It’s the first few days of summer, do you know where your vacation is? Perhaps your family loves the smell of pine trees and is looking for a place with the adventures of horse back riding and rock wall climbing. Or your ideal vacation is a spot on the warm sand of the sun-kissed California beaches. Whether your kids love the outdoors or the indoor Wii lounges, hotels and resorts are offering lots of fun activities and clubs to make your family vacation one that you will never forget. If you are looking for a fun place in Southern and Central California to take your family this summer that has special activities for kids, here are some great ideas!
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is nestled in the foothills and pines below Yosemite National Park and offers summer activities that families will love. An Adventure Club, climbing wall, horseback riding, ice skating, an arcade and the Yosemite Kids Camp are offered to families looking for a great mountain vacation. Daycare services are offered for parents to enjoy the Ascent Spa which offers services such as massages, facials and body treatments. This summer historic Summerdale Campfire BBQs begin in are offered on Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday evenings at 6PM. The barbeque features an open fire, picnic tables, and live entertainment.
Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang is a one-of-a-kind working ranch resort perfect for a horse-loving family or for those who love the outdoors. A breakfast horseback or haywagon ride is offered twice weekly to the Old Adobe. Other activies include fishing at the lake, archery, air rifle shooting, visiting barnyard animals and golf.
The Grand Del Mar in San Diego is a luxury resort that offers an Explorer’s Club for kids, pony rides, trail rides on horses, nature guided walks in Penasquitos Canyon and a family pool featuring underwater music with food and beverage service.
Destination Guroo, Mcfam, and her family were stunned at just how amazing and kid-friendly the staff and activities are at the Grand Del Mar. Swimming with underground music, hiking in the canyon with a naturalist, and playing hide and go seek in their large rooms were some of the things her kids loved to do, but eating gelato as a reward for the scavenger hunt was definitely their favorite!
BEACH RETREATS in Central California
Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo offers a Suite Beach Retreat. A reserved beach location will be set up for your family including oak beach loungers, a shade umbrella and a table. A practical fee includes volleyball, sand toys and bocce ball.
Quality Suites in San Luis Obispo offers family adventure with their Kayak Tour Package. Experience a half-day kayak tour through Morro Bay, including going through an oyster farm, and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch in a beautiful setting.
BEACH VACATIONS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Catalina is the perfect spot for families looking for a small town escape near a metropolis. Catalina Island offers 2 great family packages for families on a budget. Hotel stays at the Hotel Atwater or the Pavilion Hotel are offered along with transportation on the Catalina Express, kayak rentals, Glass Bottom Boat Tours, miniature golf, and a discount on the Zip Line at Descanso Beach Club.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa is just steps from Huntington Beach and features Slyders, a water playground that kids love because of it’s 3 water slides, a wading pool, and a large Jacuzzi. Toes on the Nose, the onsite activity shop, offers paddle boarding, bike rentals, kayak tours and a beach butler service. To top it all off, kids can participate in supervised recreation activities at Campy Hyatt including water slide relays, cookie decorating, Hoola Hoop competitions, story-telling sessions and more.
Blog Editor, Sharlene Earnshaw, says that when she took her kids to the Hyatt she couldn’t imagine a more quintessentially Southern California beach experience than the time they had at the Hyatt and Huntington Beach. “Their was a great family friendly vibe throughout the resort and sitting on our balcony with views of the pool and beach beyond were hard to beat!”.
Jamaica Bay Inn in Los Angeles/Marina Del Rey is a brand new hotel on the beautiful harbor of Marina Beach. Families can walk onto the beach from the hotel to enjoy swimming, kayaking, volleyball and the beautiful California sunshine. Parents will find the beachfront amenities convenient, including shaded picnic areas, a comprehensive playground complete with pirate ships for young buccaneers, and lifeguards on duty during summer weekends.
Superoo izdat and her family admitted that they were basically beach bums most of the time they enjoyed at Jamaica Bay. “The sand beach was excellent, and the kids really enjoyed the beachfront playground. My kids tend to be very cautious at ocean beaches, so it was great that they could fill their own buckets in the water without being afraid of waves.”
Laguna Cliffs Resort and Spa in Dana Point features an exciting Splash Zone where kids can play in the fountains, surfboards and water cannons. The Kahuna Laguna Kids club provides supervised arts and crafts, games and poolside fun. Ages 5-12 are welcome. Family movie nights round out the great fun.
Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel is the place to visit if your family enjoys the Sawdust Art Festival and The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. Various packages include tickets to these amazing events.
BEACH RESORTS IN SAN DIEGO
Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa is the place to find a summer vacation you’ll never forget with the Summer Value Package. Front row seats for the evening fireworks show from SeaWorld, breakfast at Acqua, Kids Klub activities for ages 5-12, Kids Night-Out passes and s’mores ingredients to enjoy a bonfire and marshmallow roast on the beach will make a great family vacation.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina in San Diego offers discount SeaWorld tickets along with water taxi trips to the park. Relaxing spa treatments, fireside S’mores and waterslide relays are just some of the fun activities families can expect to enjoy in Mission Bay.
Paradise Point Resort in San Diego is set on Mission Bay and features over one mile of sandy beaches, 5 swimming pools, a lake and a lagoon. The Island Adventures Club offers daily activities and fun for kids. Surf and paddleboard lessons, exclusives to SeaWorld and adventures at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center await families.
Rancho Bernardo Inn of San Diego has a “Kids Rule, Parents Drool” package that says it all. This deal for kids ages 4-11 includes free meals at the veranda, pizza parties, Wii lounge access, fountains walking tour, Little Picassos Chalk Art, Access to the Blue Sky Ecological Preserve, and free smoothies. Equally great is the “Teens Too Cool” package for kids 12-16. This package offers reserved private cabanas, 30 minute golf lesson, Dive-In Teen movie, and a select spa option.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina provides free poolside activities for families and discounts on the many activities, tours and attractions of San Diego. Poolside Dive-in Movies are held Friday and Saturday evenings. With the family package enjoy a choice of 4 trackless trolley tour sightseeing passes or tickets to the San Diego Zoo, bike rentals, in-room movie and free meals for children 12 and under.