Got a baby, toddler, or preschooler? It’s a time to get packing,for fall is the sweetest season for an affordable family getaway.When older kids head back to school, many family-friendly resortschop their prices and dial up the offerings for the younger set.Here are six kid-friendly autumn escapes perfect that are forfamilies with little ones:
Rates at DisneyWorld resorts are up to 30 percent below peak periods duringthe low-priced “value” window, including most nights from September29 to November 22, 2013 and from November 30 to December 23, 2013.Note: If you’re planning to stay for a week, it may make more senseto skip the discounted hotel rate and opt instead for the freedining plan, which is available for six-night stays during the samelate-September to late-December period.
Rates at this kid-friendlybeach resort on Martha’s Vineyard plummet in mid-September tonearly half of what you’d pay during the peak of summer. A greatlist of complimentary perks, from help-yourself bike rentals toyoga classes, makes this resort a standout.
Franklyn D. Resort
Every family gets their own vacation nanny at this popular Jamaicanall-inclusive, where families with little kids are treated to arelaxing getaway and children under 5 stay free in their parents’suite.
Nickelodeon Suites Resort
When big kids head back to school, the mega-popular NickHotel in Orlando drops its rates and lays out theorange-and-lime green carpet for preschoolers, from Nick-themedarts and crafts to character parties with Dora the Explorer andother beloved stars.
Beaches Turks & Caicos
Voted the no. 1 hotel for families in the Caribbean byTravel+Leisure, this kid-friendlyCaribbean all-inclusive is heaven for the preschool set in thefall, thanks to its partnership with Sesame Street, a superdaycamp, and terrific waterplay areas scaled for tots. Little kidscan enjoy story time with Elmo, bird watching with Big Bird, bakingwith Cookie Monster, and a Sesame Street stage show.
Club Med Cancun Yucatan
This Cancunall-inclusive caters well to families with babies and toddlers,with its complimentary amenities such as baby food and bottlewarmers, and preschoolers ages 4 and 5 can take part in the freeMini Club Med program that offers a mix of crafts, story time,swimming, beach time, and ever-popular piñatas.
SuzanneRowan Kelleher contributed this to MiniTime.com.
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