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    jazzy, i have a 2 and a 3.5 yr old and to be frank, the best thing for them is the beach and pool.

    we tried the submarine when they were younger and they loved it. but it's much too expensive for what you get.

    depalm is a nice. we haven't been there since 5 years ago - before the water park was opened. but i'm not sure about spending 100 and being locked on the island for the entire day. the snorkeling was at best a 1 hour event. i'm not sure how the water park is.

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    We are considering the Jolly Pirates Sunset Cruise for our family. We have a 6 year old and 4 year old. Any thoughts?

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    Something to consider
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    does the 4 yr old swim?
    will he/she go into the ocean (life jacket on)?

    my first thought was a 4 yr old would be too young for jolly.........but i am basing it on how my son was at age 4..........he could swim and stay afloat but not snorkel.

    the jolly has the rope swing, food, beverage and snorkeling.
    if that will be fine for your 4 yr old, i would say go for it.
    andrea

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    Things for a 9 year old girl to do?

    We may be going to Aruba in April with myself, my wife and my 9 year old daughter.

    I know there is swimming in the sea and also the hotel pool, but what other activities are there for a family? She's an okay swimmer, so snorkeling would have to be done in shallow water.

    (I went there many years ago, but don't recall many kids, as it was mostly honeymooners. But, I also didn't really look for kids, either.)

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    snorkeling at baby beach would be a good outing.
    butterfly farm
    donkey sanctuary
    ostrich farm
    maybe horseback riding?
    movies
    shopping
    but, i think a 9 yr old will be very happy on the beach or poolside and depending on the time of year you go, she may find some friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewJeffCT View Post
    We may be going to Aruba in April with myself, my wife and my 9 year old daughter.

    I know there is swimming in the sea and also the hotel pool, but what other activities are there for a family? She's an okay swimmer, so snorkeling would have to be done in shallow water.

    (I went there many years ago, but don't recall many kids, as it was mostly honeymooners. But, I also didn't really look for kids, either.)

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    You didn't say where you would be staying.....
    Give us that and we can probably give you a bit more ideas.
    I know my niece loves getting her hair braided. She also loves the snorkel cruises, catching crabs, having the freedom to walk around and get ice cream.
    We ususally end up meeting other families where ever we are and the kids become BFF's in a matter of hours.
    Some places have kid clubs, just depends on where you are staying.

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    One thing our kids enjoyed was the Atlantis submarine. We took them when our youngest son was around your daughter's age, and later we went again when we brought our niece to Aruba. You get to take a boat to the submarine, and the kids all liked that too. Nearby are the boat docks, and the kids all liked walking around looking at the fishing boats and the yachts. You may see everything from very small wooden sail boats to multimillion dollar yachts.

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    Our daughter's first trip to Aruba was when she was 8 years old.

    She is now 15, and she has done...

    Ostrich Farm
    Donkey Sanctuary
    Horseback riding
    Snorkeling Boca Catalina from shore
    Snorkeling Tranquilo
    Snorkeling Jolly Pirates
    Snorkeling Strea
    Discover Scuba course and dive
    Dive Certification & subsequent dives
    Butterfly Farm
    Kids program at the Tamarijn
    Kids program at the Radisson
    Island helicopter tour
    Bike rides
    Beach walks
    Watersports- tube rides, banana boat
    ATV tour, she did not drive
    4 x 4 tour
    Island tours more times than she likes

    ...and I am sure I have forgotten others...

    When we are not traveling with family or friends, she does not do
    much in the way of night time activities. When she does it is swimming in the pool.

    Generally, after a nice dinner, a family tradition while on vacation,
    no TV , she may do a bit of reading before bed and she is out like a light, exhausted from all the sunshine and fresh air!

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    wow, thanks for the great replies so far.

    We are going to be staying at the Westin with their heavenly beds.

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    read thru this category of FAMILY VACATIONS and you may see something we have missed.

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