A Guide to Kids’ Clubs and Babysitting in the Cook Islands
A trip abroad is not just about soaking up the sun and playing in the pool. One of the best ways to get little ones immersed in the culture of the Cook Islands is through the kids’ club. With an array of activities specially designed for children between 4 and 12 years old, the kids’ clubs on Rarotonga will not only give younger family members something fun to do but give parents a well-deserved time off. While Rarotonga is the only Cook Islands destination with kids’ clubs, babysitting services are also available (in limited instances) in Aitutaki and Atiu. Find out more in this guide to the best kids’ clubs and babysitting in the Cook Islands!
The Top 10 Resorts in the Cook Islands with Babysitting Services
Which accommodations and resorts offer babysitting in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands? Here’s your answer:
Moko Kids Club – The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
Catering to guests at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium for free or visitors elsewhere in Rarotonga for a fee of approximately NZ$45 per session, Moko Kids Club is not only a family-friendly facility with toys and games but offers an exciting program of island activities.
The main facility of the Moko Kids Club has a range of toys, crafts, ride-ons, books, board games, sports equipment and more. The main event, however, is the “Kids Nature & Culture Activities Programme” with activities such as dancing, ei (garland) making, coconut painting, moko (gecko) hunting, Cook Islands Maori lessons and much more.
The Moko Kids Club caters to children aged 4 to 11 years old but younger children are welcome to join as long as they are supervised by a parent or carer.
See how The Rarotongan compares to other family-friendly resorts in the 20 Best Family Resorts in the Cook Islands.
Pacific Resort Rarotonga Kids’ Club
Offering a range of fun and interactive cultural and beach-focussed activities, the Pacific Resort Rarotonga‘s Kids’ Club located at their activities centre, the Beach Hut, is an awesome kids’ club in Rarotonga.
The program is designed for children aged 6 to 12 years old, but children under six are free to join under the supervision of a parent or carer. Note that the team are not trained child carers – but are certainly great with kids – that’s why the program is not suitable for younger children.
Activities include traditional dancing, coconut husking, basket weaving, making floral eis (head garlands) and more. The day’s activities are posted on the Beach Hut blackboard each morning.
Note that there is a fee for the Pacific Resort Rarotonga’s Kids’ Club, approximately NZ$45 per session, which is charged to your room. Guests from Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa are also welcome to use the kids club’s services.
Learn more about family stays at the Pacific Resort Rarotonga in the 20 Best Family Resorts on Rarotonga.
Coconut Kids Club – Edgewater Resort & Spa
Free for guests staying at the Edgewater Resort & Spa, the Coconut Kids Club offers a lively itinerary of activities from Monday to Saturday, 9am-12pm, then 2pm-5pm, then 7pm-9pm.
Each day of the week has a different theme, such as “Marine Day” with fish feeding, shell hunting and painting and fish crafts and “Cultural Day” with sarong making, ei (garland) making, a drumming lesson and more. Every session also includes swimming and free time to play at the on-site playground.
Sessions are split into two a day, morning and afternoon, while evening “Movie Night” sessions are available from Monday to Saturday except for Wednesdays when a crab hunting session takes place instead.
Learn more about staying at the Edgewater in our 20 Best Resorts on Rarotonga.
More About Babysitting and Kids’ Clubs in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands
That’s it for our guide to babysitting and kids’ clubs in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands. For more about looking after the family while in the Cook Islands, check out the following guides:
- The Complete Travel Guide to the Cook Islands for Families
- 29 Tips for Your Family Rarotonga & Cook Islands Vacation
- Fun Facts About the Cook Islands for Kids
Finally, be sure to also spend some quality time together too! These 40 Best Things to Do in the Cook Islands with Kids are sure to bring the family closer through amazing experiences.