science-related activities and other games to develop their minds. The facility also boasts board games, Nintendo Wii and Xbox systems, films and a pool table. All child care providers here have been certified through the state of Nevada. The cost ranges from $15 for one hour to $45 for 3 1/2 hours – or it’s complimentary if you decide to indulge in a spa treatment! Another great reason to stay at Ravella during this time of year is the holiday cheer. Just steps from the resort, you’ll discover an ice rink on Lake Las Vegas’ famous floating stage. Through Feb. 17, 2013, the enchanting lakeside platform is open Sunday – Thursday from 4 – 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday (plus holidays) from noon – 10 p.m. Ice skating costs $12 for kids and $15 for adults.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa — The Westin Kids Club caters to families with children ages 3 – 12 (note: everyone who enrolls must be potty-trained). Providing a fun and educational experience, it has morning, afternoon and evening sessions as well as an all-day option. The morning session runs from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ($40) or 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with lunch ($60). The afternoon session is held from 2 – 5 p.m. ($40), while the evening session goes from 6 -10 p.m. and includes dinner ($55). The all-day option lasts from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and includes both lunch and snacks ($80). During each session, creative crafts, sports, board games and other indoor and outdoor activities engage the children. A typical day might consist of coloring, storytelling, hiking, running relay races, face painting, watching movies and building sand castles on the resort’s exclusive white sand beach. Swimming is a seasonal activity, as there’s separate pool with a slide that was designed for kids, but it’s closed for winter.
For more information on bringing your kids to Las Vegas, check out VEGAS.com’s guide to planning a family vacation.