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Jax
09-17-2010, 12:04 AM
Hello! I am headed back to Aruba in November for my second trip. I went last year with a couple of friends to celebrate my birthday and now I am completely hooked. What is it with this place that sinks its claws into you? I have conned my Mom and Dad into going this year and I am taking my 7 year old daughter as well. I really think that my Mom and Dad agreed to go just to get me to shut up about Aruba.:D

Since I am taking my daughter out of school to go on this trip, does anyone have any suggestions where to go so she (we) may get some local culture. We have booked a tour with Cerry and that might be our best bet. I would love any suggestions though!

Andrea J.
09-17-2010, 07:50 AM
although butterflies are not culture..........i'd opt for the butterfly farm (in the mornings when it is cooler)

the bon bini festival downtown is a nice event.

a drive thru the arikok national park is beautiful.

using a video camera............a nice fun project would be interviewing Arubans and asking them questions about their life.

she could do a presentation to her class when she returns to school!!!

MikeM
09-17-2010, 10:27 AM
The Donkey and Ostrich farm might be good as well.

Arubalisa
09-18-2010, 12:44 PM
The Donkey Sanctuary (http://www.arubandonkey.org/) www.arubandonkey.org/ (http://www.arubandonkey.org/)would be a positive and fun experience for a 7 year old. Though not native to Aruba, donkeys have been on the island for 550 years after having been introduced as transportation. The sanctuary facilities now protect the donkeys from cars and other threats.

From my trip review:

"Aruba Donkey Sanctuary
http://www.arubadonkey.org (http://www.arubadonkey.org/)
This was another fun diversion from the beach for a few hours. The day we were there it was hot and surely dry and dusty, but seeing all those happy donkeys devouring the apples and carrots we had brought for them was priceless. Even more special was being able to meet the two sweet babies Mirna born in February and Roulette born in January.

A lesson we learned was that upon entry, you will be swarmed by the donkeys if they know you have the food. Hold the food above your head and walk through and up to the building where the store and refreshments are. It has a nice patio which is fenced in. There you can slice up the apples, behind the protection of a railing and feed the donkeys one by one.

The sanctuary is run entirely by volunteers and all of the donkeys are fed with hay purchased solely through donations. There is no admission but donations are appreciated and this organization is surely a worthwhile cause. Their next goal is raising $300,000 in order to build a fence around their future location in Bringamosa. I have already added the T-Shirt Hay Donation (http://www.arubandonkey.org/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=17&category_id=3&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=55) to my Christmas list."
You could also check out some of the museums (http://www.aruba.com/ExploreAruba/Culture/museums.aspx)
www.aruba.com/ExploreAruba/Culture/museums.aspx (http://www.aruba.com/ExploreAruba/Culture/museums.aspx)

Jax
09-19-2010, 01:48 AM
Thank you guys so much for the suggestions and quick replies. I have spent countless hours perusing the forum for suggestions and thoughts before my last trip and just find myself here every day since I got back. I guess trying to relive my trip.

Andrea J.
09-19-2010, 08:30 AM
many of us live vicariously thru this forum.

Thank you guys so much for the suggestions and quick replies. I have spent countless hours perusing the forum for suggestions and thoughts before my last trip and just find myself here every day since I got back. I guess trying to relive my trip.

Windy
09-21-2010, 10:14 PM
many of us live vicariously thru this forum.

Oh Andrea, SO TRUE!!!!;)

theresa
09-22-2010, 03:38 AM
i have been back from aruba for 2 weeks now and i am so missing the sun. back to cold england and hard to get used too. cannot even show off my tan and its fading very fast

irisjd
10-20-2011, 09:05 AM
Hey Jax,

my family will be taking our boys out of school for a week in November too. We have a 7 year old and a 6 year old. We def plan to do the tour with Cerry, Ostrich Farm.

Kent-ArubaBob
10-27-2011, 04:06 PM
Someone can correct me on the night but Monday or Tuesday night, they have a show downtown that is a very interesting culture show. Nice costumes and a really nice show. Have a great time! Kent

Arubalisa
10-28-2011, 10:03 AM
Someone can correct me on the night but Monday or Tuesday night, they have a show downtown that is a very interesting culture show. Nice costumes and a really nice show. Have a great time! KentBon Bini Festival (http://www.aruba.com/thingstodo/events/bon_bini_festival.aspx)

DaveNJodie
10-28-2011, 03:26 PM
I believe it is on Thursday nights at Fort Zoutman (sp?), next to the Renaissance Marina.

Dave

Kent-ArubaBob
10-28-2011, 09:58 PM
That sounds right! Thanks guys! Kent