Just a couple minutes off the QEII, you pull into the Best Western Plus Red Deer Inn & Suites with a car full of empty chip bags, juice boxes and a couple of tired kids. You check in quick to your family suite, jump in your suits and soon you’ve all turned it around with a little goofiness in the pool. Then into PJs for family movie night – where you all sit snuggled on the sofa dozing happily. See? One perfect family night on the road, just like that.
Book a family suite
The Best Western Plus has all kinds of rooms to choose from – all non-smoking – including suites with kitchenettes and separate bedrooms, Jacuzzi suites and a honeymoon suite with a fireplace (but that’s another story altogether, the one where you leave the rug rats at Grandma’s). The roomy suites at this certified eco-friendly hotel all have soft cozy pillow-top mattresses and are pet-friendly, so you can even bring the dog.
Goof around in the pool
Here’s where you get to have all the fun – in the Best Western Plus’ indoor pool. Jump arms akimbo into the water, practice underwater handstands and somersaults, have races, see who can dive under and swim the furthest – the idea here is just to have a bunch of silly fun together. Mom will eventually find the hot tub, don’t try and stop her – she’s earned it.
Family movie night
Back to the room to pop up some extra-butter-flavoured corn-in-a-bag in the in-room microwave and settle down on the sofa. Watch a movie on the 37-inch flat screen TV that all the rooms have – or connect to the free wireless and watch Netflix on your device – you know, since watching Rio fifty-seven times just isn’t enough for some little guys.
Bonus: breakfast made easy
Wake up the next morning to a free full breakfast with toast, eggs, meats (please be bacon!), cereal, fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee. That’ll definitely tide you over until your first of many bathroom stops.