Big sale of water park hotels and themed hotel suites: this month in family travel news

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Hello and welcome to another month of travel news with me, your trusted advisor for all things family travel. As much as I love theme parks, there’s more to family travel than roller coasters and Mickey-shaped food.

This month, I’m sticking only to hotel news. We’ve got some timely deals that will help you save big bucks on summer and vacation travel, family-friendly hotel suites, limited-time family activities and more – so let’s dive in.

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Great Wolf Lodge One Day Sale

(Photo by Great Wolf Lodge/Facebook)

My husband and I used to joke that once we had kids, Great Wolf Lodge was the only place we were allowed to vacation. Well the joke is on us because once we finally took our kids there we all loved it. The rooms are spacious (some even have bunk beds), the water park has activities for all ages, and the food was surprisingly good.

Related: Splish, splash then take a nap at these 15 US hotels with water parks

Because access to the water park and other activities are included in the cost of your stay, it is priced higher than a traditional hotel, but they have a one-day sale on August 4 that will make your stay even cheaper than a traditional hotel.

To celebrate the water park’s year-round 84-degree temperature, Great Wolf Lodge is celebrating with rates starting at $84 per night (taxes and fees not included) for select dates Monday through Thursday between August 4 and August 15 december. 2022.

Book online using the code 84DEGREES or by mentioning the promo if booking by phone.

Big city and beach summer fun

(Photo courtesy of Loews Regency New York Hotel)

Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still time for some more family fun before the school year begins. What better way to end the season than at a hotel that offers you a full day of activities?

Loews Hotels celebrates”summer festivalwith a range of offers suitable for adults and children between now and Labor Day. Loews Regency Hotel New York, for example, hosts “Summerfest Cultural Safari”. Self-guided tours will help visitors discover the Upper East Side’s hidden gems, like Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park and a car-free section of Park Avenue. Rates in August start from $414 per night.

(Photo by Jeff Herron for Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort Hotel & Spa)

If you’re more of a beach bum than a city dweller, consider a late summer stay at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Their Passport Package M includes a welcome kit for children, pre-planned interactive activities in the resort and its surroundings, free breakfast for two adults and free dinner for up to two children with a paying adult. Rates average $369 per night. Package must be booked by August 20, 2022 and is available for stays through September 6, 2022.

Related: Baby It’s Cold Outside: 6 Family-Friendly Resorts You Can Still Book With Points For The Holidays

Family suites in Graduate hotels

My husband and I recently stayed at the Graduate Cincinnati and fell head over heels in love with the theme. There were plenty of nods to the University of Cincinnati campus where the hotel was located, but also to other “Cincinnati-isms” like Skyline Chili, Bootsy Collins, a Cincinnati native and winner of a Grammy Award winner, and Fiona the hippopotamus who resides at the Cincinnati Zoo.

(Photo courtesy of Graduate Hotels)

This was all part of a standard room, but many graduate locations have themed suites that take the experience to the next level. The Roosevelt Island, New York grad recently transformed his loft suite into a toy-filled suite themed from the 1988 movie “Big” complete with a real working Zoltar machine, mini trampoline and life-size floor piano.

(Photo courtesy of Graduate Hotels)

A graduate from Bloomington, Indiana, offers a Sequel “Stranger Things” with two rooms – one designed after the Byers’ living room (yes, there’s a Christmas light alphabet to communicate with from other realms) and the other themed around the children’s hangout in Mike Wheeler’s basement. Rates start from $344 per night.

If your kids know and love the cinematic masterpiece that is “Home Alone,” the Graduate Evanston in Illinois has a sequel that transports guests to McCallister House with an 80’s style TV and decor, VHS tapes and all the vintage toiletries you need to re-enact Macaulay Culkin’s famous “Home Alone Scream”. In August, rates start at $239 per night.

Fairmont Hotels partners with Make-A-Wish

(Photo courtesy of Fairmont Grand Del Mar)

Make-A-Wish is a charity close to my heart, so I was thrilled to learn that it has partnered with Fairmont Hotels in a partnership to grant wishes to living children. with serious illness.

As part of this partnership, The ultimate children’s playhouse arrives at Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego beginning July 31, 2022. The playhouse was designed, in part, by the Make-A-Wish kids themselves, which means the playhouse is accessible to all the children. and has all the magical elements kids dream of like a spiraling slide and a room full of teddy bears.

The show will be at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar until September 22 and will then move to other Fairmont Hotels properties. Admission is free upon presentation of proof of donation to Make-A-Wish.

Save Big on a Hudson Valley Vacation

Ready or not, the holiday season will be here before you know it. I feel as ill-prepared as you probably do to kick off the holidays, but the slow trickle of holiday travel deals has me feeling a little joyful (despite near triple-digit temperatures here in Indiana) .

The Mohonk Mountain House in New York’s Hudson Valley (which has lovely views of the Mohonk Preserve, by the way) rings during the holidays with significant discounts for families who book early – up to 40% off midweek dates between November 27 and December 22, 2022. With the discount applied, expect to pay around $621 per night.

This happens to fall during the hotel’s annual holiday lineup, which officially kicks off in December. Families visiting during this time can go ice skating, do crafts, see Christmas trees and gingerbread houses and much more.

(Photo by James Leynse/Corbis/Getty Images)

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