If you’re planning a beach holiday with your family, we’ve learned a few things about kids activities at our resorts – so here’s our top 5 to help you out:
1. Water parks
Age range: 4 years and up
Children (and adults) of all ages love water parks! First and foremost, it’s an outing, but what kids don’t love wave pools, giant slides, crazy rivers, inflatable tubes to sit in and a myriad of water slides to play on?
Many water parks also have other activities, like bumper cars. There are more relaxed pools for parents who don’t like the hustle and bustle and of course, there’s space to sunbathe.
We often run excursions to water parks twice a week because parents and children demand it, so if you’re planning a family holiday, check out the nearest water park
2: Crab hunting!
Age range: 4 – 12 year olds
Crab hunting is a fantastic activity for children on a beach holiday. Whether you’re staying at a luxury resort or are having a quieter family holiday in the sun, kids always enjoy hunting for crabs.
For most children, crab hunting isn’t something they can do in their everyday life. It gives them a chance to play in the sand with a purpose. And crabs claws and their sideways shuffling always gets kids going!
Make it a competition if you’ve got more than one child – they love to see who can catch the most crabs. Also, you don’t always have to do it in the day – children love crab hunting by torchlight on the beach!
At Constance Hotels, we know how popular this activity is because we run crab hunting as an activity for children staying at our resorts like the Belle Mare Plage resort in Mauritius. It’s not just the children who ask for more – parents often come back and book their children in for a repeat activity.
3. Scuba diving!
Age range: 8 years and up
Not all beach resorts will offer this service, but it’s great to get children initiated into Scuba diving while they are still young. Discovering life underwater is both educational and fun – and they love discovering that they can breathe underwater.
At the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort, there is a dedicated Dive Master that will take maximum 5 children and the activity will take place in the pool in the shallower sections. Other beach resorts will have their own children’s dive schools and instructors, so find out before you go.
4. Make flower necklaces!
Age range: 4-7 years
Children love searching for things, so how about creating a game of flower necklaces. First of all, your children need to search for flowers – preferably of different kinds. You could incorporate an educational aspect about the different flowers if you like.
Once the flowers are collected, you can then help them make them into wonderful flower necklaces for a fashion show!
At Constance Belle Mare Plage kids’ club, our hostess shows the children how to prepare their necklaces after they’ve found their flowers. For those who did not search for flowers – usually boys – the hostess will show them different tattoos. It is harmless for the skin and easily washable.
Even if you aren’t at a resort with a kids’ club, this is an activity the children love – and it’s free and easy.
5. Go local!
Ages: any age (4-12 for Dancing in Mauritius)
If you’re travelling abroad, what local customs could your children get involved with? Food, fun, dancing? Most places have local customs or traditions that are fantastic for your children to get involved with.
For example, in Mauritius, our hotels run Sega Traditional Dance of Mauritius classes. Children get to learn and rehearse a traditional Mauritian dance for a week before putting a show on for their parents – and other hotel guests! They get to dress up in traditional costume, dance and have a fantastic time. The parents love it and the children gain confidence from being in the show.
More information about Constance Hotels Experience kids’ clubs
We have made the above recommendations for children’s activities on holiday because we’ve learnt from experience at our exceptional kids’ club at Constance Belle Mare Plage – these are the top activities our children love!
We have dedicated Mini club Hostess who welcomes children and parents at the club when they arrive. Everyone gets a Mini club folder explaining the opening times and activities and the interesting adventures that the children can discover.
Our Kids’ Club caters for children from 04 years to 12 years old and is open from 09h00 to 22h00. The mini club is surrounded with a nice wooden barrier where there is one access door.
Inside we have a small children’s pool, an area with partly sand and grass. There are Swings and slides where children can enjoy themselves. Terraces where children can enjoy paintings and read books and play games.
There’s a TV Corner to watch movies and another TV corner to play games. There is a small kitchen and a special air condition room for babies to sleep. There is the shower and Toilette corner specially design for children.
Parents are provided with a folder and the mini club daily activity sheet where they can see what is going on during the day.