By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ series about very special, dog-friendly places.
If you are looking for a flapping good time for your kids in Southern California, look no further than Newport Beach’s Camp Pelican at The Resort at Pelican Hill ®, where kids are just as much VIP guests as the rest of the family. A unique, exciting adventure designed for guests ages 4 – 12, Camp Pelican is a children’s retreat offering both indoor and outdoor activities that entertain while nurturing inquisitive, imaginative and creative minds.
Arrival for youngsters is a special experience. Pelican Hill’s youngest guests receive a resort map and instructions for the first piece of a puzzle that is the Resort’s signature Scavenger Hunt for kids. Additionally, children and young adults receive special welcome gifts in their Bungalow or Villa upon check-in. During the summer season, young adults ages 13 – 17 receive a disposable underwater camera.
Camp Pelican is a separate facility away from the adults, just for kids. Indoor amenities include two big-screen HD TVs, popular video games, karaoke, iPod accessories, board games, complete computer stations, arts and crafts, and age-appropriate books and magazines. The outdoor patio area features a spouting bubble jet fountain, a swimming pool, ping-pong and more.
All year round, Camp Pelican offers a weekly schedule of themed days, special guests like the “Lizard Wizard” with his reptile zoo, summer sand castle building and the ever-popular Kids’ Night Out dinner and movie nights. The Teen Adventure Program, for young adults ages 13 – 17, features off-property activities like kayaking, surfing lessons, paddle boarding and shopping excursions.
Storytelling and yoga
If you’re lucky enough to be staying at Pelican Hill over the weekend, children can also participate in a unique, Saturday program called Mindful Octopus. Developed by a mom, the program “introduces the practice of yoga and meditation through the ancient art of storytelling”:
Inspired by the traditional art of storytelling and the ancient science of yoga, Mindful Octopus is a philosophically based program committed to bringing peace, love, and happiness to kids, through a modern practice of story, yoga, and art.
Every Mindful Octopus class is creatively designed to teach “The 8 Tentacles.” A collection of valuable lessons and exercises for kids to learn and practice, in a fun and safe environment.
The eight tentacles include: story, mindfulness, yoga, breath, meditation, self-realization, karma and art. So, not only will children have a tremendous amount of fun at Camp Pelican, they will also learn critical skills that will guide them their entire lives. Makes me wish I was a kid, again.