When it comes to family travel, we know that it’s not always easy to please everyone – especially when there’s a wide variety of ages and interests. This Spring Break season, we want to do our part in helping out with the planning process for all those parents who might be wondering how to cross everything off of everyone’s vacation wish list. That’s where kids clubs come in.
Sounds pretty dreamy, right? First, let’s set the record straight: these aren’t just the “drop your kids off so they can sit inside for hours and color” kind of spots.
If you’re traveling with a larger family (or group) that spans a wide range of ages, The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is where you’ll want to be. The resort itself is expansive, meaning it comes with a lot of perks. For younger family members, The Playroom features a large indoor jungle gym, bumper cars, mini golf, game room, creative spaces, mirror maze, and more. For teens, there’s the WIRED Lounge, a hangout spot just for them with an arcade and console video games, internet access, and teen-favorite snacks. If you’re looking for activities you can all do together, there’s an onsite bowling alley, too (available for an extra fee).
The Playroom: Open from 9am to 10pm, daily, for children ages 4-12. Children under 4 are welcome, but must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times
WIRED Lounge: Open from 9am to 10pm, daily.
The Ninth Pin Bowling + Bar: Open from 10am to 10pm, daily (hint: you can use resort credits here).
If you’re looking to feel like “kind of a big deal” on your vacation, then Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is for you. Little rock stars can check out Roxity Kids Club starting in the summer of 2018. This program is designed to get kids moving with live music, dancing, and music-themed kids characters. It’s all about individuality, and kids can work on developing their own styles and talents to rock their very own brand of cool.
For rock star rebels with a bit of an edge, there’s Woodward Riviera Maya – a 29,000-square-foot playground for action sports. This state-of-the-art facility offers indoor skateboarding, BMX biking, parkour, trampolines, foam pits, and a snack bar, just for starters. Rentals and private lessons are available for any skill level, and while all of this does come at an extra cost, you can use those resort credits towards your total. Oh, and before we forget, if you have anyone in the family with an inner ninja warrior, be sure to check out WreckTangle – Woodward’s timed outdoor obstacle course.
Kids Club: Open from 9:30am to 6pm, daily.
Woodward: Open Monday – Sunday from 12pm to 10pm. Micro sessions are available from 10am to 12pm, daily.
While it might seem like an obvious choice, we couldn’t not put Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana on the list. A perfect blend of Nick-themed fun and the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience by Karisma, adults and kids can find everything they’re looking for. Its official kids club, Just Kidding, is part clubhouse, part artist’s studio, part slime (yes, there are slime-making classes), and all supervised. But that’s just the beginning. Families can get in on the splash-pad action at the Aqua Nick waterpark, enjoy all the selfies you can handle at Character Central, or live every kid’s dream and get slimed at Nickelodeon Place. For something special, you can even schedule a breakfast with your favorite Nick characters for an extra charge.
Just Kidding: Open Monday – Sunday, 9am to 5pm, and again from 7pm to 9:30pm for children ages 4-12.
Another great spot for families that are more budget conscious, and with kids spanning a wide range of ages, is the Crown Paradise Club Puerto Vallarta. This resort has three separate programs for children from 18 months to 17 years, so they’ve definitely got you covered. Baby Paradise is designed to stimulate the imagination of the youngest family members with games and activities led by a professional childcare staff. Kid’s Paradise is a waterpark of epic proportions, complete with pirate ship, castle, and nine different water slides. For the older kids, Teens Paradise provides a space for sports, table games, video games, and an occasional gladiator battle, too.
Baby Paradise: Open from 10am to 5pm, daily, for infants and toddlers age 18 months to 4 years.
Kid’s Paradise: Open from 10am to 5pm, daily.
Teens Paradise: Open from 12pm to 11pm, daily.
Families heading to Cozumel should be sure to check out the all-inclusive Melia Cozumel Golf to maximize on fun for everyone. The list of activities for kids available is extensive – from batting cages, archery, Mayan-themed mini golf, electric mini cars, video games, and a plethora of beachside sports, everyone in the family can stay entertained without breaking the bank. Oh, and there’s also a golf course designed by Nicklaus Design in case mom and dad want to play a round, too.
Kids Club: Hours and activities vary by season, available for children ages 4-12.
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