I try to.
Because it's just the kids and I most of the time, it's good for them to make friends quickly and easily. (Remember the Jerry Seinfield quote? 'You like ice-cream? I like ice-cream! Let's be best friends.'
That kind of thing.)
And if it's a good club, they get to do things they might otherwise not be able to do - like collecting coconuts and making ships out of them, as they did in Fiji a few years ago. Or dehusking coconuts on a very dangerous-looking spike in Samoa. At one resort in Fiji, we even looked after an orphaned bird the kid's had rescued during a kids' club walk ... in our five-star room. I can't imagine that happening anywhere else.
But I digress.
Now my kids are older - 12 and 10 - most Aussie kids' clubs are too young for them. They would much rather hang out by the pool with me, which is fine.
But I was bemused when a release from a Parisian hotel came into my email inbox recently.
If ever we three make it to Paris as a family, we'll be making a bee-line for Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris.
Here, workshops to be held by celebrated artists, will be conducted in French and English. Dubbed Le Peitit Royal, the workshops are linked to major cultural events in the city and give children and teenagers the chance to participate in treasure hunts through the Louvre's Egyptian galleries, pirate boat trips down the Seine, or follow in the footsteps of a prima ballerina for the day.
Artistic kids can study the work of pioneering cubist Georges Braque (linked to a major exhibition at the Grand Palais), pop artist Roy Lichenstein (marking the start of a major exhibition at the Centre Pompidou), and Pablo Picasso, when the Picasso Museum reopens in November.
Teens can learn to be a DJ with music mixing lessons at the hotel's mobile recording studio, or make pizzas with the chefs of the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Il Carpaccio.
Kind of puts jelly-eating competitions and boat-races in the shade doesn't it?
To be honest, if we were in Paris, I'd want to be dragging my kids around the sights, but I'm sure there might be a few hours where I might indulge in a little retail therapy, knowing they were being happily entertained ...
And when you're a single parent, a good kids' club - or entertainment program for children and teens - is gold. When you're a single parent, there's no one to mind the children while you do some child-free shopping, have a massage, lie by the pool, or just read a book for five minutes. A good kids program means the kids are happy, and Mum or Dad gets a little break too. Yeah, a holiday. Like it's meant to be.
The kids aren't bored while you are off looking at another cathedral, shopping for clothes or having your chakras realigned, and everyone is happy when you meet up a couple of hours later. It's perfect.
What do your kids like to do when they are on holiday?
Pizza-making at Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris. Oh to be a kid again!