The Four Seasons resorts remain one of the few chains that still offer complimentary programs for children. At the Costa Rica property, the Kids for All Seasons (KFAS) program offers daily, supervised activities for ages 4 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids learn some Spanish, get their faces painted, create puppets, go on nature walks, build sandcastles and play pool games in the one foot-deep KFAS pool, good-sized at 540 square feet. The colorful welcome packet that children receive when they arrive features information about Costa Rica combined with pencil mazes and a map of Costa Rica to color.
The outdoor covered patio of the kids' club has a Foosball game and a mini-basketball hoop, as well as colorful child-sized chairs. Inside the two-room facility, toy cars, trucks, Barbie dolls, books and board games line the shelves; there are computers and a Nintendo Wii. As with many children's programs, this one attracts more kids in the 4- to 9-year-old range. Unless other 10- and 11-year-olds registered, kids this age may feel uncomfortable being grouped with younger children.
Children under 4 years old are welcome to use the facility, including the children's pool, with a parent or a nanny supervising. Kids may borrow the board games, toys and movies for free as long as these are returned the next day.
Tuanis, the teen center, although oddly placed at the end of a service driveway, is well-thought out. The facility is open 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. sometimes midnight during busy times. It affords those hard-to-please 12- to 16 year-olds a separate space to hang out and to meet. There are couches for slouching, and tall tables for enjoying the complimentary snacks, juice and ice tea, as well as chess and Chinese checkers set out on tables. Along with free Wi-Fi, teens can play Ninetendo Wii, X-Box and other computer games. The modular chairs provide trendy, outdoor seating. In high season, a "facilitator" assists teens with activities and Tuanis hosts movies on the lawn, a disco and other themed parties every night.
Beach and Water Sports
Of course, it may be difficult to get your kids off the sandy beaches. Playa Virador, on the ocean facing Monkey's Head, a popular snorkel spot, is used more for lounging while Playa Culebra on the bay hosts complimentary boogie boarding, sea kayaking and other water sports.
There are four pools at the resort, one of which is a quiet, adults-only pool. The two main pools, Tico's and Blanca, are located between the beaches. Lounge chairs, tables and umbrellas surround the pool decks. The kids pool features pool toys and complimentary Wi-Fi, too.
You can play tennis and golf with your kids; however, neither the tennis facility nor the Arnold Palmer designed Bella Vista golf course offer special programs for juniors or rates for families. Private lessons are available for kids and for adults in golf as well as tennis.