Shirley Temple

Taking the Kids -- the future of kids' clubs

Taking the Kids -- the future of kids' clubs

The Driscolls' vacation every year with extended family at a family-centric resort or on a cruise line known for morning-till-night supervised kids' activities. But the five kids -- all eight and under -- rarely take part in organized kids' programs.

"The cousins entertain each other," said Anna Driscoll, playing in a resort pool with the family. The North Carolina mom adds, "When we're with Nana, she wants to be with the kids."

This family was one of many I met recently at the brand-new Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. There were families playing together on the beach and...