3. Hang ten in Hawaii.
Kids of all ages can learn to hang ten on Maui's Ka'anapali Coast. You'll quickly discover that your instructor at the Goofy Foot Surf School is not referring to your on-board performance when he or she talks about "goofy foot." Rather, it's an old surfing term describing a right foot forward stance on the board. Sign up for single lessons or daylong camps. Later visit the Maui Ocean Center, go snorkeling or explore the Road to Hana. Contact: www.GoHawaii.com; www.GoofyFootSurfSchool.com.
4. Become a birder in Belize.
Can you identify a mot-mot or red-throated ant-tanager? With the help of trained naturalists, spotting scopes and binoculars, learn to recognize some of the 574 colorful species of birds that reside in the natural beauty of Belize. Although a small country, (about the size of New Hampshire) the diverse habitat and the many national parks, private reserves and mangrove swamps make it easy for families to observe a wide variety of birds as well as well as 275 kinds of orchids and more than 4,000 kinds of plants and trees. Stay in jungle lodges, go caving, canoeing, and snorkeling amid coral reefs. Contact: www.birdinginbelize.com; TravelBelize.org.
5. Work on your game in Kohler, Wis.
The American Club, a AAA Five-Diamond Resort Hotel offers juniors and parents multiple levels of instruction via their Kohler Golf Academy. Together or individually, family members can focus on the game's fundamentals, including fitness and nutrition, skill development, etiquette and sportsmanship as well as experience on the four Pete Dye-designed courses. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the resort also offers water activities, games, a spa and hiking trails. Contact: www.americanclubresort.com
(Lynn O'Rourke Hayes (www.LOHayes.com) is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer. Gather more travel intel on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook, or via FamilyTravel.com