Get a little sun in Scottsdale, Arizona, this spring and bring the kids — this destination, often associated with golf and spas, offers plenty for families.
The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa recently unveiled a series of villas, eight private retreats with full access to the resort’s many luxury amenities. The spacious villas are perfect for families traveling as a group. Each sits on at least an acre of land and the amenities range from villa to villa, but include luxuries like private pools and home theaters.
Guests staying in villas can book the property’s Sanctuary Elevated bundle, which gives guests staying at least two nights in a villa their choice of two of three activities: a private guided hike on the Camelback Mountain Echo or Cholla trail for up to eight guests; a private aerial yoga class for up to six guests; or a private yoga nidra class for up to eight guests. The bundle also includes a $500 resort credit that can be used for spa treatments, food or beverages. Villa guests also enjoy unlimited access to the tennis courts and pickle ball courts.
Active family? Get out and explore Scottsdale’s beautiful nature. Head out on Lower Salt River with a kayak for views of both the mountain ranges and the native wildlife. Hike at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the fourth-largest urban preserve in the world. Explore the desert on your own ATV with tours from Stellar Adventures.
Scottsdale becomes a hub for all things art when one of the nation’s top arts festivals premieres in March. This year, the Scottsdale Arts Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary and displayed 175 jury-selected artists. Admire and shop for ceramics, jewelry, paintings, sculptures and all manner of art mediums. Music and festival food are also on the menu.
And, if you can’t make it to Scottsdale until April, try to time your visit with the Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade, April 4–5. There’ll be a huge array of entertainers, more than 150 across six stages, and more than 300 exhibitors offering food, shopping and more. A special kids space will be set up at the festival.
Most museums tend to be boring for children — they have to be quiet, they may not be interested in the exhibits and they can’t touch anything. At the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, kids are encouraged to run around, play and have fun while learning. The beloved museum will safely reopen in 2021 for kids and families to run, play and touch exhibits as they used to, and now is a great time to plan a visit next year.
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In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
Whether the young adults or young professionals in your life are heading back to school, the office or some new version of normal, sending them off with something thoughtful is always in style. Check this list for something your loved one (or yourself) can use to ease out of the house with style.