Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kid Friendly Vacations

Last year I posted DeluxeFamily Vacations and Bonding Italian Style.  The travel industry continues to capitalize on family vacations.  Time for an update.

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In addition to family vacations becoming more expensive, it appears that hotels and resorts are beginning to offer special programs for kids beyond free breakfast, a program pioneered by Holiday Inn.  The emerging trend is to offer special luxury perks for children to facilitate private time for Mom & Dad.  Detailed below are two classic examples:

  •            The Pierre Hotel in New York, part of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces now offers a special kids evening turndown service complete with milkshakes and cookies.  They also have a dedicated kid’s concierge who organizes special educational itineraries.  So while parents relax in the hotel’s Jiva Spa, their children can either enjoy an art tour or take a private cooking lesson with the hotel’s pastry chef.
  •          In Florida, at the Acqualina Resort and Spa (winner of Fodor’s Choice 2010 Gold Award as one of the Best Hotels for Kids and Families), the children’s activities have been expanded beyond arts and crafts.  They now offer a marine biology program, local ecological tours and beach scavenger hunts.
Dinosaur Alert: Rustic, isolated lakeside, sleep-away camps.


  1. Sorry. I'm a traditionalist. A family vacation should be about the family, not about how you can shuttle off the kids toward expensive and worthless activities. Help your children mature by taking them to museums, art galleries, or just shopping at the local market (if you are in an exotic location). Artificial activities don't teach, parents do. Take responsibility for your children's development.

  2. Reminds me of a Kid's Disney Institute. The original concept of the DI was to educate while you were being entertained on vacation.

    1. I once went to The Disney Institute with my Son it was one of the greatest Father Son Time I can remember. That was 13 years ago! I was sorry to learn years ago when I revisited that Disney eliminated that. A Shame

  3. I concur with Thomas; these days, most parents don't get enough quality time with their kids. Vacations should be about making up for that lost time to bond, connect, and create memories together.

    Besides, I love taking my kids to the museum for father-daughter day because it's such a wonderful way to not only spend time with your kids, but to recapture our own sense of fascination and wonder as we watch them soak up the history and science found within the museum walls.