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Summer Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

July 13th, 2014

New York City’s famous luxury hotel is once again offering families summer activities that are fun and educational. The Plaza Hotel is partnering with Random House for the third year in a row to offer the Magic Tree House Experience starting July 1 and running through Sept. 30, 2014.

Inspired by the Magic Tree House book series, the experience includes family-friendly activities centered around author Mary Pope Osborne’s newest book, “Midnight on the Moon” and the hotel’s history and surrounding landmarks. Book the Magic Tree House Experience Package, pick up your Magic Tree House passport and Fact Tracker and set out on a journey through the Big Apple with your family this summer.

Magic Tree House Experience Package
Offered year-round, with activities and events changing quarterly, the Magic Tree House Package includes luxurious accommodations, one Magic Tree House Passport per person, a special Magic Tree House pin for young adventurers to wear and a New York City welcome amenity. Guests can also get a Space Fact Checker and are encouraged to visit the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Remember to get your passport stamped at every attraction in order to remember your adventure! Pick up a Magic Tree House Fact Tracker for even more activities and family fun centered around the book series. Package rates start from $825 per night.

Families who cannot participate in this summer’s Magic Tree House Experience can look forward to booking the package in the fall and winter when the experience will include all new activities and Magic Tree House themes.

For more information on The Plaza Hotel, read our hotel review. For more information on the Magic Tree House book series, visit the Magic Tree House website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

5 Places for Kids to Get Pampered this Summer

July 6th, 2014

A relaxing getaway with the family could be even more rejuvenating with a trip to the resort or hotel spa! Stay at one of these five hotels and take advantage of the spa services designed specifically for kids. And while enjoying the sweet treatments, take advantage of the sweet deals they are offering, too!

1. The James Chicago
The James Chicago is already known for its renowned Lil’ James Program, which offers kids special amenities and activities, but the hotel in the center of the Windy City has new spa treatments for children. The Spa by ASHA at the James Chicago is offering two new KidSpa treatments, including Pure-Fume Aroma where children can select scents perfect for a signature smell all their own ($45) and a Banana Split Facial with banana, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla flavors infused in the mask ($85).

Allow your child to enjoy one of these treatments and more with The Lil’ James Family Adventurer Package, too.

2. Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The resort’s children’s program, Camp Grande, helps forge life-long friendships between little ones and its no wonder because kids between 6 and 12 can take part in cool activities, like spa treatments together. The Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui offers the Keiki (Kids) Spa Packages, with everything from chocolate coconut massages ($98) to chocolate-coconut manicures and pedicures ($38).

Plus, with a $100 resort credit to use at the spa with the Best of Waldorf Astoria Package, families will be able to relax and rejuvenate all together.

3. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Set amidst Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort allows families to get close to nature – and to experience it in new ways, too. The Grove, Kidz Spa offers kids and teens between 5 and 15 a chance to experience services with natural ingredients for rejuvenating the body and mind. Enjoy Sweet Streams mini-services for kids 5 to 8, or Waterfall Wonders for those between 10 and 15. From facials ($45 to $90) to reflexology massages ($45) kids will be pampered and will learn to love the skin they’re in.

And save while spending at the spa with a three-, four- or five-night package at the resort that offers up to $1,500 in resort credit during your vacation!

4. Cape Codder Resort and Spa
With activities for parents and kids galore in Hyannis, it’s no wonder the Cape Codder Resort and Spa also offers kids spa services that are sweet. Children can enjoy the Kids’ Corner, with services for those under 18 years of age, including a Strawberry or Chocolate Ice Cream Manicure ($23) or a Chocolate Milkshake Pedicure ($45). Plus, parents and children can enjoy bonding during a Parent & Child Massage ($190).

And with the Family Vacation Package, you’ll be able to save on meals for the whole family while enjoying the spa and all the activities at the resort.

5. Wintergreen Resort
The Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Va., knows what your teen wants on vacation and spa treatments are just the start. After ziplining and tubing, teens can relax with spa services just for them. Enjoy a facial ($80), a back and foot massage ($65) or a Footloose Pedicure ($35). And if you want to get close to your teen, enjoy a Diva Day with Mom package with two massages and two pedicures ($225).

And with a deal for up to two free nights at the resort this summer, the money you save can be spent at the spa!

For more information on resorts with spa treatments for children, read about the 11 Best Kids’ Spa Resorts. And for more family-friendly savings, see all of our deals.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Summer Packages at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

June 23rd, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton brand exudes luxury, and with it, often pricier accommodations. But this summer, don’t sweat it at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Enjoy packages that allow your family to soak up the sun on the resort’s three-mile beach, practice your putting on the golf green for free or surf the Internet (when you’re not surfing the waves) at no extra charge.

Find which package at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples works for your family on its next trip to Naples and Marco Island.

