THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND

4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, Florida 32034 U.S.A.
Phone:  +1 (904) 277-1100   •  Map & Directions
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Calendar of Events



Anticipate the possibilities that each new day brings. Fill your days and nights with excursions, themed events, fine dining and more. Indulge in as much or as little as you please. The choice is yours.



  
5K Nature Walk
Mondays and Wednesdays | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Recreation counselor will guide you on a leisurely stroll past Florida's tallest dunes and historic Amelia Island. Meet at Fitness Center. A fee does apply.

Bike Tour
Tuesdays | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Enjoy a pleasantly paced guided bike ride with ocean views and learn about the remarkable history of the island. A fee does apply. Meet at Fitness Center.

Sunrise & Shine
Daily | 6:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.
View monring majestic colors with complimentary coffee, whole fruit and juices. Meet at the Ocean Bar & Grill.

Daily Fitness Classes
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Our instructors offer a variety of classes from boot camp to Zumba. A fee does apply. Call (904) 277-1087.

  
Historic Bike Tour
Sundays | 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a pleasantly-paced, guided bike ride through historic Amerian Beach. A fee does apply. Meet at Fitness Center.

Cocktail Culture
Wednesdays | 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Create a cocktail with our specialty infused liquors, mixes and garnish in the Lobby Lounge. A fee does apply.

  
Ritz Kids Program
Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore island treasures with interactive activities from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society that explores life along the coast, dunes and sky for ages 5-12. A fee is associated with this program.

Sea Shells by the Seashore
Thursdays | 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join us at Center Beach for a half hour shelling expedition and seminar for all ages. An opportunity to see and learn the names of the many different shells found on Amelia Island. Complmentary.

  
Couple's Fire in the Dunes
Friday or Saturday | 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Time to enjoy a personal romantic fire nestled in the dunes with treats, warm blankets to cuddle. Two hour reservations. Advance reservation and fee is required. Meet at Fitness Center.

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

Amelia's Treasure Hunt
Fridays | 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For all ages. Embark on a journey with our pirate to find the lost treasure. Complimentary.

Family Beach Bonfire
Saturdays | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Join us at South Beach for pirate storytelling, seaside s'mores and hot cocoa with a cozy beach bonfire at the end of the day. Complimentary.

Craft Beer Tasting
Saturdays | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Taste local small batch brews and learn about the brewing process at Eight Burger Bar & Sports Lounge. Complimentary.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

  
Endless Seafood Buffet at Cafe 4750
Friday, April 3, 2015; 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Savor the all-you-can eat bountiful seafood selection including grilled lobster tails, local fish, Mayport shrimp, oysters on half-shell, pasta with steamed mussels and clams, crab cakes, Amelia Island clam chowder and grilled local vegetables. From the grill– filet of beef, pork and chicken. The finale is a delectable dessert bar.

Reservations recommended.

$70 PER PERSON |$19 CHILDREN 5– 12

  
Easter Bunny Tuck-Ins
Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2015; 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Children will delight in a personal visit by the Easter Bunny. Includes a keepsake gift for each child. Reservations required.

$30 PER CHILD

  
Cottontail Tea Party
Saturday, April 4, 2015 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join the Easter Bunny and Mad Hatter for stories, afternoon tea, petite sandwiches, sweets and a souvenir photo. Reservations recommended.

$50 FOR AGES 6 AND UP |$15 CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER, INCLUDES SERVICE CHARGE

  
Family Pirate Party Under the Blood Moon
Saturday, April 4, 2015; 6 p.m. - Ocean Bar & Grill
“Beware a sword fight might break out, Matey!” Join our own Pirate Captain and his scallywag crew for a Pirate Dinner Cookout. Feast on a springtime buffet including Churrasco steak, local fish, chicken, turkey legs, spring salads, kid’s favorites, fun activities, and a keepsake photo. Price includes soft drinks. Reservations requested. Qualifies as a Kids’ Meal Plan option.

