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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?’”At The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island our kid-friendly experiences tap into that innate curiosity by introducing our youngest guests to both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of Amelia Island, Florida. Immersive and adventurous, the experiences provide your child with enthralling activities during your family resort vacation on the East Coast. 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 sand dunes and ancient forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food.

Ritz Kids introduces our young guests to the natural wonders of the island through a variety of hands-on adventures. Designed for children ages 5 through 12, the supervised program entertain kids with educational games and activities featuring different themes throughout the week. Ritz Kids programs are offered seasonally. Activities, hours of operations, and pricing are subject to change. Please contact Ritz Kids for further details.

Monday - TRASH BASH - When we throw something away, where is away? What really happens to our trash? Learn how to help save our planet through art, games and, you guessed it, TRASH!

Tuesday - OCEAN MYSTERY - Ever wonder why ocean creatures look so strange to us? There is a reason-the ocean is full of mysteries and through challenge activities and games, we reveal the mysteries of the ocean.

Wednesday – SHARKS - Discover the world of sharks through games, activities and videos; learn about different kinds of sharks, why they are so misunderstood and how important they are to us and to the ocean.

Thursday - CORAL REEFS - Discover who the security guard is, the doctor is and who is responsible for keeping it all clean by playing games like Race to the Reef, while exploring the inner workings of a coral reef

Friday - MYSTERIES OF THE MICRO WORLD - Have you ever wondered what the world looks like to an ant or a bug? We must look like giants! Imagine all the little things they see that we cannot because we are too big?

Saturday - CELEBRATE NATURE - Nature inspires creativity in many ways. In this activity look and listen to nature, as well as create your own art, music and dance as we explore the natural world around us

Sunday - WHAT GOOD IS A TREE - Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein lead you in variety of games and activities that emprises how important trees are and why they are so special.

Children should bring bathing suits, shoes, sunscreen and extra dry clothes.

Season of Wonders | Nov 1 - Feb 28: Friday and Saturday

Spring to Treasure | March 1 - April 30: Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Summer of Discovery | May 1 - Labor Day: Daily

Autumn to Remember | September 5 - October 31: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and ½ day Sunday

Our full-day program takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes juice, snacks and lunch.The program fee is $175 per child.

Our half-day program is available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the days that Ritz Kids is offered and includes juice and snacks. The half-day program fee is $100 per child. An optional lunch may be included for an additional fee.

24-hour advance reservations are requested. Cancellations must be received within six hours of the program start time or full charges will be applied to the guest account.

Children ages 5-12 get a break from mom and dad with supervised movies, games and more during Kids’ Night Out available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening.

Kids’ Night Out is $85 per child and is complimentary for Club Level guests with advance reservations. Dinner is included. Program hours may be extended to 10 p.m. for an additional $25 per hour, per child with advance notice.

Cancellations must be received within six hours of the program start time or full charges will be applied to the guest account. 24-hour advance reservations are requested.

Nurture your child’s imagination and spirit of adventure by adding an indoor pirate campout to your suite. Pirate-themed campout includes:

  • Pirate-themed tent with porthole window
  • Double feather bed, Ritz-Carlton Signature Pillows, waffle blanket and Frette linens
  • How I Became a Pirate by Melina Long and David Shannon
  • Treasure Chest & Pirate Map
  • Battery powered camping lantern
  • Plush animal

Advanced recommendations are recommended and based upon availability. Pirate Campout package cost is $125.00++ per night, subject to 24% service charge and 11% tax. Pirate Campout is recommended for children ages 4-10 with a maximum of one tent per suite. All amenities are intended for guests to keep with the exception of the tent and bedding. Additional amenities are available for a fee of $75 per child.

To add the Pirate Campout to your reservation or learn more information, please call (904) 277-1100.

Share a private bedtime story with a buccaneer bearing treats and treasure with your very own Pirate Tuck-In. Milk and cookies are delivered to your room by a pirate, a princess and our resort mascot Amelia, a seven year old Blue & Gold Macaw. The pirate and the princess read a pirate story and delight your child with a keepsake treasure chest full of goodies.

Pirate Tuck-Ins are scheduled every half-hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings. $65 per child.

24-hour advance reservations are requested. Cancellations must be received within four hours of the Pirate Tuck-In start time or full charges will be applied to the guest account.

Embrace the holiday spirit and deck the halls with a décor package including a Christmas tree, lights and ornaments for your room: Surprise and delight starting at $400

To add Deck the Halls to your reservation or learn more information, please call (904) 277-1100.

A fabulous game room for families – Our Space boasts a cool, modern look and the latest technology featuring flat screen televisions, the latest gaming systems, and timeless favorites like air hockey. Our Space also features a private movie theater and a large collection of DVDs. Our Space is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Junior Clinics are available upon request. For information, please contact the Tennis Pro Shop at (904) 491-6793.

Kids Story Time
Children will delight in tales of fantasy and adventure during story-time in the Courtyard. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Offered Thursday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Fish Feeding
Come learn about our exotic fish, their dietary habits and join us in feeding them in their new aquatic tank. Offered daily at 9:30 a.m.

Craft Class
Create a special souvenir to commemorate your island vacation in the Ritz Kids room. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A fee applies. Offered Thursday through Sunday at 3 p.m.

Shark Tooth Hunt
Search for fossilized shark teeth along the coastline.