We will be in Aruba July 9-16. We have an 11 yr.old boy, and a 9 & 7 yrs old girls. We are staying at Buffams Tropical and suggestions on activities for the kids. I have to be careful because the girls are very fair, blondies.
Counting the days till we take off.
Buy your waterproof, high spf (45 or greater) sunscreen at home and pack in checked luggage.....twice the price (or more) in Aruba. Get a name brand, not as "waxy" as no name. Apply between braids if they get hair braided.....that's a source of many uncomfortable burns. Seek shade when you can, especially from 11-3.....cabana, palm tree, shady poolside area. Apply spf frequently....when dry and well before you get wet.
Good luck.....our girls are quite fair and have been going since 4&5. Using the above, only one bad burn (missed a spot while applying sunscreen....doing it frequently was our lesson).
Thanks for the suggestions. I heard there was a new waterpark and go cart track and bowling or mini golf built up towards Palm Beach area.
Anyone know about these areas?
I bought a lot of sunscreen already for the children and got them hats.
Keep any ideas coming.
waterpark isn't open yet near the high rises. Depalm island is open though, and has a water park, though I and others would say its more kiddish ( 3-6). They do have other activities on the island, snorkeling, etc. What might be a fun thing would be one of the boats that does snorkeling. I in particular like the Palm Pleasure, but others have written in to say Jolly Pirate and Tatoo are fun.
There's also tubing, parasailing, shopping, and island tour, aloe plant, beer plant, butterfly farm , movies...lots to do, your choice to "do" or just veg.
I would suggest high SPF swim shirts if your kids are fair skinned. You can get these at any sporting goods store for about $20.00 (double that in Aruba). They are made out of a special lightweight material which dries very quickly but has SPF protection. My kids ages 5 and 7 did not object to wearing them in the sun and in the water.
Be sure to eat at the Buccaneer with the kids. They will love the aquariums right at the tables. Have fun!
Eaten there twice; would not call it high end but the food is good, both times the owner came by and talked to us(not just a quick table check), and WE love the aquariums, especially the lobster tank, but I guess we're still just kids.
Oh, I wouldn't think you need a reservation.