While vacation brain may set in for families heading on summer getaways, others stay sharp, active and even learn a new skill. With two new family-focused packages, guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, can take their pick.
Experience the stunning Florida locale with 5-star service and summer programs like cooking classes, boogie board lessons and even an astronomy introduction. With a host of activities readily available for parents and guests looking to unwind, the resort’s added interest in the little ones is a great way to pay extra attention to the growing minds in the group.
Whether you’re a big foodie family or have an aspiring chef in your midst, Kid’s Chef Week is all about cuisine. Let your kids test their skills in the kitchen during a three day culinary-centric experience, July 28–31.
Your kids can see if they have what it takes, or brush up on some home-grown skills during a few workshops. Let the kids try their hands at dessert with the Art of Desserts class, or start with the basics during a Chef Skills lesson. The kids can prepare a full meal, start to finish, and walk away with a new appreciation for dinner time and a slew of new skills.
The Kids Chef Week package begins at $1,599 per night, per child, and includes a three-night stay and all culinary experiences. Each additional child is another $499.
For something that incorporates your summer locale, the Sand, Sea & Stars package is great for your little astronomers and artists. Available July 28–31 and Aug.11–15, your family has two chances to experience the best of the surf, sand and sky.
The kids can learn all about stars with their own night-sky map, supplied by a resort astronomer. It’s no beach vacation without some time in the sand, and this package definitely allots for sand play. The kids can get down and dirty making sandcastles with a handy kit, provided by the resort, or hit the open water on their new boogie board. They can also keep their feet planted in the sand with shore fishing, or run around playing beach games. Let them wind down with some kid’s painting lessons, spread out over the three-day package.
The package begins at $799 per night and includes all the amenities and complimentary kids dining throughout the three-night stay.
Enjoy the tranquility of the island mixed with the famously luxurious amenities and services of The Ritz-Carlton. You’ll have your own fun vacation away with the kids nearby learning, playing and getting the most out of resort.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
As ecotourism and responsible travel become more popular, destinations look for ways to promote their rural and natural areas and preserve local ways of life. Agritourism — staying in farms or rural houses — is perfect for family travel, offering a chance for children to meet and interact with local people. It is not only a highly sustainable form of tourism, but also a more relaxing vacation compared to trips trudging through cities with children in tow.
Australian adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions announced its partnership with Australian-based education platform UpSchool on an Arctic education program, perfect for family travelers. The 10-week course explores the importance of the Arctic region. The program encourages children to create a plan for how their community can contribute to positive environmental change.
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