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Easter getaways with kid appeal

The travel deals are hopping this spring. With Easter just around the corner, kid-friendly resorts are rolling back prices, offering spring savings along with bunny-themed events.
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The economy may still be sluggish, but travel deals sure are hopping this spring. With Easter just around the corner, kid-friendly resorts are rolling back prices, offering a shower of spring savings along with bunny-themed events for the holiday weekend. Here are seven resorts planning special fun-filled egg-stravaganzas, plus a special Easter train with Peter Cottontail as conductor:

Where: Copper Mountain, Colo.Why: Because this family-favorite ski resort (see ) is hosting Colorado’s largest Easter-egg hunt with over 50,000 eggs scattered on the mountain—including special “copper” eggs that kids can redeem for prizes. To top it off, the resort’s popular En Fuego celebration is back again this year and is running in conjunction with the largest amateur snowboard and freeskiing event, the USASA National Championships. Families can expect street entertainers, fire performers, a torchlight parade, BMX stunts shows, and a fireworks finale. Easter weekend rates start at $99 per person.

Where: Myrtle Beach, S.C. Why: Because the Grand Strand is notorious for family fun (see ), and the Marina Inn at Grand Dunes is offering a roster full of eggcellent activities. Start the weekend off with a family movie night and s’more roasts under the stars followed by egg and cookie decorating on Saturday. No Easter would be complete without an egg hunt, a savory Easter brunch, and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Cottontail. In between all the Easter activities, families can rent bicycles, take in a round of golf, or go for a swim in the indoor pool. Two-night Easter packages start at $375 and include an Easter brunch for a family of four (a $95 value) and a welcome basket.

Where: Midway, Utah Why: Because this resort is surrounded by four top ski areas, it makes a handy base for combining spring skiing with Easter festivities. Families can take a dip in the Homestead Crater, a 55-foot limestone rock filled with 90-degree mineral water, design their own Easter eggs, attend the piñata workshop, or create Easter baskets to fill during Sunday’s egg hunt. The resort also features a championship golf course, video game room, and indoor spa. Three-night Easter packages start at $93 a night (plus $10 extra per child) and include breakfast and Easter activities.

Where: Pinehurst, N.C. Why: Because this hallowed golf resort is surprisingly kid-friendly (see ), and Easter weekend offers myriad opportunities for families to have fun together. The weekend roster includes a resort-wide scavenger hunt, relay races, bingo, face-painting, family wagon rides, an egg toss, and “Family Fairways” golf clinics. The Easter package starts at $189 per person and includes a breakfast buffet, commemorative family photo, Easter dinner, and most scheduled activities. Kids 12 and under eat, stay, and golf for free with an adult.

Where: Austin, TexasWhy: Because this luxurious golf resort has a stellar lineup of Easter weekend activities both indoors and out. Outside, families can play jumbo chess, mini golf, and pool games, and explore the resort’s nature trails.

Indoors, there’s a games room with Nintendo Wii, Ping-Pong, and classic board games. On Saturday the resort’s chef will display his ice sculpture exhibition, and Easter hoppenings include an egg hunt, carnival, and a chance to hang out with the Easter Bunny himself. With the Spring Break promotion, rates start at $199 a night.

Where: Green Lake, Wis.Why: Because this lakefront resort offers a quiet retreat for the whole family. If the snow is still falling, families can go ice skating, cross-country skiing, and sledding or head indoors to the pool, spa, and game room. The holiday weekend will offer egg dying, an Easter egg hunt, and craft workshops. The Easter package starts at $169 a night and includes a Sunday brunch (for a family of three), activities, and an Easter basket delivery.

Where: Acme, Mich.Why: Because this award-winning resort and spa is celebrating Easter with an egg-coloring contest, cookie decorating, breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt. Kids will love the video arcade and indoor water playground featuring a 70-foot long waterslide, water-walk, and water basketball nets. On Saturday, there will be a live magic show followed by a family movie, and the resort also offers Kids Night Out for swimming, arts and crafts, and a pizza party. The Easter family weekend package starts at $109 a night and includes accommodations and most activities. (Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Kid’s Night Out are an additional charge.)

Where: Hot Springs, Va. Why: Because this family-friendly luxury resort has something for everyone in its Easter basket of activities. Kids can skate for free on the resort’s new ice skating rink, get their pictures taken with the Easter bunny, watch a magic show, or paint wooden Easter eggs. For quality family time, there will be carriage rides, family bingo, s’more roasts over the campfire, horseback rides, and tours of the scenic Cascades Gorge. Sunday morning kicks off with an egg hunt followed by a traditional Easter brunch. The Easter Eggstravaganza package starts at $250 a night and includes most activities, a breakfast buffet, and an Easter basket.

Where: Strasburg Pa.Why: Because hotel stay isn’t the only way to celebrate Easter with a fun getaway. Over the Easter weekend (April 2-4), the Strasburg Rail Road will have Peter Cottontail playing conductor on a historical steam train that chugs through the Pennsylvania countryside. During the 45-minute trip, kids will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny as he passes out treats. Back at the train station, kids will have a blast riding the miniature train, and propelling themselves down the tracks on the pump-and-crank cars. Easter train tickets cost $16 per adult and $9 per child.

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