This weekend some friends and I took our children to the Arizona Grand Resort in Tempe, Arizona. The resort is a romantic spanish style property with gushing fountains, scenic golf course, and heavenly spa. The big draw for the children is the Oasis Water Park with it’s gigantic wave pool, relaxing lazy river, and three thrilling water slides. I assumed this would be the focus of our trip. Our five children ranging in age from 6-11, had a different take.
Sure, the oasis water park was a draw and a thrill and happy memories are now implanted in their minds. However, the little surprises and quality time spent with family and friends made up the majority of the experience. One highlight was the baby ducks that entertained while we waited for our table at Aunt Chiladas. A lime that prematurely fell out of the tree provided discussions for 45 minutes. How can something so little and green give such a sweet smell? The activity highlight was taking turns jumping into the small pool in the dark after dinner.
Jared Allen’s Annual Night-OPS charity golf tournament was being hosted the same day we arrived. I was later notified by one of our children that I walked right past Jared Allen and Josh Duhamnel and didn’t even notice. Kudos to Jared for the charity gig and an extra thanks for just one more thrill for our kids.
So, what do kids really need on a vacation? I’ll take the big draw of a water park anyday to sell my children some excitement. However, the little things were the actual big thrills and deserve just as much notice. Where do you want to create some happy memories with your kids? Connect with me and I’ll build the perfect vacation for you.
Dominique Barba, CTC, ECC