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4 Exceptional Spring Break Vacations For Black Families With Kids Under 6
Take time to plan a Spring Break Dream Vacation with the kids this year. It’s time to get the kids excited about their vacation and actually gear most of it towards the things you and your family love to do. Family time doesn’t have to be boring for anyone in the family, especially when you take time to plan the trip around the kids.
Let your kids have the creature comforts of home in any of these accommodations and let the focus be on them. These family-friendly resorts and hotels (and towns) is remarkable and of such quality that you, and your kids, will likely never forget the experience.
Kids can often be bored out of their minds on the family vacation. Parents can be too. Go to the biggest indoor waterpark, give yourself and your kids a tour of Cinderella’s Castle. Make up stories in a pirate tent. Visit an African themed farmer’s market. Take a road trip to Florida. Go horseback riding on the beach. Make this Spring Break a dream vacation for your kids under 6 with these 4 spring break ideas.
1. Live like Royalty at Disney World
Stay at the 3 bedroom villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The top of the line villas at the Disneyworld Resort are just one stop away from the theme park. The views are amazing and the square footage will give everyone the space they need. There’s a media and video game room for down time.
Spend your first day there taking the World of Dreams Tour. It is a tour that lasts up to 12 hours and gives you a special tour of Cinderella’s castle, as well as Cinderella’s suite.
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Yep, that’s the one. The suite you can’t book. It’s the one that’s available by invite only. See it, sit where Cinderella sits and take it all in. Your kids will have to pinch themselves to believe they are really there.
Take the next day to rest and enjoy the room because on day 3 you will be heading out for a safari. The Wild Africa Trek is a private tour through the Animal Kingdom, where you will get to see some of the wildlife of Disney World. A professional photographer will come along for the ride, snapping all of the Instagram worthy shots for you.
Enjoy a night out with a 2 hour yacht cruise. Bring the kids along or drop them off at Camp Dolphin for the night to make new vacation buddies.
Take the tots to Magic Kingdom for the most toddler friendly rides in the park. Visit Story Book Dining at Artist Point and have dinner with Snow White, the 7 dwarves and even the witch! The wine list and the Wild Mushroom Bisque gives a quick nod to the adults before turning it’s attention back to the kids. The ambiance of this restaurant will keep them entertained throughout the meal.
Be sure to visit EPCOT too. “Go on a musical tour of America to learn about the colorful history of jazz music. Recently refreshed with artifacts from Harlem and Kansas City, this inspiring exhibit features Joe Gardner from the Disney and Pixar movie SOUL.”
2. Kalahari Indoor Waterpark
The biggest indoor waterpark in the United States, Kalahari Indoor Waterpark has days worth of fun to be had by the whole family. The inspiration of this 100,000 square foot adventure park, “From custom-crafted artwork on the convention center walls to furniture in guest rooms, recorded music from the streets of Cape Town and original crafts for guest souvenirs, Kalahari has a passion for sharing the beauty of Africa with resort guests.”
Make sure you pick up the ULTIMATE Kalahari Package when you check in. It comes with “free Bowling for 4, a $100 arcade card, breakfast Vouchers, a pizza voucher, a 45 Minute Halotherapy session at Spa Kalahari, a tote, towels, tumblers and games.
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Send the kids off to “camp” for the morning at the waterpark’s rope course. While the kids are away, you and your partner can spend time at the spa getting Halotherapy. Meet up with the kids poolside for lunch and a dip before heading to the indoor waterpark for the rest of the day. Order room service and watch the kids crash early! Wine may be smart to order tonight. I think I smell romance in the air.
Grab a private whirlpool cabana on the second day and order snacks to get your energy up. Dip into your private hot tub throughout the day to rejuvenate those muscles from all of the running around you did on the first day. Chase the kids around Coral Cove for a bit before handing them off to your partner, so you can score drinks for the two of you at the swim up bar.
Head back to the room and get ready to take the kids out to dinner at Cinco Ninos, one of the restaurants on site. Keep it casual and order up some tacos and nachos. Cokes for the kids and maybe a shot of tequila to cap the evening off on a high note.
Spend your last full day spending your gift card at the Arcade, going bowling, eating pizza visit the 5-D theatre and ride the Puppy Pulsar.
