5 Fun (and Affordable) Spring Breaks for Kids

Nora Zelevansky
Kings Courtyard Inn

© Kings Courtyard Inn

Kings Courtyard Inn

Where: Charleston, SC

The Place: In the midst of a city that draws almost daily accolades for its charm and southern hospitality, this restored and cheerfully bright inn dating back to 1853 is set in the historic district, near endless shops, delicious eateries (think grits, pickled eggs, she-crab soup and low country boil) and historic sites to behold.

The Deal: The “Enjoy Family Fun” package (good through April 24th) includes three days/two nights’ accommodations for families of four, tickets to either the South Carolina Aquarium or Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, a carriage tour through Charleston and a Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour through cemeteries, back alleys and churches, while listening to local ghost stories, myths and superstitions. The surrounding area offers endless activities from antiquing to romping on the beach in nearby resort area Isle of Palms.

From $610 for family of four, for 3 days/2 nights; http://www.kingscourtyardinn.com or 800-845-6119.

buttermilk falls inn and spa

© Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa

Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa

Where: Milton, NY (The Hudson Valley)

The Place: This cozy getaway is less than two hours from New York City, but it feels like a bucolic world away. There’s an actual farm on the property, as well as a truly farm-to-table restaurant that serves eggs from the on-site heritage hens.

The Deal: The “Spring Break Family Getaway” includes five nights’ accommodation at one of the on-site houses (with views of the Hudson River or the 70-acre grounds), a fireside living room picnic with keepsake tote and blanket, wine (plus non-alcoholic drinks for the kids), daily country breakfast, pizza night at Henry’s restaurant with house-made pies and endless soda and beer/wine, afternoon tea, bonfire with s’mores, $25 spa credit for the grown-ups, one three-course dinner, movie night with popcorn, a hands-on animal experience for kids (including grooming or feeding Holly, the baby miniature donkey) and harvesting honest-to-goodness eggs.

From $2,250 for a family of four for 5 nights (Sunday-Thursday); www.buttermilkfallsinn.com or 845-795-1310.

Resort at Pelican Hill

Pelican Hill

©Pelican Hill Resort and Spa

Where: Newport Beach, CA

The Place: Welcome to the O.C. (that’s Orange County). This beachside Northern Italian-style resort set on rolling green hills is known for its golf courses, restaurants, luxurious award-winning spa and proximity to the art gallery-packed quaint towns of Newport and Laguna Beach.

The Deal: The “Spring Break Kids Inclusive Offer” (available through March and April) includes two complimentary half-day visits (either one for each of two children or used as all-day for one child) and lunches at Camp Pelican—an on-site indoor/outdoor kids’ retreat with beanbag chairs and games, plus activities from arts and crafts to karaoke to nature walks. For children under 12 years old, the inclusive deal includes complimentary daily breakfast and a pizza, pasta and gelato dinner menu at Coliseum Pool & Grill.

From $895 per night; http://www.pelicanhill.com or 949-467-6800.

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