Summer discounts on family-friendly resort getaways
Whether you are planning a trip to the ocean, a visit to see Shamu and friends or just a fabulous “staycation” nearby, we have you covered. Here are some of the best family-friendly getaways at resorts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana and Nevada.
2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix
602-955-1600 • arizonabiltmore.com
Family-friendly features: Imagination Emporium (a high-tech entertainment center with a green screen like those used in Hollywood), Splash Cinema pool-side movies, cooking classes for kids and adults, kids tennis camp, live theater productions, Hollywood professionals revealing the secrets of movie-making, special concert performances for Memorial Day, Labor Day and July 4th weekends.
Summer specials (through Sept 4): Pay for 2 nights and get the 3rd night free with up to 2 kids staying in the room for free. $109 & up/night.
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
8000 S Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix
602-438-9000 • arizonagrandresort.com
Family-friendly features: 7-acre Oasis Water Park, water-themed dive-in movies, live entertainment, nightly dinner buffets.
Summer specials (through Sept 3): 1-bedroom suite $149 & up/night or a 1-bedroom suite with a $50 nightly resort credit for golf, spa and dining $179 & up/night.
9300 N Snowbowl Rd, Flagstaff
928-779-1951 • arizonasnowbowl.com
Family-friendly features: Skyride to an elevation of 11,500 feet featuring panoramic views of the Grand Canyon and downtown Flagstaff.
Summer specials (through mid-Oct): Stay and Skyride at the Ski Loft Lodge & Cabins. $79-$105/night.
Chaparral Suites Scottsdale
5001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
480-949-1414 • chaparralsuites.com
New features: Installation of 32-inch flat-screen televisions in all 312 suites.
Family-friendly features: Clubhouse has new games and a new pool table, children 17 & under stay free (with adult in same room).
Summer specials (through Sept 3): “Suite” Summer Value Package includes 2-room suite, $50 food and beverage credit, complimentary breakfast, evening reception and airport shuttle. $109/night.
Doubletree by Hilton Tucson – Reid Park
445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson
520-881-4200 • dtreidpark.com
Family-friendly features: Pool, whirlpool, fitness center and tennis courts; located across from Reid Park, which features a waterfall, lake, 1,000 rose bushes in the Rose Garden, outdoor performances and the Reid Park Zoo.
Summer specials (through Nov 4): Zoofari Family Getaway Travel to Tucson includes deluxe accommodations for up to 4 guests, full breakfast buffet, 4 tickets to Reid Park Zoo and Zoo shuttle. Doubletree gives back 10% of the package rate to the Reid Park Zoological Society.
525 Boynton Canyon Rd, Sedona
800-826-4180 • enchantmentresort.com
New features: Newly renovated Clubhouse with new and re-designed restaurants, larger pool area with 360-degree views of the canyon, new retail boutique and outdoor spaces.
Family-friendly features: Camp Coyote for ages 4-12 (nature walks, sculpting pottery, stargazing, obstacle courses, painting); other activities include hiking, tennis, swimming, mountain biking, pitch ‘n putt golf, croquet, bocce ball, ping pong and Native American programs.
Summer specials (through Aug 30): Sedona Saver offers 15% off of the best available rate (must be prepaid).
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale
Family-friendly features: Bobcat Billy’s Clubhouse for ages 5-12 (lagoon fishing and activities), fireworks show (every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day), waterslide with after-dark Techno theme (fog, disco lights and music), dive-in movies, poolside games, sport court, kids 5 & under dine free with purchase of adult meal.
Summer specials (through Sept 5): Sip, Savor & Splash package includes a $50 daily resort credit that can be used toward dining, spa, tennis or Bobcat Billy’s Clubhouse. $159 & up/night.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale
New features: Teen Center “Club 27” for ages 13-17 features movies, video games, foosball, ping-pong, air hockey and more.
Family-friendly features: Kids for All Seasons for ages 5-12 (weekly events including Pajama Jam and more), complimentary stargazing and Cowboy Campfire every Friday evening, Family Fun Game Lawn (croquet, bocce ball, bean bag toss), age-specific welcome amenity, dive-in movies, smoothie demonstrations, poolside treats, ages 4 & under eat free. Kids get passports to visit areas around the resort and get a stamp; upon completing the passport, a special prize awaits.
