Spring break is over for most of us, but there’s still time to get your family vacation in without taking too many days off from work and school. With Good Friday and Easter Monday coming up, the long weekend is a great time to get away with the kids. There are quite a few hotels and resorts offering fun activities and events throughout the month of April. My family and I are breaking all of the rules by pulling the kids out for a few days starting tomorrow for some pre-Easter fun at Disneyland — which will also be throwing its own fun Easter activities.
The nice thing about the following seven hotels and resorts is that all of them are family friendly. They offer fantastic amenities and vacation packages and just happen to be featuring Easter-themed activities over the next couple of weeks, too.
Do you have plans to get away during the Easter holidays or do you usually spend it with family and friends?
Hotel Plaza Athenee — New York City 1 of 7
Manhattan's iconic HÃ´tel Plaza AthÃ©nÃ©e has partnered with The FabergÃ© Big Egg Hunt, an innovative fundraising initiative that will showcase 250 large egg sculptures each designed by globally-renowned artists, designers and creatives. These eggs are located throughout New York City's five boroughs from April 1 to 26, 2014.
The 30" Babar egg sculpture at the HÃ´tel Plaza AthÃ©nÃ©e, is designed by Babar author and illustrator Laurent De Brunhoff and will be on display on the steps of the hotel during the Easter weekend. Families can enjoy a special "Tea Time with Babar" event on Saturday, April 12, and on the 19th from 3-5 pm. This entire event coincides perfectly with the hotel's Babar package!
The two upcoming "Tea Time with Babar" events, part of an ongoing Babar-centered celebration with the hotel, will feature a drawing contest that awards the winner with an autographed Babar book. Can't make the tea party? The Babar egg will be placed in front of the HÃ´tel Plaza AthÃ©nÃ©e on 64th street between Madison and Park Avenue from April 1 to 18.
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Grand Lucayan — Bahamas 2 of 7
Head to the Grand Lucayan for a budget-friendly vacation (starting at $125 per night), during the Easter holidays!
This hotel's Easter activities schedule (available April 18-20) includes Easter egg hunts, sand castle building, scavenger hunts, movie nights, and family relay races. Another perk — if you book your trip by April 15 you'll be able to take advantage of the low rates, free meals for children ages 12 and under with a paying adult, 10 percent off spa services at the resort's Senses Spa, 15 percent off golf fees, and late check-out.
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Boca Raton Resort & Club — Florida 3 of 7
This Easter, families traveling to Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort will have plenty to look forward to! The bunny-tastic festivities start on Saturday, April 19 at the Mad Hatter's Silly Spring Party with bounce houses, carnival games, "Bunny Hop" sack races, face painters, balloon artists and live music. On April 20th, a sunrise service will take place on the resort's private beach. To top it off, there will be an egg hunt featuring over 10,000 colorful eggs filled with toys and candy scattered about the resort's golf course.
Dine during the Easter Bunny Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and take advantage of the carving stations, holiday favorites and delicious desserts.
Rates for Easter weekend start at $364 per night with through the Best of Waldorf Astoria Package, inclusive of a $50 resort credit per night.
Atlantis Resort — Bahamas 4 of 7
If you've never been to Atlantis, you're in for a treat! You're literally submerged in an underwater world of fun thanks to the aquarium and numerous water slides. From April 17-20, the resort will have a wide range of Easter activities going on. Arts & crafts, Easter hair colouring, "Breakfast with the Bunny," which includes omelettes, floppy pancakes and more delicious treats (reservations required as space is limited) and a Cottontail Teddy Bear Tea Party. Face painting, egg hunts and all sorts of fun activities are planned for the entire week.
Atlantis currently has some great spring deals running through the next couple of months. Their "Spring into Paradise" deal offers 50% off their regular rates!
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Marina Inn at Grande Dunes – Myrtle Beach 5 of 7
Stay the weekend in beautiful Myrtle Beach at Grande Dunes during Easter and you'll be in for quite a few treats! Their Easter family package includes two nights of luxury accommodation, Easter brunch on Easter Sunday for two adults and two children, an Easter basket for each child and a slew of fun activities.
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El Conquistador Resort – Puerto Rico 6 of 7
For the entire week leading up to Easter, the El Conquistador Resort will have egg decorating, face painting, photo opps with the Easter Bunny and many more activities on the agenda. On Easter Sunday, look forward to a special Easter mass in the Grand Caribbean Ballroom.
Their current Family Escape Package includes a $50 per night resort credit, free breakfast buffet every day for a family of four and kids 12 and under eat free at participating restaurants with the purchase of an adult meal. All this is available when you stay a minimum of 3 nights.
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Disneyland Resort – California 7 of 7
Ahhh, Disneyland. The Happiest Place on Earth and our vacation of choice! I'm heading here tomorrow with my family and hoping to take part in a few of their Easter activities. Their new Springtime Roundup runs through April 20 at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland. Activities include live entertainment, dancing, springtime dÃ©cor, crafts, egg art demonstrations and opportunities to make bunny-shaped sugar cookies throughout the day.
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