Cultural Kids Camps from Around the World
Published on June 6th, 2013 | by Charu Suri
1 Cultural Kids Camps from Around the World
Kids camps these days are far from those places in which you can exchange your kid for a few hours of “me time.” Nowadays, many camps focus on education, with an emphasis on exploring the local surroundings and cultural atmosphere. Here are some innovative kids camps from around the world.
If you and your family love nature with a splash of culture, this is the place for you. With deep Native American roots, The Tamaya Hyatt is a beautiful resort located in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. The idea behind this hotel is to let visitors explore Tamayan culture as well as enjoy their amenities. Kids can experience adventure in hot air balloon rides, as well as learn how to make pueblo rattles. Babies get special treatment with Babies Travel Lite, which will have your baby’s essentials delivered before your arrival (all you need to bring is the wee one).
Club Med offers all inclusive vacation packages for families with babies, children and teenagers. Parents with infants from 0-23 months can travel with peace of mind: changing mats, nap time cots, baby baths and even baby food are provided. Babies 4-23 months can enroll in Baby Club Med at an extra cost. Toddlers have a Petit Club Med version, kids 4-10 years old can register for Mini Club Med which focuses on adventure-packed days. Pre-teens and teenagers aged 11-17 can enjoy the perks of Club Med Passworld and a Juniors Club membership, which includes a teen lounge for time away from parents and a teen night.
If you want your kids to get in touch with nature and simple living, consider Vermont’s Trapp Family Lodge. The kids club offers fun for children of all ages centered around old-fashioned activities and nature based environment. Enjoy campfires with smores, sing alongs, nature-based scavenger hunts, guided hikes, fishing trips, creating tie- dye tee shirts and more. Kids can bike everywhere, and learn local techniques like the art of making maple sugar. This is a mountain resort set in the European tradition.
Think eco-tours, kite sails, kayaking and marsh excavations for the entire family (which doesn’t sound too shabby). Island Adventures offers camp facilities for kids age 5-11 with themed activities. You can do a pirate sailing camp on Tuesday, Wed & Friday, a Marine Biology camp, and a resort day (think: beach) on Thursdays. On Fridays, little ones aged 4-10 can hang out at the Links Clubhouse for a fun-filled evening of crafts, movies and games until 10pm.
Let’s get a bit closer to nature than our prior hotels with a true nature focused Kids Camp at Big Cedar Lodge. Listed in Travel & Leisure’s 2013 best hotels for families, the Lodge is a way for true nature loving children to get up close and personal. At Big Cedar, kids are given an adventure backpack and a hat to collect pins they’ve earned in the wilderness. Adventure pins include BB Gun safety & training, camping, tent making, fire building, rocks and fossils, stargazing, canoeing, and plant and animal identification. Your little ones will be ready to fend for themselves in the wilderness at the end of this family vacation.
This is the place to stay if your family loves to live in imaginary land. Each themed family room was created thematically: The Cave, The Treehouse or The Jungle are just some examples of interactive suite options: the Motorcycle suite boasts a 40 jet jacuzzi you can drive your motorcycle into and park. Although the hotel does not have a Kids Camp per se, the sheer design will keep the little ones educated and enthralled. Purchase an Adventure Package packed with plenty of activities for your stay.
The island’s only free kids camp also boasts one of the most immersive set of activities I’ve seen: from June 1- September 15, the “Discover Your Family Time” program allows adults to get some “me time” while kids delight in treasure hunts, storytelling, to tropical bird interactions. I visited the Camp this past March and was impressed by the attention to detail: in a spacious setting, kids learn everything from pottery to bead work, and everything in between. For older kids, the property will arrange excursions to the Butterfly Farm, Sand Castle Building Contests and more.
– Reported by Janelle Johnson