Belize Adventure Family Vacation
Bringing Your Kids
Kids love our island. There is plenty for kids to do right on shore if they are too young to paddle. Kids love exploring the new environment and playing on the beach. However, we do not have guided activities or sport equipment specifically for kids (with the exception of windsurfing), and each staff member has a full roster of duties on each trip. Our client to guide ratio is between 2 to 1 and 7 to 1, depending on the group size. This does not allow for guides to assist in the supervision that children require. Although Slickrock accepts children at a discount on trips, parents must be fully responsible for all aspects of monitoring their children. Due to safety concerns, we have set supervision procedures that parents are required to follow.
Required supervision procedures
Children between the ages of 3-8 must be with one adult in their party at all times (or with the hired babysitter.) Children between the ages of 9-11 must be within calling distance of one adult in their party at all times. Children 12 and over are still under the parent’s sole supervision, but may spend time away from the supervising adult for short periods. One adult must accompany each child — single parents may not bring more than one child under 12 years of age unless hiring a babysitter — although couples may bring up to four children as long as one adult stays with the children under age 12 at all times.
Kids must be supervised by a family member or babysitter – Parents may not ask any other guest not in their party to watch their children.
Kids must be supervised by an adult – Children under the age of 12 may not be supervised by other children under the age of 14.
Hiring a Babysitter
We do not provide child-care services, although we will help you hire a babysitter. Parents are encouraged to hire a Belizean sitter to assist with supervising their kids so the parents can take advantage of all that we have to offer. It will cost $25 US/day/child for up to 8 hours/day of babysitting for 3 kids (one sitter can watch 3 kids, max.) Slickrock will house (pending space) and feed the Belizean sitter at no additional cost, the only cost to the parent is paying the sitter in cash at the end of the trip ($200 US – Full Week, $125 US – First Half, $100 US – Second Half). Because all of our staff are already working all day with their regular duties, no one has extra time to babysit for just a few hours or just one day. Therefore the only way to hire a sitter is for the full week or half week as listed above. They come out on the boat with you and leave on the boat with you.
Hiring a sitter is a challenge, because anyone who would be an excellent sitter is likely to already have a job. We do our best to find good sitters, but we cannot guarantee that they will be your dream sitter, and be creative at thinking up things to do with your child. We do provide games and art supplies, but you should bring some too. The more notice you give, the more likely we can find a good sitter to help you.
Babysitter Activities – We have an island activity tub for little kids, which contains the following: Games: Candyland, Ring Toss, Old Maid, Go Fish, TicTacToe. Art and craft supplies: paper-large and small, markers, colored pencils, glue, sequence and foam shapes for gluing, scissors, origami kits, pipe cleaners, supplies to make shell necklaces and shell mobiles. Kid’s books. Sand castle equipment: buckets, shovels, digging forks. Adult or babysitter supervision is required to use these supplies.
Advance notice needed to hire a babysitter – Please do not wait until the last minute to request a babysitter. Communication is difficult in rural Belize where our staff lives. It can take many phone calls to find a person available to leave their home for several days.
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