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    Kids First Time

    We are heading to Aruba in 24 days (but who's counting, ha!) and it will be my kids first time. I have a 17 year old and 13 year old. So far, we have two snorkeling trips booked and plan to visit the Donkey Sanctuary, Arikok, San Nicholas and Seroe Colorado, drive the island, possibly the Ostrich Farm, and of course just soaking in the island. We will most likely snorkel daily since we will have a jeep to drive. Am I forgetting any MUST-DO activities for kids? We are staying at Tam (first time staying all inclusive in Aruba). I just want to make sure they fall in love with the island like their mama. (I plan trips like this for my clients all the time, but am I own worst planner)
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    ....oops! forgot to plan a bunch of beach time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    ....oops! forgot to plan a bunch of beach time!
    there will be a bunch of beach time. I’m thinking each day will be at least half beach, I just want to make sure they experience the island
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    Make sure they sign up for kids’ activities at the Tam.
    Even when my son was a teenager he loved it. He also learned to windsurf there.

    Make sure that you leave plenty of time on the Tam’s campus. Try not to over schedule.
    If you get an eye roll re the donkey or ostrich place follow that lead. The ostrich place is kind of a yawn because the staff are not especially customer oriented. It was a one and done for my grandsons as the older on sat on a rock and pulled out some gimp that he was working on and told us “let me know when we are done here”. He was 5 at the time. My son and his wife took the hint and went back to the resort. But this is the kid that had a meltdown in my living room in February flipping out “ don’t make me go to Disney I want to stay here at Grandy’s pool”. He eventually had his sorry bum put in the car and off they went.

    wow did i get off topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Make sure they sign up for kids’ activities at the Tam.
    Even when my son was a teenager he loved it. He also learned to windsurf there.

    Make sure that you leave plenty of time on the Tam’s campus. Try not to over schedule.
    If you get an eye roll re the donkey or ostrich place follow that lead. The ostrich place is kind of a yawn because the staff are not especially customer oriented. It was a one and done for my grandsons as the older on sat on a rock and pulled out some gimp that he was working on and told us “let me know when we are done here”. He was 5 at the time. My son and his wife took the hint and went back to the resort. But this is the kid that had a meltdown in my living room in February flipping out “ don’t make me go to Disney I want to stay here at Grandy’s pool”. He eventually had his sorry bum put in the car and off they went.

    wow did i get off topic.
    I have never heard of a kid not wanting to go to Disney, lol! The donkeys are a must. My daughter had a lemonade stand a few years ago with the proceeds being donated to the sanctuary. She is now 13 and plans on having another one right before we leave so she can take the money herself. I'm happy to hear that even the teens enjoyed the activities at the Tam. That has been one of my worries, that they would be somewhat bored at the resort. My 17 year old son is pretty easy going and just wants to visit Arikok. Thanks!
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