It doesn't take a mathematician to know that vacations are more expensive for parents when kids are added to the equation. More mouths to feed and more space for bodies to sleep (no matter how little) can add up quickly. To save on both, find hotel chains and resorts that offer affordable rates, with inclusive meals and no extra charges for children. Even larger, grander resorts located in top vacation destinations offer these deals. Here are the best kids stay-and-eat free programs for families.

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
Long ago, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts set the standard on affordable vacations for children. Although a budget hotel without a lot of fancy perks, the Holiday Inn brand has been consistent in providing comfortable, affordable accommodations in which families can enjoy and feel safe. With the Kids Stay and Eat Free program, kids ages 19 and under stay for free when sharing their parents' room and up to four kids ages 12 and under eat for free in the onsite restaurants. Most Holiday Inns feature pools to entertain kids, and you'll typically find a Holiday Inn near any major kid-friendly attraction, as well as in popular vacation spots like Mexico and the Caribbean, such as the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba.

Dreams Resorts & Spas
These luxurious, all-inclusive resorts are grand in scale, with a number of restaurants to choose from included in the price. The good news is that up to two kids under 12 stay free, so the all-inclusive total isn't so overwhelming and makes Dreams Resorts & Spas a great value for parents of young ones. With locations along beautiful beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean, family fun is plentiful, with pools, water sports, excursions and the Explorer's Club for kids ages 3 to 12.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts
The beachfront, luxurious all-inclusive resorts that are a part of the IBEROSTAR chain offer an array of activities for kids, including kids' clubs, and a healthy dose of restaurants in which to dine. Up to two kids ages 12 and under stay, play and eat for free at IBEROSTAR resorts, saving parents a huge chunk of change on their luxurious getaway.

Choice Hotels
With locations and sub-brands located all over the United States and throughout popular destinations, such as the Bahamas and the Caribbean, Choice Hotels are great options for families on a budget. The different brands include well known names such as Comfort Inn and Suites and Quality Inns, and all offer a Kids Stay Free special rate program in which children ages 17 and under stay for free when sharing the same room as their parents or guardians. Ages may vary according to brand or hotel location, though families can be sure to enjoy these benefits and other great amenities at resorts like the Comfort Suites Paradise Island and the Quality Inn International Drive.

Aston Hotels & Resorts
Located throughout Hawaii, with additional locations in Orlando, Lake Tahoe, the Poconos and Las Vegas, Aston Hotels & Resorts offer family-friendly accommodations, with extra special amenities for kids like in-room gaming consoles. With the Aston Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free program, children and teens ages 17 and under stay for free when sharing the same rooms as their parents or guardians. Children ages 12 and under eat and play for free, too, with the Aston Aloha Book, which allows admission and meals at top island attractions and restaurants when accompanied by a paying adult.

RIU Hotels
Known for their family- and budget-friendly rates in prime destinations, RIU Hotels & Resorts are great all-inclusive options. Even better though are the kids-free promotions that the chain runs throughout the year. Offered often, but seasonally, the kids stay-and-eat free deals allow up to two children ages 12 and under to stay and eat for free. With multiple dining options, fresh water pools and oceanfront suites, plus separate children's pools, playgrounds and the chain's kids' club for children ages 4 to 12, getting away to the Caribbean is easy for families.

Club Med Resorts
The all-inclusive Club Med chain has locations in Mexico (be sure to check out the Cancun Yucatan resort), the Caribbean and even in Florida and it's known for its awesome kids' clubs for children and teens between ages 4 and 17. For little ones who can't yet participate in the kids' clubs though, a little special treatment is offered - they stay for free. And since it's an all-inclusive, they also eat for free! Plus, the Club Med Baby program for infants and toddlers ages 4 months to 23 months offers baby food and amenities like cribs, highchairs, strollers, changing mats, and more.

Kimpton Hotels
Modern, pet-friendly and often close to must-see attractions, Kimpton Hotels are great options for families - especially when children ages 17 and under stay for free when sharing a room with parents or guardians. Miami's Epic Hotel and the Hotel Monaco Denver are among the properties with this perk for parents. Additionally, many locations offer the KimptonKids program, with welcome amenities, child-size robes and pet goldfish available complimentary during your stay.

Divi Resorts
Families already love the spacious suites at Divi Resorts, but they'll jump for joy upon learning that kids ages 12 and under always stay and eat for free. Kids' clubs, swimming pools, beaches and sporting activities make these resorts even sweeter. And with all-inclusive properties like the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort, families will be able to try all of the delicious onsite eateries without breaking the bank.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa
Overlooking the historic Rose Hall Plantation and the blue tropical Caribbean waters of Jamaica, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa is a great place for the whole family. Kids will spend time snorkeling, sailing or playing volleyball, and with the Sugar Mill Falls Water Park at the resort, they might not want to come down from the 280-foot waterslide. The best part about this resort is that kids under 12 stay and eat for free with every all-inclusive package, so parents will never be limited to what type of vacation they book.

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, Curacao
Exotic Caribbean vacations to destinations like the island of Curacao are even better when accommodations, activities and meals are included. Book an all-inclusive vacation package at the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino and pay nothing for children ages 12 and under. Younger kids and pre-teens always stay and eat for free with this package, so families will be sure to save. Plus, everyone will love the shops, six-screen theatre and sprayground perfect for toddlers. The resort is not completely all-inclusive though, so be sure to specify when making your reservations.

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Written by Lissa Harnish Poirot and Hilarey Wojtowicz


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