Gosh PR agency approached Mange Tout a couple of years ago to see if we could offer something a little different to the Canary Islands chain of “Seaside Hotels”.
The hotel has fantastic family facilities and amazing cuisine however they were looking to encourage the children on holiday to tuck into some of the local produce and delight in the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available on the island that the kitchen so readily prepared and made so enticing.
It was such a wonderful opportunity and a new experience for us so I took on the challenge and set about planning and creating a week of children’s entertainment for the Mini Club at Los Jameos Playa Lanzarote. The week consisted of four hours per day of fruit and vegetable themed activities for children aged four to eight years.
Everyday we ran a Mange-Tout class, followed by a cooking session and the in the afternoon we did fruit and vegetable themed art and craft and ended with an hour of sports!
Parents were thrilled to hear of fruit and vegetable conquests their child had completed when collecting them from the Mini Club. Many were heard exclaiming:
“How on earth did you get them to eat that?!?!”
Children were very proud to show off their baked goods and artistic creations from the day (favourites being vegetable cupcakes, pizzas, fruit and vegetable printed T.shirts, edible jewellery and fruit basket cards.) At the end of most days parents arrived early to watch their children taking part in the end of our sporting sessions which included Grapefruit Bowls, Tomato and Kiwi Races and Apple Bobbing.
The smooth running of the event was made possible with the help and support of the staff at the hotel. The kitchen staff were extremely reliable and helpful and nothing was ever too much trouble. The Mini Club staff were on hand to help with translations for children who didn’t speak English and were always willing to lend an extra pair of hands when the club was at full capacity (which was most days!)
On our lunch breaks and in the evenings children would wave or come and say hello and tell us they would be coming again in the morning, and the parents were thrilled with a club that offered four hours of entertainment that kept their children occupied, learning and having fun.
We had an amazing time and it was such a fantastic experience, not to mention so rewarding to see so many children having fun, learning something new and keeping healthy on holiday!
The 2010 October half term week was so successful that we were invited back again in 2011 to run a fortnight of activities that covered the Irish half term too!
We hope to get invited again this year – so we will keep you posted, perhaps you might like to come for some winter sun too?