UPDATE: April 7, 2019 – Kids Quest at Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa has permanently closed.
We all aren’t blessed with babysitters at the ready. I’m lucky to live in the same city as most of my immediate relatives and even I sometimes need to scramble to find a babysitter.
Enter Kids Quest.
Never heard of it? It’s the nation’s largest hourly child care provider, but it’s more than what you envision “child care” to be. Think arcade, floor-to-ceiling maze and karaoke. It’s a supervised children’s entertainment center, basically.
Play Time for Kids, Free Time for You!
Our local Kids Quest is located inside Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs. It’s open seven days a week. For hours and rates – check at www.kidsquest.com.
Spoiler alert: There’s a giveaway at the end of the post!
So, if you’re like me, you get a little uptight thinking with your preconceived ideas of an hourly day care center (in a casino, even). Relax.
Kids quest has CPR and first aid certified staff. Safety is a priority, so a photo ID is required at check-in and check out (there’s a nice video about the process check-in here).
TIP: Speed up your first check-in by pre-registering online.
They care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Socks are required, which reminds me of the policy in my kids’ daycare’s infant room.
Let’s talk fun stuff
Check out all the activities inside Kids Quest:
Special areas offer creative crafts, construction and transportation toys, cozy lounges, home living imagination play, colorful costumes and realistic props to set the stage for big adventures.
Indoor Play Piece
Plenty of twists and turns in this floor-to-ceiling maze challenge kids’ bodies and minds while providing vital entertainment and exercise for hours on end.
Kids get their game on with the latest engaging (yet non-violent) arcade games where they can compete for high scores!
Your child’s taste buds are tantalized as the simple act of eating is changed into a super savory adventure. Meals and snacks available for purchase.
A safe-play environment with soft climbing zones for youngsters that encourage sensory stimulation, interactive play, and toddler-friendly snacks!
Karaoke Star Stage
Here’s a spotlight where kids shine, whether they want a solo song or to sing along with their friends!
Over 100 kids games and apps give the perfect tech platform to explore and play on their own or in friendly competition.
Wii®, Nintendo® Kinect, and PS3 games get kids moving with the latest in virtual spors, exploration, races, and more!
Arts and Crafts
Kids tap into their deepest creative impulses, which then come to life through drawing, molding, painting, and whatever other colorful crafts they devise!
What else is there at Kids Quest?
BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT KIDS QUEST
From start to finish, our birthday parties create wonderful memories as your child celebrates being one year older. Your child’s birthday party rules Kids Quest, gaining unlimited access to the indoor play piece, creative play activities, video and arcade games, and more!
BOOK YOUR NEXT PARTY AT KIDS QUEST!
Time to Play
It’s amazing how so much fun can be packed into 2 hours!
No stress setup or teardown.
Designed for You
Design the party theme and activities around your child’s unique interests.
Think your kids would have fun at Kids Quest while you enjoy some free time? We’re giving away two free hours at Kids Quest for two children, two snacks and two beverages! That’s a $40 prize (though the free time you’ll have is priceless, right?)!
It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below. Giveaway ends Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. I will contact the winner via email; winner needs to reply within 48 hours or another name will be drawn.