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Parents Get With the Program

Children's programs at resorts were once dignified dumping grounds—places to park the kids so parents could feel as if they were actually on vacation. But lately, a lot of parents don't want to drop off: they want to drop in. And hotels are responding with programs for the whole gang. There's family yoga, bread baking, and golf lessons at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa (800/233-1234; www.hyatt.com) in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico; poolside massage instruction at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale (800/819-5053; www.fourseasons.com); and kayak and potato-sack races (first prize, a snorkeling outing for four) at the Westin Family Club on St. John (800/808-5020; www.westinresortstjohn.com). At Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas (888/528-7155; www.atlantis.com), Fridays are for "Mommy/Daddy and Me," a toddler program in which all involved color, listen to stories, and have their faces painted. Of course, when your kids long for their peers, they can check into kids-only clubs at these resorts. And parents can cut out to the spa.

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