You are on a beautiful island but the question is the same in any part of the world: How do you keep the kids entertained? Tropical Traveller offers suggestions to tickle the hearts of tiny tots and to wow teenagers who thought nothing new could amaze them.

Several resorts have a ‘Kidz Klub’ with staff dedicated to keeping children occupied and amused but such facilities are usually for resident guests only. What if you need to consider other options?

WATER ATTRACTIONS

One of the most popular attractions for children (and adults) is Splash Island Water Park Saint Lucia, situated in front of Bay Gardens Beach Resort on Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay. Features include a trampoline, climbing wall, monkey bars, swing, slide, hurdles, double rocker, flip, and water volleyball. Open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The minimum age to use the water park is six. The wearing of a life vest is compulsory, irrespective of swimming ability.

www.saintluciawaterpark.com

Residents in the north of the island like to take a mini-vacation at Coconut Bay Resort in the south, near Hewanorra airport. Guests of all ages love the relaxation of the lazy river and the thrill of the water slides.

www.cbayresort.com

If your children are fascinated by the underwater world, Dive Saint Lucia near Rodney Bay Marina is the place to go. Safe and entertaining diving introduction in a purpose-built pool is offered for children aged eight upwards. Fun activities incorporate underwater torpedoes, toy sharks, frisbees and obstacle courses. 

www.divesaintlucia.com

PLAYGROUNDS

The playground in Gros Islet is close to the beach. Colourful swings, slides and roundabouts will delight the wee ones.

Pizza Pizza in Rodney Bay has a playground. The joy of this venue (for grown-ups) is that you can eat delicious pizza (save a slice for the kids!) and sip a beer or wine (but don’t forget you’re in charge of a little one so don’t overdo it!)

Please note that where playground equipment is made of metal it can be hot to touch in the daytime sun.

DINING

Some restaurants, such as The Beach Club at The Landings and Jammers at Windjammer Landing Beach Resort and Spa, offer a kids menu and can provide high chairs for tiny ones. 

Older children who need less supervision are happy at Elena’s in Rodney Bay Marina where they can share pizzas and Italian-style ice cream and sorbet. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons they can link up with other kids and climb the tree near Bread Basket.

Treat the kids (and yourself!) at the end of the working day. Matthews (first floor, Baywalk Shopping Mall) runs a ‘Skoolz Out!’ promotion on Fridays 4 – 5 p.m. when kids eat free (one child per adult purchasing a main meal). Grown-ups may feel inclined to explore the 2 for 1 cocktails on offer 3 – 5 p.m.

BEACH

Children love the water and the sand, and we have plenty of that! The sun is strong so make sure that delicate skin is protected with clothing, hat and high-factor sunscreen. Keep in the shade as much as possible – parasols are available for rental on popular beaches – and keep hydrated with water.