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As Jean-Michel Cousteau says, “All kids start out as scientists, constantly asking ‘Why? What’s that? How does it work?’” Ritz Kids resort experiences tap into that innate curiosity by introducing our youngest guests to both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of our resort locations. Immersive and adventurous, the resort experiences provide your child with enthralling activities to reward their interest in the beauty and workings of the world we live in. With a diverse collection of activities based on the four pillars of the program – water, land, environmental responsibility and culture – kids are swept away by everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food.
 

Guests can now experience ICE, an interactive gaming and 3-D entertainment lounge, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. The ICE lounge features the newest and most popular interactive virtual-reality games on Microsoft Xbox 360 game stations, Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3.

In addition, the venue boasts a movie theater room with a 3D HD Plasma TV, theater style seating for 8, high-tech 3D glasses and a BOSE surround sound system.

Open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Nature’s Wonders program provides hands-on, interactive learning and fun in an assortment of nature-themed activities. Sample programs include:

Celebrate Nature
Nature inspires creativity in many ways. In this activity we will explore these expressions in both visual arts and music. Look and listen to nature, as well as create your own art, music and dance as we explore the natural world around us through games and discovery.

Feeding Frenzy
Assist the Nature’s Wonders counselors as they feed the many different critters throughout the tanks in the center. Learn about the eating habits of fish, shrimp, crabs and turtles, and view different marine environments like tropical reefs, estuaries and the open ocean.

Marine Encounter
Explore the beach and work closely with our naturalists as they beach comb, net for fish, dig for clams and other beach inhabitants. This popular program increases awareness of the abundant life forms occupying the surf. Bring your swimsuit and have a ball getting wet and being a junior marine biologist!

Mangroves
Have you ever heard of a mangrove? Mangroves may be one of the most mysterious places on earth, but they are also one of the most important in the world. Play games to reveal all the different critters that call mangroves home and have a blast as we discover what makes mangroves and their residents so very special.

Nature Detectives
Investigate the lush resort property for fascinating fauna including alligators, lizards, egrets, herons and turtles to name a few. Fine-tune your observational skills and identify animals that some hotel guests may never see.

Sea Turtle Survivor
Learn about the amazing journey of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtles that visit Florida’s beaches. Hold a turtle skull and play the fun Sea Turtle Survivor Game!

Sharks
Whether you are fascinated by or scared of the world of sharks, this activity is for you. Through a variety of games, activities and videos, we learn about different kinds of sharks, why sharks are so misunderstood and how sharks are important to us and to the ocean.

Shell and Tell
Accompany the Nature’s Wonders team on this discovery beach walk. Search the shoreline for sea shells and other mysteries of the deep. Sift the sand for some surprising finds, then collect your own treasures and identify them.

Trails of Adventure
Search for and talk about some of the most colorful critters found in Southwest Florida, including dolphins, manatees, reptiles and birds. Find out what mangrove swamps have to do with what is on your dinner plate and learn the story behind a number of interesting plants.

Trash Bash
When we throw something away, where is away? What really happens to our trash? Is all trash created equal? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we learn how to help save our planet through art, games and you guessed it, TRASH! Find out how our trash does affect the world around us and what we can do to help.

What Good is a Tree
Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein guide this activity by helping explain the value of the tree through their heart-warming and inspiring stories. Young guests will expand upon the lessons through a variety of games and activities that will remind us just how important trees are and why they are so special.

Nature’s Wonders is an environmentally focused program at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort, led by resort conservationist and available to families visiting both Ritz-Carlton Resorts in Naples. The dynamic program allows guests, ages 5 – 12, to learn about and discover nature in a colorful, living eco-sanctuary, featuring 11 aquariums that house sea creatures like sharks, crabs, turtles and eels. Nature’s Wonders promotes awareness of and respect for Florida’s natural beauty and its sensitive ecosystems.

During the day, young resort guests, five and older, can also enjoy hands-on discovery programs in the Nature’s Wonders facility that utilize a science-based curriculum and kid-sized lab, complete with microscopes and visual stimuli like preserved reptile skeletons—all the tools to help a budding marine biologist explore a new world. Nature’s Wonders children’s programming is American Camp Association®-accredited and designed to provide a fun, educational experience for our young guests.

Nature’s Wonders Activity Schedule:
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Full Day Adventure:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Includes lunch
$150, per child

Half Day Adventure:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m.
$80, per child

Family Open House
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
All children must have parental supervision.  
Complimentary

For more information and reservations, please call (239) 514-6001. Reservations are required for Nature’s Wonders programs at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations are requested 24 hours in advance or the full cost of the program will be charged. All programs are limited to participants aged 5 to 12 years.

Our chefs have created a special offer for our little guests younger than 12 at select dining venues at the resort. Whether your kids choose their favorite lunch by the pool or enjoy dinner in Bella Vista, all children’s menu food and beverage services are included. The Kid’s Meal Plan is available for $35 per day, per child.

The Kids Meal Plan Includes:

  • Breakfast Buffet at Lemonia
  • Lunch from the Children's Turtle Menu at The Poolside Grill or Bella Vista
  • Dinner from the Children's Turtle Menu at Bella Vista

Pricing:
The Kids Meal Plan is available for $35 per day per child 12 years old and younger.

Offer is for children 12 years of age and younger. Price is per day, per child and includes tax and gratuity. Kid's Meal Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay prior to arrival or during check-in; does not apply to in-room dining or any other restaurants, venues or special events; and no reimbursement for unused portions. Children must be accompanied by an adult and display wristband.

Kids Space is a special Space-themed playroom where toddlers and young children can play and explore. Packed with activities for children ages 6 and younger, Kids Space features a variety of puzzles, books, Legos and discovery toys that are in-and-out of this world!

Kids Space, at the Golf Resort, is open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and requires parental supervision.

Get ready for an in-room camping experience that is out of this world! Imaginations will soar in this space-inspired tent featuring a glow in the dark galaxy. The package also contains take-home mementos that include a play telescope, a star lantern, “There’s No Place Like Space” book, an activity book, a plush glow star and cozy throw blanket. The in-room camping experience is available for suite accommodations only and is recommended for children between the ages of 3-8. The cost is $166 per suite and is set for the duration of the guests stay.

Impact Zone Golf 
Junior Golf Experience
Saturdays
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Impact Zone Golf (a golf improvement program developed by golf legend Bobby Clampett) offers a fun way for even the youngest golfer to be introduced to the game of golf. The program features SNAG equipment uniquely designed to promote fun while challenging students as they learn and improve their athletic movements. The Junior Beginner Class is designed for children ages 5 and over, and offers an intimate setting with only 6 students per teacher. 24 hour advanced reservations are required; please call (239) 236-5536 for questions and reservations.

Price: $45 per child for resort guests