Family Package, with Two Rooms
Enjoy luxury accommodations spread across two separate rooms this summer. Relax and reap the benefits of the extra space. Plus, enjoy a $50 daily dining credit for lunch or dinner at Lemonia or Terrazza restaurants, a complimentary breakfast for two adults and two children daily at Lemonia, complimentary use of two beach chairs and one umbrella, complimentary valet parking and free in-room Internet access.

Rates start from $399 per night. Offer valid now through Sept. 30, 2014.

Florida Escape Package
Enjoy overnight accommodations, complimentary valet parking and in-room Internet at no extra charge with this package. Your family will have all the amenities they need for a comfortable stay, and will also receive access to the resort’s three-mile beach. What more do you need?

Rates start from $229 per night. Offer valid now through Sept. 30, 2014.

Summer Beach Package
Enjoy the sun, sand and surf this summer at the beachfront resort with this package, which includes overnight accommodations, a $50 daily dining credit for lunch or dinner in Lemonia or Terrazza restaurants, a complimentary breakfast for two in Lemonia daily, complimentary use of two beach chairs and one umbrella at Vanderbilt Beach, complimentary valet parking and free in-room Internet.

Rates start from $249 per night. Offer valid now through Sept. 30, 2014.

In addition to these great packages, children age 18 and under will receive a free round of golf when accompanied by a paying adult. With this complimentary golf offer, one additional child under 18 years old will only pay $20 to play with a paying adult. This offer is valid now though Sept. 30, 2014.

The Ritz-Carlton also offers its Ritz Kids program and for $80 or $150 per day, children between 5 and 12 can enjoy scheduled activities and outings focused on the environment and nature. Kids can get close to animals, learn about dinosaurs, see butterflies and take hikes and walks in search of exotic birds. The Ritz Kids program is available year-round.

All offers based on availability. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

For more information on the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, read our review or visit the resort’s website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

CityPASSES Perfect for Summer

June 22nd, 2014

Vacations to major metropolitan cities in the summer are great for families. With so many attractions and activities, both inside and out, and hotel options that fit every budget, a trip to New York City, Chicago or Houston may be perfect for your next family getaway. This summer, when visiting one of the big cities in North America, be sure to sign up for a CityPASS and enjoy more while paying less.

CityPASSES are available in 11 major cities across North America, including New York City, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Seattle, San Francisco and Southern California. No matter which one you visit, a CityPASS will allow you and your family to access at least five attractions easily. According to its website, CityPASSES are recommended by 97 percent of travelers who have used them in the past. They allow guests to skip most ticket lines at busy attractions; are valid for up to nine days at a time (14 when visiting Southern California); and are all of your attraction tickets in one. And when added together, travelers who use the CityPASS can save up to 50 percent off admission to each of the included attractions.

See what you can do and see in the 11 major cities across North America with your CityPASS:

New York City
CityPASS Attractions: Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or Circle Line Cruises
Cost: Adults (18 and older) – $109 per person. Children (6 to 17) – $82 per person.

See more attractions in New York City.

CityPASS Attractions: New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Skywalk Observatory, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Museum of Natural History or Old State House
Cost: Adults (12 and older) – $54. Children (3 to 11) – $39 per person.

See more attractions in Boston.

CityPASS Attractions: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Center
Cost: Adults (13 and older) – $61.50 CAD per person. Children (4 to 12) – $39.60 CAD per person.

See more attractions in Toronto.

CityPASS Attractions: Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry), Skydeck Chicago, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago
Cost: Adults (12 and older) – $94 per person. Children (3 to 11) – $79 per person.

See more attractions in Chicago.

CityPASS Attractions: Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo or Kemah Boardwalk, Children’s Museum of Houston or Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Cost: Adults (12 and older) – $49 per person. Children (3 to 11) – $39 per person.

See more attractions in Houston.

CityPASS Attractions: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, Zoo Atlanta or Atlanta History Center, Fernbank Museum of Natural History or High Museum of Art
Cost: Adults (13 and older) – $74 per person. Children (3 to 12) – $59 per person.

See more attractions in Atlanta.

CityPASS Attractions: The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Trolley Works and big Bus Company, Adventure Aquarium, Philadelphia Zoo or National Constitution Center, Eastern State Penitentiary or Please Touch Museum
Cost: Adults (13 and older) – $62 per person. Children (2 to 12) – $39 per person.

See more attractions in Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay (NEW!)
CityPASS Attractions: Busch Gardens Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Chihuly Collection or Museum of Science & Industry
Cost: Adults (10 and older) – $119 per person. Children (3 to 9) – $99 per person.

See more attractions in Tampa Bay.

CityPASS Attractions: Space Needle (two visits), Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Science Center or Museum of Flight
Cost: Adults (13 and older) – $64 per person. Children (4 to 12) – $44 per person.

See more attractions in Seattle.

San Francisco
CityPASS Attractions: Muni & Cable Car (seven-day passport), California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, Exploratorium or De Young Museum
Cost: Adults (12 and older) – $86 per person. Children (5 to 11) – $64 per person.

