Family Travel in San Francisco, CA
Not only a posh place for parents to stay, but families with kiddos will feel like the superstars they are, thanks to the Hotel Diva's Little Divas Suite. The pint-sized design is made especially for kids, and can accommodate a family of four. Within the suite, aspiring actors and singers can indulge in the karaoke machine, costume trunk, musical instruments and more. Book early if you can, because there is only one Diva Suite; although kids may be just as entertained by the Murphy bed in the Queen Suite if the Diva Suite is booked.
Stepping into the hotel lobby, families will be greeted by masterpieces created by children. But it's when kids get a load of the three-room Urban Explorers Kids' Suite that the hotel will be a hit! The suite sleeps up to six adults and three children, where kid-sized furniture, bunk beds, chalkboard wall, toys, a computer and more are a child's dream. There is even a bathroom decorated just for kids! The hotel is a couple of blocks away from shopping and transportation, but the hotel amenities are worth the walk.
From Thanksgiving week through New Year's, the Westin St. Francis is home to more than luxury accommodations. Every year, the Westin's Executive Pastry Chef places a 12-foot rotating sugar castle in the main lobby of the hotel. You'll marvel in the sweet masterpiece while your kids enjoy complimentary hot chocolate. After taking in the 1200-pound sugar structure, head across the street for ice skating or holiday shopping.
Looking to get more bang for your buck when you head to a theme park? California's Great America offers a theme park and water park for the cost of a single admission. There are rides and attractions for both younger and older kids, but note that the kiddie area is in the middle of the park, which is a good distance from the entrance, so be prepared to walk if you're only going for the smaller attractions.
Instead of hitting the zoo, the aquarium and a theme park, head to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Older kids and adults will love the crazy coasters, while little ones can enjoy rides geared towards their own age. After exploring the parks many rides, shows and animals, families with youngsters can swing by a Thomas the Train-themed area, or stop in to cool off while they play at "Bugs Bunny's House," perfect for nursing mommies. To avoid food lines, arrive early and eat, but in general, crowds are likely throughout this popular theme park.