Don’t bid adieu to summer without having an amazing last hurrah with the fam! Book a stay at Fairmont Grand Del Mar to enjoy non-stop family fun and activities through August––from swimming with mermaids, dive-in movies and deejayed pool parties to glow-in-the-dark golf, sandcastle building workshops, pirate ship racing and a spectacular fireworks show. A trip to this paradise is the perfect way to end summer vacation on a high note your kids will never forget. Read on for how to have a ball on this family-friendly San Diego staycation.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar keeps your entire family entertained this summer with a thoughtfully curated list of rotating activities that will wow and delight all generations. See some of our top picks from the kid-centric reverie the Resort offers below.

Swimming with Mermaids, Racing with Pirates & Deejayed Pool Parties

Dreams really do come true at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, where your kids can actually swim with real-live mermaids! The mermaids even bring along fins for your littles to navigate the waters alongside them. They also play fun games, pose for photos and spread magic wherever they go.

Pirates are also making waves at the pool this summer with pirate ship races and underwater treasure hunts. They’ll put a glitter tattoo or temporary tattoo on your kiddo before they leave the swimming pool to set sail for deeper waters.

Mermaids & Pirates visit the pool Saturdays from 2-3 p.m.

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The whole fam can jam at the coolest bash in SoCal: the Rosé the Grand Way Pool Party. A DJ plays upbeat tunes that will have your whole crew dancing on water. Parents can sip Rosé Moët Minis and kids can select frozen treats from the Icicle Tricycle. There’s a wide assortment of rafts, inner tubes, floaties and beach balls to play with too.

Rosé the Grand Way Pool Party takes place Sundays 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Glow-in-the-Dark Golf

Take in the breathtaking views of Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s stunning golf course while you play glow-in-the-dark golf with your little birdies. Visitors of all ages will love putting through an array of obstacles using golf balls that glow. Kids and adults can win prizes for their putting prowess. It’s a definite hole-in-one for family fun.

Glow Golf Putting Contest is Saturdays from 7:45-9:15 p.m.

Dive-in Movie Night with BBQ & Fireworks

Take your little film buffs to dive in to the pool to catch a family-friendly flick like The LEGO Movie Part 2 or the live-action Dumbo movie. But first, enjoy live music while you feast on a delicious BBQ buffet dished up poolside that includes enticing options like fried chicken with Peruvian spices, sweet shrimp and veggie skewers, gourmet salads, mac & cheese and tater tots for young diners, a strawberry shortcake station and so much more. S’mores kits are also available and you can roast marshmallows at the nearby fire pits.

The fireworks show that directly follows the dive-in movie will rival what you saw on July 4th. It’s spectacular to say the least.

Fridays 5-9:30 p.m.

Sand Castle Building Workshops

Hone those sand castle building skills at a workshop led by a San Diego Sand Sculptures expert. You’ll learn new techniques and tricks for making your dream castle come to life.

Sundays 10 a.m.-noon

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Send the Kids to Explorer’s Club & Send Yourself to the Spa

Your kids won’t want to leave all the fun of the Resort’s Explorer’s Club, which is hosted by a super fun and friendly staff. Available to guests ages 5-12, The Explorer’s Club features all the latest video game systems, board games, foosball, arts and crafts, air hockey and more.

While the kids play, unwind at The Center for Well Being where you’ll find summer offerings including a Citrus Spa Pedicure, a Summer Spa Day special and Floating Meditation.

Mark your calendar for Aug. 3rd from 10 a.m.-noon to attend the Mindfulness for Families with Mindfully Empowered seminar. Geared for parents and kids ages 5 and older, this workshop will give you the tools and practices needed to live in the moment and to increase emotional regulation and concentration while fostering empathy and compassion for your child and yourself.

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So Much More…

There are countless activities your clan will love on a visit to Fairmont Grand Del Mar this summer. To name a few more: afternoon tea, animal poses yoga for kids, magic shows, cookie decorating, a bubble show with Baby Shark, golfing on a special Par-3 family course, junior golf, swim and tennis camps and so much more.

Soak up every last drop of summer fun with your kids on a stay at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, with memories that will last a lifetime.

5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego, CA 92130

Photos by Beth Shea except where noted.

This trip was paid for by Fairmont Grand Del Mar but all opinions expressed here belong to the writer.

––Beth Shea


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