Kids Clubs of Maui

All you’ll have to worry about with these resort kids clubs is getting your child to leave.

Sometimes, a kid just has to go clubbing.

Before I had a child, I thought parents who shuttled their children off to a resort’s club while they went golfing or to the spa were lazy, selfish or just plain mean. Why vacation with your kids only to send them away? Most of the time though, the kids want to go. Sometimes your version of play (relaxing on a lounge chair) and theirs (digging holes in the sand) don’t mesh. Sometimes they’d rather play with a peer, someone their height who doesn’t care if they eat their veggies.

Enter kids clubs, many of which pull out all the stops with multi-million dollar facilities. During a recent vacation to Maui, my daughter and I stayed at three different resorts with these clubs. Each one offered something different.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel: Aloha Passport for Kids

The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, located at the northwest side of the island, offers the Aloha Passport for Kids program for children under 12. This program is free for resort guests and offered for the whole family, rather than a facility where you drop off your children for supervised play while you do something else. When we checked into the hotel, Sadie received a paper “passport” to try Hawaiian activities with me, such as hula lessons or flower lei making offered at the hotel. At each “destination,” her passport was stamped and when it was full, she got a prize (a backpack with toys). We had fun learning about plants on the garden tour and making prints on fabric with leaves in the traditional lau printing demonstration. It wasn’t the most exciting kid’s program, but we did learn a lot about the culture.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: Kids for All Seasons

The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers the Kids for All Seasons program for children ages 5 to 12. Free for resort guests, kids can come to the supervised camp any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with advance notice. This is pretty unusual, as most programs have strict hours, so I appreciated the flexibility. When Sadie was there, the kids in the club played at the gorgeous pool, went down to the beach to make sand castles, then went on a hunt for geckos on the property (which she especially enjoyed).

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa: Camp Grande

The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa, which is as much a water theme park as a hotel, has nine pools connected by a flowing river, six waterfalls, five water slides and a water elevator! The club, called Camp Grande, offers full day ($125), half-day (mornings) are $75 and afternoons are $65) and night sessions ($95) for kids ages 5 to 12. Besides visiting the pools, children work on crafts, go on nature walks and have a 20,000-square-foot facility packed with activities. Good luck getting your kid to leave! I had signed Sadie up for just one afternoon of the two days we were there. She had so much fun that she begged me to attend the next day. I think it had something to do with how much time they spent in the pools.

Destinations: Hawaii, Maui

Themes: Beach Vacations, Family Travel

Activities: Parks and Playgrounds, Swimming