Let's face it: Baby's first birthday bash is more for the parents and guests than the birthday celebrant. The key to finding a location for a baby's first birthday in Las Vegas is making sure it has something for all ages. While a 1-year old will not know what makes a party special, the adults and older children attending the party certainly will.
Head down to the Lied Discovery Children's Museum (ldcm.org), where children engage in interactive museum exhibits. Children 4 and under enjoy two hours of face painting, squishing their hands in mud and playing with bubbles. Or, party at the Southern Nevada Zoological and Botanical Park (lasvegaszoo.com). Get special entrance fees for your party on arrival, which means you will only pay for those guests who show up. Bring in whatever food and decorations you like and enjoy the shaded picnic tables for lunch and cake. Ask the zookeepers to provide an enrichment show for the children, such as feeding the lions.
Choose a venue where 1-year-olds and toddlers explode with energy for 80 minutes. At Pump it Up (pumpitupparty.com), children bounce in inflatable slides and bounce houses. Party invitations and paper goods are included in the price, along with 40 minutes of celebrating in a private room. Or, check out Adventuredome (adventuredome.com), where babies can go up, down and around on a big bus, ride a carousel or drift in a huge balloon. Enjoy a clown show and your private party room for 15 or more people. Ride down to McKee Ranch (mckeeranchevents.com), where children feed the animals, enjoy a cart ride and have fun with Cowboy Max. Everything from the tables to decorations to music is offered.
At indoor party venues, toddlers roam free and explore in a safe, contained environment. Try Oogles N Googles (ooglesngoogles.com), My Gym (my-gym.com) or Child's Play (childsplaylv.com). These indoor play spaces feature the necessary equipment for your 1-year-old and his friends to run, jump and slide for hours at a time. Enjoy use of the entire facility while instructors facilitate the fun. Ask about themed and all-inclusive party packages.
When keeping the celebration at home, choose to entertain 1-year-olds and their parents with animals, magic tricks, clowns and characters. Petting Zoo 2 U (pettingzoo2u.com) brings ponies, a pony carousel and a petting zoo to your home, while Celebrate Kids (celebratekidslv.com) sends your child's favorite character, such as Elmo or a Care Bear, to the party. Bothwick Magical Endeavours (drretlaw.com) comes prepared with magic tricks especially suited for toddlers and parents.
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