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How to Keep Your Kids Entertained While On Vacation

If you’re currently thinking about your next holiday but not sure if there will be enough to keep your kids amused, I'm here to tell you that you can have the best of both worlds.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Royalton Riviera Cancun in Mexico, courtesty of, with my mother and my two girls. I wasn’t sure how this multi-generational trip would turn out with three generations travelling together, but in the end, I came away with a renewed appreciation for the family all-inclusive.

My biggest concern, pre-arrival, was if there would be enough to keep the girls entertained. My mother and I were hoping to find some time to relax and connect. If my girls were pestering me with cries of “I’m bored,” there would be little chance for that to happen. I’m glad, when I arrived, that I had nothing to worry about. The very best family all-inclusives – like the Royalton and Memories resorts in Sunwing’s Family Collection - are there to ensure that kids have the time of their life from the moment they arrive at the resort until it’s time to say, “goodbye.”

Here are some things to look for before you book your next family vacation:

Kids Clubs

A great kids club is the one your kids beg you to go to first thing in the morning and that leaves them a little sad to see you when it’s time for pick up. Kids clubs are typically for children four to 12 years of age and offer a variety of activities to keep them engaged. Under the watchful eye of trained professionals, kids participate in art & crafts, games, and watching age-appropriate entertainment. Check out the travel company's website ahead of time with your kids to get them excited about their upcoming adventure.

Great kids clubs, like those found at Royalton and Memories resorts, also have favourite children’s characters hanging about like Max & Ruby, Mike the Knight, Toopy and Binoo, and The Berenstain Bears. I’ve always loved kids clubs though, for two reasons: First, they are a great way to get kids out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, and second, because it allows me some alone time. Because it’s a “family” vacation and you deserve some time too, right?

Teen Clubs

Teenagers are looking for independence and a space to call their own while on vacation. Parents want to be sure their teens are in a safe environment so they can relax. At Royalton Luxury Resorts everyone gets what they want.

The Hangout Teens Club for 13 to 17-year-olds has pool, air hockey, and foosball tables. Teens will also find a Playstation area with all the latest and greatest games. Who are we kidding, though? What teens really want is to be connected. With Royalton’s All-In-Connectivity throughout the entire resort your teens can be Snapchatting, Tweeting,  and Facebooking every amazing moment of their holiday. I know mine did.

Once again, a resort’s website is the best place to get information on what activities there are for teens. If they don’t have age-specific activities for this group, you may want to consider booking elsewhere. The last thing you need on vacation is an eye-rolling teenager while you’re doing water aerobics.

Water Activities

Most Canadians escaping winter will agree water activities are a priority and that includes the kids. The Royalton Riviera Cancun might just be a haven when it comes to water activities. This all-inclusive resort stretches along one of the best beaches in Riviera Maya Mexico. The warm, turquoise waters are perfect for windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. All the equipment needed is readily available at the NexusTours water sports hut on the beach.

In addition to eleven stunning pools across the property, this resort also has a water splash park for kids complete with fountains, slides and tubes. My girls couldn’t get enough.

Perhaps what I loved most about the resort was the swim-out pools available with some of the luxury suites. Swim-out pools are perfect for parents who want to take a dip after the kids have gone to sleep without leaving the room. It’s also a great way to have a little alone time with just your family. Either way, I’m ruined forever now for rooms that don’t have a swim-out pool. It’s the epitome of luxury. 

One-of-a-Kind Experiences

When I travel with my kids, I also love taking them off the resort, but I wouldn’t dream of doing it without a professional tour guide leading the way. Before you depart, download the free NexusTours app on your phone from Google Play or the Apple Store and start checking out all there is to do ahead of your arrival. You can even book your tour while on your flight. NexusTours is part of the Sunwing group, and offers a wide array of family-friendly tours through trusted local operators across the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.

I highly recommend the tours to Xel-ha and Tulum, Xcaret, and The Dolphinarium, which we have done on past trips. No matter what country you visit, make sure you get off the resort and expose your kids to a new culture. Some of our best vacation memories were made with new friends in a new country.  

Families love travelling to all-inclusive resorts and it’s not hard to see why. All-Inclusive properties like Royalton Luxury Resorts and Memories Resort & Spa, available exclusively from, cater to the whole family. This means that parents are free to have a truly relaxing vacation knowing that their kids will be happily immersed in a memorable experience from start to finish.