Summer specials (June 1-Aug 31): Very Important Kids package includes $100 resort credit (for every 2 paid consecutive nights), make-your-own snack mix, 1 in-room movie and a voucher for 1 complimentary smoothie per child (up to 2 per room). $149 (Sun-Thur); weekend rates vary.
Gainey Suites Hotel
7300 E Gainey Suites Dr, Scottsdale
480-922-6969 • gaineysuiteshotel.com
New features: Gainey Suite Dreams Bed with featherbed and pillows, redesigned Hearth Room and Terrace Patio.
Family-friendly features: Chocolate chip cookies upon arrival and a pair of Gainey Teddy Bears to take home.
Summer specials (through Sept 9): Suite Summer Stay Free Getaway includes complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet and evening social, $20 meal credit, 20% discount at the Spa-Gainey Village, chocolate chip cookies and teddy bears. $119 & up/night.
Gold Canyon Golf Resort
6100 S Kings Ranch Rd, Gold Canyon
480-982-9090 • gcgr.com
Family-friendly features: Welcome Kids Pack, junior golf clinics, under 12 eat free from kids menu with paying adult.
Summer specials (through Sept 30): $69 & up/night.
Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams
800-THE-TRAIN • thetrain.com
Family-friendly features: Indoor pool; game room with video games and pinball; playground with spiral tube slides, crawling tubes and a rock climbing wall; basketball court, volleyball court and horseshoes.
Summer specials (through Dec 31): Railway Express Plus includes 2 nights lodging and roundtrip coach class train travel from Williams to the Grand Canyon. $220/adults, $41/children (ages 2-15); packages also available for overnight stays at the Grand Canyon.
Hidden Meadow Ranch
620 Country Rd 1325, Greer
928-333-1000 • hiddenmeadow.com
Family-friendly features: Ranch Roundup (children program with arts & crafts, elk scouting and other activities), horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, archery, horseshoes, stargazing, constellation classes and more.
Summer specials: Hideaway Package includes accommodations, 3 meals per day (2 people; additional charges are $115/ages 4-11 and $190/ages 12 & up), $545 & up. Rancher’s Package includes accommodations, 3 meals per day and unlimited ranch activities (2 people; additional charges are $165/ages 4-11 and $240/ages 12 & up), $645 & up.
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa
90 Ridge Trail Dr, Sedona
Family-friendly features: SuperPass Coupon Book offers discounts for more than 100 of Sedona’s favorite attractions, activities and restaurants.
Summer specials: Vacation Value package includes stay in deluxe guest room or 1-bedroom suite, complimentary daily breakfast, SuperPass Coupon Book and access to the fitness facility. $237 & up/night.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale
480-444-1234 • scottsdale.hyatt.com
Family-friendly features: Camp Hyatt for ages 3-12 (activities focus on flora, fauna, history and geography of the Sonoran Southwest), inflatable waterslide, family pools, live entertainment nightly and more. After July 5th the family pools will close for remodeling and the adult-only pool will be open to all ages.
Summer specials: Advance Purchase rates offer 20% discount off the Hyatt daily rate.
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
5402 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale
480-948-1700 • camelbackinn.com
New features: Nightly entertainment from 7-11pm in the courtyard.
Family-friendly features: Dive-in movies, pitch ‘n putt golf course, bike rentals, kids eat free with adult.
Summer specials (through Sept 10): Family Fling & Swing Package includes free unlimited golf, $50 resort credit, kids under 12 eat free with adult, free high-speed Internet and 2-hour bike rental. $159 & up/night.
JW Marriott Desert Ridge
Resort & Spa
5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix
480-293-5000 • jwdesertridgeresort.com
Family-friendly features: 4 acres of water features including 5 pools, a lazy river and an 89-foot waterslide; Family Escape Center (filled with family-friendly activities and games); ages 12 & under eat free.
Summer specials (June 3-Sept 5): Family Fling & Swing package includes $50 daily resort credit; free kids meal, appetizer or dessert daily; free golf; free Wi-Fi and a 10% discount on retail purchases. $149 & up/night.
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson
520-792-3500 • jwmarriottstarrpass.com
New features: Blur Teen lounge for ages 13-18 features the latest games, technology and movies.
