10 Daycation Ideas for New and Expectant Parents

Find inspiration for solo spa retreats for Mom, outdoor adventures with the kids and romantic reconnects for expectant couples.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published June 13, 2024
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Parenthood is all about celebrating the small victories. So why should vacations as a parent be all that different? As childcare costs rise and budgets tighten, travel is often first to go. But what if you could still make major memories with a bite-sized budget? Enter the daycation—made possible in over 250 cities with ResortPass. No need to take PTO or save up for months on end, with ResortPass you and the kids (or just you!) can enjoy the pool, the spa and more amenities top-tier hotels and resorts have to offer starting at just $25 per person for the day.

Better yet, right now ResortPass is partnering with The Bump. The first 150 Bump daycationers to use code BUMP10 will get $10 off their booking. Browse family-friendly and luxe mini getaways in your city here and find inspiration for your next daycation below!

1. Postpartum Pampering

The first few months with baby may be magical, but it’s no secret that after childbirth and nights spent awake with baby, Mom might be in need of some postpartum pampering. Unwind in tranquil pools, schedule spa treatments and enjoy steam and sauna rooms at high-end hotels like the Fairmont Century Plaza beloved by Los Angles-based influencer @sophielynn and spas like The Spa at the Crescent in Dallas. Remember a day of rest and relaxation is good for Mom—which means it’s also good for the family!

2. An Epicurean Adventure for Expectant Parents

Looking for a budget mini babymoon for the food lover in your life? Expectant parents can indulge in a culinary daycation at a variety of food-centric resorts and hotels like The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Palm Beach or the Epicurean in Atlanta. Rent a cabana poolside and savor and sample new and old favorites throughout the day. Poolside perfection!

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3. Family Beachside Bliss

For parents, the most painful part of a beach day with the kiddos is often lugging a mountain of necessities down to the beach. Take a page out of Florida-based influencer @millenialmiss’ book and enjoy a hassle-free beach day at a nearby resort like the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. With amenities like poolside food, towel service and tubes to float down the lazy river “a hundred times,” everything you need for making memories by the sea is waiting there for you.

4. Wellness Recentering for the Mom-to-Be

In the weeks leading up to baby’s arrival, it can be helpful to tune into your body and ready your mind for the journey to come. For parents seeking a little recentering, a day spent at a wellness resorts like The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach offers a chance to take part in yoga classes, top-notch spa services and then find your zen by the pool. New happy place unlocked.

5. A Golf Day with the Getting-Ready-To-Be-Grands

There might not be much time to tee off for those first few months after welcoming baby, so get a great round while you can! Take along the soon-to-be grandparents and other family friends for a day hitting the links while your partner enjoys the day at the pool at an adjoining resort like the Omni PGA Frisco Resort in Frisco, Texas or Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa just outside of Jacksonville. Think of it as an advanced thank you for babysitting.

6. A Nature Escape for the Whole Crew

If you are looking to get the whole family together, a day spent at an outdoor adventure resort provides a great way to bond over outdoor activities. At places like Foxhall Resort just outside of Atlanta and the Crowne Plaza Princeton in Plainsboro, New Jersey, you can ditch the screens and spend the day at the pool, hike the resort property, fish or take advantage of a variety of lawn games.

7. A Hotel Room for One

Sometimes, all parents really need is just a few hours away from sticky toddler hands and nonstop noise. Take a well-deserved break with a solo daycation. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a luxurious hotel room at a beloved historic hotel like the Georgian Terrace in Atlanta or Hotel Zena in downtown Washington D.C. Order room service, unwind by the rooftop pool and soak in the serenity.

8. A Girls’ Winery Day

Amid the pressure of being a parent, sometimes you just need a day out with the girls. Gather your friends for a sophisticated daycation at a local winery/resort like the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley or the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula Valley, California. Book a vineyard tour or just sip champagne in a poolside cabana. Either way, the girl talk is going down.

9. A Wild Waterpark Adventure

Sometimes you just can’t beat the excitement of a day at the waterpark. Rather than face the chaos that reigns at your local waterpark, consider diving into one offered at a nearby resort like the Cypress Springs Water Park at Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando or the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark in Monticello, New York. Thrilling slides, wave pools, and lazy rivers abound, but a smaller setting can mean a little more relaxation and a little less stress.

10. The Relationship Reconnect

Whether you’re expecting a little one or just welcomed a new addition, it’s important to reconnect with your partner in times of change or stress. Enjoy private daybeds at the pool at chic, romantic resorts like the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club in Dana Point, California or the Grand Hyatt in Vail, Colorado where you can chat over cocktails and rekindle your romance.

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