TRAVEL: The resorts with the BEST kids clubs

28 November 2018

Need a break? A kids club might be the perfect solution to your summer holiday!

The long summer break is just around the corner, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to take a much-needed family holiday. But if the thought of a trip with little ones is too much of a stress, don’t despair! Offering the best of both worlds, a resort with a kids club provides the perfect environment to share some much-needed family time, as well as hosting some great entertainment for the kids. So, you 
CAN kick back with a mojito and read that novel… knowing the kids are still having the time of their lives.

 

Novotel, 
Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast

Kidz Cove at the Novatel hosts a range 
of themed sessions with activities to keep kids ages 2–12 busy, including beach activities, Nintendo Game Cube, face painting, a variety of craft, cooking and creative sessions, popcorn and movie nights, disco and party nights. There is also entertainment available for older children with an on-site games room that includes several coin machines, air hockey and pool tables. The resort also has an aqua fun park, fish feeding, sailing lessons, 
and trampolining.

 

Sea World

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Kids can escape for some fun at the Sea World Resort Kids Club with specially designed SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer activities and programs that they will love. With the latest XBox 360 games, a kids movie theatre regularly screening children’s movies and a host of fun and fabulous games and activities like face-painting, arts and craft and team sports, the kids club gives parents a chance for some time out to either enjoy a drink at the bar or head out of for a date night. Operates from 5.30pm to 9.30pm and is available for children ages 4–12 years old. Fees apply.

 

BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort

There’s plenty at the BIG4 at Forest 
Glen to keep the kids entertained. 
With a heated pool, 14-metre waterslide, kangaroo jumper, nine-hole mini golf course, two tennis courts and a shaded playground, the kids can wear themselves out and then the whole family can settle back for a big screen movie at the outdoor theatre. The kids club runs during school holidays, as well as pancake breakfasts, treasure hunts and sausage sizzles.

 

Paradise Resort, Gold Coast

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Paradise Resort is truly a kid’s utopia, where you’ll find an abundance of activities for kids ages 0–12, including an ice-skating rink, giant kid’s waterpark and the Zone 4 Kids Club (Z4K). Z4K is a mini fun park with themed play spaces: Astro’s Space Station with pedal-powered buggies; the Magic Garden with its colourful ball pit; and Under Water World with slides and submarines. Many accommodation packages include one complimentary session at Z4K every day. The 0–2-year olds are cared for in a separate crèche area with age appropriate activities. 

 

Lady Elliot Island 
Eco Resort

The Junior Reef Rangers Program runs during school holidays for children aged from 5–12 years. The two-hour sessions give kids the opportunity to learn about sustainability, the natural world and conservation, whilst being involved in fun indoor and outdoor activities. As well as the Ranger Program, there is a children’s playground on the island and plenty of family activities such as glass bottom boat tours and turtle tours during turtle season. There is also a babysitting service available. Lady Elliot Island is a small eco-resort with no TVs in the rooms and no Wi-Fi, so it’s a genuine chance to switch off and reconnect with the fam-bam.

 

Hamilton Island

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With a range of family-friendly activities available on the island, you might not feel like you need the kids club. But if you fancy a little adult time on your family holiday, either to enjoy a quiet drink or head out for lunch, the Clownfish Club has a range of fun and exciting activities, so you know your kids are having a great day too. Catering for kids ages 0–14, there are morning, afternoon or full-day sessions available, as well as a babysitting service.

 

Kingfisher Bay Resort

The popular Junior Eco Rangers program at Kingfisher Bay Resort is available for kids aged 5–14. Running during school holidays, the program combines fun with interactive wildlife experiences to create a greater connection to the environment of Fraser Island. Activities include: beach games, fishing frenzy, scavenger hunt, craft and activities, bush walks, a campfire with stories, songs, and marshmallows, marine life by night, stargazing, movie nights, night walk adventures. The program is offered in two sessions: morning 10.00am–12.30pm with lunch included, and evening 6.00pm–8.30pm with dinner included. So, you can relax at the resort and enjoy a little adult time knowing your kids are having fun on their own eco adventure!

 

BIG4 Cairns Coconut

This peaceful tropical paradise is set amongst beautifully landscaped grounds, and offers a great range of facilities and activities for the whole family. Kick back and relax as kids explore the adventure playground, jumping pillows and splash and play water park. If that’s not enough, there is a large bike track for bikes and scooters, a basketball hoop, tennis court, giant chess, mini golf and more. After all that energy is burnt off, why not gather 
the family together for an open air movie.

