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Old 02-17-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Sanaa: Dine with animal specialist appropriate for an 8 y/o?

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I just booked this lunch for myself and my DS8. When booking, I was told by CM that this activity is recommended for ages 14+. This conflicted with all of the information that I have researched about this luncheon (e.g., that recommended ages 8+).

Anyone have any experience with bringing school-aged children to this luncheon?

My child LOVES animals, and could not get enough of using the "field guides" at AKL and AK to spot birds and other wildlife.

Thanks so much!
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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1) No problem.
2) They actually will take small-small kids.
3) The guy/gal will tailor the conversation to the audience.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #3
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Jambo AKL/AKV fans!

I just booked this lunch for myself and my DS8. When booking, I was told by CM that this activity is recommended for ages 14+. This conflicted with all of the information that I have researched about this luncheon (e.g., that recommended ages 8+).

Anyone have any experience with bringing school-aged children to this luncheon?

My child LOVES animals, and could not get enough of using the "field guides" at AKL and AK to spot birds and other wildlife.

Thanks so much!
My DD and I did lunch with an animal specialist at Sanaa a year ago in January. At the time she was 9. We've done the Sunrise Safari previously, so some of the information overlapped and we were familiar with it.
She was the only child in our group, and in fact, I think I was the second youngest person in the group as well.

The experience was great! The group was seated at one large table they put off to the side. The chef came out to introduce himself and the types of food served. The bread service was served family style, and then the rest was served individually. The waiter was wonderfully accomodating and brought DD both the adult meals to try and gave her a children's menu to order off of. She did try some of the adult items and enjoyed a few tastes here and there, but mostly stuck to her cheeseburger. I thought it was very nice of him to do that for her and a great way to try new things. He even brought her both the adult and a child's dessert.

Honestly, I felt the animal specialist was very informative, warm and friendly, but by no means tailored any of the conversation to my DD. She did have a couple of questions for him, but was very shy, so I asked for her, despite my encouraging her to ask for herself. It was rather intimidating at a large table with quite a few other guests. He kindly answered them speaking to her. Other than that, she sat politely but wasn't wowed by the conversation, as a lot of it was answering questions such as "well, my DD wants to enroll in a zoology program, where do you think is a good fit for her?" Lol...I didn't really mind, it was a cool experience.

The highlight for DD was going outside to see the turtle. I can't remember his/her name, but it's ancient! DD really enjoyed getting down to see it and hearing all about it.

It was a great experience and I wouldn't hesitate to bring your 8yo DS. I'm sure the conversation varies with the dynamic of the group. I'm glad we did it, as we are always looking for new experiences, especially educational ones.
I probably would not do it again, but worth it the first time around.
Hope that helps!
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