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jazzyj123
11-18-2009, 11:23 AM
Will be in Aruba in Jan (have been twice before). 1st time rented a car and did our own island sightseeing, second time just relaxed by the beach/pool. This time we are contemplating an excursion. The two that caught my eye are: the jolly pirates and the submarine. We are two families, with 4 kids ages 4-9. Any suggestions?

Arubalisa
11-18-2009, 11:29 AM
DEFINITELY Jolly Pirates!
http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/jolly%20pirates.html (http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/jolly%20pirates.html)

jazzyj123
11-18-2009, 11:34 AM
Thanks Arubalisa.
So the Jolly Pirates is okay for the 4 year old? That was my biggest concern. The other kids are older, so I know they will enjoy it.

Andrea J.
11-18-2009, 12:20 PM
i mean no disrespect to lisa's JP recommendation
i am just in disagreement

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.

the other kids, are they all going to be ok snorkeling from a boat?
i am sure they will be in lifejackets, but i forsee lots of mask adjustments making it quite difficult as everyone is bobbing around saying "my mask is leaking" or "my mask is fogged up" stuff like that.

it is a mighty expensive venture for all of you and i want to see folks get the most of it.
the kids' young ages to me is a concern.

submarine.............expensive too and does not last even an hour. a tremendous awesome experience, but it is short lived.

another option to consider would be a full day at depalm island?
snorkeling there
food and beverage all inclusive
beach
water park that is right in line for 4 - 10 yr olds

check out depalm

andrea

Andrea J.
11-18-2009, 12:23 PM
butterfly farm early in the morning
donkey sanctuary
ostrich farm

my guess is you will have a hard time grabbing them away from the beach/pool.

jazzyj123
11-18-2009, 12:45 PM
Andrea, thanks for the suggestions.
Yes, it may be hard to pull them away from the beach/pool. lol
I'll check out depalm. Is the waterpark at the island Morgans or is that something totally different?

Andrea J.
11-18-2009, 12:52 PM
Depalm has their own waterpark.

morgans waterpark is near chalet suisse restaurant.

GaryG
11-18-2009, 01:19 PM
I would have recommended the Jolly Pirate as well. But probably not for a four year old.

Sunny Beaches
11-18-2009, 03:53 PM
Baby Beach is free other than a car, introduce them to the water(stay inside the breakwater) see how they do then go for JP.

jazzyj123
11-19-2009, 09:18 AM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions!

fattypatty
11-19-2009, 10:45 AM
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.

dashkytr
12-03-2009, 05:28 PM
We are considering the Jolly Pirates Sunset Cruise for our family. We have a 6 year old and 4 year old. Any thoughts?

Arubalisa
12-03-2009, 06:06 PM
Something to consider

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

NewJeffCT
02-02-2012, 01:27 PM
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.)

Thanks

Andrea J.
02-02-2012, 02:33 PM
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

cindyo
02-02-2012, 02:48 PM
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.)

Thanks

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.

corona
02-02-2012, 02:49 PM
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.

http://www.depalmtours.com/atlantis-submarines-expedition

Arubalisa
02-02-2012, 03:04 PM
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! :D

NewJeffCT
02-02-2012, 05:01 PM
wow, thanks for the great replies so far.

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

Andrea J.
02-02-2012, 05:03 PM
read thru this category of FAMILY VACATIONS and you may see something we have missed.

cindyo
02-02-2012, 06:49 PM
wow, thanks for the great replies so far.

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


We've stayed at the Westin...
They have a great pool with a fountain in the middle of it
They have bean bag game poolside that rolls around, kids often times roll it around and play with it.
They have bingo where the kids cogregate at 4 ish, could be later..
Lots of families go there
Reserve early the palapas if you want one, beach front is really really a premium
Also, FYI, their happy hours are fabulous, great pina colada's with meyers floaters..yum

You will enjoy it there !

Arubalisa
02-02-2012, 09:32 PM
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Andrea J.
02-07-2012, 10:16 AM
http://www.philipsanimalgarden.com/
PHILLIPS ANIMAL GARDEN

paul and i visited this place in december and were very impressed with the animals, their care and the whole experience in general.

the owner/operator is very knowledgeable and has a genuine love for the animals. he plans to expand.

i recommend this place.


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.)

Thanks

NewJeffCT
02-12-2012, 01:21 PM
Thanks again Andrea - I'll check it out.