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October is Kids Free Month in San Diego

September 14th, 2014

Kids Free San Diego October logoDuring the entire month of October this year, kids are free in San Diego. Yes, free. Kids can stay, play, eat, ride, go, and more for free at more than 100 hotels, attractions and restaurants in the San Diego area between October 1 and 31, 2014. Want to know where to go and what to do? Here’s a list of our favorite family hotels, attractions and restaurants that are participating in the month-long event.

Kids Travel Free
Looking for a fun way to get to San Diego to take advantage of these great deals during the month of October? Kids 12 and under will ride the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner for free between October 1 and 31, 2014, with the purchase of at least one adult ticket.

Kids Eat, Stay or Play Free
Kids 12 and under will eat select meals for free when staying at one of these family-friendly hotels in San Diego. Plus, they may even receive free bicycle rentals, welcome amenities and more!

  • Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
  • DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
  • Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • Bahia Resort Hotel
  • Bay Club & Marina
  • Embassy Suites San Diego – La Jolla
  • Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
  • Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
  • Paradise Point Resort & Spa
  • Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
  • Embassy Suites San Diego – Downtown
  • Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
  • La Valencia Hotel
  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort
  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • The Dana on Mission Bay

For more family-friendly properties, see all of our San Diego hotels.

Free Admission for Kids
More than 35 museums and 20 attractions are offering free admission for kids ages 12 and under during the month of October. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • USS Midway Museum
  • Museum of Making Music
  • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum
  • California Surf Museum
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • Belmont Park
  • LEGOLAND California
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

For more kid-friendly activities, see all of our San Diego attractions.

Kids Eat Free
Currently nine restaurants in the San Diego are offering free meals for kids 12 and under. Here’s the list of participating eateries:

  • Casa Guadalajara
  • Cosmopolitan Restaurant
  • Croce’s Park West
  • Barra Barra at Fiesta de Reyes
  • Chi Chocolat Liberty Station
  • Pinzimini
  • Rei do Gado Brazilian Steak House
  • Vigilucci’s Coronado
  • Wave House San Diego

For more family-friendly eateries, see all of our San Diego restaurants.

Rules and restrictions may apply. Deals vary based on availability. For more information, visit the San Diego website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Family Packages at the Breakers Palm Beach

September 3rd, 2014

Arial view of the Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach, FloridaConsider Palm Beach, Fla., for your next family getaway. The South Florida destination is filled with resorts that are family friendly and luxurious, all at the same time. And one of our favorites is the Breakers Palm Beach. With its eight onsite restaurants, daily scheduled activities and in-room amenities like DVD players, mini-bars and movies, the Breakers Palm Beach is a great option for your next family vacation. And this year, the resort is offering three packages that you won’t want to miss. Book one of these packages for the ultimate getaway in 2014.

Exclusive Vacation Savings
Enjoy complimentary and enticing benefits and amenities when you book the Exclusive Vacation Savings promotion at the Breakers Palm Beach this year. Families will receive a complimentary full American breakfast buffet daily; complimentary meals for kids age 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult; unlimited tennis and fitness center classes; and unlimited Wi-Fi. All is complimentary during your stay. Plus, you can save even more with additional discounts on golf at the Ocean Course or the Breakers Rees Jones Course, and on the kids’ camps. Rates start from $400 per night. Offer valid for stays now through Dec. 17, 2014.

Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration
The holidays at the Breakers Palm Beach are magical. Kick off the holiday season with the resort’s Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration. Families will enjoy complimentary benefits like free breakfast, free kids meals for children 12 and under, free Wi-Fi and unlimited tennis and fitness classes during their stay. Plus, enjoy complimentary access to special events like the Harvest Festival, bonfire on the beach, a movie under the stars and the Thanksgiving carnival. Rates start from $550 per night. Offer valid for stays Nov. 26 through Nov. 30, 2014.

A December to Remember
Whether you choose to visit the Breakers before Christmas, on Christmas or for New Year’s, make it a vacation to remember. The December to Remember package offers families exclusive rates with benefits, such as festive hotel activities and complimentary kids’ meals. Plus, enjoy a free American breakfast buffet daily, complimentary Wi-Fi access and unlimited tennis and fitness classes. Take photos with Santa and ring in the new year with live music and delicious food. Rates start from $369 per night. Offer valid for stays Dec. 1 through Jan. 4, 2015.

