When the Classroom Comes With Room Service and Poolside Cabanas

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When the Classroom Comes With Room Service and Poolside Cabanas

Some hotels that don't have space work with a local museum: schoolchildren staying at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach can complete their homework at the nearby Clearwater Marine Aquarium Education Center in a socially distant setting, and then take part in tours and activities a marine biologist there. Stays include two spa treatments for parents and start at around $ 479 per night.

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The range of technology is also growing. Extended-stay Domio hotels, located in Chicago, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans, allow guests to use laptop expansion kits that include a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power strip. Equipment can be borrowed free of charge for guests who book directly through the hotel website.

Hotels also market existing offerings in a language designed to attract parents' attention. The "Teach by the Beach" package at Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida features learning "Wave Physics" in a surfing class, biology lessons while bird watching in a nearby wildlife sanctuary, and history with a touch of sports as a kid climb the local lighthouse. Midweek prices start at around $ 170. The San Diego Mission Bay Resort's Recess at the Pool package includes loungers and rental bikes with midweek prices starting at USD 205.

Earlier this year, Kimberly Bolan, a 51-year-old franchisee at the Waxing Center, had planned a short break alone with her husband from their home outside Memphis to the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Florida. But when school for the couple had three kids, ages 13-19, went online, the couple decided to take them with them. Casa Marina, part of the Waldorf Astoria Resorts brand, offered a “Home School Package” with tickets for local museums and a bottle of wine for “the teachers”. Prices start at around $ 475 per night with a four night minimum.

Her eighth grader, Gabriela Bolan, brought a five-day homework package and "took off on the plane," she said so that she could have more time to have fun. The teenagers mixed swimming and fishing with zoom classes and worked on school work packages.

"It's a new world and I think we should take advantage of it," said Ms. Bolan.

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