With Easter just around the corner, kid-friendly resorts are rolling back prices and adding bunny-themed events for the holiday weekend. Here are eight resorts with special activities, plus a train ride with none other than Peter Cottontail as the conductor.
Why: Because this family-favorite ski resort (see our review) is scattering more than 50,000 eggs on the mountain -- including special "copper" eggs that kids can redeem for prizes. To top it off, the resort's popular En Fuego celebration is back again this year and is coinciding with the largest amateur snowboard and freeskiing event, the USASA National Championships. Expect street entertainers, fire performers, a torchlight parade, BMX stunt shows, and a fireworks finale.
Price: Easter weekend rates start at $99 per person.
Why: Because the Grand Strand is known for family fun (see Myrtle Beyond-the-Beach). Start the weekend off with family movie night and roasting s'mores under the stars, followed by egg- and cookie-decorating on Saturday. An egg hunt, a savory Easter brunch, and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Cottontail are also covered. In between all the Easter activities, families can rent bikes, play a round of golf, or swim in the indoor pool.
Price: Two-night packages start at $375 and include an Easter brunch for a family of four (a $95 value) and a welcome basket.
Where: Midway, UT
Why: Because this resort is surrounded by four top ski areas, it makes a handy base for combining spring skiing with Easter festivities. Families can take a dip in the Homestead Crater, a 55-foot limestone rock filled with 90-degree mineral water, design their own Easter eggs, attend the piñata workshop, or create Easter baskets to fill during Sunday's egg hunt. The resort also features a championship golf course, video game room, and indoor spa.
Price: Three-night Easter packages start at $93 a night (plus $10 extra per child) and include breakfast and Easter activities.
Where: Pinehurst, NC
Why: Because this hallowed golf resort is surprisingly kid-friendly (see our review). The Easter weekend roster includes a resort-wide scavenger hunt, relay races, bingo, face-painting, family wagon rides, an egg toss, and "Family Fairways" golf clinics.
Price: The Easter package starts at $189 per person and includes a breakfast buffet, commemorative family photo, Easter dinner, and most scheduled activities. Kids 12 and under eat, stay, and golf for free with an adult.
Where: Austin, TX
Why: Because this luxurious golf resort has a stellar lineup of Easter weekend activities both indoors and out. Families can play jumbo chess, mini golf, and pool games, and explore the resort's nature trails. Indoors, there's a game room with Nintendo Wii, Ping-Pong, and classic board games. On Saturday, the resort's chef will display his ice sculpture exhibition. There's also an egg hunt, carnival, and a chance to hang out with the Easter Bunny himself.
Price: With the Spring Break promotion, rates start at $199 a night.
Where: Green Lake, WI
Why: Because this lakefront resort is a quiet retreat for the whole family. If the snow is still falling, choose between ice skating, cross-country skiing, and sledding. Or head indoors to the pool, spa, and game room. The holiday weekend will offer egg dying, an Easter egg hunt, and craft workshops.
Price: The Easter package starts at $169 a night and includes a Sunday brunch (for a family of three), activities, and an Easter basket delivery.
Where: Acme, MI
Why: Because this award-winning resort and spa is celebrating Easter with cookie decorating, an egg-coloring contest, breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt. Kids will love the video arcade and indoor water playground featuring a 70-foot long waterslide, water-walk, and water basketball nets. On Saturday, there will be a live magic show followed by a family movie. The resort also offers Kids Night Out with swimming, arts and crafts, and a pizza party.
Price: The Easter family weekend package starts at $109 a night and includes accommodations and most activities. (Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Kid's Night Out cost extra.)
Where: Hot Springs, VA
Why: Because this luxury resort has something for everyone. Kids can skate for free on the resort's new ice skating rink, get their photos taken with the Easter bunny, watch a magic show, or paint wooden Easter eggs. Carriage rides, roasting s'mores over the campfire, horseback riding, and touring the scenic Cascades Gorge round out the activities. Sunday morning kicks off with an egg hunt followed by a traditional Easter brunch.
Price: The Easter Eggstravaganza package starts at $250 a night and includes most activities, a breakfast buffet, and an Easter basket.
Where: Strasburg, PA
Why: Because the Strasburg Rail Road will have none other than Peter Cottontail as the conductor of a historic steam train (April 2-4). During the 45-minute trip through the Pennsylvania countryside, kids can meet the Easter Bunny as he passes out treats. Back at the station, kids will have a blast riding the miniature train, and propelling themselves down the tracks on the pump-and-crank cars.
Price: Easter train tickets cost $16 per adult and $9 per child.
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