And now through Sept. 16, 2014, you can enter to win a free family vacation at the Breakers Palm Beach by writing a review of your last family vacation!

Offers based on availability. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Four Family Hotel Packages in Honor of National Grandparents Day

August 24th, 2014

Grandparents and grandchildren pose for a picture together at homeNational Grandparents Day is September 7 — just two weeks away! — and hotels around the United States want to honor our wise relatives with special hotel packages. Pack up the entire family and take a multigenerational vacation during the month of September as a way of saying thank you to Grandma and Grandpa.

Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort
The Create Magical Moments with Grandparents and Kids at Disneyland Package at the Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort will allow the whole family to have fun. Package includes a $25 Disney gift card, daily parking for one vehicle and Disney’s Magic Morning admission for one day. The Disney’s Magic Morning experience allows guests to enter Disneyland early and interact with their favorite characters before it opens to the public. Rates start from $194 per night. Offer valid for stays of three or more nights, now through Sept. 30, 2014. Use promo code THM when making your reservation.

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort
Celebrate your grandparents at the KeyLime Cove Indoor WaterPark Resort this September with a special rate all month long! The Gurnee, Ill., resort’s special rate includes overnight accommodations, admission to the Lost Paradise Indoor Waterpark, a 15 percent discount on food and beverages during your visit and daily “fun-tivities” at Leapin’ Lizards. Rates start from $110 per night. Offer valid now through Sept. 30, 2014.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort
Book the Grandparent Package at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando this September and celebrate with special amenities and more. Package includes one coffee mug with unlimited refills, discounts at Cravings on specialty beverages, 15 percent off accommodations, 10 percent off cabana rentals, 10 percent off food, drinks, snacks and other items at the onsite store, 10 percent off all 4D experiences and $50 off the Ultimate SLIME Experience. Rates start from $102 per night. Offer valid for stays Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014. Use promo code GRAND when making your reservation.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Stay connected with the grandparents at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort with the Grandparents and Families Connect Package in honor of National Grandparents Day. Package includes 50 percent off a connecting room when booking one guestroom at the standard price. Plus, when your family stays at this resort, they receive special Disney benefits, like early entry to each of the Walt Disney World theme parks, complimentary transportation, character dining and more! Rates start from $145 per night for the first standard room, with connecting room rates starting from just $109 per night. Offer valid for stays Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014. Call 888-828-8850 and mention promo code GRPRNT to make your reservation.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Four Hotel Packages for Families in the U.S. and Europe

August 21st, 2014

Exterior view of the Omni Rancho Las PalmasAre your kids bummed about going back to school? Surprise them with a family vacation — plan a two-night stay in Palm Springs, Calif., during a long weekend in October or a trip to Europe in December when they’re off from school. Start planning it now and have something to look forward to!

Omni Rancho Las Palmas
Enjoy Palm Springs, Calif., into the fall with the Stay Cool Package at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Package includes a one-night stay with a $50 breakfast credit, two inner tubes to use in the resort’s lazy river and access to a personal concierge. Enjoy Dive-In Movies every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night, too. Rates start from $189 per night. Offer valid now through Sept. 30, 2014.

Hotel Plaza Athenee
Explore Paris with the kids and then retreat to the Hotel Plaza Athenee and book the Family Package. Enjoy two connecting guestrooms or suites, a daily children’s breakfast, a daily breakfast for the parents, a special gift for each child from the Plaza Athenee’s Red Collection and cookies in your room upon arrival. Rates start from 1,630 EURO per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 28, 2014.

Hotel Eden
When in Rome, stay at the Hotel Eden. This year, book the Family Time Package and enjoy a 30 percent discount on connecting rooms, a daily buffet breakfast for the family, a welcome gift for the children, complimentary Wi-Fi access, a choice of a family lunch or three hours or babysitting, milk and cookies at turndown and the choice of two complimentary tickets to the Bioparco Zoo or the children’s museum, Explora. Rates start from 390 EURO per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 28, 2014.

