Sammy Jiang talks about her fun-packed days as CoCo Kid’s Club Captain at Mandarin Oriental, Sanya
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My working day begins when our CoCo Kid’s Club opens at 9am. The focus of my role is to take care of the children who come to the club to play and have fun throughout the day. There are many activities for the children to do – CoCo Kids’ Club is a pirate-themed play area, with board games, puzzles, books, Lego, computers and cartoons on TV.
Many of the children want help completing their own personalised ‘passport’, which they receive upon arrival at Mandarin Oriental, Sanya. The passport encompasses a variety of activities, such as fun games around the resort and special tasks that educate children about Coral Bay’s abundance of fauna and wildlife; it encourages them to explore and interact with the staff. The ‘Find the Tree’ activity leads little ones around the landscaped gardens to locate and identify different kinds of fruit trees; a wildlife page highlights the diverse animal species that exist in the region, while the ‘Coral Knowledge’ section turns their attention to our own coral bay, where they can learn about marine life and make a coral necklace or bracelet. Additionally, the passport features gift tokens and other goodies to surprise and delight children throughout their stay.
My day also involves assisting our recreation team, who oversee a range of sporting activities for the more active children, such as table tennis, Kung Fu Panda (Shaolin kung fu for children) with our Shaolin kung fu master, Wii games and swimming lessons. For the more adventurous, kayaking and snorkelling is on offer at Coral Bay, as is the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the exotic marine life, and bicycles are available to explore the stunning beauty of the surrounding area. Many children also enjoy the more hands-on educational activities at the Kid’s Club, like calligraphy, handicrafts (many based on the local Li and Miao cultures), and Little Chef cooking classes.
Every day at 10.30am, we go to the swimming pool where we offer a complimentary framed photo at the ‘CoCo the Pirate’ picture board, to help the children cherish the memorable moments they’ve had at the resort. For winding down in the evening, we also arrange children’s outdoor movie nights at the weekend, and should parents wish to go out we provide a babysitting service.
The school holidays are the busiest times of the year for us at the Kid’s Club. This is when we also host the MO Kid’s Camp – full days of games, educational activities, and creative arts and crafts for 4-12 year olds. The camp has been running for four years now and is always popular with all the children who take part.