See more attractions in San Francisco.

Southern California
CityPASS Attractions: 3-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket to Disneyland Resort & Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego
Possible Add-Ons (additional fees): San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California
Cost: Adults (10 and older) – $331 per person. Children (3 to 9) – $289 per person.

Read more on what you can do in California.

Visit the CityPASS website for more information.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Kid-Friendly Fun in Chicago This Summer

June 20th, 2014

I have always wanted to visit Chicago. The Windy City seems to have a history and culture all its own, with Wrigley Field — which celebrated its 100th birthday this year — and the famous “Bean” in Millennium Park. Although I haven’t been to the Midwest city yet, I do know that it is filled with family events and hotels that offer awesome kid-friendly amenities.

If you’re thinking of visiting Chicago this year, be sure to book a suite at The James Chicago. The hotel has a kids’ program unlike any other in the city and it is located close to all of the events, festivals and main attractions. This summer, a stay at The James Chicago will surely put a smile on your little ones’ faces.

The Lil’ James Program offers kids amenities, activities and more, including:

- A James backpack filled with special welcome amenities;
- A kid-friendly library of movies and DVD’s for in-room entertainment;
- Delicious menu options just for children at the David Burke’s Primehouse restaurant;
- Books and board games for more in-room fun;
- A wide selection of Nintendo Wii games to play on your personal console;
- Paul Frank-themed bicycles and helmets for exploring the city;
- And a milk-and-cookie turndown service.

Plus parents will be happy to know that cribs, car seats and bathtubs for infants and toddlers are available at no extra charge.

A Hot Summer Deal to Go Along with the Fun
The James Chicago has a summer deal perfect for all of this family fun, too. The Lil’ James Family Adventurer Package offers families all of the amenities of the Lil’ James Program, plus four tickets to the Chicago Children’s Museum and one children’s jump rope by Urban Infant. Package rates start from $280 per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 31, 2014.

Enjoy even more fun at one of these Chicago events or festivals this summer, too!

Tiny Giants 3D at the Field Museum
Now through December, enjoy the Field Museum’s feature film that profiles the lives of the world’s smallest furry creatures. Kids will love watching a chipmunk race against time to collect his nuts before the winter weather sets in and they will learn how these forest animals survive. Admission prices start from $18 for adults, $15 for students (with ID) and $13 for kids 3 to 11. Children under 3 are free.

Fireworks at Navy Pier
Enjoy weekly fireworks over the water at Navy Pier this summer. Catch the free, colorful show on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 p.m. now through Aug. 30, 2014. Fourth of July fireworks will take place Friday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

Taste of Chicago Festival
The annual food festival packs more than 60 restaurants into Grant Park for a flavorful experience the whole family can enjoy. The festival runs from July 9 to July 13, 2014 and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Lollapalooza Music Festival
If your family is in to music, be sure to check out this annual festival, which offers it very own kids section. Kidzapalooza offers its own stage with kid-friendly acts and different activities tailored for little ones. This year’s festival runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2014. Children 10 and under get in for free.


– Hilarey Wojtowicz



Snap a Selfie this Summer and Win a Getaway in Virginia

June 16th, 2014

If you have kids of the tween and teen age, then you probably know what a “selfie” is by now. If you don’t, then I suggest you learn quickly because this summer you and your family can win a family vacation at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. just by taking a picture.

The resort announced its “Summer Selfie” campaign on June 5 and began accepting entries on June 10. It chose its first of many winners yesterday. Throughout the rest of the summer, the Lansdowne Resort will give away more than $15,000 in vacation packages and other prizes. To enter, snap a creative selfie of you and your family at home, on vacation or maybe even while visiting the southeast hotel. Upload and share the photo with the resort at and you’ll automatically be in the running to win.

One winner will be chosen every Sunday now through Aug. 24, 2014, and will then qualify for the $2,000 grand prize, which will be awarded on Sept. 1, 2014. The grand prize package includes a two-night stay at the Lansdowne Resort, a two-night stay at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C., two 50-minute spa treatments at Spa Minerale, a dinner for two at the Crooked Billet, a round of golf at the Golf Club at Lansdowne, a bottle of Virginia wine for the parents and an in-room amenity at the Lansdowne Resort. Weekly prizes include vacation packages for overnight stays at the Lansdowne Resort, along with other great amenities.

If you don’t want to enter, or find that you didn’t win the contest, your family can still enjoy a stay at the Lansdowne Resort with the Summer, Selfies and Savings package. Enjoy up to 25 percent off nightly rates when you stay three or more nights and up to 20 percent off when you stay two nights. Rates start from just $156 per night and the package is available now through Aug. 29, 2014.

Let your teen put his or her selfie-taking skills to the test this summer for a chance to win a prize the whole family can enjoy.

For more information and contest rules, visit

– Hilarey Wojtowicz