Ah, 50% of the offspring are back at school. Peace at last… teens can be very quiet, especially when they sleep, and they sleep a lot.
Anyway, here’s the first of two posts about the Palmer Coolum Resort on the Sunshine Coast.
We went there at the request of our International Man of Mystery, who was home for the whole of the school holidays (hooray) and who fancied a golfing trip. I think he secretly fancied a golf holiday for just himself and Teen16 but I invited myself and the other three children along and, at vast expense to his back pocket, we spent a week at this resort.
The next post will be a look at the holiday overall. This one just focuses on the Kids Club and kids’ activities.
Resort websites give very little information about their kids clubs, I find. So here’s a post with lots of photos and info so you know exactly what to expect if you visit this one.
The Kids Clubs at Palmer Coolum Resort
Well, let’s just start by saying that all the staff at the kids clubs were really terrific. The ones I talked to were trained teachers, with great ideas for activities and heaps of experience with children of all ages.
Before we went, I wasn’t sure I would meet them at all. The twins are seven now and they swore blind they didn’t want to go to kids club. They wanted to spend ALL their time with me, they said.
With my eye on the adults only Spa and pool, I took them to visit the kids club and they changed their minds. Relief!
The twins spent two four hour sessions in kids club and also did one excursion to a Zone 3 laser shooting place during our stay.
They also did lots of activities – more on those below.
Here’s the general info on the kids clubs:
There are three kids clubs which cater to children from six weeks to ten years. Each club has its own section of the kids club building, and its own play area. The rooms are quite small in fact, but the kids didn’t mind that and the equipment is good.
Possums Club is for children six weeks to two years old and runs in three hour sessions.
Joeys Club is for children aged two to five years and runs in four hour sessions.
Kookaburras Club is for kids aged five to ten and runs in four-hour sessions.
Kids club sessions varies in price from $55 to $75. You can book two sessions a day no problems. Evening activities are also on offer when there is enough demand.
The carers run really terrific activities for the kids: lots of art and craft, sandcastle building, music, outdoor play, swimming for the older kids and lots of games and more.
Wallabies Club is the name given to the off-site excursions groups, children can be from four – ten years, older children are welcome to go too. These only run in school holidays, and visit places like Australia Zoo, the Zone 3 Laser game my kids went to and the nearby fun parks. Excursions vary in price around $85 – $105
NB You need to book kids clubs at least 24 hours in advance.
Babysitters are also available to look after children in your room at the Resort.
Evening Kids Play At The Ambassador Club
The Ambassador Club is basically the posh end of the resort. We stayed here in a humungous three bedroom house, called a Presidential Suite. There are also two bedroom houses here called Ambassador Suites.
Guests in these suites can use the Ambassador Club, a lovely room and outdoor space where breakfast is served. There are two tennis courts here and a swimming pool too.
Complimentary drinks and canapes are served to guests between 6pm – 7pm and in school holidays, kids games are run by a kids club team member on the tennis courts.
Our kids absolutely loved these games, and the juice and chips they got at the end too. Each evening hubby and I kicked back with cool refreshment, nibbles and lovely canapés whilst the kids ran themselves ragged. It was sublime.
The kids made good pals and we got to chat to other parents. Marvellous.
Children’s Activities at The Palmer Coolum Resort
There are many sports and activities organised for children and teenagers and my mob enjoyed lots of them.
Dexbox joined in with lots of the tennis coaching and playing, which involved a swim and lunch too. He also loved archery. The twins were disgruntled because the lower age for archery is eight and they are seven. Next time twins. Tennis and archery have to be paid for.
Dex also did some arty crafty things, and the twins also loved a bit of soccer and AFL. The twins did a Dinosaur Dig and lots of art and craft and swimming whilst at kids club.
We all cycled around using the free bikes we had for the week, it’s a huge resort.
There are many activities for the adults too. Teen16 was very busy playing golf with his dad, the two of them played every day and enjoyed some short free coaching sessions too.
I went to the gym and did laps in the adults only pool, and also had some essential beautifying done at the Spa.
Well yes, I SO wish that the cost of kids club wasn’t extra to the general cost.
It was very ouchy to sign off on $150 for the twins to attend kids club for four hours. It made my massage at the Spa that day feel very expensive indeed.
I do much prefer an all-inclusive holiday. You pay the same it just feels less.
The three kids excursion to Zone 3 cost $90 each. I can come over all Scottish and feel the pain of that cost. But I did battle my way through feeling like a terrible spendthrift and the hours in the Spa were not regretted for a moment.
We were on a golf and spa package at the Resort so the golf and spa felt free even though it was anything but!
It’s silly isn T it, but that’s the way it feels.
Also, the outdoor areas at the kids club needed a good sweep… as did lots of the public areas at this resort. More of that in the next post about the resort in general.
In the meantime, the holidays are well and truly over… back to the washing, cooking and cleaning for me.
Did you go anywhere good in the school holidays?
Delighted to hear of parks, playgrounds and beaches that worked well for your family.
Take it easy and happy travelling