With Spring Break next month and Summer Break fast approaching, I start planning places to go that will not only be fun but allow my kids a chance to burn off some of that built up energy. Stepping away from electronics and getting out of the house to enjoy something active is not only healthy for the kids, it can provide some mental sanity for mom and dad, while making bedtime a breeze! I asked my kids the top three places they wanted to go during their school break to run off some energy and here is what they said: “Sky Zone, Lakes Park and their favorite local beach.”
My kids can literally play for hours at Sky Zone; so the all day pass is perfect for our family. From jumping on the trampolines, competing with one another on the ninja warrior course and warp wall and battling it out with a friendly jousting match they wear themselves out to the point that they need some downtime on the silks before jumping some more. If you are looking for a way to get your kids active while having a days worth of fun, this is the place to go!
Planning an active day outside is easy to do if you are going to Lakes Park. Just pack a picnic lunch, wear comfy shoes and bring the swimsuits, towels and sunscreen! We love to walk the trails, look for alligators & butterflies, eat in one of the many shaded spots, work up a sweat on the awesome train playground then cool off at the splash pad. It truly is a fun and exhausting day for the entire family!
The Beach at Bowditch Point
The beach is always a good idea for enjoying fresh air, getting some great exercise and soaking up the beautiful Florida life. We love this Fort Myers beach spot because there is a ton of beach to run around, lots of shallow water to play in plus some walking trails. Personally, I think Bowditch Point Park is a great beach day for those with little kids. Parking is typically easy to snag, the bathrooms are nice, lots of nearby shaded areas to rest in and not crowded compared to most other beach spots. Plus the panoramic bay views are especially beautiful at sunset.
Kids are sure to build up some energy when staying home this school break. These locations are sure to tire out your kid and induce a good night’s sleep. Give them a try!
Can you honestly say that you love yourself? It is so easy to focus on your faults and dwell on ones own insecurities instead of the things about themselves that they are happy with. Doing this can cause you to dislike yourself.
You may also be too busy focusing on others around you and not focusing on loving yourself. This may seem more important to some than others, but self-love is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Being in love with yourself provides you with self-confidence, self-worth and it will generally help you feel more positive. Today, on valentine's, take time to think about not only why you love others but what is so wonderful about yourself!
SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH YOURSELF!!!
This "cold" weather lately has me dreaming of pool days. So I startedf thinking of all my favorite hotel pools in Florida and decided to share my list!
Not all pools are created equal– some have full service cabanas for a day of pampered attention, some have massive waterfalls with hidden slides and some are wrapped with a beautiful lazy river. Florida is full of fantastic hotel pools because they are all enjoyable year-round. To me, in order for a hotel pool to be awesome it needs to meet the needs of every age group- here is a handful of my family’s favorite hotel pools that we visit frequent! Keep in mind that all of these pools require that you be a guest of the hotel (or purchase a day pass)---so no sneaking in!
Universal’s Cabana Bay
Address: 6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, Fl 32819
By far, my kids favorite hotel pool and my wallets favorite. This reasonably priced resort has two spectacular pools that you will want to skip the theme parks for. The cabana rentals have a great price tag! At the Cabana Courtyard, there is a tower waterslide, kids splash pad, and sandy play yard full of outside games.The Lazy River Courtyard features a zero entry pool with a sandy beach as well as a lazy river with waterfalls and water canons. Both pools have their own poolside bar.
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Address: 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, Florida,34134
There is no lack of water fun at this Hyatt Regency with a lagoon style pool, an adults-only pool a lap pool, a 5,000-square foot Adventure Pool with a140-foot corkscrew slide and a Lazy River complex, featuring three waterslides! The palm-tree lined sun deck offers cabanas, lounge chairs, and a covered pavilion in case you want to escape the sun for some shade.
South Seas Island
Address: 5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924
Enjoy the island life with a pool day at South Seas. There is no better way to enjoy a pool than to also be beachfront! Their three pools, two water slides, luxurious cabanas and tiki bar always creates a fun, memorable day.
Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel
Address: 1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
You will feel like you are in Vegas at this rock star inspired pool. The 4.5 acre lagoon-style heated pool oasis includes a 182 foot high waterslide, waterfalls splashing over mountain rocks, an elevated jetted spa,a hot tub and a poolside restaurant.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat
Address: 100 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
The newest LEGOLAND resort opened in 2017 with a fantastic beach themed, zero entry pool. The large LEGO® soft bricks floating in the pool are a fun addition. The expansive sandy area is perfect for building sandcastles with a giant play structure for kids to run off some energy. Daily activities like dance parties, bean bag toss and chalk art competitions take place. READ MORE IN MY BLOG "OUR FAMILY PHOTOS AT THE NEW LEGOLAND BEACH RETREAT"
Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
You can choose to play or relax at one or all of the 11 pools at Fontainebleau on Miami Beach. This luxurious resort offers full-service cabanas and premium amenities from any poolside spot. The entire family will think the outdoor area here makes a fantastic water day from the small dipping pools to the large oasis pool or the interactive children’s waterscape with a slide.
Address: 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
The heated pool at Gaylord Palms features an Everglades-inspired family water park that includes a zero-entry swimming pool with four slides, a multilevel water-fun tree house and an active lagoon where kid-friendly music and games take place daily. There’s also a South Beach Pool that is adult-only with a serene atmosphere and two hot tubs.
Address: 6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819
The temperature-controlled swimming pools and lazy river at the Hilton Orlando makes you feel like you are in a paradise located in the middle of a crazy themed park destination. There is over 10,000 square-foot of pool deck with plenty of lounge chairs that guarantee you a spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather. If you are with the kids you will enjoy hanging out at the main pool for its zero entry access and the winding waterslide. If this is an adult getaway, some peace and quiet can be found at the adult only pool. READ MORE. HERE IS MY BLOG " 5 REASONS TO STAY AT HILTON ORLANDO"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MANDY CARTER
Mandy manages the South Florida and SWFL Communities of Housewives In the City as well serving as the South Fl & Southeast Regional Manager. She is mother of two who loves to travel, shop and try new cocktails. In addition to planning events and blogging for Housewives In The City, Mandy Carter is a published writer, working model, freelance marketer at itsmandymichelle.com as well as a family travel columnist & blogger at Acupful.com.
HI, I AM MANDY!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in and around the Southwest Florida area plus host monthly "Girl's Night Out" events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you! I also do the same thing for the Fort Lauderdale Community!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Columnist for Lee Family News , Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.