Ahoy me hearties, do your kids love Captain Jack?
News of Johnny Depp's impromptu visit to a Greenwich primary school has sent us on a hunt for more pirate adventures.
Do your children love being pirates? And do you love Johnny Depp? I can't imagine many better surprises than Captain Jack turning up at school.
But most of us have to look elsewhere for our mutiny fix.
Of course you don't have to leave home for your kids to dress up as a pirate and wreak havoc. Let them grab a headscarf and earrings and away they go. Or set up a treasure hunt with X marking the spot where they'll find some treats. There are also plenty of online resources for wannabe buccaneers with games and more. There's even an international Talk like a pirate day each year on September 19. Or, if you want your children to relish a different pirate you may remember, check out this interactive Captain Pugwash storybook.
The original and best?
Perhaps an obvious place to start for budding rogues and n'er-do-wells is at Disney's Pirate League where Captain Jack and his crew recruit and train new buccaneers. There's swashbuckling aplenty available in various packages at the Magic Kingdom which is also home to the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride, said to be the inspiration behind the film series.
Don't expect Toy Story level wonder as you head on board this old school ride with a sprinkle of more modern trickery added, but if you are fans of the big screen version, you'll still love it.
Landlubbers and scallywags alike can live like Captain Jack in pirate-themed rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. And if budget isn't a problem, the Disney cruise ships, Magic and Wonder, offer a host of fun with a specially-themed Pirates in the Caribbean deck party. Look out for a villainous Captain Hook too.
This half term, children holidaying at Rex Resorts in Antigua can take part in an If A Pirate I Must Be programme. The resort has devised this special programme to run in its dedicated kids' club and will include treasure hunts, role play dressing up, a pirates' assault course, Long John Silver races and pirate inspired arts and crafts.
Closer to home
Butlins offers loads of fun and shows, with pirates looming large. Check out the Butlins website for more details about specific activities, events and prices.
Over the years we've also enjoyed loads of pirate themed adventures while stopping with Haven Holidays.
You may not be able to entice the dreamy Cap'n Jack to your kids' classroom but I hope these suggestions can help them unleash their inner buccaneer. Are there any you'd add?
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