• Lego Camp, Anyone?

    If Paradise Were Designed By Kids, It Would Probably Look A Lot Like Atlantis

    By Lisa Loverro

    With the addition of an all-new, 8,000 square foot Atlantis Kids Adventure Club and a partnership with LEGO, there’s more reason than ever to pack up the family and head down to Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas this year.

    This summer Atlantis, along with their LEGO partners, will host fantasy camps for young builders along with a host of other special events. The camps, running during the month of July, will give kids ages 3 to 12 a chance to work with a LEGO master builder. The sessions will take place from July 12 to 16, 2010, July 19-23, 2010, and July 26-30, 2010 with a cost per session of $425 per child.

    Let your little ones’ creativity take over as they experience hands-on, team building challenges along with games to keep them occupied for hours on end. (Sound appealing?). The “campers” can also explore the new stateof-the-art kids’ club featuring a performance center, arts and crafts center and a computer room complete with 13 iMac stations that would make any adult a bit envious! There’s even a secret room reserved only for kids (no adults allowed—ever!).

    The camp program also includes a swim with the dolphins, Atlantis Speedway sessions, daily lunch and an all-camper ice cream social and pizza and “coketail” party.

    Of course, there’s more to Atlantis than just the new Kids Adventure Club. During the 5-day camp session, there’ll be plenty of time to explore the 171 acres of non-stop activity. Experience the Aquaventure Water Park with a tube ride down the lazy river and the ominous, 60 foot vertical water slide known as “Leap of Faith,” or relax on the beach “grownup style” while the kids work on their LEGO masterpieces!

    The official ambassador to the new Adventure Kids’ Club, Frankie Jonas, the youngest of the Jonas Brothers, was on hand this past January for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the impressive club, providing an extra treat for all the kids in attendance.


    More Summer Vacations That Cater Exclusively To Families

    Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Florida. This
    sprawling family fun park in Orlando includes a “Lagoon Pool” equipped
    with a four-story twisty slide, a “Slide Tower” complete with climbing
    nets and water jets, basketball courts, a kids’ play area and mini
    golf. There’s even a “4D Experience” arena, where you can “feel the
    wind, water, bubbles and slime transport you to a multidimensional
    high-tech adventure.” While the tweens are at the arcade or getting
    pampered at the spa, mom and dad can relax by the pool or sneak a run
    down the slide. Don’t forget to book a breakfast with your favorite
    characters at Nicktoons Café!

    Sesame Place, Pennsylvania. Frolic
    among all your favorite characters at this classic amusement park,
    which includes a whole section devoted to the ever-popular Elmo.
    Attractions include Cookie Mountain, Ernie’s Bed Bounce, Big Bird’s
    Rambling River, the Rubber Ducky Pond and Ernie’s Waterworks. Splash
    around before catching Elmo’s World Live!, which incorporates audience
    participation into this show featuring the furry red puppet.

    Epic Summer, Colorado. This
    summer Vail Resorts is offering families an all-inclusive, guided Rocky
    Mountains experience called Epic Summer. Parents and kids can go white
    water rafting and horseback riding, enjoy scenic gondola rides, have
    cowboy dinners around the campfire, and pan for gold—among other
    outdoorsy activities. Families are paired up with a knowledgeable guide
    who provides an insider’s perspective on the best the region has to
    offer.Guests can choose a four- or seven-day trip.

    Point Sebago Resort, Maine. Located
    on the shores of Southern Maine’s largest lake, this sprawling resort
    gives families the option to stay in private cottages or vacation
    homes. Half- and full-day summer camp programs run by enthusiastic
    counselors are available, with children’s activities ranging from kayak
    races to tennis to bocce ball. Meanwhile,
    parents can enjoy the renowned 18-hole championship golf course.
    There’s also plenty of family bonding opportunities, including family
    bingo, family double dare, and campfires.

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