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We get that family vacations are supposed to be all about quality time. But there's something magical about splitting up and having solo adventures — even if your personal adventure happens to involve a lounge chair and an adult beverage. When you invest in a vacation, carve out some grownup time. Kids need time to explore too, especially school-aged kids and tweens who crave independence. These eight destinations offer quality childcare that helps you make the most of your vacation.
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On Disney cruises, kids 3 months and up can spend time in various youth clubs on board the ship. Tweens and teens have their own places to chill out with other kids the same age, while kids ages 3-12 can choose from different kids' clubs that operate like high-tech summer camps. The nursery for Disney's youngest passengers fills up quickly, so book quickly.
Franklyn D. Resort
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Dream of traveling with your own personal babysitter? Franklyn D. Resort in Jamaica offers a free vacation nanny and a fun childcare program with every reservation. This mid-size resort is very family friendly. It's a great destination if you plan on spending a lot of time with the kids but you still want the chance to unwind knowing they're having a blast on their own.
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You're not limited to tropical destinations when it comes to cool resorts with childcare. Smugglers' Notch in Vermont approaches childcare like a summer camp, with themes and specialized activities. While this resort does charge a daily fee per child, some vacation packages include the childcare. Whether you're hitting the slopes in the winter or vacationing in the summer, this is a fun destination for active families.
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With over 70 resorts all over the world, Club Med is a top name in all-inclusive vacationing. These resorts share one thing in common — childcare for kids 4 months to 10 years old. Each kids' club is inspired by the resort's location. Older kids can go on supervised field trips to get to know local areas and attractions.
Walt Disney World Resorts
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A trip to Walt Disney World is by nature super kid friendly. But even a trip for the kids can involve some quiet time for parents. Five Walt Disney World resorts offer Children's Activity Centers, where parents can drop kids off for supervised fun. Book a reservation at a fine-dining location and let your kids enjoy a movie and meal with new-found friends.
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In the Bahamas, the Atlantis Resort boasts a truly state-of-the-art kids' club. This club really serves as a destination for little ones, who won't feel like they're being babysat when they're taking cooking classes or hitting the beach with other kids. Kids ages 3 to 12 can hit the kids' club when they're not going wild at the water park or enjoying one of the other numerous kid activities on the property.