Family-friendly features: Rising Starr Kids’ Club for ages 4-12 (half- or full-day of activities); lazy river, waterslide, reflection pools and dancing springs; kids under 12 eat free with paying adult.
Summer specials (through Sept 30): Family Fling & Swing includes daily $50 resort credit, unlimited rounds of golf, free kids meals, shopping discounts and more. $189 & up/night.
Loews Ventana Canyon
7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson
520-299-2020 • loewshotels.com/tucsonventanacanyon
New features: Herb garden; new patio furniture and fire pits.
Family-friendly features: Coyote Kid’s Club for ages 4-12 (Koi fish feeding, desert walks, playground fun, ping-pong, back-of-the-house tours and arts & crafts); dive-in movie every Saturday night (spring & summer months); stargazing on Friday and Saturday nights; docents from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and Tucson Botanical Gardens provide educational and interactive experiences; special Teen Zone and Kids Zone activities outdoors on holiday weekends.
Summer specials (through Aug 31): $139 & up/night.
Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins
109 Main St, Greer
928-735-7617 • mollybutlerlodge.com
New features: Celebrating Arizona’s centennial with 4 remodeled lodge rooms honoring figures from Arizona’s history: Molly Butler, Herbert Hoover, John Wayne and Zane Grey.
Family-friendly features: Weekend events include Annual Greer Days Celebration, Molly’s 102nd Birthday and Kick Ash Bash; other outdoor activities include horseback riding, hiking, biking, stargazing and fishing.
Summer specials: Lodge rooms available for $95-$125/night; cabins (which sleep anywhere from 2-18 people and are located throughout the hills and forests surrounding Greer) range from $95-$495/night. Guests receive 10% off dining at the lodge and the 7th night is free when paying for 6.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix
602-943-7752 • squawpeakhilton.com
New features: Newly transformed lobby and event venue.
Family-friendly features: Coyote Camp for ages 4-12 (daily themes, swimming, arts & crafts, cooking classes); River Ranch pool area with Western Town, pools, waterfalls, lazy river and waterslide; tennis and basketball courts.
Summer specials (through Sept 8): Suite Summer Getaway package features complimentary kid’s meals, poolside activities, dive-in movies and all-suite accommodations. $109 & up/night.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
11111 N 7th St, Phoenix
602-943-7752 • tapatiocliffshilton.com
Family-friendly features: Kids’ Korral for ages 5-12 (water relays, scavenger hunts, hula-hoop contests, arts &crafts); The Falls Water Village with 2 free-form pools, enclosed waterslide, waterfall, sun-deck terraces and private cabanas.
Summer specials (through Sept 8): Suite Summer Getaway package features complimentary kid’s meals, poolside activities, dive-in movies and all-suite accommodations. $89 & up/night.
Scottsdale Resort & Athletic Club
8235 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale
New features: 11 tennis courts newly resurfaced.
Family-friendly features: Summer Kids Camps; free childcare for guests working out at the Athletic Club.
Summer specials (June 1-Sept 15): Summer Rejuvenation Package includes free massage (with 2-night stay) and 30% off additional services, $25 bar/restaurant credit, complimentary continental breakfast and access to Athletic Club. $253 & up/night.
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass
Resort & Spa
5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler
602-225-0100 • wildhorsepassresort.com
New features: Guest room makeovers with new beds and bedding, new carpeting and flooring and flat-screen televisions; restoration of outdoor pools; Link@Sheraton offers a hi-tech area to work or play.
Family-friendly features: Sheraton Adventure Club for ages 4-12 (seasonal activities); storytelling and s’mores; dive-in movies, pool and waterslide; horseback rides at Koli Equestrian Center (on property).
Summer specials (June 15 – Aug 10): LEGO build session, interactive stations from SEALIFE Aquarium, Cinema Splash, Native American Storytelling and Song. Guests have a chance to win a trip to LEGOLAND California and a 2-night stay at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.
Sunrise Park Resort
Highway 273, Greer
928-735-7669 • sunriseskipark.com
Family-friendly features: Hiking, mountain biking, scenic lift rides, fishing and horseback riding.
Summer specials (through Labor Day): $69 & up/night includes free scenic lift ride tickets with weekend stay.
