Hotels & Accommodations
Hotels’ kids clubs a win-win
Vacation is a time to relax and recharge, but when you're vacationing with kids, the constant pressure to entertain them can leave you needing a vacation after your trip. That's where many Myrtle Beach hotels have a life-saver for parents: Kids clubs.
Kids clubs include activities and outings designed to entertain children while parents get some much-deserved r&r. Most hotels with kids clubs offer them as a complimentary or low-cost service to guests. Some even host evening kids activities so parents can enjoy a night out.
Hotels say the kids clubs are an added bonus for both parents and kids.
Jessica Skeen, a kids club counselor for Sands Resorts, said the kids have a blast doing activities with the kids club while parents get a break.
“It gives parents time to relax,” Jessica said.
Sands Resorts' kids club activities include beach games, trips to the on-site waterpark, a magic show, scavenger hunts and more. The club, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, is free for all Sands guests. Lunch can be added for $5 per day, and some activities such as tie-dying t-shirts include a small charge for materials.
Sands also has a nighttime kids program from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Hampton Inn & Suites' Grouper Gang kids club runs from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 Monday through Saturday. Front Office Manager Andrew Gorman says it's a hit with young guests. “They seem to love it,” he said.
Activities include pool games, arts and crafts, off-site trips to the movies and putt-putt, and wii games. The Grouper Gang also hosts a movie and pizza night from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays when parents can enjoy a nice dinner out by themselves, Andrew said.
Family fun is also a focus at Springmaid Beach Resort, where the activity crew works hard to provide games and entertainment for guests.
Kids can get involved with a number of activities throughout the resort, said Holly Simon, front office manager, including beach activities, wii games, pool games as well as sports on the lawn. The program gives parents a break from entertaining their kids during the day.
“Parents appreciate the fact that [the activities are] entertaining their kids. Parents can sit at the pool and relax with their kids in view,” Holly said.
Springmaid also provides a nighttime program on Thursday nights, which coincides with trivia night on the Springmaid Beach Pier. Parents can enjoy a night out of trivia and entertainment while the kids create crafts and have fun at the resort.
To find a hotel that offers a kids club, check out our list of Myrtle Beach hotels and choose “Children's programs” from the amenities list.