Part of my stay at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa was subsidized,
however all opinions are entirely my own. #BeachesMoms
If you frequent my blog, you know that my son Gabe is an only child. He’ll be 6 years old in a few months, and he is quick to point out that he doesn’t have any siblings. Gabe has traveled a lot more than the average child. We lived briefly in Bogota, Colombia when his father was stationed there with the Army. I found it much easier to keep him entertained when he was younger. Now when we travel, he wants to interact and play with other children. Unless I want to spend the bulk of our vacation keeping him entertained, I need to either find another family to go with us, take a friend, or book a vacation that’s entertaining to his age (which isn’t always fun for the adults traveling). Upon returning from our family vacation at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, I realized that one of the great assets of booking a Beaches Resorts vacation is the Kids Camp.
The Beaches Resorts Kids Camp provided a safe and structured environment for Gabe to play and interact with children his own age. It gave Jeremy and I a few hours of time to explore the Resort and participate in some of the activities and water sports available. The days were highly scheduled and they often had a daily theme. Most of the programs operate from 9am to 9pm; Beaches Resorts Kids camp allowed drop off in the late morning and you were not required to pick up your child until 5pm when the camp is closed for an hour; Jeremy and I normally dropped him off in the morning and picked him up around lunch (much to Gabe’s dismay). We would lunch together and he would go back to kids camp for a while. It was really nice seeing how much he enjoyed this kids camp. It even made me start to think about sending him to a summer camp when he’s older like these Brookwood Camps, but that obviously depends on if he wants to do something like that when he’s a bit older.
Gabe attended scavenger hunts on the beach, took snorkeling lessons in the pool, went to the water park, and played with his newfound friends in the Xbox play lounge. The activity schedule changes daily, so there’s not much chance your child will get bored. It also gives the traveling only child an opportunity to make friends with other kids staying at the resort. I was amused watching the children interact with each other when they were outside of Kids Camp. Gabe would bump into other kids at restaurants, the water park, pool, or the beach, and they would know each other by name. I loved that he had a safe environment to socialize and play with other children.
The Beaches Kids Camp programs are divided into infant, toddler, pre-teen, and teen themed programs. All of the nannies and Kids Camp staff members are members of the International Nanny Association which requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of child-care services. When the Beaches Kids Camp is closed you can hire a nanny for a reasonable fee (varies by resort) to supervise your child or children.
Beaches Resorts offered an opportunity for our entire family to relax and really enjoy your vacation. Jeremy and I could have time alone as a couple lounging or participating in water sports, while Gabe was being safely cared for in a fun environment. We ate most of our meals together as a family, but the childcare hours also offer an opportunity for a romantic meal just for two. When he wasn’t in Kids Camp, we took advantage of the many family friendly activities available including the water park slides, lazy river, snorkeling, and even sailing. We had plans to go kayaking, but weather didn’t cooperate. We also attended the Sesame Street breakfast (available for an additional nominal fee), and had an amazing time. I’ll be sharing about our breakfast experience in a separate post and I’ll make sure to share a link here when it’s live.
What do your children normally do on vacation? Do you struggle to keep them occupied? Whether you’re a parent to an only child or several, Beaches Resorts Kids Camp allows you to enjoy the ultimate family vacation.
Watch this video clip of Gabe “sailing”, and just wait for the staff commentary at the end, it was hilariously fun.