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The perfect family vacation for kids of all ages

Fun in the sun looks very different to babies, school-aged kids and teens. Whether you’re a new mom looking for tips on how to travel with your baby for the first time, or a dad seeking a resort cool enough to convince your teen to come away with the family on vacation, then this guide is for you.

MSC Cruise ship sailing through the ocean
Fun for water babies and tots all aboard MSC Cruises

Who says babies can’t travel? The first vacation with your bundle of joy is often something that parents get nervous about. But with MSC Cruises, it's plain sailing. From strollers and baby-bottle warmers to cots and highchairs you’ll find pretty much everything you need on board. Add to that a baby laundry service, kid-friendly buffet open 20 hours a day, special toddler chef pizza-making programs, dedicated baby and toddler play sessions in the Mini Club for families to get together, along with babysitting options both in your cabin and at the kids club so parents get a break too.

Pineapple Villa inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants
Preschoolers can join the Paw Patrol™ at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana

Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana is a preschooler’s paradise where cartoons come to life. Little ones can meet their favourite Nickelodeon characters including Dora the Explorer™, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, Paw Patrol™ and more! Kids can get slimed at the Aqua Nick™ Playground featuring a kiddie splash pad or glide down a two-story slide into a ball pit at the supervised kids club. For an unforgettable experience, families can stay in SpongeBob’s one-of-a-kind Pineapple Villa.

Entrance to Planet Hollywood lit up in the evening
School children won’t want to skip class at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica might be the only vacation destination where the kids will ask to go back to school: stage school that is. A favourite activity at the resort’s Star Kids Club is the performance arts program. Complete with a wardrobe room full of red carpet-ready costumes, video recording equipment and a green screen, mini-rock stars and aspiring Hollywood divas can learn how to write chart-topping hits or take centre stage in their very own movie.

Aerial view of Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort and water slides
Tweens can saddle up at Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort’s water park

Home to not only one of the area’s largest water parks, Jewel Lagoon Water Park, but its own Wild West inspired ranch, Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort has everything to keep this tricky age group entertained. From zooming down daring slides to horseriding and honing their ‘cowboy skills’ learning how to lasso by day. An evening laser tag or s’mores by the beach bonfire may just convince them to leave that cell phone in the room (well for a few hours at least!).

Instructor teaching children how to ride the FlowRider
Teens can ride non-stop waves at Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa

It’s often hard to convince teens to join the family vacation but if you pick a resort like Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa they may even ask to bring their friends along too! From practicing their hang ten surf skills on FlowRider® – the ultimate surf machine, to learning new skills on the water with complimentary kayaking and paddle boarding, there’s plenty to fill their days with Instaworthy moments. Evenings can be spent at the Hangout Teens Lounge equipped with video games, pool tables and more or grabbing a burger with their friends at one of the many relaxed eateries, while you take advantage of the resort’s plentiful à la carte dining options.

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