Jamaica Gleaner / It is summertime! The days are long and the children are out of school with nothing to do. But don’t worry, Outlook has you covered – from finding the best places for your children to spend the summer days, to activities you can do together as a family. Here are some exciting activities you enjoy this summer.


Summer Camps  

If your children are stars in the making, Avant Academy of Music’s Musical Theatre Summer Camp is the place for them. They will be exposed to the necessary skills needed in musical theatre including dance, voice, acting and performance skills. The camp runs from August 8th through to the 26 at Shortwood College. Interested? Call (876) 946-0828.



Moorlands Summer Camp is a Christian, residential summer camp which offers seven weeklong camp sessions for children and young adults ages 9 to 22. For generations, young people have journeyed to the cool hills of Manchester, for an amazing week where friendships have been forged, potential discovered, and memories made. If you want to make memories at Moorlands Summer Camp call (876) 294-6991. Dates for the camps are as follows:

? Aug 6-13 Girls (Age 9-12)

? Aug 13-20 Co-ed (Age 16-18)

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Fun and adventure  

Want to embrace the beauty of Jamaica by all means necessary? Well, Island Routes has all the right adventures for you.

Island Routes Reggae Catamaran Cruise, available in Montego Bay and Negril, will allow you to experience the magic of an Island Routes catamaran cruise. Jump in for a short snorkelling trip, or just relax onboard. Laugh with friends and dance to the music onboard while enjoying their signature cocktails. It’s like a club on the water!

Island Routes Survivor Catamaran Cruise are for survivors. Test your skills with this one-of-a-kind challenge aboard the Kool Katt Kelly as you sail along Negril’s enchanting coastline with peeks of the famed lighthouse, historic Cliffside and, of course, the legendary Rick’s CafÈ. You will then get to stop at Margaritaville for a sumptuous meal.

Next, get your game face on and join other adventurers as part of a team of survivors. Imagine that you have just washed ashore a deserted island, your mission is to survive the elements and be the last team standing. Can you survive?

River Bumpkin Farm is an eco-friendly adventure park where visitors can enjoy river tubing, river kayaking, bicycle adventures, historical walking tours, and so much more.

In the historic town of Falmouth, you can enjoy a leisurely cruise down the pristine waters of the Martha Brae, or learn about the old Retreat Sugar Estate. If you want something a bit more active, hop in a kayak and paddle the river. Both tours feature stops for their rope swing and jumps!

At the end, Island Routes’ tours guides will be on hand to give you a complimentary limestone foot massage.



Have you ever been rafting? If not, this is the summer to try it out. Rafting at Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio, Portland is the best way to see the beautiful blue waters, embrace the Jamaican scenery and experience the ride to Monkey island, where the sand is your feet’s best friend. Call (876) 882-3376 for more information.


Hotel stay  

Experience the perfect blend of a private colonial villa and the Caribbean Sea breeze at the Melia Braco Village located 45 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They have beachside parties and weddings, Caribbean cocktails and local cuisine, such as the famous Jerk Chicken, are just some of the things you can enjoy when you stay with Melia. Get up to 40 per cent off at a limited time offer. With GO Jamaica Travel, you can get the rate now for US$250 per night for two adults and two children under 12. Your children can enjoy the Kids’ Club while you and your partner unwind at their Spa & Wellness Center. Call (876) 920-705 or (876) 920-7052 for information.


Water Park  

Kool Runnings Adventure Park, located in Negril, Kool Runnings will make you feel like your in outer space. Experience weightlessness as you are strapped into the brand new 4-spin human gyroscope, which will spin you left, right, up and down for an exhilarating ride! The first of its kind in Jamaica, this is the same gyroscope utilised by NASA to prepare astronauts for space travel.

The gyroscope allows guests to bring friends and family along for the ride, as up to four persons can ride at a time.

The Adventure Zone at Kool Runnings also offers Paintball, Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Jamboo Rafting and Kayaking on the Great Morass.

Kool Runnings Water Park is open daily, on Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Mondays, except for public holidays. For the summer there are local discounts and group packages.

All rates includes access to the park, access to all slides and leisure river.

? For more information on packages or special rates, please visit www.koolrunnings.com or call (876) 957 5400.


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