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TRYP BY WYNDHAM IN NEW YORK CITY
Got milk? The TRYP by Wyndham does. And they’ll serve it to your kids with “Chocolate Magic” Milk Straws. But what your kids will love even more are the Nintendo Wii gaming systems in every family room—there are 23 in this Times Square location—and the bunk beds with kid-themed bedding. Each room fits six to eight guests total, and if you spring for one of the two special Samsung Experience rooms, you get even more gaming, as well as 3D glasses and a popcorn machine. Rates from $229; family rooms starting at $349.
RITZ-CARLTON IN DOVE MOUNTAIN, ARIZONA
This Ritz Carlton north of Tucson is located in 6,200 acres of foothills, canyon and mountainside—perfect for their guided program of adventures, which include a desert treasure hunt, the chance to meet Rocky the Desert Tortoise, a friendly tarantula (if that is not an oxymoron) and two non-poisonous snakes cared for by the trained Dove Mountain Rangers staff. And just like in the boy scouts, a new badge/pin program will allow kids to collect rewards for completing other fun activities including piñata-making, Native American petroglyph designing, water slide games and s’mores making. Rates from $175 to $329.
HOTEL HELIX IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
You’ll be walking distance from the Capitol and Smithsonian museums, but the kids might not want to leave the Hotel Helix, thanks to the Nintendo game system, bunk beds, kids’ bathrobes, an honor bar stocked with Pez dispensers, and hula hoops in every brightly-painted room. Bunk rooms $199 to $489.
HOTEL DEL SOL IN SAN FRANCISCO
It’s colorful enough to represent a Crayola selection, but tots are more likely to be impressed by the “Kids are VIPs” program that includes a lending library, toys and videos, evening cookies and milk, as well as a heated pool that comes with water toys. Parental perks at the Del Sol include access to a bonded babysitting service, three baby-proofed rooms, and a family suite with up to three adjoining rooms. Family room rates for May and June start around $229 a night.
LOEWS CORONADO BAY RESORT, SAN DIEGO
When the kids are done enjoying the hotel’s direct access to the Silver Strand State Beach, three swimming pools, tennis courts and a private 80-slip marina, they can participate in the various seasonal recreation programs: pizza-making classes, sunset sailing excursions, sandcastle building, art classes and bayside marshmallow roasts. Rates from $199 to $399.
DISNEY AULANI RESORT IN OAHU, HAWAII
The big draw at the first Disney hotel in Hawaii is the pool complex called the Waikoloe Valley, complete with water slides, lazy river, children’s splash/fountain area and a manmade lagoon stocked with fish galore for young snorkelers. The 5,200-square-foot kids club, Aunty’s Beach, also offers swimming, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, canoeing and kayaking for kids of all ages. And guests won’t have to pay to see the Starlit Hui, a luau-esque show with live music, hula dancing and (of course!) a Disney character finale. Rates start at $399.
FOUR SEASONS IN CHICAGO
Their children’s welcome program includes a Bedtime Stories Butler, who will arrive with a selection of classic tales and current favorites to read aloud to your kids before leaving behind a plug-in nightlight. Complimentary strollers are always available but the preferred mode of transportation may be the Little Red Wagons. Offered with or without a canopy, they can buckle up two kids and leave plenty of room for toys and picnic lunches packed by the hotel. Rates starting at $399.
MAGIC CASTLE HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES
This quirky 40-room hotel next to the Magic Castle—the members-only headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts—recently won about.com’s 2012 Favorite Los Angeles Family Hotel—with good reason. Guests get membership privileges, so they can make dinner reservations and get complimentary access to the exclusive magic rooms next door. Children can attend the weekend brunch show. Kids will also enjoy the 24-hour heated pool, afternoon popsicles, free minibar snacks and free DVDs available. Rates for suites range from $234 to $344.