$49 PER ADULT | $15 CHILDREN 2– 12


  
Easter Garden Brunch
Sunday, April 5, 2015; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Enjoy a lavish culinary presentation of bunch favorites and seafood display with poached shrimp, smoked salmon, sushi, carving station with prime rib, leg of lamb and fabulous dessert station. Celebrate this special day with Champagne toast and live music. Children will enjoy a cookie decorating station and holiday-inspired games. Reservations recommended.

$105 PER ADULT | $45 CHILDREN 5– 12, INCLUDES SERVICE CHARGE

Grand Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 5, 2015; 9 a.m.
Join us for a time-honored tradition as children delight in the hunt through 12,000 eggs.

We request children be accompanied by an adult for this activity.

  
Salt Easter Dinner
Sunday, April 5, 2015; 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Experience oceanfront AAA Five Diamond cuisine in the highly acclaimed fine dining restaurant featuring a four-course menu with a contemporary and elegant twist prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Rick Laughlin. Menu includes: Hawaiian tuna with charred octopus over puffed bamboo rice, Tasmanian trout with a white asparagus & cucumber risotto, grilled bison and king crab ravioli paired with smoked heirloom tomatoes and English peas and finishing with chocolate & vanilla Cremeux and strawberry champagne sorbet with an apricot sauce and almond crumble. Reservation required.

$135 PER PERSON | $200 PER PERSON PAIRED WITH WINES


  
Historic Bike Tour
Sundays | 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy a pleasantly-paced, guided bike ride through historic Amerian Beach. A fee does apply. Meet at Fitness Center.

  
5K Nature Walk
Mondays & Wednesdays | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Recreation counselor will guide you on a leisurely stroll past Florida's tallest dunes and historic Amelia Island. Meet at Fitness Center. A fee does apply.

Cocktail Culture
Wednesdays | 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Create a cocktail with our specialty infused liquors, mixes and garnish in the Lobby Lounge. A fee does apply.

  
Ritz Kids Program
Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore island treasures with interactive activities from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society that explores life along the coast, dunes and sky for ages 5-12. A fee is associated with this program.

Sea Shells by the Seashore
Thursdays | 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join us at Center Beach for a half hour shelling expedition and seminar for all ages. An opportunity to see and learn the names of the many different shells found on Amelia Island. Complmentary.

  
Couple's Fire in the Dunes
Friday or Saturday | 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Time to enjoy a personal romantic fire nestled in the dunes with treats, warm blankets to cuddle. Two hour reservations. Advance reservation and fee is required. Meet at Fitness Center.

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

Family Beach Bonfire
Saturdays | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Join us at South Beach for pirate storytelling, seaside s'mores and hot cocoa with a cozy beach bonfire at the end of the day. Complimentary.

Amelia's Treasure Hunt
Fridays | 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For all ages. Embark on a journey with our pirate to find the lost treasure. Complimentary.

Craft Beer Tasting
Saturdays | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Taste local small batch brews and learn about the brewing process at Eight Burger Bar & Sports Lounge. Complimentary.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
April 3 & 4 - Bunny Tuck Ins replace the Pirate Tuck Ins 

Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

Mother’s Day Brunch in Café 4750
Sunday, May 10, 2015; 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Enjoy a delightful culinary presentation of island brunch favorites with smoked salmon flatbread, an Artisan cheese selections, shucked oysters, poached shrimp, snapper ceviche, crawfish & bay scallop jambalaya, local white fish & rice, chicken scallopini, a carving station offering prime rib and an elaborate dessert station offering delectable homemade treats.

$85 PER PERSON | $25 CHILDREN AGES 3-12
Salt Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10, 2015; 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Experience oceanfront AAA Five Diamond cuisine in the highly acclaimed fine dining restaurant, Salt, featuring a menu that is masterfully prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Rick Laughlin. Let your palate enjoy an exquisite dining experience that includes wood grilled romaine, lobster bisque, domestic caviar, local Mayport shrimp, Himalayan Salt Block prepared Lamb Chops, Georgia quail, diver scallops and roasted winter vegetables. End the culinary adventure by satisfying your sweet tooth with an array of individual petite desserts including vanilla crème brulee, assorted macaroons and banana pudding.

