Family Friendly Hotels

By local contributor
Katarina Kovacevic

My job as a travel writer has taken me on some pretty unforgettable journeys – zip-lining in Belize, wine tasting in Tuscany and cave swimming in the British Virgin Islands. Becoming a mom was an entirely new adventure, but an adventure nonetheless. I know that, in the coming years, a well-planned kid’s program will be just as important to our itinerary as a stacked list of restaurant and bar recommendations, so I happily dove into research for this piece. And while my baby girl is too young to really jump into these kid’s clubs, I’m hoping I can at least make your planning process a bit easier.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Kids can have short, sometimes seemingly non-existent, attention spans, and keeping them happy and entertained is the real secret to a successful family vacation. It’s like the folks at The Princess designed their kids club with this in mind. Every day at Trailblazers brings a new adventure and exploration – Discovery Day nature walks (Sunday), Wild West Day gold mining (Tuesday) and Wildlife Day catch-and-release fishing in the resort’s lagoons (Friday), just to name a few. You can take part in the fun as a group, or send the kids off for half and full days – with lunch – while you enjoy some golf, spa or quiet pool time.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Four Seasons might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think “family-friendly,” but this Scottsdale escape really is accommodating to even the tiniest travelers. Its Kids for All Seasons programming is as clever and curated as the rest of the resort’s amenities. There’s a game room and movie theater with plush leather recliners; Ping-Pong, pool and foosball tables; and a slew of cultural crafting activities. Prefer the kiddos do something a little more active with their time? You’ll want to sign up for a guided nature walk around Pinnacle Peak Park in the resort’s neighboring Sonoran Desert preserve.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Much of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s resort programming highlights Arizona culture, and that’s definitely the focus at Camp Hyatt Kachina. Here, fun is purposeful. Your little ones will learn about the environment, geography and history of the Grand Canyon State from Cowboy storytellers, explore Native American art with Navajo beadworkers, and even get up close and personal with some of the Sonoran Desert’s most mysterious critters and crawlers. The Native American Learning Center, meanwhile, brings to life the five prehistoric Southwestern native cultures through arts, crafts and experimental exhibits.