When you hear, "Las Vegas parties," you probably think of bachelor parties or adult birthday bashes held at the clubs and casinos. But the truth is that this desert city in southern Nevada has a lot to offer kids as well. There's no shortage of fun places to hold your little one's next birthday party.
Lied Discovery Children's Museum
Scheduled to open in an even larger venue in 2013, the Lied Discovery Children's Museum (ldcm.org) has interactive exhibits that cover topics like the desert and going green. The first floor is geared toward children under age 6, while the second is for older kids. You can reserve one of three party rooms for your little one's birthday -- and the birthday package includes free play in the museum as well as a science or art themed activity. The museum also provides a cake, goody bags, paper goods and both set-up and clean-up.
A party at McKee Ranch (mckeeranchevents.com) features pony rides, games, feeding farm animals, carriage rides, a hay pyramid and time with the ranch's very own Cowboy Max. The party room is a large indoor barn area -- and basic party packages include a chuck wagon meal, paper goods, cake, games and prizes. You can also request face painting, a jumper, a pinata or a chocolate fountain -- after all, over-the-top Las Vegas parties aren't just for grown-ups!
Child's Play (childsplaylv.com) is basically the kids' version of an awesome casino. Preschoolers can play on indoor playground equipment, a mini-basketball court, a foam animal area and with kid-friendly computers and an interactive projection wall. There's even a special toddler area for younger siblings. When you book a party at Child's Play, you get to have the entire facility to yourself and guests. All parties include set-up and clean-up, as well as paper goods. You can also include a cake, meals, drinks, goody bags, helium balloons, face painting, balloon art, and costumed characters like Elmo or magicians.
Jump 'N' Jungle
Another indoor play area, Jump 'N' Jungle (jumpnjungle.us.com), adds in some Vegas flair by having "Jungle Glow," or black light, birthday parties. If that's a bit much for your preschooler, they have parties with regular light, too. You'll need to bring the cake, but Jump 'N' Jungle provides paper goods, utensils, ice cream cups, drinks, a party host, set-up and clean-up -- as well as balloons for the birthday child in their basic party package. You can also add on pizza, extra drinks, balloons for each party guest, socks, a professional photographer or videographer and special "Jungle Glow" items. All the rooms have various bouncy and other play equipment like slides and tunnels. It's a fun time for the kids -- that will also tire them out -- so it's a win-win party choice.