Many families are still seeking a unique travel adventure to enjoy together this summer, so we have created this international collection of five travel adventures that offer something for all desires and budgets. From educational and aquarium tours to behind-the-scenes studio experiences and bonfires on the beach, we have all the details you need to plan your family getaway…
1. Step Back In Time
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo offers the “Just For You” program, where young travelers are taken back in time with the Paleo Kids program. This includes a private tour of Monaco’s Prehistoric Anthropology Museum from an archeology scholar, an excavation workshop, lessons on how to light a fire using flint stone, and pottery/jewelry making classes. We suggest that you also inquire about the “Little Chefs” program. Throughout the year, Patrick Mesiano, Head Pastry Chef at the restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo opens the kitchen doors to children from 6 to 10 years old. They can create any treat their hearts desire, and discover the joys of baking. On the program: cupcakes and customizing a chocolate egg.
2. Enjoy a Beach Bonfire
Millions of people hit the beach at some point during summer, but far fewer get to experience a beach bonfire. You can make the experience even sweeter by bringing the fixings for a family favorite – s’mores – along with you. Bonfires on the beach have long been a favorite tradition at Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton near San Diego, California. Now this toes-in-the-sand, fireside experience has gone gourmet, as guests tuck into beach sand chairs and choose from an a la carte menu of s’mores and other fireside favorites. To take advantage of your stay this season, inquire about their “Endless Summer” offer.
3. Kids Who Made American History
The Jefferson in Washington, D.C. is placing the vacation itinerary in the hands of young guests. Introducing a new walking guide “Kids Who Made American History,” the hotel invites youngsters to lead a day of sightseeing crafted by hotel historian and former Georgetown professor Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D. Stops include touchpoints on “the smallest Freedom Fighter” Sheyann Webb, the location of transgender student Gavin Grimm’s Supreme Court trial on his school’s restroom use, and the US Capitol statue of Lewis and Clark’s young expedition leader, Sacagawea. Families can even borrow the hotel’s mascot, BobbleJeffDC, for photo-ops at each of these sites. Back at The Jefferson, kids have access to a special set of offerings including:
- Mocktails and elevated kid favorites (e.g. truffle mac n’ cheese, bison sliders) at lounge Quill
- Exclusive curated shelf of books by the likes of Eva Chen and Barack Obama in the Book Room
- Specialty kids beverage cart for juice pairings with the Michelin-starred menu at Plume
- One-on-one lessons with Susan the historian
4. An Interactive Aquarium Experience
Atlantis, The Palm is a majestic 5 star Dubai hotel situated on the Palm, a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. It is the only resort in Dubai that is a destination unto itself, feel the rush at Aquaventure Waterpark; discover an underwater world at The Lost Chambers Aquarium; or meet the incredible marine mammals at Dolphin Bay and Sea Lion Point. This five-star ocean-themed resort is home to 65,000 marine animals residing in the resort’s 3-million-gallon aquarium – one of the top ten largest aquariums in the world. Kids have the rare opportunity to meet with the resident Marine Educators and partake in Fish Tales tours with 20+ marine life exhibits, interactive touch tanks, and a tour of the state-of-the-art Fish Hospital. There is something for everyone at this resort – we suggest that you inquire about access to the Imperial Club during your stay for the ultimate luxury experience.
5. The Ultimate Harry Potter Experience
With its rich history and iconic attractions, London has long been a top destination for travelers and the city’s offerings go well beyond the traditional. Evan Evans’ one-of-a-kind film tours, offers magical and behind-the-scenes experiences to bring guests up close and personal into the popular, but quintessentially, English culture. Leave the Muggle world behind and explore the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter with our fantastic selection Potter-themed tours. Explore the magical behind-the-scenes sets of the Harry Potter films on the Warner Bros Studio Tour; walk down Diagon Alley, board the Hogwarts Express and Platform 9 ³/⁴ and venture into the Forbidden Forest, plus many more. Visit the real-life filming locations used in London on the Harry Potter Film Locations Tour, as well as visiting areas that inspired J.K. Rowling when she was crafting the unique world of Harry Potter.
- Fantastic full-day Potter-themed experience
- 4-hour stay at Warner Bros. Studio Tour
- Entry ticket to Warner Bros. Studio Tour
- See the iconic Platform 9 3/4, Forbidden Forest and more!
- Superior coach travel with free Wi-Fi onboard
- Combine the Warner Bros. Studio Tour & the Harry Potter Film Locations walking tour