Families can ice skate in Central Park’s Wollman Rink, located across from The Pierre. // © 2014 Thinkstock
Feature image (above): Ski the Swiss Alps with the deluxe package from Carlton Hotel St. Mortiz. // © 2014 Shutterstock
British Culture With Paddington
British children may be more familiar with Paddington the talking bear than their American counterparts, but families from all over the the world can take advantage of Draycott Hotel’s Paddington Bear Package. The deal celebrates the release of the new “Paddington” film and includes a Paddington bear plush toy, daily English breakfast, afternoon tea (including a mini-tea with marmalade option for children), a bus tour of London with a Paddington Bear guidebook, a scrapbook and accommodations in Family or Draycott Suites.
Family suites start at $897 per night per room, and Draycott Suites start at $1,333 per night per room. The deal is valid now through April 30, 2015.
Explorer’s Clubs at Sunscape
When two adults book a vacation with Sunscape Resorts & Spas, up to two children can stay free in the same room. There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy, including golf, massage treatments and live shows. Guests looking to soak up some sun can take advantage of the private pool and beach where they can snorkel, scuba dive, kayak and windsurf.
There are three Sunscape Resorts: Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino and Sabor Cozumel. Each has a supervised Explorer’s Club for kids ages 3 to 12, where they can participate in theater activities, sand-castle competitions, movie screenings, science projects and more, all while giving parents some alone time. The offer is valid for travel from Aug. 22 to Dec. 23, 2015.
Swiss Alps Adventure
Families can discover Engadin, the long valley in the Swiss Alps, on the Family Trip Deluxe offer from Carlton Hotel St. Moritz. The package includes three nights in a suite, two days with a private ski teacher, a welcome gift for children, one 25-minute neck and back massage per adult, a buffet breakfast, butler service, access to the Carlton Spa area, a ski shuttle to the Coriviglia ski station and 24-hour limousine service.
Children can also take advantage of various games and activities provided by the Carlton Kids Club. Prices for a suite, based on double occupancy, start at around $12,645.
Kids Ski Free
Parents looking to teach their children the art of skiing can take advantage of Mount Snow ski resort’s Kids Ski and Learn Free week. Families will stay in a standard room at Snow Lake Lodge, where they’ll receive daily continental breakfast. For every adult lift ticket purchased, one child gets a free lift ticket.
Parents can also book half-day morning clinics for their children in addition to the free lift ticket. Lessons are available for children ages 4 to 12 of any skill level. The deal is valid Jan. 19 to 23, Feb. 22 to 27, Mar. 1 to 6 and Mar. 12 to 20, 2015.
Three-night stays for families of four start at $561. The resort requires booking at least 48 hours in advance.
Ice-Skating With the Kids
Arizona’s Fairmont Scottsdale Princess puts on its holiday best (read: 2 million LED lights) during the Christmas at the Princess Festival. Families who take advantage of the Magical Memories Holiday Package will be awed by a four-story musical tree, an ice skating rink, the Princess Express Train, a new carousel and St. Nick himself.
The deal is for two adults and two children: Overnight accommodations, a skating session, skate rentals and VIP access to the Princess Express Train are included. The festival and package run now through Jan. 4, 2015.
Christmas in New York
Directly across from New York’s Central Park, The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, is spreading holiday cheer with its Let It Snow Family Package. Four guests stay in suite accommodations for two nights, with an option to upgrade to a Grand Suite. Families will be welcomed with a dinner curated by two of the hotel’s chefs. They’ll also receive a $50 Bergdorf Goodman voucher, a post-shopping manicure at Dominique Salon and four tickets to the Wollman skating rink in Central Park.
After skating, they can sip complimentary hot chocolate with marshmallows at Two E Bar/Lounge. Parents will also enjoy some time alone, thanks to the package’s in-room, four-hour babysitting service and dinner for two at Sirio Ristorante. Breakfast is served daily, and families will also have access to The Pierre’s Holiday Movie Library, which includes many classics.
Prices start at $8,000 for two nights, and the deal is valid now through Dec. 30, 2014.
Savings in Michigan
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich., is offering summer savings for families on select nights in July and August. Called Family Added Value Days, the package allows families to stay two nights and get the third night for half the price, or stay one night and get the second night 25 percent off.
Accommodations, daily breakfast and a five-course dinner, free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and a special discount on ferryboat tickets are all included. It also encompasses half-off golf for adults and free golf for children under 17 years old. Kids can take advantage of games such as bocce ball and croquet, nightly movies and excursions to the Grand Hotel’s horse stable, which is home to 12 horses.
Rates start at $746 on weekdays and $826 on weekends.
Holiday on the Beach
For families sick of the snow this holiday season, Pebble Beach Resorts on California’s Central Coast offers an Explorers package that gives children the opportunity to play and eat for free during a one night stay at The Inn at Spanish Bay. Children under 12 receive a scavenger-hunt map of the hotel, as well as a welcome gift. They can take advantage of complimentary meals at restaurants Roy’s and Sticks, as well as activities such as golf at the par-3 Peter Hay Golf Course and tennis at The Spanish Bay Club.
Children ages 7 to 12 can accompany their parents on a horseback trail ride. Families can also buy two-day tickets for the price of one to Monterey Bay Aquarium. To get in the holiday spirit, the resort will host a tree-lighting ceremony, and families will hear the songs of carolers and spot a giant gingerbread house on Pebble Beach Resorts’ premises.
The deal starts at $495 per night and is valid now through Feb. 28, 2015.