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School’s out! Prevent brain drain and make the most of family vacations with these interactive kid’s programs at hotels and resorts across the United States:
- Whiteface Lodge, the award-winning all-suite resort tucked away in the High Peaks of Lake Placid is a playground for kids in and of itself. In addition to the wealth of on-property activities for kids including a 56-seat movie theater, Game room complete with billiard, shuffleboard, foosball and two-lane bowling alley, Fishing in catch-and-release pond with all equipment provided, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and nightly s’mores, the Lodge is home to Kamp Kanu and Sunset Club.
Kamp Kanu is a complimentary children’s program offered seven days a week during the summer months for children ages three to 14. Kamp Kanu for children ages three to 10 is offered from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Led by highly qualified and trained counselors, kids will be engaged the entire day with activities including relay races, obstacle courses, treasure hunts, arts & crafts, storytelling, science experiments and more. Boxed lunch is available for $12. Children ages 11-14 will participate in a full day program from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The older group will explore Lake Placid via hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Lunch is also provided for $15.
Sunset Club is an evening program for children designed to allow parents some time to enjoy a fine dining experience in KANU while their children simultaneously enjoy a pizza dinner and an evening of games and activities. Sunset Club is offered from 6-9p.m. for children ages five to 10. The cost is $30 for the first child, $20 for the second and $10 for each additional sibling per family. The Sunset Club runs daily during the summer beginning the last weekend in June until Labor Day. Reservations are available via the concierge service and require advanced booking.
- Located by the beach, the Kids Club at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, the AAA Four Diamond all-suite resort, caters to youngsters ages 4-12 with daily activities customized to ages and interests. On the “menu” are crafts, sports, and seasonal adventures from sand art and hair braiding to water balloon games, treasure digs and sea shell expeditions. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with Parent’s Night Out on Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 10 p.m., including dinner ($45). Plus, on Friday nights at 8 p.m. a Dive-In Movie is shown at the Lagoon Pool on the resort’s big screen. The resort’s condo-style suites make family travel a (sea) breeze and a slew of on-site activities including non-motorized water sports and a Lagoon Pool with a two-story waterfall make for a fun-filled family escape.
- Providing the simple pleasures of Florida beach living, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal destination for a relaxing family getaway. The boutique-style resort located in the up-and-coming Pompano Beach area offers a Kids Club for its younger guests with a wide range of fun-filled activities. Operated by a fully-trained professional staff, the kids club is available to children ages five and up. Half-day sessions are $35 and full-day sessions are $70 including lunch. Activities range from beach games to arts and crafts. Advanced reservations are required. The resort also offers two outdoor heated swimming pools and watersport rentals including jet skis and paddleboards.
- Chatham Bars Inn, one of Cape Cod’s most beloved and storied destinations for family vacations, has partnered with three cherished organizations to introduce a host of new kid-friendly adventures this summer. They are the latest addition to a recently revamped children’s program that keeps families engaged and kids inspired. Chatham Bars Inn’s children’s program is offered through Sept. 7, 2015. Kids are grouped into Beach Buddies (ages four to six) and Clam Diggers (ages seven to 12), with morning and evening sessions daily. Programs for teens and tweens are also on tap.
o Cape Cod Baseball League – Clam Diggers and teens can head to the field with the local Chatham Anglers for hands-on baseball clinics. During home games, the entire family can watch a ballgame with transportation, merchandise and snacks arranged by Chatham Bars Inn and the Cape Cod Baseball League.
o Chatham Creative Arts Center – Local artists will work with Clam Diggers to craft watercolor masterpieces while teens embark on a field trip to Chatham Creative Arts Center’s studio to learn the basics of pottery. There they will work on the wheel to shape a clay bowl before it is fired, glazed, and shipped to their home address.
o Cape Cod Fishermen’s Alliance – Every Friday from 1-2:30 p.m., guests can meet with a local fisherman through the resort’s complimentary Pier Program. They will provide a brief and entertaining presentation about the evolution of Cape Cod Fisheries and life as a fisherman. Then, guests will embark on a short walk down to the Chatham Fish Pier to see boats unload their fresh catch and learn about one of the major industries that keeps Cape Cod afloat.
Chatham Bars Inn has also partnered with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to bring kids and families jaw dropping fun:
o Receiver Excursions ($50 per person): Starting in July, guests can explore the harbor through the eyes of a shark researcher. During a one-hour morning charter aboard Chatham Bars Inn’s private boat, “Bar Tender,” a member of the AWSC will bring guests to the sandbars where grey seals haul out, looking for evidence of a predation. Next, they will cruise to the Chatham Lighthouse to view “shark cove” and bring up a shark receiver for analysis (it tracks where tagged white sharks have been). Receiver excursions are $50 per person, available on Monday and Wednesday each week, and can accommodate up to 17 guests. Chatham Bars Inn donates net profits to the AWSC.
o Research Debriefs (complimentary): Research vessels dock at the resort, making Chatham Bars Inn’s popular Beach House a choice spot to hear tales from the sea. Each Monday and Thursday from approximately 2-3 p.m., guests can connect with scientists and their research crew as they unload to hear about the day’s adventure.
- Located on its own private Old Silver Beach, Sea Crest Beach Hotel has been a favorite of family vacationers for over 50 years. The quintessential beach hotel provides fun for all ages at its Kangaroo Klub. Located on the beach every day from 10-11 a.m. for children ages four and up, the Klub gets kids moving with high energy games including jump rope, hula hoops, juggling, parachute games and an obstacle course. Sea Crest Beach Hotel also offers outdoor movies on the hotel’s 16-foot screen, windsurfing lessons, watersports rentals, beach volleyball and bike rentals. The hotel is also home to a video arcade and a Tween Room sporting brightly colored furniture, “graffiti” wall coverings, TV and arcade games. Sea Crest’s prime beachfront location on Cape Cod’s Buzzard’s Bay is just minutes away from attractions both kids and adults will love, including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory, Nobska Lighthouse, and ferries to and from Martha’s Vineyard. Best of all, guests can step directly onto a private stretch of Old Silver Beach for a stroll or a game of football, then go for a swim in the hotel’s newly renovated indoor heated pool.