I have friends and neighbours who are experts at researching family holidays. They plan ahead, know what they want and always get the best deals.
I’m useless at all of the above!
It’s rare for us to be able to plan much in advance as our Intn’l Man of Mystery’s schedule is often very mysterious. That was the case for this trip to Fiji which was booked very last minute.
I did get to do a bit of research but not much. There was space at the Outrigger On The Lagoon and it came recommended by BYO Travel and by most of the reviews on Tripadvisor, so we grabbed it.
I’d have loved to have read longer family reports and seen video and photos from another family before we booked and arrived. But I couldn’t find any.
So I’ve done it myself!
This is eerily reminiscent of why I wrote and co-wrote all the books… I needed the info!
The Outrigger On The Lagoon, Fiji – The Kids Club
The Kids Club is only one of several chilcare options, more on the others later.
It’s home is this large traditional bure, set in a lovely garden which is securely fenced. I do love a secure fence to keep my kids in, don’t you?
The kids are divided into two groups by age: Little Riggers is for kids aged three- seven years and Beach Riggers is for kids aged eight – 12 years.
For both age groups there are three sessions available a day: 10am – 2pm, 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 9pm.
Registration and dropoff is done before 10am, we’d usually take the kids over around 9.30am after breakfast.
The kids can be given lunch or dinner until 12.30pm and from 5.30pm respectively.
If you’re looking to do something outside those hours, or planning an all-day trip without kids then there is also the Meimei nanny service which can be mixed and matched with Kids Club.
We didn’t use the nanny service, which must be booked for four days of eight hours a day. The cost is very, very reasonable and we saw lots and lots of younger children being cared for 1:1 by the nannies.
Our twins went to Little Riggers most mornings and Dexbox12 went to a few sessions of the Beach Riggers. What I loved was that they offered really fun activities to the kids: treasure hunts, coconut throwing, spear throwing, fish feeding, crab hunting, egg throwing, sand castle building.
My kids aren’t the most enthusiastic kids club participant, and would often say they didn’t want to go. But they always trotted in willingly when at the gate and had a great time. They made friends and would often spend lots of time in the afternoons playing in the pool with the friends from Kids Club.
This was especially the case with Dexbox who only went when he knew other older ‘cool’ kids would be there.
Outrigger On The Lagoon – Teenagers’ Activities
Our Giant Teen15 had plenty of activities to keep him occupied. But being a teen he spend most mornings snoozing sweetly in his lazy bed. Organised activities for teens include lots of sports, kayaking, hiking and trips to a local school and a nearby hill fort.
Our Teen15 enjoyed doing lots of the organised poolside activities likes volleybal, and he and his dad entered a doubles tennis competition one afternoon.
And what did I do whilst the little kids were kept busy? Well, I did go to the gym, which I’ve reviewed and show photos of over here on my Mum’s Diet blog.
And I did go snorkelling as well.
But most of the time I lay on a lounger reading books, or sat with my laptop at one of the cafes by the pool sorting out my photos.
Lovely to have some time for my favourite hobbies. All over now…..
What’s been your best experience with Kids Clubs when on holidays?
Can you recommend one to other families?
This is not a sponsored post!! If bloody only!! Sponsored only by hubby’s hard work.