Summer Vacation From a Kid's Point Of View
Look ahead, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere: summer is coming. And with it is the annual opportunity to bond with your children on a summer vacation. How do you plan a family summer vacation the kids won’t hate?
It’s easy to know what kids don’t like to do on vacation. I wouldn’t bring young ones to tour the ruins of Rome, for instance, or take a luxury river cruise. Aside from a month-long sojourn to Disney World, what would they plan if they planned their own summer vacation?
All-Inclusive and Family-Friendly
Family-friendly all-inclusive resorts sometimes offer free food and lodging for the under-12 crowd, and many Caribbean resorts have kids’ clubs or dedicated kiddie pools complete with pirate ships and water cannons. What little brother wouldn’t love blasting his siblings with water bombs?
It’s hard to beat the look on a child’s face when she’s swimming with a dolphin, or petting a stingray. Encounters with animals are part of the program at Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. At Club Med all-inclusive resort in Cancun, kids can learn to swing on a flying trapeze. At Franklin D. Resort and Spa in Jamaica, kids get a personal nanny. Okay, that’s mostly for the adults.
- Club Regina Los Cabos luxe oceanfront suite for up to 4
- Book within 12 months, travel within 18 months
- Taxes & resort fees included
5-Day Los Cabos Getaway - $100 off w/ code 100CABO
- Includes all-day roadside assistance
- Available for pickup or delivery in locations in all 50 states
- Many models to choose from including Airstreams
RV Rentals for Your Summer & Labor Day Adventures
- Rate is 3-nts for 2 in Sep 2021 - free cancellation
- All-Inclusive resort w/ 3 pools & kid's pool
- Wide range of entertainment for kids & adults
Panama | 3-Nts All-Inclusive Hotel RIU Playa Blanca
- Rate is a 3-nt stay for 2 in Sep 2021
- Ocean views from balcony or terrace
- 5 restaurants + Jamaican barbecue
3-Nts Hotel RIU Negril | Jamaica All-Inclusive
- Sail from Galveston on Mar 12, 2022
- Visit Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel
- Ship credit offer
7-Nt W. Caribbean on Carnival Vista
- Sailing Sep 5, 2021 from San Juan
- Up to $500 ship credit
- Visit Aruba, St. Maarten, Bonaire & Curaco
7-Nt Caribbean Cruise on Royal Caribbean
- Sailing Oct 7, 2021 - See more itineraries below
- Free onboard credits up to $1,500 per stateroom
- Risk-free reservations - no money down
4-Nt Western Caribbean Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas
- Rate in Oct 2021 - free cancellation
- Includes Splash Water World park
- No charge COVID test prior to return home
3-Nt Stay for 2 at RIU Naiboa | All-Inclusive Punta Cana
- Sails Oct 15, 2021 from Orlando - More itineraries below
- Up to $75 instant savings
- 60% off second stateroom guest
3-Nt Bahamas Cruise on Mariner of the Seas
- Sails Sep 25, 2021 from Los Angeles
- Up to $500 in shipboard credit & travel insurance
- Visit Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta
7-Nt Mexican Riviera Cruise on Carnival Panorama
- Price is a 3-Nt stay for 2 in Oct 2021
- Free entry to Splash Water World
- Five pools, kid's pool, whirlpool
3-Nts | All-Inclusive Hotel RIU Dunamar
Look Up! Kids Love Treehouses
Out’n’About Treesort in Takilma, Oregon is a kid-friendly “treesort” where you can live in a tree, in accommodations named Majestree, Serendipitree, or Treezebo. It’s more than a bed and breakfast inn up in the trees with rope bridges and cozy lofts. There are “activitrees” to keep even the hyperactive kids happy. You can ride the ziplines through the forest, swing on a Tarzan vine, go horseback riding on the park-like grounds, or take a white water raft down the Klamath River.
World’s Most Interesting Summer Camps
Summer camp is a rite of passage for the luckiest kids. And they are truly a summer vacation for Mom and Dad. But today’s summer camps aren’t quite like the tents, fires and hikes of yesteryear. Would your child like to learn to drive race cars? There’s a camp for that: Motorsports Camp. How about start a small business? There’s a camp for that, too: CampBizSmart. If you have a child with a special interest, consider one of these options:
- Robotics Camp: Build robots, program their movements and generally cause mayhem with machines.
- Dinosaur Camp: Little archeologists can dig up real dinosaur bones. What’s more fun than digging in the dirt?
- Bricks4Kidz Camp: Learn engineering skills at a camp full of Legos.
- Space Camp: Got a space cadet? Send them to Alabama for out-of-this-world astronaut training.
Road Trip, Anyone?
Here’s an idea: Get out a map and let the little darlings choose a destination or a series of them. It’s a great way to teach a little geography, and kids love road trips. Let them shop for car snacks and games and pick out hotels or campgrounds. If they’re involved in the planning, they are less likely to complain or spend their summer vacation in the backseat poking each other.
Vacation Advice: Plan a little vacation time for yourselves, preferably after the kids go back to school. Maybe you could bring home one of those nannies from Jamaica to watch them while you’re gone.
By Kay D. Harrison
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