Tanque Verde Ranch
14301 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson
520-296-6275 • tanqueverderanch.com
New features: Horsemanship programs include: Harmony with Horses, Multi-horse Bootcamp and Women of the West retreat.
Family-friendly features: Kids programs and horseback riding (grouped by ability) for ages 4-12: Buckaroo (beginners), Wranglers (intermediate) and Outlaws (advanced) ; other activities include swimming, fishing, arts & crafts, sports, nature programs, hayrides and more.
Summer specials: All-inclusive rates include accommodations, access to all of the daily activities and three meals a day. $225/person & up.
The Buttes, A Marriott Resort
2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe
602-225-9000 • marriott.com/phxtm
Family-friendly features: poolside activities at 2 pools and a children’s waterslide; kids menus at all 4 restaurants on property; tennis courts and tennis classes for children; horseshoe toss and sand volleyball courts.
Summer specials (through Sept 6): Escape! Your Way package includes $50 resort credit per stay, breakfast for 2 adults and 3 children (under age 12) daily. $154 & up/night (valid only on weekends with a Friday or Saturday night stay; 2-night minimum stay required).
6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale
480-941-8200 • thephoenician.com
New features: Suite renovations, room amenities including Blu-ray/DVD/CD players and iHome radio with iPad docking station, redesigned golf course, revitalized Centre for Well-Being.
Family-friendly features: Phoenician Activity Center includes a theater with a 72-inch cinema screen and a 60-inch television with Nintendo Wii gaming system; marshmallow roasts; Koi fish feeding; games of volleyball, bocce ball, croquet and badminton; dive-in movies; tours of the resort’s art collection and 2-acre Cactus Garden.
Summer specials: Family Fun package includes complimentary meals for ages 5 & under, unlimited milk, juices and soft drinks. $199 & up/night.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
15000 N Secret Springs Dr, Marana
New features: Dove Mountain Rangers program for ages 5-12.
Family-friendly features: Dove Mountain Rangers Program (indoor and outdoor adventures), parents’ night out, cosmic slide, daily desert tortoise feedings and desert friends viewing, dive-in movies.
Summer specials (through Labor Day): Comfort You family package includes accommodations, breakfast and $50 resort credit. $199 & up/night.
4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale
480-308-1068 • thesaguaroscottsdale.com
Family-friendly features: 2 outdoor heated pools with cabanas; bike rental.
Summer specials (through Labor Day): Family Package includes Stetson room, valet parking, Wi-Fi, bike rental, fitness center, kids eat free with paying adult and $50 resort credit. $129 & up/night (Sun-Thur), $149 & up/night Fri-Sat.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale
480-624-1000 • kierlandresort.com
New features: Parent’s Night Out with Kids’ Pajama Party for Starwood Preferred Guest members (free to sign up); Adventure Water Park has expanded aquatic fun.
Family-friendly features: Check in at Kierland Mining Co for “The Compass: A Trailblazer’s Guide to Westin Kierland” (a scavenger hunt to assist families in discovering the property); Kierland Kampfires (games & s’mores); OK Corral (lawn chess, basketball, outdoor game tables and remote-controlled car race tracks); Phoenix Zoo animal presentations; Kids in the Kitchen; Digital Kid’s Club; Adventure Water Park (poolside activities, lazy river and waterslide).
Summer specials (through Sept 9): Family Memories to Last a Lifetime package includes $100 daily resort credit and family activities. $169 & up/night.
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
3800 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson
520-742-6000 • westinlapalomaresort.com
New features: Recently enhanced waterslide and new workout facility.
Family-friendly features: Westin Kids Club for ages 4-12 (games, educational activities, indoor and outdoor playground); gift for each child upon check-in; mini-menu at dining venues; family games and contests, temporary tattoos, dive-in movies, s’mores and stories.
Summer specials (through Sept 8): $119/night for 1-night stay, $99/night for 2-night stay. Sunsational Centennial (available throughout 2012) offers a third night at $19.12 and a 25% discount on food and non-alcoholic drink purchases, retail products, golf and Red Door Spa products.
300 E Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park
623-935-3811 • wigwamarizona.com
New features: Recently completed rejuvenation project.
