Summer is just around the corner. Kids are itching to get out of school and play. Swimming, bar-b-ques in the backyard, popsicles, family vacations all contribute to the fun and lazy daze of summer. Yet along the Southern California coast Mother Nature always surprises us with her mantel of May Gray and June Gloom. A wise strategy to keep the coastal desert moist for the first part of the summer, but for kids it makes for pool-side goose bumps and shivering B-B-Qs. Where’s the hot chocolate!

Come on Mom. It’s time to pack up the kids and head for Rancho Mirage in the Heart of the Palm Springs Valley. Treat yourself. Don’t count this as a vacation. Think of it as just a couple of kick-off summer get-away days with a girl-friend and your combined kids. The children can cavort in the pool enjoying the first warm summer days. Hear the laughter. See those smiling faces. You and your friend can settle into a cabana, order a sparkling drink and watch the little ones work off that nervous energy in a positive healthful way by playing in the pool. Our resort’s sparkling pool attractions are just waiting for your gang to arrive.

Plus, all summer long, KIDS EAT FREE from children’s menus at eleven Rancho Mirage restaurants. KIDS GET FREE ADMISSION at three major Palm Springs Valley attractions. And kids enjoy free breakfasts at all participating Rancho Mirage resorts. You’ll receive a Passport for Family Fun upon check-in at a Rancho Mirage resort. Your kids can use the Passport to access offers at participating restaurants and attractions through mid-September. Every time your kids use the Passport they’ll get it stamped, and when departing they can tear off a stub and leave it at the front desk for an opportunity to win a return all-expense-paid three-day family vacation in Rancho Mirage plus a $100 gift certificate for TOYS R US.

The participating attractions: The Living Desert feeds the giraffes snacks at 10 AM each morning. For free, your kids can palm a giraffe biscuit and wait for the largest tongue imaginable to delicately snatch a goodie from your children’s hand. Better have a camera ready. Enjoy interactive exhibits at the Children’s Museum of the Desert paint a VW bus, make a pizza, learn about gravity, dress up like a pirate. Contemplate the contemporary art collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum – “My kids could do better than this” OK prove it – take time for an art project. All free for kids with a paying adult.

Best rates of the year at our resorts can be had in the summer season. And on weekdays they are a steal! So tell hubby that you and a BFF are going to take a few days with the kids in the beautiful California Desert in luxurious Rancho Mirage. We’re only two hours drive and a half of tank of gas away from your front door. What’s keeping you!


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