I love that kids clubs at hotels and resorts are no longer just day camps where staff members simply take kids to the pool and make arts and crafts with them. Sure, those are fun, but when my kids can learn something too, that’s the best. Florida has a bunch of fabulous, environmentally-focused kids clubs, and if you’re still thinking about a Spring Break getaway, here are a few options worth checking out.
The Breakers (Palm Beach): Kids ages 3 to 12 will fit right in at the Coconut Crew Camp with daily activities that focus on three fundamentals: education, health and fitness, and relationship building. Among the activities are beach explorations, nature walks, eco tours, treasure hunts and field trips, as well as snorkeling, tennis and crafts.
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (Bonita Springs): Your kids will love Camp Coconut, which is designed for kids ages 3 to 12. While the kids are going on shark tooth hunts, riding bikes and engaging in contests by the pool, they’ll also be learning about plants, animals and Calusa Indians that once lived in this part of Florida.
Ritz-Carlton (Naples): The environmentally-focused Nature’s Wonders program is led by certified naturalists that teach guests ages 5 to 12 about nature in a colorful eco-sanctuary that features 11 aquariums. Kids will enjoy hands-on activities and a science-based curriculum that teaches about marine environments, conservation and what lies in the sand and surf.
Trump International Beach Resort (Miami): You’ll find more than an ordinary kids club. You’ll find Planet Kids, which is for boys and girls ages 4 to 12. The club offers an exclusive enviro-adventures curriculum that teaches kids about the environment. Kids learn about ocean ecosystems, how sand is formed and will even collect items found on the beach for arts and crafts.
Marco Island Marriott (Marco Island): Kids ages 5 to 12 can become wildlife explorers as part of the Tiki Tribe Discovery Day Camp. Kids learn fun facts about an animal of the day (e.g., Manatee Monday, Turtle Tuesday), then go on shell hunts and learn more about the ecosystem as they look at shell casings through a microscope.
Have you gone on a family vacation where your kids spent time in a particularly good kids club? Let me know and tell me where you stayed. I’d love to check out these hotels and resorts where my kids can learn and have fun at the same time.
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