It was a hot summer day. Myself and two rowdy kids piled into my cramped car early as the sun was rising. We packed change of clothes for sunny days, rainy days, and any other days. We added water toys, indoor toys and ‘toys’ for mom. I enjoy small-scale fame among family members (or is it ridicule?), for never forgetting anything when I travel. I had forgotten nothing this time and we were squished in and the air was steaming as we made our way north.
Two long hours later, and three squished travelers were ready for a vacation. The road to Fern Resort was lined with towering willows, the windows came down, the shade crept in, and the stress and heat of the long drive was left behind. I didn’t know it yet, but we had just arrived at the ultimate kid vacation spot for parents - the words ‘all-inclusive’ should have clued me in, but I soon learned that a fantastic vacation for the whole family can also include plenty of relaxation time for mom.
Within minutes of checking in, bags were dumped, swim suits were on, sunscreen slathered, and operation vacation was underway. A few hours passed with kids splashing, and joining in poolside activities led by an enthusiastic Fern counselor while I enjoyed a rare break with a good book. The water fun continued for three days with kayaking, canoeing, a wild ride on the banana boat, aqua-fit lessons, scuba lessons, and a giant down-hill slip-and-slide.
The highlight for all of us were the crazy antics and incredible skills of ‘Spin Cycle’. This great evening entertainment included lots of audience participation. My quiet son volunteered to be part of a bell-ringing routine, and my not-so-quiet daughter sat on the edge of her seat for the whole show, an enthusiastic participant at every opportunity. And an adults perspective on this family show? Hilarious - loved it, and was entertained from beginning to end!
Next Fern vacation - and the kids have assured me that there will be a next - packing will be much lighter, and toys will be left at home - this all-inclusive truly is all-inclusive.
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