Here are a few hotels that have come up with some fun, kid-centric ideas:
Beaches Negril (Jamaica)
Multi-colored kiddy cocktails with names like Pink Boots, Superman and Chocolate Monkey are served poolside
Teens kept busy with group water sports, dance parties and karaoke.
A Sesame Street program offers festive parades and even a tuck-in and bedtime story with their favorite Sesame Street character.
The Grand Del Mar (California)
– For infants they provide parents with a gift box filled with baby bath amenities as well as a door hanger that says, “Quiet Please, Baby Sleeping.”
– Kids ages 3 to 8 receive a toy at check-in plus a child-sized bathrobe, slippers and travel neck pillow.
Trump International Beach Resort (Florida) has gone for a camping theme:
– Kids can nibble smores in a tent that fits right over their hotel bed and stare up at a twinkling cosmic galaxy thanks to a star projector
– Planet Kids (an educational kids’ camp) teaches children about marine life and protecting the environment
Hotel Monaco (Seattle)
-Children can pick a prize from a toy-filled treasure chest in the lobby
– Children are greeted by a temporary pet – a goldfish swimming about in a bowl in their guest room
– Parents can enjoy a nightly complimentary wine hour while kiddos are entertained by a magician, Guitar Hero on Xbox, with cookies and milk
The Benjamin (New York City)
– Families can order as many pillows as desired from a 12-choice pillow menu, including a 5-foot body cushion and a hypoallergenic toddler pillow.
– There’s a lending library of favorite stories can be delivered to the room.
– Children also receive a “Winks the Owl” stuffed animal for bedtime
– Parents can purchase a Cereal Smorgasbord with an assortment of cereals, fresh fruits and milk to be delivered the night before so kids can eat as early as they want
– Kids who sleep through the night are awarded a special Winks Sleep Certificate upon checkout
Omni Hotels this summer launched a “Teen Connection” program. At select locations, teen-age guests can contact the Teen Concierge through Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, or text message and ask for recommendations on what to do.