Sin city for kids? I have heard some bad stories of kids being dragged through casinos, out on the strip at 2:00AM passed out in their stroller, etc. Personally, our family has decided to stay off the strip while the kids are little. Disneyland-yes, Palms Casino-no. But for those of you who love Vegas too much to stay away I have found some kid-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained!
The Orlenas Casino and Hotel in Vegas (www.orleanscasino.com) saw an need and filled it with Kid’s Tyme! Kid’s Tyme is a world of kid-sized fun and entertainment in a safe, clean, and supervised environment. The staff on duty are certified in first aid and CPR. It’s perfect for children ages 3 through 12. Open 7 days a week 365 days a year- it seems to good to be true!
Some of the kid-friendly activities they offer include a jungle gym, Coin freearcade room, movie room and Arts & Craft time with paints, markers and crayons for creative minds.
One thing to remember… the use of this facility requires that parents stay in the building (CASINO) at all times!
Okay so now I am officially obsessing about a visit to New York. I have the hotel, the stroller routes (thank you bugaboo) and now the transportation around town…
Kid Car NY (www.kidcarny.com) is an idea only a New Yorker could bring from fantasy to reality. A Taxi service specifically designed for families. This taxi/car service provides luxury Minivans with professionally installed car seats, room for your stroller and drivers who are trained in NHTSA Standardized Child Passenger Safety Technician Training.
Rates are a little higher than your average cabbie but isn’t it worth the peace of mind knowing that in an accident you are relying on a 5 point harness to hold baby, not your arms!
Thinking of planning a trip to the big apple with baby in tow? What better way to experience this fabulous city than by staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York!
This ultra luxury hotel hasn’t forgot about the needs of their smallest guests. Upon request, child size bathrobes will be waiting in your room along with baby shampoo.
Complimentary use of a Diaper Genie and Bottle Warmer will keep everyone in your room happy. Strollers are also available for nap time strolls through central park!
A bit of a worry wart? Baby-proofed rooms are also offered as part of this family-friendly property.
While all the other gals are on the Sex and the City tours, you and your family can experience the family-friendly New York we haven’t seen on HBO (well….I guess there were a few shots of Miranda, Brady and her Bugaboo)!
It seems like such a simple idea, I can think of so many parents that need this service, yet this is the first I have heard of it!
The Baby Hotel www.babyhotel.co.za in Johannesburg (South Africa) is a revolutionary idea in the area of child care. Here is what they have to say: “The BABY HOTEL is a specialized facility for babies birth to three years. We take the worry out of child care by giving you a support structure that will not only allow you to spend quality time with your baby, but will offer you some quality time for yourself.
The BABY HOTEL is a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week facility. Although the normal day care hours are between 07h00 and 18h00, there is no need to stress when you are stuck in a meeting at the end of the day, or you need to be at the airport at 06h00 in the morning. Our staff will be more than happy to accommodate you during these unavoidable circumstances.
Sounds too good to be true, an ‘on-call’ nanny/baby nurse that gets up at 6:00AM so you can catch that early morning flight? Now if only our North American hotels had an ‘on-call’ nanny that you could call to your room in the middle of the night when the baby won’t sleep!
Next time you are stopping over at one of Europe’s busiest airports, Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport, be sure to check out the Babycare Lounge. This airport (http://www.schiphol.nl/Homepage/Homepage.htm) has got it right, catering to tired, weary parents and babies.
The Babycare Lounge is a private area of the airport that includes 7 baby bed cabins, comfortable seats for parents and most importantly a “haven of peace and quiet” in a busy airport.
Now if only they could add on call nannies and big plush beds for mom and dad!