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Disneyland Hotel Anaheim

1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, California

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Visited: 2013-03-01 | Submitted: 2013-04-08 12:57:59.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Nice hotel, but could have been better

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We wanted to stay at a Disney hotel for proximity to Disneyland. This hotel was convenient because we could walk to the park, albeit a 10 minute walk. The pool was only so-so and not much supervision. I booked a spa appointment, only to find out that the spa was at the Grand Californian, 10 minutes away. We were supposed to get adjoining rooms, but what they gave us were two separate non-adjoining rooms with a common vestibule so we could lock the main door but then there were two other doors. Problem was when I had to go back and forth between the rooms, the doors kept locking and I didn't have the keys so we kept getting locked out (once when my husband was in his underwear!!) The rooms were spacious though and even though we looked over the parking lot, we had a nice view of the fireworks.

Tips for Families

Skip the Goofy Breakfast, which is a buffet and very pricey. Right next door is Steak 55 (or something like that name) and they had a GREAT breakfast with a children's menu and my kids' cereal, which came with fruit, juice, and yogurt, was about $8. There is also a coffee/bagel shop so one day we grabbed bagels for the whole family and brought them in to Disneyland park and ate them there.

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Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plz, Universal City, California

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Visited: 2013-03-01 | Submitted: 2013-04-08 12:50:50.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

VIP tour is the way to go

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We spent $300 per person for our family of 5 to do the VIP tour at Universal and it was worth every penny. We arrived at the red carpet at 7:30 am and were escorted into a private area where continental breakfast was served. We then met our tour guide and group (there were 3 other families in our group so the total headcount was about 14 in our group). We had our own private tram and got a tour of Universal's back lot, which apparently is similar to the regular tour, but we got many extras like getting to go in the prop room and see costumes and go into a soundstage where they film Parenthood. Seeing movie sets like War of the Worlds was beyond amazing. They have 4 big attraction rides. There were 90 minute waits for the rides, but our VIP tour guide whisked us in so we had no wait at all, which was great. Rides were great. Two 3D movies, one water ride, and one fast moving indoor coaster ride. We also got a VIP lunch in a private dining room, with great food. Got VIP seating at the shows (FX show and Waterworld). It was so worth the money and we all had such a great day there! After the 6 hour tour was over, we stayed another hour or so going on 2 more rides (we still got to cut the lines with our VIP pass) and went over to Universal's City Walk. It was a day we will never forget.

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Spend the money on the VIP tour. It's $300/person but includes entry ticket, breakfast and lunch. And NO WAITS on lines!

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New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: 2012-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-19 12:19:34.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Great Aquarium, but under construction

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I fondly remember the New England Aquarium from my many visits when I used to live in Boston. I took my children there and, despite the price of admission, the aquarium was under construction, so we didn't get to see all the fish swimming in the core (center) of the aquarium, which usually is the coolest part. They did have the fish swimming around on the ground floor pond area, though. My kids loved petting the sting rays and seeing all the jelly fish on the lower level. The sea lion show was definitely a highlight and we also got to see some adorable little penguins in a glassed-in area. The penguins, which are normally out in full display, were displaced during construction

Tips for Families

They have Imax shows and the Imax was included in the price of regular admission because of the construction when we went, but we had other places to go and didn't have time to sit through a movie. Definitely go see the seal feeding. It was great!

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Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Providenciales

P.O. Box 186, Lower Bright Road, Providenciales/Grace Bay, Turks And Caicos Islands

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Rollaway beds available
  • Sleeper sofa
  • Kids stay free
  • Kids' club
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Teen lounge
  • Kids' pool
  • Water slide
  • All-inclusive resort


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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-02-25 21:50:35.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8)

Great and safe place for families

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December 2011 was our fourth stay at this hotel. They have an amazing kids club where your kids can play from 9 am to 9 pm, although they need to come out for an hour at some point. You can take them in and out of kids camp. There is no charge. There are four or 5 big pools, including a water park with a lazy river and two slides. Tons of restaurants. The bluest, clearest ocean you can imagine. The staff is friendly and very accommodating. We love it and our kids do too.

