If you want to give your kids a fun week away, while also providing them with exciting learning opportunities and local experiences, there are a variety of hotel programs worth exploring this summer. Take a look at five of my favorites:
The Lodge at Chaa Creek: Head to the Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize for the Eco-Kids Rainforest Adventure program. Children will learn all about the tropical rainforest, the bright blue butterflies of Belize and the importance of conservation. Treasure hunts, horseback riding and exploration of Maya Temple Sites are all a part of this fun and educational children’s program.
Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay: Spend time at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California for the Ritz Kids program. In conjunction with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, children will explore the Northern California coastline, while learning about sea life and the environment, as well as local art, music and cuisines. Also, look for hiking and bird watching.
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun: Head south of the border for treasure hunts, piñata making, beach walks and sandcastle building as part of the Kids Club at the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. The whole family will also enjoy a variety of “life-changing activities” like Mexican cooking classes, nature programs and volunteer opportunities within the local community.
Makena Beach & Golf Resort: Only in Hawaii will you find the Lei and Play like a Local package at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort (a Preferred Family hotel) in Maui. Children will learn how to make flower leis, play the ukulele and weave coconut fronds. Just take a look at the Daily Activity Book to see all that there is to do for families from snorkeling to stargazing. So many family-friendly programs.
Fairmont Southampton: Look to the EnviroKids program at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda where kids can play a role in local conservation efforts. Campers can hike around the bay to learn why the sand is pink, help protect local blue birds or plant seedlings in the forest, allowing children to leave their marks on Bermuda before they return home.
Do you have a favorite hotel or children’s program you like to check out during breaks from school? Let me know in the comment section below.
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