On your last night, take the family to Amatuli Farmers Market. “Experience an escape, within the center of the resort. Amatuli features a marketplace where local artisans and African craftsman feature their trades, live music jams in the background, a delectable bar serves up hand-crafted cocktails all around a fire-pit to keep warm.”
3. Amelia Island Beach Getaway
Just south of the Georgia border and a 5 hour drive from the heart of Atlanta sits Amelia Island. Treat the family to a spot right on the beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
Book the Atlantic Suite and access the Club Level (think duck pate en croute and Sommelier selected wines) at this beautiful, beach front resort. The 2 bedroom suite is on the 2nd floor and has grand views of the Atlantic Ocean. Oceanfront rooms and suites are also available and are just as stunning.
Watch the kids eyes pop and hear the squeals of excitement when they open the door to a pirate campout. A tent with a porthole and luscious bedding is neatly put into the tent, so they can actually sleep in it.
You can also have, “Milk and cookies are delivered to your room by a pirate, a princess and our resort mascot Amelia, a seven year old Blue & Gold Macaw,” the website says. They will likely read the story that inspired this package, How I Became A Pirate. Tuck them in and send them to dreamland with a stuffed animal and battery powered lantern. All provided in these packages.
Your first day in Amelia Island has to be spent at the beach. Put on your suits and head to the Spa Pool to warm up and have breakfast and coffee delivered poolside. Then, head out with all of your beach toys to the private 1/4 mile beach. Build sandcastles, play in the waves and enjoy a bit of shade under the provided umbrellas. Rent body boards or stand up paddle boards to add to the fun. Take a sunset horseback ride on the beach before heading back to the resort for dinner and drinks.
The next day, visit Club Level for a quick breakfast before heading out for the day to explore all that Amelia Island has to offer. Take a bike ride around the island. Visit Crafty Kids for a, “studio that allow kids to express themselves through art. Projects will include numerous art activities.”
With a variety of museums including Pinball, Shrimping and Maritime museums, there’s something for all the kids, even the grown ones.
Get back to the resort just in time to drop the kids off at Kid’s Night Out (included with your Club Level Access). They will have dinner, play games and hang out with their new vacation buddies from 6 to 9 (10 at the latest), Friday nights.
Take this time for date night! Go to David’s where their mission is, “to provide high-quality food for all those that wish to combine an intimate and relaxed ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience.”
Beachside drinks and live music can cap the evening at Slider’s Seaside Grill before heading back to pick up the kiddos from Kid’s Night.
Spend your last day at Amelia Island taking the popular Cumberland Island Tour. This 2.5 hour river tour gives it’s riders the history of the area and affords plenty of opportunity to see the area’s wildlife. Keep a look out for a team of wild horses!
There are so many more adventures to be had at Amelia Island. This may be a family trip that needs to happen every year.
4. Long Weekend at the Plaza Hotel
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This one is a bit old school, I’ll admit. The kids will still have a great time with all of the attention that’s given to them. And the adults? Well, the Plaza is the epitome of adulthood.
Visit the Plaza Hotel and re-create Kevin’s wild time in NYC. Enjoy cheese pizza while cruising through New York during a 4 hour limo ride. Come back to the hotel and relax until they bring your 16 scoop sundae with all the toppings! That’s enough for 4 people to each have 4 scoops. Wow.
On night two at the Plaza, switch it up and stay in the Eloise Suite. (Don’t worry, the butler service can pack and unpack for you.) Straight out of the 1955 book, this room is pink, pink, pink. Go to the Eloise Shop to pick up an outfit for Eloise Tea Time.
“Eloise themed tea-time at The Palm Court. Complete with custom Eloise teacups, tableware, and a tier of Eloise-approved sweet and savory treats,” the website says.
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Stay one last night and let the adults have some fun in the marvelous Mrs. Maisel Suite. Let the Mom jokes (and Dad jokes) rip in this gorgeous room inspired by Mrs. Maisel’s New York City Apartment. Mom can “access… one-of-a-kind shoppable Midge closet, courtesy of The Plaza Boutique.” This package includes a date at the in house hair salon too!