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
- 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.
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.
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 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 Tyme is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year and accepts children ages 3 through 12. Operating hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. The last check-in is one hour prior to closing time. Staff members are certified in first-aid and CPR.
Rates: $9.00 per child every hour and then $2.25 every 15 minutes
Minimum stay: 1 hour
Maximum stay: 5 hours
Kids Tyme offers a variety of activities that are specifically geared for children of different ages. The program is designed to challenge the imagination with fun filled entertainment, games, and creative play, including all of the following:
- A multilevel jungle gym with chutes and ladders
- Coin free arcade room and Play Station 2
- A movie room where kids can watch their favorites
- Nintendo Wii
- Interactive play stations (with Barbie dolls, Lego toys, cars, etc.)
- Arts & Craft Tyme with paints, markers and crayons
- Snack bar with meals and beverages available for purchase
Requirements: Before a child can be accepted for care at Kids Tyme, the Orleans Hotel has the following requirements.
- In accordance with NV statute 432A.230, a child may not be admitted to any child care facility within the State of Nevada, including a facility licensed by a county or city, unless parents submit official proof of immunizations
- All children must be fully potty trained (out of pull-up and diapers)
- Children must be wearing socks
- Parent or guardian must show valid ID at check-in and check-out
- Parents must stay in the building during the entire time their children are participating in Kids Tyme activities
Since the upper age limit for Kids Tyme is 12, teenagers are too old for the program. However, they can enjoy the hotel's 70 lane bowling center, 18-plex movie theater, and arcade. The entire family can enjoy Buzz'NBrushes, a unique experience where they can learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying music, beverages and entertainment.
The Orleans is located at: 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103
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.
Kids Quest accepts children of all ages from 6 weeks through 12 years. The children are divided into two age groups, each with their separate play area. Staff are trained and certified in first aid and CPR as well as in child supervision strategies.
The Tiny Tots area is specifically for those age 6 weeks to 30 months. It offers a safe-play environment with soft climbing zones to encourage sensory stimulation and interactive play. Toddler friendly snacks are also provided.
The main area is for children age 30 months to 12 years old. The emphasis is providing opportunities for children in this broad age group to play and learn at the same time, or what the program calls ?edutainment.? Kids Quest is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Operating hours each day which may be extended during the summer, hourly rates, and some of the specific activities offered may vary slightly at different locations. However, the focus at all of the Kid Quest centers is on providing activities that are age appropriate, fun, and encourage creative expression and healthy social interaction. The diverse range of activities, which is perfect for every age from toddler to tween, includes all of the following:
- Arts and Crafts
- Video games
- Karaoke Star Stage
- Dramatic play environments
- Strategy play piece consisting of a challenging floor to ceiling climbing maze
- Techno Quest® Game Kiosks: Engaging, but nonviolent arcade games where kids can compete for high scores!
- Science Lab
- Play Kitchen
- Construction Zone
- Gym where kids can enjoy their favorite sports and physical activities
- Wii Arena: designed to get kids moving with the latest virtual sports and races
- Multi-Station iPad tables loaded with games and apps
- Quest Café: Food and snacks are available for a nominal fee. Parents have the option at check in to note which food items that their child is allowed to have.
All games and activities are included in the hourly fees, which are slightly more for Tiny Tots than for older children. However, snacks, refreshments and meals are additional.
Kids Quest will also gladly host your kid's birthday party. Call the center in advance if you are interested. Parents are allowed to attend birthday parties they have arranged for their children, but otherwise the purpose of the center is to give the children an opportunity to interact with other kids their age and their parents an opportunity to enjoy other activities by themselves. However, Kids Quest facilities are completely secure and entrances are monitored at all times. Children and their parents or other registered guardians are both given matching barcodes that are checked before any child can leave the premises.
One especially nice feature of Kids Quest is that, unlike with most child care services, advance reservations for older children are not required. Last minute changes in plans and spur of the moment decisions to do something happen all of the time in Las Vegas, so knowing that the kids will be well cared for despite lack of advance planning is a huge relief.
In addition, one comment by parents who have used Kids Quest that keeps coming up again and again is that when it is time to pick up their kids late in the day or evening, it is extremely difficult tearing them away from their play. They are having so much fun they don't want to leave.
Operating Hours: Check with the facility directly for the specific days that interest you. All of the Las Vegas locations have summer hours starting at 10 a.m. and ending at midnight weekdays and 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday night.
Hourly Fee: Each facility has its own rate. Current rates for the Las Vegas facilities range from $9.50 to $10/hour for Tiny Tots and from $9 to $9.50/hour for older children.
- Children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years old are accepted
- Only those under age 2.5 need a prior reservation
- In accordance with NV statute 432A.230, regardless of the child's age, parents must submit official proof of immunizations
- Parents of infants and children under 30 months are advised to bring their own supply of diapers, formula, and baby food. Older children must be fully potty trained
- Children should wear clothing they can be active in and must be wearing socks
- Parents or guardians must show valid photo ID both for themselves and for each child at check-in and check-out
- Minimum stay: 1 hour; maximum stay: 5 hours. Parents may not leave the building while their children are participating in Kids Quest activities
Las Vegas Casino Hotels which Offer Kids Quest
There are currently four casino hotels in the Las Vegas area plus one more in the nearby town of Henderson, NV, which have Kids Quest on the premises. A list of these hotels with their address, phone number, and website is provided below.
Boulder Station Hotel Casino
Boulder Station is within easy driving distance of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam as well as the Las Vegas Strip and downtown area. Besides Kids Quest, kids can enjoy the pool, family friendly restaurants, and an 11-screen movie-theater.
Boulder Station hotel is located at: 4111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Boudler Station hotel Kids Quest Info: 702-432-7569
Santa Fe Station
Santa Fe Station is located in Northwestern Las Vegas. It has a pool, and 16-screen movie-theater, and arcade that kids can enjoy, along with family friendly restaurants.
Santa Fe Station hotel is located at: 4949 N Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130
Santa Fe Station hotel Kids Quest Info: 702-658-4966
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
Red Rock is a unique casino hotel provides a real getaway vacation. Along with a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Valley and Red Rock Canyon, adults can enjoy all the amenities of a complete casino resort and spa. Besides Kids Quest, kids can enjoy hiking trails, swimming, a 16-screen movie-theater, and family friendly restaurants.
Red Rock hotel is located at: 11011 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135
Red Rock hotel Kids Quest Info: 702-97-7646
Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
Besides Kids Quest, kids and teenagers alike will appreciate the pool, 60-lane bowling center, 18-screen movie-theater, arcade, and family friendly restaurants at the Texas Station casino hotel.
Texas Station hotel is located at: 2101 Texas Star Lane, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Texas Station Kids Quest Info: 702-288-7955
Sunset Station Hotel Casino
Henderson, NV is to the South of the Las Vegas Strip, about a 25 minute drive away. Summer might not be the best time to visit because the heat is oppressive (about 110 degrees). However, Sunset Station is a very family friendly hotel. Kids can take advantage of the pool, multiscreen Cineplex, arcade, and numerous casual dining options, as well as the Sunset Amphitheater, a huge outdoor concert venue featuring performances from top entertainers.
Sunset Station is located at: 1301 West Sunset Road, Henderson, NV 89104
Sunset Station Kids Quest Info: 702-547-7773
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.