All posts tagged: traveling with kids

Explore Paris With Your Toddler

WHERE TO GO? WHAT TO DO? WHERE TO STAY?   ENTERTAINMENT IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS Art and culture come to life for children in Paris, and not just because it is the storybook setting for Madeline and Babar. There is so much for curious minds to take in, such as the many artists painting on the banks of the Seine and the jugglers performing in Montmartre. Children are welcome everywhere in Paris. MUSEUMS: With so many museums in Paris, and so little time (especially with children), get a museum pass (www.parismuseumpass.fr). It allows parents to skip the ticket line (children under 18 are free at most museums) and saves money at the nearly 70 participating museums and monuments. Young imaginations love the Musée d’Orsay, a former railway station completed in 1900 for the World’s Fair, which presents works of art (photography, design, sculpture and painting) from 1848 to 1914. The Rodin Museum has a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden that is great for children. Parisian families frequent this gated green art gallery, with two sandboxes …

Top Hotel Chains

Traveling with kids takes a lot of planning. Get the most out of your vacation stay by booking a room at one of these great hotels. THE FOUR SEASONS The Four Seasons is amazing in all of its comforts. They carefully track all guests’ preferences and give kids behind-the-scenes tours and their very own VIK (“very important kid”) check-in, which includes a gift.   LOEWS   Although large in scale, the Loews Hotels promptly deliver fanciful requests to their young guests. The hotel offers all kinds of amenities for families traveling with kids. It is also one of the greenest chains around. EMBASSY SUITES   The Embassy Suites offer apartment-like accommodations, with separate rooms for parents and kids, plus a kitchen. The welcoming packet offers kids a list of activities in the visiting neighborhood. THE RITZ-CARLTON  The Ritz-Carlton’s club lounges offer incredible spreads of food all day long – allowing families to feast for one daily fee. The kids’ club offers a variety of activities to keep all happily entertained. ALOFT   With its sleek and simple design, this hotel …

Top Family Hotels

Here are our favorite hotels to bring the whole family to bond, share new experiences and to learn about other cultures. MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE, New Palz, NY This Victorian castle, owned by the same family for 140 years, overlooks a glacier-formed lake and thousands of acres of unspoiled forest in the Shawangunk Mountains. Choose among hiking trails, swimming, canoeing — plus snowshoeing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing in the winter.   THE INN AT SERENBE, Palmetto, Georgia This B&B offers 700 acres of farmland and woods in the eco-minded community of Serenbe. Aside from the scheduled hay rides and scavenger hunts, guests, including children, can bottle-feed baby goats and pick blueberries. Kids can also play in a tree house in the woods or take a dive in the pool.   ARDOER ART CAMP, Garderen, The Netherlands Located just outside of Amsterdam, Ardoer Art Camp is about experiencing art.   THE ST. REGIS, Bora Bora Considered by many a dream location, The St. Regis in Bora Bora is a place for the family to enjoy nature’s …