Scottsdale Resorts for Kids

by Tricia Chaves

Scottsdale has a well-deserved reputation as one of the nation's most posh destinations. Some of the city's finest resorts spared no expense when building their top-notch kids programs and amenities. You have a menu of options for family-focused events or supervised activities, allowing you opportunities to unplug at the spa, take in a round of 18 or steal some couples time at a fine eatery.

Arizona Grand Resort

The Arizona Grand Resort is a AAA Four-Diamond property that entices kids of all ages with a 7-acre water park featuring a tot water playground, water slides with drops of nearly 70 feet, wave pool and tubing river. The hotel coordinates two daily half-day Grand Adventures Kids Club sessions free of charge for guests ages 5 through 12, with snacks and activities indoors and out. The mountaintop Rustler's Rooste offers guests an exciting, cowboy-themed family dining experience. The desert-hued rooms have a tropical touch with ornate bamboo and rattan furniture.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a kid-friendly AAA Five-Diamond resort. Resident mascots “Arizona Jones” and “Bobcat Billy” make regular appearances to meet young guests. Through the National Geographic Explorers Camp, kids ages 5 to 12 go on GPS-led treasure hunts, make arts and craft projects, and take photo and video safaris. The whole family will enjoy the towering 200-foot water slides and nighttime “Dive-In” movies. The Teen Hang-Out room for guests ages 13 to 17 has a library of more than 100 DVDs for viewing on the 42-inch plasma TV, Cyber Cafe, XBoxes and a refreshment stand. Elegant guest rooms and suites have subtle buttercream, mint and chocolate color schemes with defined areas for living, working and dining.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch will impress little swimmers with its 2.5-acre outdoor water playground with a water slide, spa hot tub and 10 pools. The Camp Hyatt Kachina has day and night camp activities where kids from 5 to 12 can meet friends, play games, and learn about local animal and plant life. Teen activities include golf, desert horseback riding and a special menu of services at the spa. The tranquil resort sits on 27 acres landscaped with palm trees and nestled between a peaceful lake and mountains. The resort's stylish rooms and deluxe suites have modern furniture, and a calming sage and khaki color palette.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Your kid can stay in the know at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort by consulting the Kid Koncierge, who'll keep him abreast on all the latest happenings for the minor set. During down time, your whole family can hang out in the Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch -- a recreation area with twisting and turning pools and waterfalls that span four acres. The themed daily Coyote Camp has cultural and educational programming for children ages 4 to 12. Accommodations include traditionally styled rooms, one- and two-bedroom casitas, and ambassador and grand suites.

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I was editor of the newspaper in college & on the yearbook staff in high school. I'm learning to speak Brazilian Portuguese.