The second week of April marks Spring Break for Lee County children, causing parents throughout the area to scramble for new ideas to entertain their kids while school is out for Easter.
Finding new and fun activities though for cynical teens and bored tweens can especially be challenging. Didn’t book a camp or couldn’t convince them to go to one? Not to worry, here are five exciting last minute suggestions to consider that will surely please even the best of eye-rollers.
Get ready to be a Super Mom with these awesome ideas!
1. Jet Packs & Fly Boards
Anyone remember The Rocketeer? Well, this mom does. Fine, Iron Man then. You see where I’m going with this, though, right here in Southwest Florida you and your teen can don a jet pack or strap a fly board on your feet and soar through the sunny skies like a superhero, all with the safety net of the water below.Sky High Jet Packs in North Fort Myers offers equipment rentals and certified master instruction for ages 13 and up. Also, if you aren’t able to fly the first time, your second flight is free. While cool, it’s costly, though, but the bragging rights, lifetime memories, and adrenaline bonding just might be worth it. $89 for 30 minute flyboard, $140 for an hour flyboard and $150 for a 30-minute jetpack.
The Shell Factory, Nature Park & Fun Park isn’t just for little kids or tourists, thanks to the addition of their Soaring Eagle Zip Line ride.Sound dangerous? It’s not the typical zip line with carabiners; this version is more like a roller coaster with a seat that zips along the cable. Not the wild experience I had in Costa Rica, but still thrilling and no rope burns either. Also, it won’t break the bank at $8.50 (includes tax) per person.After the exhilarating trip, there is still more for tweens to do from miniature golf to ringing the bell at the top of their new climbing poll. Or better yet, let the kids get wet riding in the Bumper Boats lagoon, toss a few water balloons at Water Wars, or take out a Paddle Boat rental and feed the fish and turtles. More on The Shell Factory from 365thingsswfl.com.
3. Escape Room
An escape room is simply a themed game filled with puzzles hidden throughout that you and your team need to solve in order to win the game. Engage their problem-solving and team-building skills to see if they can escape in under an hour. Up the ante, and make a side bet and offer them a prize if they should win. My husband went with a group of his employees, and they weren’t able to get out in time.
Escape Room Adventures in Fort Myers in Pinebrook Park, there are three different themed rooms to choose from with different difficulty levels. Recommended for ages 9+, a minimum of three players are needed to book a room and a max of six. Thus, great for a family to play together or for a group of your child’s friends. Opens at 10 a.m., but call ahead to reserve. Also in Fort Myers is Escape Countdown, which features a Jailbreak room, but they will be opening a second room, Lost Island, in April and a third yet to be themed room in May.
TIP: You can also find Escape Room deals on LivingSocial for discounted tickets.
4. Paddle Boarding
It’s not your mother’s kayak! Stand up paddle boarding, otherwise known as SUP has been around for decades, but has recently exploded in popularity. No need to run out and buy a board and paddle though when you can rent and try out this trend thanks to several rental companies here in Lee County. Also, the minimal current and wave action of the Gulf make it a perfect place to learn to paddle. It’s an easy activity for tweens and teens, and a great work out for parents too. For safety, lifejackets are recommended for kids, and some rentals provide/require them.
Estero River Outfitters on Corkscrew and US-41 launches SUPs from their own dock and offers a 2 hour paddle down and up the Estero river, alongside Koreshan State Park for $35 plus tax or all day for $65. While, Holiday Water Sports out of Fort Myers Beach has three locations and provides SUP half hour ($25) and hourly rentals ($30) or $45 for 2 hrs.
5. Wakeboard Park
Picture a skatepark with ramps and different challenges for skaters, but now imagine water instead of cement, that is essentially what Revolution Cable Park is. Suspended in the air by a series of towers surrounding a small lake, an overhead cable rotates in a counterclockwise motion around the lake. Seven riders at one time can attach to the ropes and be pulled around the lake without a boat propelling them. With five towers, the cable operates at approximately 19 miles per hour allowing riders to wakeboard, kneeboard, ski or wakeskate. Minimum age for riders on the cable is eight years old.Sound expensive? Not really. For a two-hour cable pass, jacket and helmet rental, board with boots, non-obstacle are $46.64. Be advised; the water park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.