Family-friendly features: Fireside marshmallows & s’mores, Mommy & Me manicures, splash pad, water play features, pools and waterslides, dive-in movies, 4th of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks, Family Nights with Radio Disney (3rd Sat of the month through Aug).
Summer specials (through Sept 5): $99 & up/weekdays and $109 & up/weekends.
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
245 E Ina Rd, Tucson
520-297-1151 • westwardlook.com
New features: Recently became part of Wyndham Hotel’s Grand Collection.
Family-friendly features: Kids ages 12 & under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.
Summer specials (through Sept 3): Centennial Summer Package includes $100 resort credit with 2-night stay.
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
2000 2nd St, Coronado
619-435-3000 • marriott.com/sanci
New features: Recent patio enhancement with new furniture, fire pits and hammocks built for 2.
Family-friendly features: Oversized rooms; flamingos and small bird aviary on property.
Summer specials (through Dec 31): Island Retreat Package includes deluxe guest room, free Internet and $60 daily activity credit. $294 & up/night.
El Cordova Hotel
1351 Orange Ave, Coronado
619-435-4131 • elcordovahotel.com
New features: Guest room renovation, new spa opening on property, new French creperie.
Family-friendly features: Within walking distance to the beach; bicycles, surfboards and beach chairs available for rent.
Summer specials (through June 30): $139 & up/night.
Glorietta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Blvd, Coronado
800-283-9383 • gloriettabayinn.com
New features: Completely remodeled Family Suites complete with full kitchens.
Family-friendly features: Kids Programs in July and August (reptile shows and Frannie the Clown); poolside movies; in-room DVD players; bike storage; complimentary expanded continental breakfast and complimentary cookies and lemonade every afternoon.
Summer specials (all summer): Standard rooms are $209 & up/night and suites are $425 & up/night; all rooms include breakfast. Look for June specials on website. Higher rates apply for July 4th weekend.
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado
800-HOTEL-DEL • hoteldel.com
New features: Victorian room renovation; 2 new Blue Octopus Family Suites include master king bedroom and sitting parlor, ocean-inspired kid’s bedroom with bunk beds, bean bag chairs, toy chest filled with toys and a big-screen television with video games.
Family-friendly features: Kidtopia for ages 4-12 (3-hour camps or shorter programs with crafts and playtime); Teen Access Pass and Vibz (billiards, foosball, Dance Dance Revolution and computers); fitness classes for kids and teens; bingo tournaments; Flick N’ Float movie nights; spa treatments for ages 13-17; s’mores at night on the beach; biking and kayaking tours; surfing lessons and boogie board rentals.
Summer specials: Best of San Diego includes 2 adult passes for unlimited admissions to SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for 5 consecutive days. $324 & up/night (4-night minimum stay).
Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar
710 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
New features: Formerly the Best Western Stratford Inn, the hotel has been completely renovated; new additions include a spa, business center, meeting room and restaurant.
Family-friendly features: Ages 12 & under eat free (with paying adult); sand toys for beach fun.
Summer specials (through Sept 15): Kid’s Castle Package includes deluxe accommodations in a poolside studio suite, kids 12 & under eat free per paying adult, late check-out, kids sand bucket and toys, a reduced pet fee of $35. $249 & up/night.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach
New features: New Pacific Water Spa Wellness Retreat with personalized wellness plan.
Family-friendly features: Camp Hyatt for ages 3-12 (kids learn about the flora, fauna, culture and geography of the area plus beach and pool time, kite building and s’mores); specialty priced children’s menu (in-room dining or restaurants); access to outside babysitting services.
Summer Specials (through Sept 11): Best Five Days of Summer package includes 4 nights accommodations, 2-day Disney Park Hopper tickets (2 adults, 2 children under 18), 1 day cabana rental at Slyders Water Playground, daily breakfast (4 people), bicycle rental and s’mores kit.
Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave, Buena Park
714-995-1111 • knottshotel.com
Family-friendly features: Kids water play toy; outdoor heated pool; visits from Snoopy in Amber Waves restaurant.
Summer specials: Vacation packages include tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City Water Park.
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla
877-457-5696 • ljbtc.com
Family-friendly features: Summer Kid’s Club (beach activities, arts & crafts); children’s playground (swings, sand box, ping pong tables, picnic tables, playcenter with slide); Junior Tennis Program; swim lessons; movie nights.