Omni Homestead Resort & Canyon Ranch SpaClub
Book the Adventure Package at the Omni Homestead Resort & Canyon Ranch SpaClub this year and enjoy a Southeast getaway that will keep the kids active. Package includes a lazy river inner tube to keep, a round of mini-golf for the family, a 30-minute trail ride, skating tickets, access to the historic Jefferson pools, and archery lessons. Plus, receive up to 50 percent off admission to the KidsClub and an additional 15 percent off any extra outdoor activities not included. Rates start from $245 per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 31, 2014.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Airline Celebrates 7th Anniversary With Virgin America Day and More

August 14th, 2014

Virgin America Airlines plane taking off on runwayVirgin America Airlines is celebrating its seventh birthday this year with Virgin America Day on Saturday, August 16, at the AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco. The California-based airline first launched in 2007 and has since become known for its luxury service and low rates. As the official airline of the San Francisco Giants, the airline will host Virgin America Day at AT&T Park and invites families to attend with the chance to pick up a flight discount during all of the fun. The first 40,000 attendees to the ballpark for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies will receive a two-for-one flight voucher, which can be used when booking your next domestic flight.

When traveling on Virgin America, families can expect sleek leather seats, on-demand entertainment with live TV, kid-friendly movies, music and more, personal outlets and on-demand Wi-Fi, and snacks and drinks. The airline is also currently offering deals from San Francisco to a number of cities in the U.S. Book by midnight tonight for select trips from the New York area or by Monday, August 18, for all other cities and regions, and enjoy airfare from just $73 per person, per way. For more information, visit the Virgin America website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Four Pet-Friendly Hotels for the Dog Days of Summer

July 31st, 2014

We’ve almost made it through the Dog Days of Summer, or the steamiest part of the season traditionally recognized as July 3 to August 11, but it’s not over yet. In honor of the Dog Days, here are four pet-friendly hotels for your family and your furry friend to enjoy.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Cool off in Chicago, otherwise known as the Windy City, and book a stay at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. The hotel’s newest Waldorf Woof program is perfect for your four-legged friend. Your dog will enjoy a bed, bowl, doggie bags and a toy. Plus, they can order from a gourmet, dog-food menu. After enjoying the hotel’s amenities for your pooch, head to Tails in the City — a luxury pet boutique and enjoy 15 percent off your purchase. Rock out during the entire trip to a special “dog pod” playlist, with pet-friendly songs like Hound Dog and Who Let the Dogs Out.

Rates start from $395 per night. A $45, non-refundable deposit is required per pet. Maximum weight per pet is 30 pounds.

TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort
With 48 pet-friendly suites offering gulf front views along St. Petersburg, the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort is a great place to escape for the entire family. The Pet Play Zone offers an area for owners to relax while their pets do the same with 4 Paw massage treatments. The Doggie Accessory Center is also available for all guests (via a room key) and contains toys, leashes and doggie bowls so your pet is truly comfortable on vacation. Pets must not exceed 80 pounds and there is a two-pet maximum per room. A nonrefundable $30 per night fee will be charged to the suite.

Rates start from just $200 per night with the Family Package.

The Cloister Sea Island
Enjoy a seaside getaway in Savannah & Golden Isles and bring your pet along! Stay at The Cloister Sea Island and your pet will receive the proper treatment, with “Happy Dog” shampoo, a gourmet food menu, doggie bowls, treats and a bed. The resort requires guests to keep pets on a leash at all times outside of the room or suite. A $175, nonrefundable pet fee per room is required and pets may not exceed 35 pounds.

Rates start from $505 per night, but take advantage of the resort’s current Beach Club Package for even more savings!

The Muse Hotel New York – A Kimpton Hotel
Let your animal friend feel like a VIP (Very Important Pet) at the Muse Hotel New York. Part of the pet-friendly Kimpton Hotels brand, this New York City property, located in the heart of Times Square, offers complimentary accommodations for pets. And when your pet accompanies you to the hotel, they’ll enjoy a comfortable bed, a VIP amenity delivered to your room, food and water bowls, a leash and plastic bags for pups and pet-sitting, walking, massage and acupuncture services can be arranged for a fee. Rates start from $339 per night.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz