Family Vacations and Kids Clubs

When you plan a family vacation, you usually are considering activities and places that the entire family can participate in together.  One option for a family vacation is to book the vacation with a facility that has a Kids Club.

Several major resort chains have Kids Clubs.  Many Disney Resorts worldwide offer a Kids Club.  Beaches Resorts in the Caribbean have Kids Clubs.  Club Med Resorts have excellent Kids Clubs.  Kids Clubs are available world-wide.  Wherever you plan to vacation, if you book at a major resort, you are likely to find a Kids Club or something similar.

Most families who book a resort vacation want to spend time and enjoy the resort activities together.  Sometimes, however, it’s nice for the adults to have some time without children.

Kids Clubs are great for business travelers, too.  Mom or Dad can bring the kids along and they can enjoy Kids Club activities while the adult works.  Evenings are still available for family activities.

Kids clubs are a wonderful option for single parents.  It’s hard for single parents to get a break from their kids, and they want to enjoy a resort vacation as a family.  Enrolling the kids in a Kids Club for part of the time makes it a family vacation, but gives Mom or Dad the opportunity to get some kidless R&R, too.

A Kids Club is a supervised activity center for children who are staying at a resort.  The children can usually swim, play games, and participate in activities of various kinds.  The kids are having fun, and the parents can do adult things.

If you plan to take a resort vacation and want to use a Kids Club, there are a few things you should consider:
• Make sure the people who are supervising your children are qualified.  Before booking your vacation, ask if child care providers undergo background checks.  Ask what kind of training the people who are caring for your children have.  At the very least they should be trained in first aid, child CPR and water safety.
• Make sure your children can communicate with the people who are in charge of the Kids Club.  Imagine how frightening it would be for a four-year-old to be left with a stranger who doesn’t speak the same language he does.  How would he ask to go potty?
• Make sure your children are comfortable with the Kids Club and the personnel there.
• Make sure you are comfortable with the Kids Club and the personnel there.

Taking a few simple precautions will ensure that you and your kids enjoy your resort vacation together—and apart.

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