La Jolla Shores Hotel
8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla
855-568-3571 • ljshoreshotel.com
New features: Free Wi-Fi available; newly renovated pool area.
Family-friendly features: Tennis courts with lessons; heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and children’s wading pool; beach services include towels, chairs and umbrellas and beach barbecues for rent; kids ages 8 & under eat free.
Summer specials: $199 & up/night for Garden Patio Room. (Kids eat free available through Sept 4.)
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Loews Coronado Bay Rd, Coronado
New features: Redesigned lobby and restaurants.
Family-friendly features: Pottery Barn Kids’ Club for ages 4-12 (GPS-led scavenger hunts, rocket experiments, magic tricks and more); educational beach exploration; Adopt-a-Tomato children’s menu; pizza-making workshops; bayside marshmallow roasts; swimming pools; basketball and tennis courts; direct access to the Silver Strand State Beach.
Summer specials (through Labor Day): $189 & up/night.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
New features: Fit for Fun is a wellness program designed for the whole family that includes yoga, bike rides, guided hikes, jogging tours, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, indoor fitness classes and more.
Family-friendly features: Fisher-Price toys and games; On Call for Kids lending closet (games, books, car seats, strollers, video games, night lights, DVD players with movies, baby and safety items); age-appropriate gift upon arrival; child-proofing kits; trans-fat-free children’s menu.
Summer specials (through Labor Day): $339 & up/night.
Manchester Grand Hyatt
1 Market Pl, San Diego
New features: Redesigned guestrooms, suites and Grand Club; summer pool menu; poolside spa treatments.
Family-friendly features: Camp Hyatt for ages 3-12 (half- or full-day programs); s’mores kits for roasting on the 4th floor pool deck; dive-in movies on Saturday nights.
Summer specials (through Labor Day): $118 & up/night.
Omni San Diego Hotel
675 L St, San Diego
619-231-6664 • omnihotels.com
Family-friendly features: Upon check-in, children receive a backpack filled with items; milk and cookies delivered to room on the first night and children can borrow a rolling backpack full of toys, books and games.
Summer specials (through Dec 31): SeaWorld Family Package includes luxurious room accommodations, valet parking, breakfast (2 adults, 2 children) and SeaWorld tickets (2 adults, 2 children). $329.50 & up/night (2-night minimum).
Paradise Point – San Diego’s Island Resort
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego
858-274-4630 • paradisepoint.com
New features: Renovated lobby and restaurant for 50th anniversary; Segway rentals and tours
Family-friendly features: Island Adventure Club for ages 4-15 (arts & crafts, treasure hunts, guided nature walks); Paradise Surf Academy, dive-in movies, marina with water toys, spa treatments for kids, bon fire kits, bike rentals, basketball, tennis, ping pong, croquet, bocce ball and horseshoes.
Summer specials (through Aug): $250 & up/night.
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Dr, Carlsbad
760-448-1234 • parkhyattaviara.com
Family-friendly features: Camp Hyatt for ages 4-12 (games, arts & crafts, storytelling, sports, scavenger hunts); Batiquitos Lagoon (wildlife preserve on property); half-court basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts; croquet, bocce ball and badminton facilities.
Summer specials (through Oct 31): Family Fun at the park: Escape to San Diego includes 1 round of golf, 50-minute spa treatment, up to 2 admissions to camp Hyatt (for each night you stay) and daily buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children.
Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego
858-675-8500 • ranchobernardoinn.com
Family-friendly features: Kids receive a wristband that gives them access to free food, welcome goodie bag, dive-in movies, pool parties, Wii lounge and more.
Summer specials (through Labor Day): Kids Rule & Parents Drool packages include accommodations for 2 adults and 1 child (wristband for 1 child; additional wristbands available for purchase). $249 & up/night.
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Dr, Carlsbad
760-827-2400 • sheratoncarlsbad.com
Family-friendly features: Private entrance to LEGOLAND; kids eat free (ages 12 & under); heated pool.
Summer specials (through Dec 31): LEGOLAND Resort Hopper package includes 2-night accommodations, 2 daily adult LEGOLAND California Hopper tickets, complimentary in-room DVD player and ages 12 & under eat free.
