You are one awesome parent if you’ve brought your entire family on vacation, but isn’t it time for you and your partner to spend some alone time together? There are hotels with entire programs for kids like surf camps, tennis lessons, and even circus school, where adults can spend some time enjoying time for themselves while on vacation with their family.
6 Places With Vacation Activities For Kids
If you are heading to San Diego, check out Hotel Del Coronado’s program, Kidtopia. The program offers three-hour camps and one-hour programs for children ages four to 12. There is a beach-themed room where kids can put on stage performances. One of the best features of the program is the surfing lessons, which are available for kids ages 6 and older three days a week. The resort will provide the equipment, wetsuit and lesson for a fee of $90. During the summer hang out with the whole family and enjoy a dive-in movie nights, surf camps and family s'mores night.
In the mountains of Beaver Creek, Colorado, the ski town is home to the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa. The Westin's has a new family program including movie and crafts night, Kids Eat Well menu, heated outdoor pool, and supervised kids' club activities like building snow forts and learning about the area's Native American culture. At check-in you can pick up a Westin Family Travel Journal and Local Activity Guide for the kids, giving them hints for exploring the destination. The Westin's car-pool service will drive your child to and from lessons at The Ranch, Beaver Creek's impressive ski school that features Wild West-themed obstacles for beginners.
If your family is too active to lounge on the beach, hit the courts at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Longboat Key, Florida. Three to six-year-olds can be signed up for half-hour complimentary group tennis lessons. Families can play for free on the resort’s 21 courts. The resort has hosted national tournaments on these courts and tennis professionals often take advantage of them. The resort sits on 18 acres off the coast of Sarasota. With the year round complimentary all day kids’ camp, private babysitting and a beachfront playground on the 800 feet of private beach, you can’t go wrong.
The Ritz-Carlton’s children’s program, Ambassadors of the Environment, is an educational and fun program for your children to enjoy while you enjoy island life. The program offers kids ages four to 18 the opportunity to explore their surroundings with explorations on pontoon boat rides and sink to a depth of 100 feet in the resort's own submarine, Atlantis XI, so they can view the underwater reefs off Grand Cayman. Kids can choose six experiences from more than 40 themed experiences each day. Themes such as Discovering Sea Turtles where the kids get to track two real, tagged green sea turtles, or Fun With the Sun where kids eat cookies they’ve baked in a solar oven, keep kids learning all day and parents on their own all day.
In the secluded woods of the Hudson River the Mohonk Mountain House, in New York, puts kids in touch with local wildlife through an assortment of outdoor activities. A full-day program is open from the middle of June through Labor Day and kids ages two to 12 can join in hikes, take pony rides, go on frog hunts, go swimming, and take boat rides, as well as get plenty of beach and playground time. Older kids also have the option of learning rock scrambling, join in tennis, golf clinics and sports tournaments. In the winter, kids can take ice-skating lessons, go snow tubing, or snowshoeing.
Located on five miles of private beach on Georgia’s coastline, the Cloister at Sea Island has a seasonal kid’s club, Camp Cloister. The Camp provides activities for kids age’s three to 12, such as fishing, crabbing, baking, tennis and even shooting schools. The Shooting School at the Cloister at Sea offers private and group lessons. This resort's club also operates a children's dinner on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights for kids’ ages 3 to 12, so you can eat dinner without the kids menu present.
This article was written by Melanie Whyte.