In part three of this three-part series*, I want to share the fun and safe places for our son to go while my husband and I have some grown up time. We love spending time with our son, but sometimes we want to spend time as a couple, too, and Las Vegas has many great grown up only options. We don’t gamble much, but we do a little. Our favorite thing to do, though, is try out all the famous name restaurants that aren’t really kid-friendly. Regardless of what we decide to do, we’ve found places our son BEGS to go to so not only do we get some alone time, our son is loving his time away from us, too!
Kids Quest – My son usually goes to the location at Boulder Station Casino, but we have also used the one at Sunset Station Casino and there are several other locations around Las Vegas including Avi Resort & Casino, Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino, Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, and Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. At the Boulder Station location, there is a giant jungle gym/slide play area, video games, a karaoke stage, Wii arena, arts and crafts, and more. There is also a snack bar where they can order everything from nachos to slushies (depending on what the parents have allowed and left money for) as well as inexpensive, kid-friendly meals. No wonder my son loves it there so much! There is also a separate area for smaller children. The hours vary based on day and time of year, but they are usually open sometime between 10:00am and Noon and close sometime between 11:00pm and 2:00am. They take children ages 6 months to 12 years and the price per hour is $9.50 for children up to 29 months and $9.00 for children 30 months through 12 years. There is a five hour maximum stay. Be sure to bring proof of immunizations on your first visit and medications and socks every visit.
Kid’s Tyme – This is located inside The Orleans Hotel & Casino. Whenever we’ve stayed at The Orleans, we haven’t made it through check in before our son is asking to go to Kid’s Tyme. There is a giant jungle gym with slides, and arcade room, a Wii, a movie room, play areas, and arts and crafts. There is an inexpensive snack bar where children can order meals or snacks (depending on parents’ allowances and requests). The hours are 11:00am – 11:30pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:00am – 12:30am Friday and Saturday. They take children from age 3 (must be fully potty-trained) through age 12 and the price per hour is $7.00 Monday through Thursday and $8.00 Friday through Sunday. There is a five hour maximum stay. Be sure to bring proof of immunizations on your first visit and medications and socks every visit. One other important note, parents are required to stay on property while their children are at Kid’s Tyme so plan your dining reservations, shows, or gambling accordingly. We often use this time to eat at either The Prime Rib Loft or Canal Street, see who’s playing in the showroom or arena, or do a little gambling.
Nanny’s & Granny’s – When our son was small and I wasn’t ready for him to go to a center like Kids Quest and Kid’s Tyme, we contacted Nanny’s & Granny’s. They sent an experienced sitter with CPR training right to our hotel room. Of course all of their sitters have completed background checks. The sitter brought age appropriate games, activities and books as well. We were able to set limits such as not to leave the hotel room or hotel property and bed time, which were followed. Because this is a private sitter, you set the hours, but there is a four-hour minimum and they ask for 24 hours notice. The per hour rate depends on the experience of the sitter, but it ranges from $25.00 to $35.00 for up to 2 children.
I’m sure there are other services available, but these are the three that we’ve used and I feel safe recommending. If you have used another service that you’d like to recommend, please share it in the comments.