The Anabella Hotel
1030 W Katella Ave, Anaheim
877-874-8195 • anabellahotel.com
Family-friendly features: Within walking distance to Disneyland.
Summer specials: Disneyland Resort Getaway package includes 2-night stay, 2 days of breakfast for 4 and 2-day Park Hopper tickets to Disneyland (2 adults and 2 children ages 3-9). $959 & up. 3-day package available for $1,049 & up.
The Dana on Mission Bay
1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
619-222-6440 • thedana.com
New features: Original section of the hotel is currently undergoing a “facelift” that should be 75% complete by Memorial Day.
Family-friendly features: bike, paddleboat and aquacycle rentals; ping pong and volleyball; 2 pools; sand play area; dive-in movies on Friday and Saturday nights from Memorial Day-Labor Day.
723 Felspar, San Diego, AZ
858-270-2323 • tower23hotel.com
Family-friendly features: Kids menu; surf lessons; welcome amenity.
Summer specials (June 1- Sept 15): Surf Package includes 3-night Surf Pad accommodations (ocean view room), 90-minute surf lesson for 2, lunch for 2 and valet parking.
West Inn & Suites
4970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad
Family-friendly features: 24-hour pantry with snacks, beverages, and more; milk and cookies at bedtime.
Summer specials: LEGOLAND Fun package includes your choice of accommodations, 2 LEGOLAND 1-day passes (1 adult and 1 child; additional tickets available for purchase), shuttle service to and from LEGOLAND, complimentary full breakfast buffet, 1 in-room movie or game and 1pm late check-out. $279 & up/night.
Westlake Village Inn
31943 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village
800-535-9978 • westlakevillageinn.com
Family-friendly features: Complimentary beach cruisers; tennis courts; turndown service with milk and cookies; games and coloring books.
Summer specials (through Dec 31): Play Together/Stay Together package includes signature suite accommodations, “duck food” packets to feed the ducks at private lake, hotel bikes with map to nearby attractions, $50 dining credit, complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary milk and cookie turndown service with coloring books and crayons. $219 & up/night through July 4. BYOB package includes bike rental and a map of bike trails, water bottles, healthy snacks and breakfast send-off. $250 & up/night.
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
#1 Skier Place, Durango
800-525-0892 • durangomountainresort.com
Family-friendly features: Purgatory Adventure Camp for Kids (open June 4-Aug 17) for ages 5-12 (hiking, rock climbing, roped courses, disc golf, Alpine slide and more); chairlift rides, hiking trails, zipline, climbing walls, bungee trampoline, miniature golf, fishing and horseback riding; swimming pools; game room.
Summer specials (through Sept 30): Family Total Adventure Package includes 4th night free with 3-night stay, 4 Total Adventure Tickets Plus (4 hours of fun on the Alpine slide, chairlift, mountain biking, hiking, miniature golf or 2 sessions on the climbing wall, mechanical bull or bungee trampoline) and zipline ride. $407 & up.
Big Sky Resort
1 Lone Mountain Trail, Big Sky
406-995-5000 • bigskyresort.com
New features: Scenic Tram ride to 11,166-foot summit where you can view 2 national parks, 3 states and mountain ranges.
Family-friendly features: Kids Club for ages 5 & up (daily themes and activities); zipline, high ropes course, paintball, golf, swimming, bungee trampoline, family-friendly movies nightly in the amphitheatre, campfires, stories and s’mores.
Summer specials (June 7-Oct 10): Stay and Play packages include lodging and 1 activity per person and ages 10 & under stay free. $130 & up/person.
Aston MonteLago Village Resort
30 Strada di Villaggio, Henderson
702-564-4700 • montelagovillage.com
Family-friendly features: Outdoor pool with gradual entry, warm water and fountains.
Summer specials (through Dec 31): Family Fun on Lake Las Vegas includes 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom accommodations and use of water toys.
Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
101 MonteLago Blvd, Henderson
702-567-6000 • westinlakelasvegas.com
Family-friendly features: Kids Camp for ages 4-12; paddleboard classes for all ages; kids pool, family pool and adult pool.
Summer specials (through July 31): Grand Opening room rates of $99 (Sun-Thur) and $129 (Fri-Sat).
Editor’s note: This directory originally appeared in the June 2012 magazine.