Clara Sedlak
October 03, 2014

Every parent knows the beauty of the hotel Kids Club: free time for you and endless entertainment for your little ones. Now resorts everywhere are playing a serious game of one-upmanship when it comes to club activities, good old-fashioned sand castle building and arts and crafts just aren't enough to satisfy our lust for learning and adventure. Here, my favorites.

For inspiring young photographers, Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston offers the chance to work with award-winning photographers, including resident Tiffany Briley, to capture the city¹s historic sites and breathtaking lowcountry on film.

The Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has a Gladiator Training program‹yes that's right. Decked out in full gladiator gear, your children can reenact the great battles of ancient Rome at the Gruppo Storico Romano's arena. After the duel, take your kids through the museum's collection of antique swords and shields.

While you relax on the white sands of Pasture Bay Beach at Antigua's Rosewood Jumby Bay, your children will join a team of conservationists as they release the season's hatchlings of Hawksbill turtles into the Caribbean. Kids can also adoptone of the endangered turtles, and track their progress during the season on Facebook.

The Wildchild program at andbeyond includes animal tracking and fishing excursions, building traditional bows and arrows, beading, and even Bushman games, such as how to source food and water in the desert.

Last December, the Ritz Carlton launched the Ritz Kids Childrens programming, and it's impressive to say the least. Designed by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, it¹s available at 84 properties across the globe and teaches kids the importance of environmental responsibility, cultural traditions, and land and ocean life. A highlight: learning about coral reefs at Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.

Clara Sedlak is a mother of two and Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @csedlak1.

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