 

BIG4 Sunshine Resort, South West Rocks

Big4 Sunshine Resort has stacks to keep kids entertained! Start at the undercover jumping pillow and playground, challenge Mum and Dad to a game at Sharkeys Putt Putt, then get your togs on for splashy fun on the Golden Rose 
at Shipwreck Island Water Park. There are also go-karts and canoes for hire, 
a games and movie room, toddler pool, and trampoline tiny town. Big4 Sunshine Resort also offers a Kids Club during school holidays, with tie-dye, making superhero capes, ninja warrior and pirate games galore!

 

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, NSW

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This ultra-luxury conservation-based resort in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area offers a range of nature-based activities for kids staying at the resort through their Junior Rangers Program. Activity themes include bush survival, Australian animals, fossil hunting, adventure hikes, bugs and insects, water worlds, orienteering and archery. The resort also offers children’s horse riding.

 

NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort, NSW

Located in the beautiful NSW South 
Coast, NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resortoffers a range of activities for the kids, including a giant jumping pillow, 
Whale’s Tail Waterpark, games room 
with table tennis and pool table, children’s playground, children’s wading pool and water fountain, and full-size tennis court. There are also balance bikes and go-karts for hire and a kids club with activities 
and entertainment.

 

Big 4 Beachlands Holiday Park, WA

BIG4 Beachlands is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday and get back to the simple things in life. And there is so much to do, kids won’t want to leave! Activities include the new NEOS 360 Playzone, Splash and Play Zone with heated pool, toddler pool and water playground, giant jumping pillow, TV and DVD room, playground, table tennis, and kids’ summer holiday activities. There are also bikes and pedal karts for hire.

 

Mandalay Holiday Resort, WA

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Located opposite the gorgeous white sands of Bussleton Beach, Mandalay Holiday Resort has everything you need for a family break. To keep the kids entertained there is a heated pool with shallow beach, large rainbow waterslide, games room, pool table, table tennis, four adventure playgrounds, giant jumping pillow, bike hire, as well as plenty of school holiday entertainment. There are also family movies screened in the evenings.

 

Centara Grand 
Beach Resort, 
Phuket Thailand

This five-star resort offers families everything they need for a relaxing holiday. The kids club offers a range of activities to keep little ones happy such as arts and crafts, mobile making, TV and movies, Camp Safari and water games. As well as the kids club, there is a children’s pool with water slide, cliff jumping platform for younger guests, water sports, tennis court, water park, and babysitting service.

 

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Aunty’s House, at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is a supervised activities club for guests ages 3 to 12. Each day, kids have the opportunity to channel their inner superhero, explore the galaxy, celebrate the islands of Hawai’i and so much more with games, activities and arts and crafts... 
all with a dash of Disney magic!

 

Club Med, Bali

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Well known as one of the best Kids Club providers across the globe, Club Med Bali does not disappoint. Split into age groups: Baby Club Med (4–23 months), Petit Club Med (2–3 years), Mini Club Med (4–10 years), and Junior Club Med (11–17 years), each group has its own fun range of age-appropriate activities to keep kids entertained. From arts and crafts and meeting new friends for the little ones, to outdoor activities, creative play, teen disco and even a flying trapeze, there are endless adventures to be had.

 

Castaway Island Resort, Fiji

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Offering everything you want from an island escape and so much more, Castaway Island is a little slice of paradise for families. With an impeccable nanny service and amazing kids club offering a range of activities with a Fijian flavour, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained. Whilst the kids are happily taken care of, why not dine barefoot in the sand at the award-winning Restaurant 1808, or take advantage of one of the many spa treatments? Or simply sit in a hammock outside your beachside bure and watch the waves lap the beach. As well as the kids club, there is a gorgeous family-friendly sparkling freshwater pool, snorkelling available straight off the beach and a great selection of water activities available for the whole family.

 

What to look for 
in a kids’ club

  • Check age limits and how they manage different age groups – if you have more than one child they may end up in separate groups. 

  • Make sure all carers have undergone appropriate safety and background checks and have experience in childcare. 

  • Check carers are qualified in first aid and CPR. 

  • Check ratio of kids to carers and ensure that kids are supervised by more than one carer. 

  • Check that children are in a safe environment and can’t wander away if someone isn’t watching. 

  • Make sure there is a sign-in system where children can only 
be signed in and out by the parent or guardian. 

  • If your children are doing water activities, check on their safety procedures. If you aren’t comfortable with your child doing water activities, request alternative activities. 

  • Ensure any pools have fences.
  • Check it is clean and hygienic.
  • Check the carers are engaged with the children and kids aren’t simply parked in front of the TV.
  • Alert the staff to any allergies or needs your child might have. 

  • Request to see the resort’s 
child protection policy.

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