Kata Noi beach is located further down the island, far away from the bustle and nightlife of Patong Beach. (Patong is where transvestites walk around with boas around their neck, not a place you really want to take your kid). But Kata Noi beach is secluded and wonderful, perfect for families. There is even snorkeling at the far end which was nice for my seven year old son. The renovated Katathani resort is located right on the beach so you can spend your time in between the pool and the beach. Or better yet, you can sit on one of the hotel lounge chairs in the shade and get a nice inexpensive Thai massage ($30 for a full massage) and watch your kids play in the sand! That's what I call vacation!
You can book this trip through the hotel or any shop across the street from the hotel (better prices). This day-long boat trip takes you to the beautiful island of Ko Phi Phi with its stunning limestone cliffs; gorgeous Maya Bay where the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo Di Caprio was filmed; and Monkey beach where your kids can feed bananas to monkeys! They also stop on a little bar of sand, tiny Khai island, in the middle of the ocean where your kids can swim with schools of tropical fish! Vendors sell fresh coconuts with a straw for kids to try and also of course ice cream, which is just what you need after a day of snorkeling and hanging on the beach!
The average ticket price from Seattle-Phuket is $1200 per person, with a slight discount for children. But you can find deals. A friend found a flight for $450 on Expedia. So check the various travel sites for deals.