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Let's be real for a minute.

When you have kids, the most important part of a staycation is the pool and fun stuff to do. 

So, when you're planning your local getaway, keep these places in mind. They all have awesome pools or lots of fun family activities to keep everyone happy.

Have a cocktail before casually floating along the Starr Canyon lazy river at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa on Tucson’s west side. Weeknight rates start at $166 per night for a room with two queens or one king bed.

Located in the hills of the beautiful west side, this resort has something for everyone in the family. There's a lazy river, a pool, splash pad, water slide, golf course and a spa. It's location near Old Tucson and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum make it easy to explore like you're a tourist. Room rates start at $175 per night for two adults and two children. Here's the calendar. 

Birds eye view of Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa 

With gorgeous views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and lush grounds, you'll feel like you've found an oasis. There are five pools, a giant water slide, a swim-up bar and grill, golf course and spa. Prices start at $113 per night for two adults and two children. Here's the calendar. 

One of the pool areas at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Oro Valley.

You'll get amazing desert and mountain views and tons of fun at this southwest paradise. There are five swimming pools, a "sliderock" water slide and a children's pool which is shaped like a fish and has interactive water features. Plus there's a hot springs and a waterfall-fed cold plunge. There's also a wellness center, golf, tennis and Native American flute music in the evenings.

If you're looking for grown-up relaxation, you can sign the kids up for Kids Club which offers activities for children ages 4-12 to do. Room rates for two adults and two children start at $107. Go here to find a room. 

Overall view of the pool at Loews Ventana Canyon resort.

Located within the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountain range, Ventana Canyon offers kid's activities, spa treatments and golf. Add two heated pools and a jacuzzi to that and you have a lovely staycation. 

Rates start at $110. Go here to find a room.

Youngsters queue in line on horseback for their kids' morning ride at Tanque Verde Ranch.

Have a dude ranch adventure at this ranch on the east end of Speedway. There's a pool, jacuzzi, spa, horses, grass, fishing and more. 

If you splurge on an all inclusive getaway here you'll get lodging with three meals a day, supervised children's program for kids ages 4-11, horseback trail riding and lessons, scheduled breakfast rides and cowboy cookouts, mountain biking, fishing, guided hikes, nature programs, yoga and more. Rates for two adults and two children start at $653.

You can also opt to just book a room and add activities and dining a la cart. Lodging itself starts at $105 per night. Go here to plan your stay.

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Angela Pittenger | This Is Tucson