Las Vegas sounds great, but is it also a great place to bring your children? Have you been postponing your planned trip to Las Vegas because you're concerned about how to keep the kids both safe and happily engaged while you are indulging in the adult activities for which this top visitor's vacation destination is so well-known? Whether you are planning a trip to Las Vegas primarily to gamble, attend a convention, or simply have a fun vacation, or perhaps a combination of all of these activities, one thing you should never gamble on is your kids' well-being. Planning the details of your trip ahead of time is always a good idea, but it becomes even more important if it is going to be a family experience.
Contrary to what you may think, Las Vegas is for kids, too. You are smart to be concerned because so many parents bring their youngsters and teenagers despite being clueless about what to do with them while they are gambling, shopping, clubbing, or indulging in other adult activities or entertainment. Elsewhere on this website you will find many recommendations for family friendly activities that all of you can do together. Here we describe various types of child care facilities which are equally important for those times you will be away from your kids and need to make sure their needs are not being unmet.
We have organized the child care facilities into the following five separate categories so you can conveniently access the information pertaining to the type of service that best suits your needs and those of your children. In addition, there is one more section on safety, which is must reading for all parents. This first section of our report covers hotels offering child care for visitors.
- Hotels offering their own child care services for visitors on the premises (current page)
- Hotels which not only arrange outside babysitting or nanny services through their concierge, but offer a variety of other special amenities and services that specifically cater to children
- Licensed nanny or babysitting services that you arrange for on your own which provide highly trained individuals to come to your hotel room or home.
- Childcare centers where you can drop off your child (both hotels and stand-alone centers
- Special needs childcare: Non-English speaking kids, LGBT kids, and kids with a medical or mental illness or physical, intellectual disability, or behavioral problems might need more individual attention than some facilities are capable of providing. If you have a special needs child, this section will help you find a service you can count on to go above and beyond to give your child the extra level of care he or she requires.
- A section on safety: Doctors on call, what to do and where to get help if your children are lost or need medical attention. Hospital and pharmacy info.
Which Hotels Offer On-Site Childcare for Visitors?
If you would like to find a nice place to stay in Las Vegas where child care services are offered are on the premises, these are the hotels you might consider:
Kids Tyme at The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Kids of all ages are not only welcome at Kids Tyme at The Orleans Hotel & Casino, but when you need some alone time for yourself, whether it is to play in the casino, or perhaps relax and unwind with a spa treatment or see a show, you never have to worry. The Orleans will see to it that your kids are having fun, too! Kids Tyme at the Orleans does not mean that throngs of kids will be running amok, unsupervised all over the hotel just because mommy and daddy can't be there to watch them every second. Instead, your kids will be in a safe, clean environment happily engaged in age appropriate fun activities under the watchful eye of qualified staff.
Kids Quest, the largest hourly childcare and kids' entertainment provider for hotel casino visitors in the country, can be found in some 20 casino hotels nationwide, including several in the Las Vegas area. Keep in mind that these hotels are self-contained resorts that are located off the beaten path rather than being convenient to the Las Vegas Strip. So if you decide to stay at one of these places, but are also planning to take in the activities and entertainment on the Strip, you might want to rent a car. Additional information on each location is provided at the end of this section. All of these casino hotels are very budget friendly and cater not only to visitors, but to locals who come by just to gamble rather than to stay overnight. You can expect bargain rate rooms and meals at all of these locations and Kids Quest is very reasonably priced, too.
Advantages and Disadvantage of Hotels that Offer their own Childcare Services
Hotel child care services are ideal for parents who only want a few hours of alone time rather than the whole day. Knowing that your young children are never far away from you is very reassuring, while for infants and toddlers, the familiar surroundings should make adjusting to the separation easier. Also, you have the unmatched convenience of not having to travel out of your way to drop off and pick up your children. The cost is reasonable, too, so you save money as well as time. Lastly, you can be sure your children are in good hands and receiving quality care because the hotel's reputation is at stake.
The disadvantage to hotel child care services is that in all instances, they are located in hotels off the Las Vegas Strip. So if your time in Las Vegas will include a favorite casino, convention, special event, or entertainment on the Strip, then the convenience of having childcare in the same place where you are staying might be offset by the inconvenience of not being near other things that you want to do. In fact, the onsite childcare facilities do not allow you to leave the premises at all while your child is in care so you would need to find other childcare options.
Additionally, if luxurious accommodations and high end amenities matter, keep in mind that the places to stay off-Strip which offer on site-childcare probably won't be top of the line in terms of luxury. These hotels tend to be cheaper than the leading hotels on the Strip, but if you could be spending a lot of money on taxis to and from the Strip.
Frequently Asked Questions about Las Vegas Casino Hotels Offering their own Child Care Services
Do any of the Las Vegas casino hotels offer their own child care services which I can take advantage of while staying there as a guest with my children?
None of the casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip do, but the Orleans Hotel which is close to the Strip and provides limited shuttle service back and forth, offers a service called Kids Tyme. Another service called Kids Quest is currently being offered at five other Las Vegas area hotel casinos: Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, Royal Rock, Texas Station, and Sunset Station.
What age range of children do these programs accept?
Kids Tyme accepts children who are from 3 through 12 years old. Kids Quest accepts children ages 6 months through 12 years old.
How much does the service cost?
Varies with the facility and age of the child, but figure on between $9 and $10/hour.
What are the advantages of using this type of service compared to arranging for a private babysitter or nanny?These are comprehensive programs which are capable of providing a much wider range of activities than an individually arranged babysitter or nanny can offer. They are also fuly licensed and certified with staff who are well trained in all of the fundamentals of childcare, including first aid and CPR. Your children will also get the advantage of being able to play and interact with other children their age and the activities will be appropriate for their age and developmental level. There is little chance of their getting bored at these facilities, which is not the case with a babysitter or nanny who comes to the hotel room. The services are also considerably cheaper than you are likely to being paying for a babysitter or nanny. The big advantage over drop off services is you're your kids remain at the hotel, so you don't have to travel out of your way to drop them off and pick them up.
What are the disadvantages of using this type of service?
One disadvantage is that they tie you down to the hotel, too, since you cannot leave the premises. So you won't be able to use the service if you would like to spend time on the Strip, which also is some distance away, necessitating either renting a car or taking or taxi as well as making different child care arrangements. In addition, these are group programs which require some ability to adjust to a group setting and interact appropriately with other children. If your child is developmentally delayed or has behavior problems or other special needs, he or she may require more individual attention than these programs are capable of providing.