Langham Huntington – Pasadena, CA
For a small fee of only $30, the Langham Huntington Kids Program offers children (ages 12 and under) a backpack with a teddy bear picture on it that’s filled with goodies like a coloring book, crayons, and a newsletter with suggestions for family-friendly adventures in the area.
The cost of the bag also includes entry for the whole family to join in the nightly 7 p.m. s’mores poolside event by the fire pit at the Terrace. Kids cooking classes take place about once a month, and can be reserved through the restaurant reservationist.
Grand Wailea – Kihei, HI
Although its stunning location on Maui’s Wailea Beach might be enough to please the kids, The Grand Wailea (part of the Waldorf Astoria collection) has a wonderful supervised children’s program for kids ages five to 12 years. Camp Grande is over 20,000 square feet, open seven days a week and offers full day, morning, afternoon and night camp.
The spread is impressive and includes a whale-shaped outdoor wading pool, a play kitchen and tool set, a private movie theater, snack bar, craft room and a full-sized soda fountain. Other popular spots are the game room, which has foosball, ping-pong, and pool, and the arcade. Children can participate in activities like exploring tidal pools, sandcastle building, nature walks, Hawaiian lei making, and hula lessons. Night Camp includes dinner, a Walkie Talkie Tag at Night game, sand crab hunting, theater games, scavenger hunts and more.