The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Las Vegas Travel Guide

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved Vegas. I mean, who doesn’t? The people watching is unlike anywhere else, you can find phenomenal food at any hour, let loose, lay by the pool most months of the year, see amazing shows, and obviously be entertained the entire time. It’s a city that quite literally never sleeps and is always there to entertain you and show you a good time.

So, of course, it was a place I wanted to show Zelda. You might be thinking “Ummm…Vegas…and kids?!” and I’m here to tell you HECK YES! Why not? To me, parenting is ALL about finding what works for you and what gives you a fruitful, positive experience. For me, that’s immersing Zelda in things that I’d want to do with or without kids. I loved Vegas before Zelda and I love it after her, and I wanted her to experience everything the unique city has to offer. Plus, it’s a great option for a quick weekend trip where you can squeeze a lot into just a few days. So when I had the chance to head to Sin City for a girls trip recently, I brought Zelda along, and let’s just say we had a blast.

Corri McFadden's travel guide to Las Vegas.

Where to stay in Las Vegas featuring Nobu Hotel by Glitter and Bubbles.

For any other moms out there who might be a little freaked out about taking their kids on solo trips or to places like Vegas, this post is for you. I’ve found that traveling with your kid is like ripping off a Band-Aid…once you do it, you realize it’s actually a ton of fun and pretty liberating, honestly. If it’s something you’ve been considering, just book it and get ready to enjoy it! And when it comes to planning, I actually did the same thing I do for any trip – pick a few must-visit hotspots, and then let the rest of the trip happen organically. Don’t set yourself up for crazy expectations with a non-stop timeline, but instead, have a few places you want to visit and then see what happens.

So, if you’re heading to Las Vegas with your children, here’s how to make it the most kid-friendly experience.

A pink haired toddler stands by the Nobu Hotel sign in Las Vegas.

Pick a Hotel That’s Accommodating

Just because you’re bringing a kid doesn’t mean you have to stay at a place that screams family. The key is finding a place that’s both suitable for you and your child, and among everything, is accommodating. I like to go a little glam when in Vegas (because why not?) and was pretty excited to stay at Nobuwhich is actually part of Caesar’s. O.M.G. it was amazing. You can tell from the photos that the place is stunning, but what was more than the beautiful decor and exceptionable boutique experience, was the incredible staff.

A toddler walks to the front desk of Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas.A little girl stands on a luggage cart at Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas.

When traveling with kids, it’s crucial to find a place that has kind staff and caters to the guests – even if they’re not known for hosting families. Nobu does room service 24/7, so even after Zelda went to bed, I was able to eat delicious fish and drink vino with the girls in our room. Zelda also LOVED the green tea waffles, so consider a place that has a hint of fun like this.

A Las Vegas Travel Guide by Glitter and Bubbles featuring Nobu Hotel.A toddler with pink hair wears a flower crown and a white tulle top.

Can’t say enough great things about Nobu. If you’re unsure of where to stay with kids, but still want to have an amazing adult experience, this is the place.

A toddler with pink hair sits on a chair at Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas.A toddler stands in a Nobu Hotel restaurant.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles gets room service at Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas.A toddler gets room service at Nobu in Las Vegas.

Create a Fun Distraction

Can we talk about this balloon moment?! It was actually much more than a moment – we let these balloons hangout in the room with us for most of the trip. When traveling with a child, this is a really smart hack. Think of something fun to keep them distracted so you can still have some down time of your own – or for me, time with my girlfriends while keeping Zelda in the mix. Get creative!

How to throw a pink balloon party in Las Vegas.A toddler stands in a room filled with pink balloons.

I knew I wanted to bring balloons for a few reasons. First of all, they’re super affordable. Buy them wholesale and they won’t break the bank. The most expensive part of balloons is actually the helium, so take that out of the equation. I literally bought a $5 air pump and packed it with me, along with about 100 balloons. It was probably $25 total, that’s it. And no, this didn’t take up an entire suitcase, either. Balloons are like the size of a newspaper before they are blown up, and the pump was no bigger than a blow dryer. Easy!

A toddler stands in a bathroom at Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles wears a pink girl gang tank top in a room filled with balloons.

It took me about an hour to blow all of these up, and let’s just say it was very much worth it. Not only did we get these fabulous photos, but Zelda was able to independently play with them for hours upon hours. It was pretty much her playground. SO FUN! To get photos similar to this, make sure to pool all the balloons in one area to make everything look more lush – and save space.

Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles sits on the edge of a bathtub filled with balloons.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles lays in pink balloons at Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas.

Just because you haven’t seen something on Pinterest before doesn’t mean it’s not doable. I find that traveling with Zelda is all about creating opportunities for her to have fun, without being in my hair the whole time. Real talk. I’m pretty sure the kids won’t complain, either.

Where to stay in Las Vegas: Nobu Hotel.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles at Nobu Hotel in a Las Vegas Travel Guide for Kids.A suite in Nobu Hotel filled with pink balloons.

Visit the Neon Museum

The moment I saw the Neon Museum on Instagram, I knew it was a place Zelda and I would both LOVE. I mean, how cool is it? It was actually what first inspired me to want to take Zelda to Las Vegas. If you’re heading to Vegas with any kids in your life, this place cannot be missed. Not only will the kids love it, but it’s just something different. It’s only about 10 minutes off the strip, but feels like a fresh experience full of history.

Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles enters the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles visits the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles wears a leather Lola + the Boys jacket at the Neon Museum.A Lola + the Boys leather patch jacket.

There are a few things to note about the process since you can’t just show up and tour. The Neon Museum is actually a non-profit working to collect and preserve neon signs from around Vegas. Due to the historical and delicate nature of the pieces on display, you can only view the museum on a one-hour guided tour. It’s still easy to book a tour, just make sure to do it in advance.

A Las Vegas Travel Guide featuring The Neon Museum.The Las Vegas Neon Museum.A toddler stands in front of the Stardust sign at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.A toddler wears a leather jacket and a tulle skirt at the Neon Museum.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles walks through the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.

Because we wanted to shoot Zelda here, we had to jump through a few hoops since the museum isn’t exactly free, but I think the pictures were very much worth the price. I’ve always liked making art from photography, as I think it makes for a cool, unique visual experience in a home. That said, I knew I wanted to stretch these Neon Museum photos onto canvas, which I’m planning on doing ASAP. Anyways, very much worth the price for us to be able to have these pictures for a lifetime.

Kids black heart finger tattoos.A toddler shows off her all black street style at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.A Kid Friendly Las Vegas travel guide featuring the Neon Museum.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles stands with her stylist at the Neon Museum.Corri McFadden wears an Alice and Olivia striped sequin dress at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas.A stylish mother daughter duo shows off their street style at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles poses at the Neon Museum in this Las Vegas Travel Guide.A little girl plays at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas wearing a tutu and Vans.Mother daughter street style in Las Vegas.Zelda and Corri McFadden of Glitter and Bubbles hug at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.A toddler with pink hair wears a fur stole in Las Vegas.A pink haired toddler stands at the Neon Museum.A Las Vegas Travel Guide featuring a girls trip to the Neon Museum.

Visit Seven Magic Mountains

WOW, this place was rad. Another must-hit destination when traveling to Vegas with kids. This art installation is 20-30 minutes off the strip and it’s a beautiful drive through the desert, especially at sunrise. If you’re wanting to take unobstructed photos of your family, it’s key to get there EARLY – like sunrise early. Once the sun peaks, the light is perfect and that’s when crowds arrive, trust me. When we left around 8:30 a.m. the cars were pouring in, so we were happy we woke up early for the intimate experience.

A kid-friendly Las Vegas travel guide by Glitter and Bubbles.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles stands by a pink rock in a floral bomber jacket.A Kid Friendly Las Vegas Travel Guide featuring Corri McFadden and Zelda standing in front of Seven Magic Mountains.A toddler in a floral bomber jacket looks at Seven Magic Mountains in Las Vegas.

Also, I often get questions about how we get such awesome pictures of Zelda, so I’ll include a tip here. The main thing is do NOT ask them to pose. You won’t get a great result most of the time. Instead, let them do their thing and get the photos in true candid form. Half the magic of pictures of children (or anyone) is their expression, especially when exploring a place like this.

A pink haired toddler stands in front of a pink rock in Las Vegas.A Las Vegas Travel Guide featuring Seven Magic Mountains.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles stands in the Las Vegas desert.

Insider Tip | Rent a Car: I’d never rented a car in Vegas before because I had never truly explored the area. With Zelda in tow and some destinations on our list, we decided to rent a car after comparing the affordable prices vs. cab fare. Valet at hotels was also crazy affordable compared to Chicago, and it made running around the city with Zelda a breeze.

Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles wears boxer braids in the Las Vegas desert.

Walk the Wynn

The Wynn is beautiful year-round and it’s a place you can’t miss in Vegas! It’s one of the most visually pleasing hotels and their installations are just insane. I knew Zelda would go crazy for whatever they were showcasing, and it happened to be some really pretty flower designs. She loved it.

A Las Vegas Travel Guide featuring The Wynn.A toddler in a striped dress stands in front of florals at The Wynn in Las Vegas.

There’s also another reason to walk to the Wynn – the food. It’s the best buffet in Vegas, hands down, and it’s great for kids since they have SO many options. It’s definitely not your typical questionable buffet – I even go when Zelda isn’t with me out of choice. Make sure to also stop by Sweets, an entire space dedicated to the best candies, ice creams and chocolates from around the world. The kids will LOVE you forever. Zelda even declared that she wanted to live there.

Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles visits The Wynn in Las Vegas.Corri McFadden and her daughter Zelda walk through The Wynn in Las Vegas.A little girl wearing a striped dress looks at jellyfish at The Wynn in Las Vegas.

Explore the Venetian

There are so many hotels in Vegas. You could go 10 times and not even step foot in all of them. But one hotel that I make sure to visit every time I’m there, and could not WAIT to let Zelda experience, was the famous Venetian. I mean, the place is like a Hollywood movie set and it’s so unique! From the gelato, to the gondolas, there’s so much to take in. Give yourself and your family 3-5 hours to fully experience a hotel like this without rushing through things.

Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles wears a red hat at the Venetian in Las Vegas.A mother and daughter take a gondola ride in Las Vegas.

Let’s talk about the gondola ride first. If you are in a group of 1-2 and want your own boat, you have to book a private ride. If you’re a group of 3-4, they’ll automatically give you your own, so take that into account if you want privacy or photos. The ride takes about 25 minutes in total, and we had such a great gondolier (the person driving the boat). She even sang Zelda ‘Twinkle, Twinkle” about 10 times on repeat.

Glitter and Bubbles heads to the Venetian in Las Vegas.A toddler wears a red hat the Ventian in Las Vegas.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles sits in a gondola wearing a red hat and a checked dress.

As far as photos go, we had a photographer friend with us, but if that’s not the case, the Venetian also takes photos like most experiences like this do. If you don’t want to spend the money on buying one of their prints, try to bargain for the digital version. It never hurts to ask, and I’ve found that you can usually get a couple extra digital versions for the price of the printed. Then you can print your own versions later. Just gotta ask!

Corri McFadden and her daughter Zelda take a gondola ride in Las Vegas.A mother holds her sleeping toddler at the Ventian in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sign

Now, this might not be on the list of everyone heading to Vegas, but I thought it’d be a fun shoot location. If you want to finally see the sign, it’s a pretty fun time. We went on the way to the airport the day we were leaving, as it’s close and a bit off the strip. What we weren’t expecting was the line! We waited for about 45 minutes, but none of us were complaining because the people watching was out of this world. Let’s just say people do some pretty funny stuff in front of that sign.

A Kids Travel Guide to Las Vegas by Corri McFadden and Zelda.A little girl wearing a girl gang t-shirt jumps in front of the Las Vegas sign.

<There’s also a parking lot attached to the sign, so you can park if you have a car, or just have a cab wait. We were back in a cab at this point and it cost about $45 overall (and that was from picking us up at Nobu and driving to the airport).

Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles walks in front of the Las Vegas sign.A toddler with pink hair visits the Las Vegas sign in this kid-friendly Las Vegas Travel Guide.

The key here is to stand a good distance in front of the sign, not too close to it and definitely not right under it. That way you’ll get the entire sign within the photo looking crazy tall. There isn’t a time allotment for anyone taking a photo, but it’s just about respect in terms of how long you take.

Where to get free hugs at the Las Vegas sign.Zelda of Glitter and Bubbles leaves Las Vegas.

There you have it. Vegas with the kids IS possible and I bet you’ll have just as much fun as them. Honestly, I really, really enjoyed this trip because it provided an opportunity to see Vegas in a different way than when it’s adult only. Give it a try, I promise you won’t regret it!

An extra shout out and so much love to our special friend and photographer Hallie Duesenberg for capturing this special guide.

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