Top 6 Kids’ Activities At Atlantis Resort

February 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm , by

suesophiadolphinI 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.

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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.

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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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10 Responses to “Top 6 Kids’ Activities At Atlantis Resort”

  1. room service also makes me very happy and i’m 28! Something about eating a burger and fries while lying on 800 thread count sheets is so fancy and luxurious!


  2. How cute! She got to be a little princess :)


  3. Me too, Gab! But I like breakfast (pancakes or french toast, 1 scrambled egg, crispy bacon, and oj) best for room service.


  4. The outdoor activities were incredible. Atlantis is ideal for the family that loves water.


  5. I remember standing at the bottom of the lowest slide in the Ripples pool and encouraging my 5-year-old nephew that the water was only up to my knees. After he went down the slide the first time, he was hooked and wouldn’t get out!

    The slightly-older kids liked Splashers and the big bucket on top that spills out every 20 minutes or so. Also popular was The Dig – we have to walk through it twice a day.


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