Duck Races & More With The Dunes Village Kids Club
Because Myrtle Beach is such a family-oriented destination, nearly all of the kid-friendly hotels in Myrtle Beach offer kids clubs—though the Dunes Village Kids Club is one of few that runs year-round.
This year, the Kids Club is as popular as ever, offering up free and affordable activities that are great for the whole family. Two of the most popular activities are T-shirt tie-dying and our annual lazy river duck races!
• “Every year the tie-dye T-shirts change with a different design for the year. It’s a completely different shirt design, this year it’s a sun with a palm tree that says Dunes Village 2013. People like to get a new one every year,” said Kayla Mahoney, who is the activities director at the resort.
Shirts are available in kids’ sizes all the way up to adult XL. The shirts cost $9, which covers all the cost for the tie dying.
“Even younger kids can participate with parental supervision—it’s really easy to do. Not like tie-dyeing was back in the day,” she said.
• Another popular activity this year is the glow parties.
“We do a glow dance party on the lawn from about 9 to 10 p.m. We have a DJ, and we sell glow items from $2 to $15—glowing pirate swords, headgear, bubble guns, glow necklaces, and they all get together and dance,” Mahoney said.
“It’s like a little rave for kids. It’s very popular for tweens.” Most of the glow items are battery operated, so they can be re-used at home. “They’re the kind of stuff you’d get at Broadway, but we sell them for less here,” Mahoney said.
• Families also love duck races, which the Dunes Village staff puts on as a fundraiser for the resort’s Heart Walk team, which will participate in the Myrtle Beach Heart Walk in October.
With Heart Walk duck races, you can buy a duck for $2 (or pay $1 to race one of the resort’s ducks) and race it in the lazy river for prizes. All funds raised from the Heart Walk duck races benefit the American Heart Association—and they’re just fun.
“We try to get bigger prizes so it’s worthwhile for adults. We’re still confirming, but last year we had prizes that ranged from free drinks to gift certificates in our restaurants,” Mahoney said. The fund-raiser duck races begin in August, and take place two to three times per week. Kids can enjoy duck races as part of the kids club even sooner, and even with smaller prizes such as candy, they get into it.
“We had one little girl recently follow her duck around the lazy river just screaming at it. It was pretty cute,” said Mahoney.
All these fun family activities are a big reason Dunes Village is considered one of the most kid-friendly hotels in Myrtle Beach—come visit us soon and judge for yourself!
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