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 with room for 50 munchkins. 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

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

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. Sometimes dreams really do come true.

Greenwood Fantasuite 1117 East Main St. Greenwood, IN 46143

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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 Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Tribal Life

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 along with creature comforts like a TV to guarantee you're not really roughing it.

Wigwam Motel 811 West Hopi Dr. Holbrook, AZ 86025