Programs and Playgroups
On the trip, kids should have ample opportunities to have fun away from Mom and Dad -- and vice versa. Resorts have become increasingly creative in the types of programs and playgroups they offer. Some of the best ones get kids outside and let them interact with nature -- activities may include snorkeling, playing sports or exploring.
Programs should be fun, encourage independence and provide a chance for kids and teens to meet others their own age. Some resorts teach kids circus arts. Others offer video-editing classes for teens. Time just to hang out and do nothing is important, too -- this is a vacation, after all!
Check on the age limits for activities. Some resorts offer stimulating programs even for babies.