Tips for Families

While the Italian Village is the newest section of the hotel, we love the ground floor rooms on the beach in the Carribean village so we can walk out to the ocean. Also, definitely sign up for a family photo. Romaine was our photographer every year and he took the most amazing photos of our family year after year.

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Great Wolf Lodge Scotrun

1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, Pennsylvania

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Visited: 2013-01-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-17 16:06:53.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

A bit crowded but always fun for the kids

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We go here once a year and the kids always have fun. If your children are over 48 inches, they can go on all of the slides. The lines for the big slides were very long, though, and sometimes I had to wait 30 minutes for a ride, which wasn't much fun. The kids didn't mind though. The rooms are spacious and kids are running all over the place with no complaints. My kids love the arcade. They used to love the magic quest with the wands, but seem to have outgrown it this year. If you have little children, they offer lifevests for the water park, which is nice, but keep an eye on your kids because it's easy to get lost in the crowds.

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The rooms have large refrigerators, so consider bringing your own food. The buffet is quite expensive. We order pizza from down the street and my husband picks it up. There is also a bagel store about a mile down the road if you want to bring bagels back to the hotel. Checkout time is 11 am, so consider late checkout for about $50 more so you can shower in your room until 2 pm when you leave.

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Westin Hotel Copley Place Boston

10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Rollaway beds available
  • Kids stay free
  • Babysitting
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Strollers available


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Visited: 2012-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-17 16:02:09.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Great hotel and awesome location

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I was so pleasantly surprised by this hotel. We got adjoining rooms on the 30th floor with a great view of the South End. The location was phenomenal... right near a T stop and we were connected to the Copley Mall and Prudential mall, so we used those as shortcuts to avoid walking in the cold outside at night. The kids loved the pool and we enjoyed the bar restaurant for snacks, drinks, and lunch!

Tips for Families

Bring a bathing suit for the pool. Max Brenner's restaurant is down the street... great place for kids. And breakfast at the Pour House on Boylston was fun! Duck tour stop right down the street too!

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Boston Duck Tour

Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: 2012-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-17 15:59:37.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

History and fun all in one!

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We took the kids on a duck tour December 23, 2012. Even though it was cold out, the tour was great. They had plastic over the windows so we weren't at all cold. Surprisingly, our kids were the only ones on the bus, even though it was a full tour. The driver was great and let our kids drive the boat in the water, which was the highlight of the day for them! I had lived in Boston for 8 years and even I learned a lot on this tour.

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We liked sitting in the back so we didn't disturb the other passengers.

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Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Providenciales

P.O. Box 186, Lower Bright Road, Providenciales/Grace Bay, Turks And Caicos Islands

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Rollaway beds available
  • Sleeper sofa
  • Kids stay free
  • Kids' club
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Teen lounge
  • Kids' pool
  • Water slide
  • All-inclusive resort


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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-17 15:57:07.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8)

Best place to take kids

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We traveled a week before Christmas, so it wasn't as crowded as during peak visits. This was our 4th time returning. The ocean is clear. warm, and turquoise blue. The sand feels like talcum powder. The kids club is great and you can leave your children there for as many hours as you want between 9 am and 9 pm (other than an hour before dinner). Our kids love it there and even have dinner there some nights, which gives us some adult time! On our last visit, we let the kids run around between the 5 pools and the ocean because they were so familiar with the resort. It is all inclusive, so they could get as many drinks and snacks as they want. It is a very safe location and really so gorgeous. We can't wait to go back!

Tips for Families

Definitely sign up for the free family photo shoots. The session is free but you pay for the photos. We get the best photos there every year and use them for holiday cards! There are about 18 restaurants at the resort. Barefoot by the beach is great for family breakfast. We stay in the Caribbean village right on the water. Love the location

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