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Forget boring old chocolate-dipped strawberries, the Hotel@Times Square has a Valentine’s getaway package to New York from €74 per person, per night, including a box of not-too-sweet chilli chocolates and free entry into the risqué Museum Of Sex on Fifth Avenue (worth $35).

The museum has a large archive of art, photography, clothing and historical objects. To book, see thehotelattimessquare.com. Flights and accommodation taxes excluded.

Catch: With exhibitions including “Obscene Diary” and “The sex lives of animals”, the museum is not for the prudish.

Take note: Return flights from Dublin start at €432. The Hotel@Times Square offers complimentary continental breakfast, wifi and national phone calls. See thehotelattimessquare.com

American Holidays is offering free car hire upgradeon holidays in Orlando, Florida and an extra week from €50 per person. If you hire a small car such as a Toyota Yaris, you are entitled to an upgrade to a compact car such as a Toyota Avensis; a compact car can be upgraded to an intermediate car such as a VW Passat. You can also get two nights free if you stay at the four-star Sheraton Vistana Villages, close to the water parks and theme parks. Two adults and three children departing May 27th for seven nights self catering costs €649 per person – €3,245 for the family. An extra seven nights costs €250 in total. Prices include return flights ex Dublin, airport taxes and accommodation as stated. Call American Holidays on 01-4331030.

Closer to home, Abbey Travel has an offer for Disneyland Pariswhere children stay and play free and families get up to 40 per cent off hotel and park passes. The offer is valid for travel up to February 28th. A three-night package for two adults and two children (under 12 years) starts from €398 per family. Price includes three nights at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne and four-day park tickets (excludes flights and transfers). For more, see abbeytravel.ie

Catch: These offers are subject to availability.

The five-star Princesa Yaiza hotel resortin Lanzarote is lending kids’ kits to families who stay in its Royal Kiko family suites after May 1st. The kit for infants (0-3 years) includes a baby bath with changing table, a baby-bath seat, monitor, steriliser, steamer and food processor and a play-pen, pushchair and highchair – free of charge.

There are also kits to entertain tots to tweens (3-12 years) which include a PlayStation 3 and games, DVD player and choice of movies, a night light, bathroom toiletries and a surprise welcome gift. Guests staying in the suite (two bedrooms) also get two hours’ complimentary babysitting.

Sovereign Luxury travel is also offering one free child place, 10 per cent early-booking discount and online offer for seven nights B&B from £1,899 (€2,304) for a family of three departing July 5th. Price includes flights ex Gatwick and transfers.

Catch: Irish families will have the extra expense of a flight to Gatwick.

Take note: See princesayaiza.com and sovereign.com for more details.