From playing house to dressing up, playing pretend helps cultivate a child’s imagination and creativity. Vacationing to an environment that can bring those fantasies to life only helps stimulate a fun and educational experience for the whole family. For the girls or the boys, astronaut or princess, you’ll find something for everyone at one of these cool hotels.
Barbie’s Dream House
Las Vegas isn’t just for adults anymore. With the Barbie Suite in the Palm’s Fantasy Tower, every little girl’s dream of living in the Malibu Dream House can now come to life. Designed by world-renowned interior designer Jonathan Adler, custom details like Barbie’s skirted, lace-up “dress” chairs, a sunburst mirror made from 65 dolls and custom wall coverings in signature patterns bring Barbie’s pink palace to fruition. And for the big kids, enjoy the extra-large Jacuzzi tub, two-way fire place amazing views of the Las Vegas strip.
Palms Casino Resort. 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103. http://www.palms.com/rooms/fantasy-suites/barbie-suite
Out of this World
Fly to the Moon inside a Space Capsule in a suite designed for adventure explorer’s who want a trip to space without leaving earth. Fly to the moon in your own private light-up rocket ship surrounded by stars, planets and the Milky Way Galaxy. Located just twenty minutes from downtown Chicago, the Magnificent Mile is calling.
Rainbow Motel/Pink Palace Fantasy Suites. 7050 W. Archer Ave. Chicago, IL 60638. http://www.rainbowpinkpalace.com/suites.html
Fit for a Princess
From sleeping in a horse-drawn carriage to lounging in the “glass slipper” shaped whirlpool, bring your Cinderella fantasy to life as you live like a princess for the evening. 15 minutes outside of Indianapolis, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions in the vicinity like Brown County State Park and the Motor Speedway.
Greenwood Fantasuite. 1117 East Main St. Greenwood, IN 46143 http://www.greenwoodfantasuite.com/rooms.htm
Into the Jungle
Bring out your animal instincts at the Safari Room at the famous California Madonna Inn. The jungle motif gives a whimsical glimpse into the wild in an untamed forest with a canopy of trees and vines. Animal prints, ponds and clubs add to the surroundings as a waterfall spills from the stone shower.
Madonna Inn. 100 Madonna Road. San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. http://www.madonnainn.com/rooms/137.php
Tribal life as an Indian
Off historic Route 66, the Wigwam Motel in Arizona offers the chance to sleep (almost) under the open sky in an authentic looking teepee in a wigwam village. Listed as a national historic site, the tepee rooms have two double beds and electricity for creature comforts like a tv.
Wigwam Motel. 811 West Hopi Dr. Holbrook, AZ. 928.524.3048. http://www.galerie-kokopelli.com/wigwam/