Stefanie Van Aken

Stefanie Van Aken

Stefanie Van Aken, a Las Vegas native, writes about her 5-Star adventures with her little entourage at RockStarMomLV.com. As a luxury family travel and sophisticated lifestyle blogger and freelance writer, Stefanie contributes to local and national publications sharing stories about visiting Las Vegas and other fabulous destinations all over the US and the World. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RockStarMomLV and at www.RockStarMomlv.com.


Williams AZ Polar Express Wows Kids and Parents (Wear your jammies!)

Have you ever wanted to take your kids to visit the North Poll? It turns out you can! Just hop on board the Polar Express in Williams AZ and meet Santa while you’re at it. Polar Express in Williams AZ This is the best 3-hour road trip I have taken, especially at Christmas time. We headed fro our home in Las Vegas to Williams, Arizona, to ride on the Polar Express.  I have to admit, I had not yet read the book or seen the movie prior to bundling up my kids and piling everyone in the car.  On the way there,...

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Reach New Heights with The High Roller Las Vegas

Completed, opened and changing the skyline of the Las Vegas Strip is the High Roller Las Vegas. The tallest observation wheel in the world, peaking at 550 feet, the High Roller offers views of the Strip and the surrounding desert valley. The Ride Pre-purchase tickets on-line to avoid any lines. Tickets can be purchased at caesers.com/thelinq/high-roller and printed at home, or picked up at Will Call. Again, I would suggest the buy at home/print at home option. Plan at least an hour from the moment you enter The High Roller Lobby, grab a drink and use the loo, then...

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Hike the Aria Las Vegas Resort

You can still keep a fitness routine in the heat of the summer in Las Vegas. Granted, it may not be the scenic outdoor hike you had in mind, but who wouldn’t want to get fit indoors with A/C, fabulous art pieces and designer shopping? No, it is not your typical trip to the mall, but an actual 60-minute indoor hike throughout the Aria Resort Las Vegas and City Center. Begin your day at the Fitness Center at Aria Las Vegas, located at The Spa at Aria. There you will meet your hike guide, one of the personal trainers...

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Hotel Review: Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, British Columbia

The Fairmont Hotel Group is known around the world for its iconic royal treatment, service and design elements second to none. One of its newest properties is the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Just a few steps away from some of the most important landmarks in Vancouver, and a few city blocks from even more, the Fairmont Pacific Rim promises to offer a modern luxury dedicated to the sophisticated family traveler. What Works for Families Admittedly, I was a bit nervous not having stayed at a Fairmont with our family before.The Fairmont Pacific Rim put me...

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Trikke Las Vegas: A New Way to Tour Downtown

Looking to add a new perspective to your next trip to Las Vegas? Explore downtown Las Vegas on a eco-friendly Trikke Las Vegas tour. What is a Trikke? A Trikke is a personal transportation vehicle that can be used either electronically or body-powered. A three-wheeled, stand-up design scale with simply executed engineering to allow for an extremely stable riding machine that is light weight, robust and perfectly suited to the human form. In other words, it is kind of like riding an electric Razor scooter with two platforms, one for each foot. It is also a super fun and quick...

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7 Family Friendly & Free Attractions in Las Vegas

Yes, you can still enjoy the excitement of Las Vegas without busting your budget, and you can do it on the Las Vegas Strip. As a local mom of four under the age of 10, I am often asked about exploring the Strip with my kids. We are down there quite a bit, too, and they ask to do the same stuff over and over again. Here is a list of how we spend our time on the Strip with seven free attractions in Las Vegas.       Ride the Aria Express For some reason, this is one...

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Top Picks for Thanksgiving Feasts in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a great destination for Thanksgiving travel. The Thanksgiving week tends to be a little more quiet on the Strip, allowing visitors to explore and enjoy without the over crowded malls, casinos and sidewalks. If you are lucky, you might also win with the weather being able to enjoy shorts, long sleeves and sun versus bundling up to avoid a brutal winter. Luxurious hotels, warm weather, no cooking, no cleaning. The only thing missing from this equation is a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner. Just because it is Las Vegas doesn’t mean Thanksgiving meals is relegated to only a...

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PANDA! At the Palazzo Las Vegas for the Chinese New Year

Las Vegas can offer so much to please the senses during the Chinese New Year: from specialty foods, teas and spa services to a variety of decor and traditional celebrations like the Lion Dance, Money Trees and telling of Chinese fables and tales. This is one of the most family friendly times in Las Vegas, and an opportunity to expose your children to a new cultural experience. While taking in the delights of celebrating the Year of the Horse, consider adding the new show PANDA! at The Palazzo Las Vegas, to your itinerary. A few weeks ago, I was...

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Where to Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Las Vegas this year. The lunar year of the Horse celebrations can be found throughout all major hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Brightly colored lanterns, decorated horses, dim sum delights, festive music and Lion Dances to introduce the Horse are on display throughout the month of January and in some cases into February. From a local’s perspective, here are the Top 5 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year’s in Las Vegas. Lion Dances These are the traditional dances that parade through the streets of many larger cities to introduce the new...

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Best Family Friendly Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip

Celebrity chefs’ names are on the marquee of almost every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, and you can’t wait to try all their culinary offerings. Ah, but you brought your kids! What to do? Take them to dine with you at some of the most recognized restaurants and hotels in Las Vegas. With the availability of Children’s Menus, with kid-friendly selections and prices, you will be able to relax and enjoy that $12 cocktail you are about to imbibe, along with that $50 prime-cut steak. Consider these best family friendly restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip on your...

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