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From ecology field trips to private study rooms and even tutoring, hotels and resorts are embracing remote learning and offering parents a little time off from teaching. It’s just the break parents need to truly feel like they’re on vacation, without disrupting their kids’ educations too much. So if you and your little ones are looking for a change of pace this winter, here are six hotels and resorts offering remote learning opportunities that can be added to your overnight reservations—some are even available at no additional cost!
The Broadmoor: Colorado Springs, CO
Want a change in scenery that includes the quiet solitude of a 5,000-acre property nestled against the backdrop of the Rockies? Check out The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, The Broadmoor is offering its “Bee Bunch” kids’ program to guests for private bookings. Developed by a mom and electrical engineer, the program features STEM-focused activities and gets kids outside. Each day of the week has a theme like “Physics” or “History” with activities to coordinate. Prices range from $89 per child for a half-day to $145 per child for a full day, with an evening option available for $130 per child. The Broadmoor also offers private childcare with trained sitters.
The Shawnee Inn: Shawnee on Delaware, PA
The Shawnee Inn in the Poconos is offering a monitored learning environment that gives parents a break. The virtual classroom exceeds CDC and social distancing guidelines and includes a room attendant and strong WiFi. There’s also a full recreation learning schedule that includes nature hikes, arts and crafts, and recess time with lawn games and archery. The monitored learning program is included with all overnight stays at no additional cost, but space must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance.
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds: Greensboro, GA
Love the lake life? Check out the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds on Lake Oconee, just outside of metro Atlanta. Fully customizable, the Ritz Kids Study Buddy Program starts with a dedicated counselor who connects with you before arrival to learn about your kids’ digital learning schedule and build a personal syllabus for your young ones. The Ritz Kids Study Buddy will ensure your children’s virtual class schedule is followed with mentorship and assistance. Enrichment experiences like harvesting in the Chef’s Garden or fishing in the lake are also added in for breaks from digital learning.
All kids participating in the program receive a personalized tackle box with school supplies, molding clay, cards, and more, based on age level. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance and range from $110 per child for a half-day to $135 per child for a full day that includes lunch.
Beaver Creek Lodge: Beaver Creek, CO
If you’re looking to travel to the mountains for skiing and other winter sports, the Beaver Creek Lodge has transformed its meeting spaces into a Virtual Learning Center. At 3,000 square feet (with an airway partially dividing the rooms), each space has five socially-distanced 6’ tables equipped with a power strip and paper for notes and doodling. Each unit is supplied with complimentary WiFi and internet support for students using the space. Parents can conduct business in the Virtual Board Room, which has teleconferencing capabilities and wall-mounted monitors. Both areas are free for guests of the hotel but require reservations.
Boca Raton Resort & Club: The Palm Beaches, FL
Kids will rarely argue with a vacation plan that includes Florida and, thanks to The Boca Raton Resort & Club Oceanside Edu-cation program, they’ll have even more reasons to say, “Yes, please!” The hotel’s interactive enrichment and education program for family travelers helps make distance learning easier on everyone with custom-designed Edu-cation Suites, featuring five distinct areas for learning and productivity, including desk space with a desk lamp, a Bluetooth speaker, and a whiteboard for brainstorming, along with additional areas for collaborating with adults on projects or for taking breaks.
In addition, the Edu-cation Concierge curates hands-on experiences both on the property and offsite for all age groups, including surf lessons, catamaran snorkel excursions, golf and tennis clinics, and more. Edu-cation Suites are available as an add-on to any two-night stay, starting at $199 per day.