May 14, 2009

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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