Spring break: 5 family-friendly hotel deals in California and the West

Families seeking a spring break escape with pool time, hiking, cycling, old school games and s'mores but have no time to plan should look for vacation packages with with built-in fun. Here are five in the West that fit the bill.

Deal 1: The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., offers a destination amid the Rocky Mountains with lots of kid fun stuff. The Spring Break Getaway package includes free movie tickets to the on-site movie theater, 15% off bowling lane rentals, 15% off some stores, a free fitness class (for one person) and kids younger than 10 eat free with a paying adult. And it has a AAA five-diamond rating too.

I found availability for a three-night stay starting March 28 for $260 a night in a room that accommodates two adults and two children; prices don't include tax. The deal is good through May 18.

Info: Broadmoor Spring Break Getaway, (855) 634-7711

Deal 2: If you have science geeks in your entourage, take them to the rain forest and a planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The Hotel del Sol at 3100 Webster St. takes 15% off the price for four-night stays and throws in continental breakfast and two adult tickets to the science museum that usually cost $29.95 each. (Museum tickets for children cost $19.95 to $24.95.)

I found availability for a four-night stay starting March 21 for $218 a night (room with two double beds) and a junior suite for $252 a night (queen bed with roll-out couch); prices exclude tax. Good thru May 31.

Info: Hotel del Sol, (415) 921-5520

Deal 3: Kick back, toast some s'mores, splash in the pool and send the kids off to Kidtopia for a few hours with the Splash & Stay Package at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. It comes with breakfast for all, dinner for two adults, a three-hour Kidtopia session and a welcome bag for children.

I found availability for a three-night stay starting March 23 in a room with two queen-sized beds for $341 a night plus tax and resort fee.

Info: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, (800) 854-5000

Deal 4: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix offers a lot of nice little extras for little ones at little prices: Desert hikes for families ($6 per person), "Yumba" classes for kids (free), mini manis for the 5- to 12-year-old set ($20 each), scavenger hunts and puzzle nights (free) are part of the pre-programmed fun offered from March 15 through April 30. Of course the real draw at the all-suite resort is the pool, winding lazy river and water slides.

I found rooms available for a three-night stay starting March 28 for as little as $199 a night and $229 if you add breakfast. The room accommodates four with one king-sized bed and a sofa-bed. Price doesn't include tax and daily $18 resort fee.

Info: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, (602) 997-2626

Deal 5: If you promised little ones an amusement park adventure, think about a two-night stay at the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Marcos, Calif. For one thing, kids can take advantage of paddle boating, kayaking, volleyball and other activities on the lake that's inland from San Diego. The Experience the Great Outdoors Package adds tickets to Legoland (two adults, one child) a family boat tour of the lake, s'mores kit, board games and more. The offer is good through May 1; add $70 per extra child.

I found availability for a three-night stay starting March 30 for a total price of $447 plus tax -- pretty sweet for all that comes with this package.

Info: Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, (760) 744-0120
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