It's that time of year again when I'm planing my next Vegas trip.
However this time I'm considering a trip with my wife and 2 kids (age 4 & 7) and need some help with the following questions to make a final decision.
The unanswered questions for me is firstly if you or your VegasChatter readers would recommend bringing the kids all the way from Ireland to Vegas, is Vegas suitable for kids of this age in terms of things to do for 4 days and are the logistics of getting around the strip & casinos with kids possible/difficult, where would you recommend staying in Vegas for a family, and are there any well known/recommended babysitting facilities available we could use in Vegas at night.
We'll leave the recommendations on whether they should or shouldn't do Vegas with kids to you, dear reader. Make your case in the comments below.
For advice on where to stay, we'd, personally, seek out the city's "boutique" hotels for the non-gaming (and, usually non-smoking) experiences they offer and, more importantly, the mini-kitchens in your suite. Consider places like the Signature at MGM Grand, Vdara, Marriott's Grand Chateau, and others. Since they're a bit off the beaten path, a rental car would probably be best for getting around. But, we'd probably recommend that, anyway, regardless.
When it comes to babysitting facilities, there are no on-Strip 'facilities,' per se. But, some businesses will send staff to your room. The Las Vegas Review Journal recently wrote an article on Artsy Nannies whom do just that. When the article was published in July, they were charging "$35 an hour for a three-hour minimum" for up to three tykes.
Off Strip, all the Station Casinos offer Kids Quest which will watch your mini-me(s) while you gamble, take in a movie, or grab a bite. The contingent being you have to stay on property. Rates range from $7.50 to $9 an hour and all the staff are trained in CPR and first aid. They'll watch littles ranging in age from six weeks to 12 years of age.
But, of course, research here is key. Make sure you vet any business throughly before handing over the kids!
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