From camping out in-room in their very own teepees to spending the day “working” as little hoteliers, these kids’ club activities create unforgettable experiences that make your destination memorable for the whole family.
Perched on a lush hillside overlooking the Eternal City’s Roman Colosseum a novice gladiator draws his wooden sword. This fierce 7-year-old, robed in a traditional Roman tunic with protective gloves and sandals, follows the steps of his trained “instructor of the sword” to sharpen the hand-to-hand combat techniques that will prepare him for battle.
Here at Gladiator Training School in the pine-shaded, private gardens at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, it’s easy to get lost in another time. “We try to bring people back to the first century A.D., telling them the story of the gladiators— the last step of the Roman society ladder,” says instructor Pietro Giusto.
Children ages 7 and older are welcome to attend this family affair, which makes it the resort’s most popular program. While it’s designed for the whole family, other activities at Rome Cavalieri are tailored just for kids. Starting in mid-June, Kid’s IT Club kicks off for the summer, extending beyond its normal Sunday brunch hours.
Every day, 2:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., children ages 4 through 12 discover just why “Made in Italy” is a mark of excellence in food, fashion and design-—thus the “IT” in the name. Tykes can take a miniature Vespa for a spin, master the art of perfecting a pasta dish, or spend an afternoon splashing around the kid’s pool.
“Rome’s culture goes beyond iconic landmarks and incredible food,” says Alessandro Cabella, general manager. “If kids form friendships while kneading pasta dough with our chefs or laughing together over unpronounceable gladiator names, we’ve succeeded in making their stay in Rome memorable.”
Rome Cavalieri’s family focus extends beyond structured kids’ activities to small, everyday details that ensure a seamless vacation. At check-in, children receive coloring books and lollipops. And each of the resort’s restaurants offer kids’ menu items. Cabella concludes, “We pride ourselves on helping to take some of the stress out of the toughest job in the world: parenting.”
Hotelier for a Day
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah’s Little Hotelier program grants children ages 8 to 13 an opportunity to work in a five-star hotel for a day.
When trainees arrive for their half-day “shift,” they put on their uniform and name tag. Then, partnered with a member of the hotel team—concierge, sous chef, front office agent or waiter—they get an insider look at life in a service-oriented hotel. In addition to exposure to the industry, children come away with valuable lessons, such as the importance of teamwork and respecting each other’s unique talents.
In addition to Little Hotelier, Ras Al Khaimah’s Pearl Kids Club is open every day. As with all resort activities, the club strives to craft experiences that participants can take home. Children ages 4 to 12 have the chance to attend a falcon show every Friday; participate in sand art, shell photo frame making and Petanque; and play sports ranging from tennis to archery. Little chefs can learn the art of cookie and pizza making, and fledgling gardeners can get their hands dirty at the kid’s garden.
From the helipad to the beach to the playground, little feet scamper around Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah every afternoon in search of clues for the property’s famous scavenger hunt. At each location, they collect a colorful wristband, and at the end, they get a treat from the resort’s Coco’s Kids Club.
More than just a way for kids to get their wiggles out before dinner, the scavenger hunt introduces them to new friends, and teaches them about the region and its culture. Back in their room or suite, children find special details just for them, such as child-size bathrobes and slippers, and coloring books with crayons and markers.
Want to have a family day at the resort’s private beach? Swing by the water sports center, just beside the lagoon pool. Open from 9 a.m. to sunset, the center hosts activities like scenic boat tours, snorkeling and kayaking-—or just hang out by the pool.
Children ages 3 to 12 can join in the fun daily at Coco’s Kids Club. Divided into three age-specific sections, children participate in activities that keep them entertained and challenged. From sing-alongs and face painting to construction games and elaborate sand art, the kids’ programs feature plenty of fun and variety.
Little Miners Camp
When their parents check into Waldorf Astoria Park City, children experience a booming resort town—a far cry from the sleepy canyon the area’s first settlers traversed in 1868. Back then, lured by the promise of silver, miners set about carving the earliest version of Park City, Utah.
Today, through the Little Miners Camp package, children get to time-travel and experience the mining days of yore. When they enter their room, they’re delighted to find a custom teepee, just their size. Drawing back the opening flaps, they discover their very own stuffed animal, a camping lantern and a book to commemorate their stay.
While Park City may be best known for its acres of ski and snowboarding trails, summer brings blue skies and wildflower-dotted hillsides. Waldorf Astoria Park City concierges can help families plan a guided horseback ride, embark on a river rafting trip or go on a mountain hike—with more than 400 miles of trails, there’s a hike for every age and skill level. Wherever your adventure takes you, plan to reconvene by the pool at 7:30 p.m.—s’mores are served every night at the main fireplace.
Explore how Waldorf Astoria Kids Clubs combine education with recreation at waldorfastoria.com.