February 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm , by Sue Erneta
I recently went on a trip to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas with my 4-year-old daughter, Sophia, for a whirlwind weekend of girl time. I was a little concerned that spending that much time together—just me and her—would be a little much for both of us, but we had a great time. It felt relaxing to be on “kid time” (going to bed early, walking a little slower) and to focus all my attention on her. Atlantis is incredibly kid-friendly so there was plenty to do. But rather than hear what I liked, how about hearing it from Sophia? Here are her 6 favorites, in no particular order.
1. Eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in bed. She had never had room service before and has not stopped talking about it since.
2a. The sea life. You’ll find lots of it all over the property. From sea turtles to sting rays to sharks, we were both amazed at all the things to see. 2b. The dolphins. No, it’s not cheap but this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close and personal with these gentle creatures. Sophia gives “hugging the dolphins” a thumbs up but would advice against the kissing. Her reason? “He smelled like fish!”
3. The bolster pillow on the beds in the hotel room. I am not making this up. She developed so many elaborate games around those pillows, I think I might need to get some at home.
4. AKA - Atlantis’ new kids club. I was a little nervous to leave her there without me but she had an amazing time! Between the performance room (right up her alley!), the arts and crafts room (where she got to draw with her finger on an iTable and get a print out to take home) and the Culinary room (where she made—and sampled!—an underwater masterpiece made of chocolate), she was kept busy and entertained.
5. The waterslides at Ripples kids’ pool. Atlantis is famous for the Leap of Faith, the 60 foot almost-vertical drop waterslide but I was happy to see that there was something for rookies. Sophia must have gone down that slide 50 times!
6. Painting pottery. There are lots of fun kid-friendly activities to do indoors for additional fees (Atlantis Speedway, Atlantis Pals) but her favorite was our visit to Earth and Fire Pottery Studio. I always knew she loved drawing and painting but I’d never seen her focus for so long on one project.
Overall, we had a great time with very little fighting or tantrums. I guess we were just busy having fun!
So, tell me…what are your kids favorite things about going on vacation? Does your family have a favorite spot that’s fun for kids?
Full disclosure: Yes, this was a sponsored press trip but I would never write about something I didn’t believe in and really, really LOVE.
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