For the past few years, our Denver school system has had a “Fall break” during the month of October. I actually welcome it, as the kids seem pretty brain fried already and it gives our family a nice long weekend for a trip nearby. This year, we headed to Scottsdale to visit the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, located in the Troon North neighborhood. A gorgeous area filled with cactus and desert plants. We have never spent much time in Arizona as a family and I’m so glad we took the time to find five family friendly activities at Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort.
We knew the weekend was off to the right start when we arrived and the kids had their own child size robes, cookies and greeting cards welcoming them to the resort. The kids were momentarily speechless the hotel and singled them out and made them feel special. Many resorts claim family friendly amenities but not many resorts give children their own teeny tiny robes! We soon discovered even more family friendly amenities.
The Kids For All Seasons Club: our kids have never been the types to enjoy kid’s clubs in resorts, despite our prodding. The Four Seasons Resorts around the world all have a fantastic kids clubs and this property is no exception. Not only do they have activities for all ages, they also have pajama nights, movie nights, hiking, pool time and the best part? They’re open all day free of charge to guests of the resort. Our kids loved it and they were actually asking to go every day we spent at the resort.
The resort pool: the resort has three different pools – a large family pool, a kid’s pool and an adult pool. The family pool is huge and absolutely gorgeous. Not only is there plenty of room for families to play, we were thrilled to easily find chairs due to the helpful concierge who greet you as you walk up to the pool. The concierge will find chairs for you, set out towels for you and bring you ice water. We felt very pampered at this pool and the kids had a ball playing with other children and meeting kids from England. We spent a very good chunk of time playing in this pool. And when the kids went to the kid’s club, we enjoyed the quiet at the adult pool. Perfect for families who love playing together but also want some time apart or quiet reading time.
Hiking to Pinnacle Peak: depending on the age of your children, hiking around this region is really fun (depending on the weather). It was actually quite hot when we went so we went hiking in the early morning to avoid the baking sun. The hike to pinnacle Peak is very family-friendly and not too steep and full of fun cacti, desert flowers and other beautiful scenery. We had a minimal amount of complaining from the kids and it was great fun.The perfect way to get your children interested in hiking without being too strenuous. After coming back from the hike, we spent the rest of the day cooling off in the pool.
Enjoying milkshakes and more at Proof: the resort’s casual restaurant not only has great breakfasts but also an old-fashioned soda fountain the kids love. Families can order malts, milkshakes or ice cream with toppings, and enjoy them either right at the soda fountain or outside on the patio in the beautiful weather. Our kids are still talking about the “old-fashioned fountain at the hotel.” One of my favorite family friendly activities at Four Seasons Scottsdale. And the kid’s breakfast? I present exhibit number one…
Starry Nights: if you’re lucky enough to spend an entire week at the resort, on Thursday nights the resort’s resident astronomer can take you out to look at the stars through a telescope. An educational and fun activity for the whole family. Kids are shown astronomical maps and the corresponding stars in the sky and learn about a universe beyond us here on earth.
Finding five family friendly activities at Four Seasons Scottsdale is easy and I could probably write another blog post about even more. Also enjoyable is simply sitting on your porch watching the sun set over the mountains. A premier casita room on the second-floor gives fantastic views of the desertscape and a premier casita room on the first floor allows children to play just off the patio of your room. Our kids had a great time running around playing games and they weren’t so far away that we had to worry. As long as they stayed clear of the many cacti! I can’t say enough of how well the Four Seasons caters to families. It is the perfect place for a long weekend trip to reconnect.
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