Saturday, May 5, 2012

Guilt-free "Mom Time" When Traveling

As a Mom myself, I can definitely understand the guilt of wanting to have a relaxing vacation but also spend some quality time with the entire family. The good news is that French Lick Resort's KidsFest program allows you to have 2 hours of guilt-free time to get that massage you desperately need, work on your golf swing or just lounge by the pool with a good book.

KidsCook
The activities sound so fun even I would like to sign-up (silly mommy, these are for kids) KidsCook is loads of fun for budding chefs and Sweet Spa Sensation is a huge hit with the girls with mini-manicures and pedicures. Hey Dude Ranch continues to be a popular choice with hay ride over to The Stables, pony rides and feeding of the goats.  The mom take-away from all these offerings is that they are offered from 1-3 in the afternoon (optimal tanning time)

Rather spend the day with the kids in the pool, how about a relaxing dinner with your husband? Evening KidsFest activities are available from 6-8pm (and 6-9pm in some instances) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Photo Venture lets them make their own scrapbook of their trip, Summer Movie party is just like a slumber party without the slumber part. Bowling, Arcade and Pizza (BAP) is self-explanatory and KidsCreate let's their inner-Picasso shine through.

Bowling/Arcade/Pizza (BAP)
My recommendation would be to make a reservation in one of fine-dining restaurants (1875: The Steakhouse or Sinclair's would be excellent choices) while the kids are having their own fun, with dinner included. You can meet back up just in time catch the 8:30pm trip to The Stables for Family Hayride & S'mores. Seriously, who doesn't love s'mores?  Kids five and under are free and all other "hayriding s'mores eaters" are $10 a person.

KidsFest summer activities begin May 30th and run through Labor Day. Activities range from $25-$40 per child and can be booked by calling (812) 788-1150.  Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged because activities do sell out.

As a bonus, here are my top 5 suggestions for families:

  1.  Rent a surrey bike and explore the area together
  2. Give the Valley Links Golf Course a try (kids 12 and younger play free with parents)
  3. Head over to the pool at the French Lick Springs Hotel for Family Fun nights
  4. Get out and explore! Holiday World is open for the season and is just an hour away
  5. Get competitive and go-karting...French Lick /West Baden Indoor Karting is just up the road