Parents Magazine and the Atlantis restaurants have partnered to offer a parent and child approved menu at the resort. Let’s hope this is a trend many other family resorts follow.
As a parent who travels frequently with her children, I embrace the adventure of exploring the world with them. But the one challenge I face is providing my children with the same type of healthy food on vacation that I would offer them at home.
Because I review luxury hotels on a regular basis for Traveling Mom and my own site, Luxe Recess, I’ve become an unofficial consultant on most hotel brands and their family programming.
Finding Healthy Kid-Friendly Meals While Traveling
Have you looked at a hotel or restaurant menu with innovative farm-to-table cuisine focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients only to turn to the children’s menu and see chicken fingers and grilled cheese sandwiches served with French fries? It’s fine if this is a meal once in a while, but while traveling, this is a recipe for scurvy.
When I learned that the Parents magazine editors had worked with the Atlantis restaurants to create a special menu for Bimini Road I was intrigued.
First, Bimini Road is definitely my family’s favorite restaurant when we visit Atlantis. It’s the one restaurant that offers Bahamian specialties. It’s in a convenient location near a Ben & Jerry’s for dessert within the Atlantis marina shops and restaurants.
Second, it seems like the editors of Parents have been reading my mind when they created this new kids’ menu at Bimini Road. I can’t wait to book another visit back to Paradise Island now.
Parents Magazine Partners with Atlantis Restaurants to create the Tackle Box
The star of the new menu is the tackle box, which consists of silicone ice cube trays in the shape of fish that are stuffed with a variety of meats, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and seeds. This ensures that young visitors are getting diverse food groups in a meal.
I have a five-year-old son who absolutely adores bento-box style, but I know that if I order one for him, my 10-year-old daughter would look longingly at one and request one as well.
Honestly I’ve been waiting for this since my daughter outgrew Mum-Mums. Why has it taken so long to recognize that this Bento-box-like approach is the easiest way for parents to ensure that their children get a varied diet on vacation free of constipation? Sorry, parents talk poop, as you know. Even the absence of it.
The revamped kids’ menu contains more traditional single entrées as well, but it’s the Tackle Box, to me, that is so noteworthy.
This playful presentation is an excellent way to introduce children to new foods, and it also has inspired me to pack those silicon trays (You can get them at IKEA) and create my own when I am at any kind of hotel buffet with my family.
Bimini Road in the Atlantis Marina Village
A night at Bimini Road has other highlights. The marina shops often have bands playing in the evening or balloon-animal makers. I watched my daughter at the age of four get asked to dance by a boy, maybe five, outside Ben and Jerry’s. They had met at the Atlantis water park earlier that day.
The cuteness factor was through the charts until the boy spread his feet wide and began bending his knees, squatting repeatedly. Although it may have just been his awkward dance move, both my daughter and I thought he might have had an accident in his pants. I have it all on video to play at her wedding one day.
I have two kids who are more than five years apart in age. My firstborn (daughter) received home cooked, organic everything. My son came along and changed all of that.
But I have a self-deprecating memory as I checked her into the Atlantis kids club. I asked if they served snacks and they explained that they offered juice and pretzels.
I nodded and said, “Oh, I don’t let my daughter drink juice.” So they wrote her name in all capital letters on her large name tag with a big “no juice” written underneath. Fortunately she couldn’t read yet or she would have given me grief.
Seeing my nutrition rigidity in full Avery label Crayola marker glory may have been the first moment that I started easing up. So when I became a mother of two, all of those intentions went out the door – like many of you know.
I am excited to see if Parents Magazine can expand this program to more popular family resorts and move traveling families off of their dependency of chicken nuggets.