$135 PER PERSON | $48 CHILDREN AGES 3-12
  
5K Nature Walk
Mondays and Wednesdays | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Recreation counselor will guide you on a leisurely stroll past Florida's tallest dunes and historic Amelia Island. Meet at Fitness Center. A fee does apply.

  
Historic Bike Tour
Sundays | 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy a pleasantly-paced, guided bike ride through historic Amerian Beach. A fee does apply. Meet at Fitness Center.

Cocktail Culture
Wednesdays | 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Create a cocktail with our specialty infused liquors, mixes and garnish in the Lobby Lounge. A fee does apply.

  
Ritz Kids Program
Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore island treasures with interactive activities from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society that explores life along the coast, dunes and sky for ages 5-12. A fee is associated with this program.

Sea Shells by the Seashore
Thursdays | 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join us at Center Beach for a half hour shelling expedition and seminar for all ages. An opportunity to see and learn the names of the many different shells found on Amelia Island. Complmentary.

  
Couple's Fire in the Dunes
Friday or Saturday | 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Time to enjoy a personal romantic fire nestled in the dunes with treats, warm blankets to cuddle. Two hour reservations. Advance reservation and fee is required. Meet at Fitness Center.

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

Family Beach Bonfire
Saturdays | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Join us at South Beach for pirate storytelling, seaside s'mores and hot cocoa with a cozy beach bonfire at the end of the day. Complimentary.

Amelia's Treasure Hunt
Fridays | 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For all ages. Embark on a journey with our pirate to find the lost treasure. Complimentary.

Craft Beer Tasting
Saturdays | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Taste local small batch brews and learn about the brewing process at Eight Burger Bar & Sports Lounge. Complimentary.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

  
Salt Cooking School
Monday, June 15, 2015
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Italian Favorites
Learn the art of making sauces, handmade pastas and fish.

$250 person

Cocktail Culture
Wednesdays | 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Create a cocktail with our specialty infused liquors, mixes and garnish in the Lobby Lounge. A fee does apply.

  
Ritz Kids Program
Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore island treasures with interactive activities from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society that explores life along the coast, dunes and sky for ages 5-12. A fee is associated with this program.

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

Red, White and Deep Blue Celebration
Join us for an All-American week on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. From succulent barbecue to some fun in the sun you will have endless entertain while staying with us. Be sure to make your reservations today so you don’t miss out on our extravagant 4th of July fireworks celebration!
Cocktail Culture
Wednesdays | 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Create a cocktail with our specialty infused liquors, mixes and garnish in the Lobby Lounge. A fee does apply.

  
Ritz Kids Program
Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore island treasures with interactive activities from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society that explores life along the coast, dunes and sky for ages 5-12. A fee is associated with this program.

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

  
Ritz Kids Program
Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore island treasures with interactive activities from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society that explores life along the coast, dunes and sky for ages 5-12. A fee is associated with this program.

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

  
Salt Cooking School
Monday, September 14, 2015
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Classic German Cuisine
Braising, soups, dumplings and meat

$250 per person

  
Ritz Kids Program
Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore island treasures with interactive activities from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society that explores life along the coast, dunes and sky for ages 5-12. A fee is associated with this program.

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

  
Salt Cooking School
Monday, November 2, 2015
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Holiday Classics
$250 per person

Pirate Toast to the Weekend
Fridays | 5:30 p.m.
Join us in The Lobby Lounge and raise your glass in a rowdy pirate toast to honor the sunset and begin the weekend.

  
Ritz Kids Night Out
Available Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children ages 5-12 can get away for a night of fun and excitement just for them. The supervised evening includes games, arts and crafts and loads of fun all centered on a special theme for the night! $85 includes dinner and refreshments. Program hours may be extended to 11 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Advance reservations are required by 2 p.m. the day prior. Cancellation fees will apply for reservations cancelled within 24-hours of the program.

  
Pirate Tuck Ins
Available Friday and Saturday
Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure during our nightly pirate tuck-ins. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room, while a Pirate, Princess Amelia and our “mascot,” Amelia’s Treasure (a seven-year-old blue and gold macaw), read a pirate story and surprise your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Tuck Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. $65 per child. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.