I don't think anyone is arguing that places should all CATER to children or be child-friendly. I like lots of places that are not kid friendly (though strangely, I suppose, my kids love them, too). I simply disagree with businesses that REFUSE children on the grounds that they are children.
My kids go to get their nails done at a spa with my mom, they enjoy a fancy meal at a very-kid-unfriendly restaurant on New Year's Day every year, they come to all kinds of movies with their dad and I (and enjoy them), etc. I don't expect or even want any of those places to be kid-friendly, with cookies or candy or whatever else kids are supposed to appreciate. I just don't want them to turn my well-behaved children away simply because they haven't reached some arbitrary birthday yet.
And that can be your decision to make, as your kids' parent. It would likely be mine as well . . . but I do think that decision belongs in the hands of parents, not the law.
Dar and Thismama, I am really sorry to hear about the experiences your kids had recently.
The B &B operator doesn’t know you from a bar of soap why should they take your word for it that your kids are going to behave? Parents could lie and say their kids are well behaved just so they could obtain the accommodation and when they get there the kids could run riot and disturb all the other guests or they could be in an unfamiliar setting get wound up and misbehave. It’s their property they can run it as they see fit
There are plenty of other places that accommodate kids, not every place has to accommodate kids.
I have seven kids at home and there are times when my husband and I just want to get away and be child free which is when B & B’s are fantastic to catch up some sleep and some special time alone.
Here in Australia we have resorts, camping and caravan parks that cater especially for families with playground equipment, pools, water parks, games rooms and kids clubs to keep the kids entertained.