Families can receive one night free with Nickelodeon’s discount. // © 2015 Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Feature image (above): Muggle families can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with special deals. // © 2015 Universal Orlando Resort
Charmed, I’m Sure, Florida
Through June 30, families can enjoy a specially themed welcome parcel and other perks at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Starting at $145 per adult per night, this four-night stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort includes multiday park-to-park tickets so families can visit both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
The package includes complimentary on-site transportation, early admission to The Wizarding World and breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade and the new Leaky Cauldron restaurant. Muggle families will be sure to enjoy the new Diagon Alley, where they can purchase a wand at Ollivander’s or buy a golden snitch at Quality Quidditch Supplies.
Family Fun, Europe
Monograms is offering family-friendly Europe travel packages with a 25 percent discount for children ages 2 to 11. Reservations, transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and on-site Local Hosts are included. Families who choose A Week in London & Paris will witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London, as well as see iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. After a high-speed train ride to Paris, groups will visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and other notable locations. A leisure day gives families time to explore the city on their own, with many suggestions from their Local Host.
Freebie Night, Florida
For every four nights paid, families receive one night free at Nickelodeon Suites Resort with promo code FREE when booking and traveling now through Dec. 31. A minimum stay of five consecutive nights is required.
“The ultimate kid’s destination” offers entertainment options such as a waterpark, a kids’ spa, the 4-D Experience Theater, the Laser Maze and the Mass Sliming dump tank.
Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free, Caribbean, Central America and Mexico
This fall, Dreams Resorts & Spas is offering a stay, play and eat free deal for two kids staying in the same room as two paying adults. This offer is valid when booking in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica for travel Aug. 22 through Dec. 23, excluding Nov. 25 to Nov. 28. Other blackout dates and restrictions may apply, depending on the resort.
Dreams offers plenty of activities for kids and teens: For example, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa offers an Explorer’s Club where children can participate in arts and crafts, treasure hunts, hikes and camping on the beach, as well as play on a pirate-ship waterslide.
In Lewis and Clark’s Footsteps, North America
Through Smithsonian Journeys, families can trace the route of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition with the help of a historian, an expedition leader, a naturalist and a photo instructor. Groups will navigate the Columbia and Snake rivers, traveling from Oregon to Washington, and participate in kayaking and biking adventures along the way. Other trip highlights include tasting fresh fruit from a family farm; visiting Oregon’s Maryhill Museum to see baskets woven by Native Americans; and enjoying Washington’s Palouse Falls.
Book by June 30 and save $500 per person on the Oct. 27 departure. The operator offers another $500 discount off the double occupancy price for each traveler under age 18.
Island in the Sun, Seychelles
Wilderness Collection’s North Island in the Seychelles is now offering an evergreen deal for families staying in Presidential Villas. Children under the age of 17 stay free with two paying adults, and teenagers ages 17 to 19 stay at a rate of $685 per night.
White-sand beaches and coconut palm trees set the scene for relaxation, while activities such as create-your-own-pizza classes with a chef and movie nights with snacks keep children entertained. Families can take advantage of spa treatments for kids, island tours with environmental guides and meet-and-greets with giant Aldabra tortoises. The surrounding shallow seas provide plenty of water activities, including swimming, kayaking and scuba-diving lessons.
All meals, sunset cruises, sea kayaking, snorkeling and other activities are included.
Travel Like a Pro, Mexico
Families can leave bulky cameras at home when they take advantage of the Vamos GoPro! package at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Each guest will receive a GoPro camera to record their stay, which includes an Outdoor Tour Adventure with Vallarta Adventures and flyboarding in Banderas Bay, as well as yoga, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, golf and kite surfing. The video production team will then create a 10-minute montage from each traveler’s captured footage.
The package starts at $502 per person per night, with a minimum four-night stay. It includes transportation to and from the airport, a 50 percent discount for kids up to 16 years old sharing a suite with parents, a $50 spa or golf credit per adult each day and a 10 percent discount in the hotel boutique. The package is valid until Dec. 19.