When a family plans a vacation that will include young children, it is important they take into consideration a number of factors, including comfortable and consistently accessible sleeping arrangements, kid-friendly dining options, the possibility of child care and activities that appeal to kids. Destinations with these options make for fun family vacations
with small children.
beaches by Sandals has three all-inclusive family-friendly resort locations in Jamaica and one in Turks and Caicos. Each resort offers activities and on-site daytime or evening childcare supervised by certified nannies for children from infancy onward. Parents can enjoy lounging on the beach, playing golf, scuba diving or getting a massage knowing their children are experiencing fun and educational Sesame Street activities such as "Story Time with Elmo" and "Bake with Cookie Monster," where kids get to interact with life-size versions of these popular TV puppets. For an activity parents and children can enjoy together, Beaches offers the Crayola Art Camp led by trained staff. This Caribbean-inspired creative experience will give families the opportunity to create projects such as an island medallion or a decoupage picture frame by working together. Three of the resorts also offer a water park featuring activities for younger children, including a lazy river and a misting pool. With this nice balance of activities exclusively for children, relaxation exclusively for adults and activities for the whole family to participate in together, a Beaches Resort is sure to be a fun and refreshing vacation for the whole family.
The Historic Pines Ranch
The Historic Pines Ranch is a dude ranch located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado. The ranch offers all-inclusive family vacation packages that offer horseback riding, camp fires, country dances, a guest rodeo and hiking along with other western activities. The ranch also features a full-time children's program for kids ages 2 to 6, where kids can pine for gold, learn to ride a horse, fish, go on nature walks, enjoy the ranch animals and hike. Families stay in furnished cabins with porches offering lovely mountain views and eat three meals a day together at the Knotty Pine Dining Hall. With all this western activity, parents and young children alike are sure to catch the country bug on a vacation at the Historic Pines Ranch.
Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island is located in the far southeast corner of South Carolina, and it offers families with young children various options for lodging and activities. Guests can stay in any number of hotels or beach resorts with options that will fit just about any budget. Attractions geared toward young children on the island include summer children's concerts, a children's museum, an indoor play area called Island Playground and an activity center called Adventure Cove, which houses a miniature golf course and an arcade. Families can look for alligators and island birds at the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, or go for a whale and dolphin watching cruise. On Hilton Head Island, a trip to the beach is always a possibility for parents and kids, and dinner at family-friendly restaurants such as the Crazy Crab is a great way to end the day. With so much to do and see, parents and young children are guaranteed a good helping of family fun.
Based in New Jersey, Emily D'Antuono is a former high school English, Spanish and creative writing teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from James Madison University and has been writing articles about health, education and family for Demand Studios since 2008.