“It’s a Fun Day, in the Sun Day!” The Grand Palladium, a group of all-inclusive international hotel properties in Mexico, the Caribbean, and beyond, has re-themed their kids’ programs around the character Raggs. Don’t know who Raggs is? That’s OK, he’s a lovable, furry, blue dog, who surfs, and has a band (kind of like “The Wiggles” but dogs). I met Raggs on a recent press trip to the Grand Palladium Resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, and saw why, at the end of family vacations, kids didn’t want to leave their new friend. Continue reading to see how Raggs made a beautiful all-inclusive beach front resort and spa even more appealing for a family vacation.
Before getting into details of the Grand Palladium Resort’s new Play at Palladium with Raggs kids program, a little background is warranted. Raggs was born of necessity when Charlotte, NC mother and ad exec, Toni Steedman, created the imaginary dog to help her then 6 year old daughter get through a rough patch. In her “mom taxi,” Toni told elaborate Raggs stories to Allison, and soon, the dog was the hit of the carpool circuit. More and more children wanted to hear about Raggs, his canine compatriots, and their pet cat. Eventually, Raggs formed a band, grew into a preschool television series, performed live concerts around the world, and even appeared at the White House. However, at its heart and core, Raggs was about family. He soothed Toni’s daughter, and educated families around the world. The story’s significant because Grand Palladium is not only a family resort; it’s a family too. The Grand Palladium is a family-owned business; the resort’s staff grew up nearby, treat each other as family; and that atmosphere rubs off on the guests. You enter the Grand Palladium Resort as a guest, but leave feeling like family – perfect for the Emmy-award winning kids show Raggs.
Kids have many opportunities to meet and get to know Raggs over the week. Signs for Play at Palladium with Raggs are right at the check-in desk, and the colorful characters can be found in the kids club reading stories, or popping up to sing songs and give high fives around the pool during the day.
Evening shows with the Raggs Band happen twice a week. At Pido’s Surf Party, children receive leis, grass skirts, tropical shirts and limbo, dance, wiggle, shimmy and wave balloons in a sing along party with the characters and a live DJ.
The culmination of the week is the Raggs Pirate Show featuring all 5 of the Raggs Band TV characters along with a stage full of dancers and… well, pirates, of course. Both parties/shows were highly interactive and engaging for the kids, a perfect performance for a preschool audience.
However, the highlight of the Raggs program for me was the Raggs-themed character breakfast offered once during the week. As a family-travel writer, I’ve experienced my share of character breakfasts in the Disney Parks, Nickelodeon Suites, etc., and this Play at Palladium with Raggs breakfast blew them all away.
The difference maker here was the food. Ricardo Canales, Palladium Hotels & Resorts’ Entertainment Manager explained, “our Palladium chefs prepare special pastries, fruit plates, and breakfast dishes all in the Raggs theme for this morning event.”
The chef’s attention to detail was astounding. Take a look for yourself at these dishes.
“Hot” Dog Biscuits
Like your eggs sunny-side up?
Pastries and Baked Goods
For us parents out there, don’t worry there was some fresh fruit served too.
Along with healthy smoothies (color coordinated with the dogs).
Even the displays and garnishes were elaborately displayed.
It was all a veritable FEAST for the eyes. [Sorry, I got carried away.]
Naturally, you can’t have a character breakfast without the characters. Raggs and his band mates went to each table to meet the children and pose for photographs with the kids (or adults). It was such an orderly procession, with everyone happy and excited to get a private audience with their new furry friends.
At 15 and 12 my daughters are not the right target audience for the preschool shows, but they would still have a fun time at the character breakfast and enjoy all the adorable food. Best part of all, there’s no extra charge for this character experience. The Grand Palladium Resort is all-inclusive and that INCLUDES the character breakfast, smoothies, and all that goes with it. Although, the Raggs themed merchandise and souvenirs will cost you a little extra.
Raggs is a great addition to the Grand Palladium Resort, and a wonderful upgrade to their kids’ programs. Even if your children have never seen the show or know the characters, they will forever associate them with this wonderful family vacation experience. Plus, the Raggs Band songs are real ear worms. Seriously… I’m still humming this one in my head…
I’ll post more details regarding the Grand Palladium Resort at a later time. Because I need a separate article to talk about the wonderful features of the all-inclusive property from the spacious rooms and family suites, gorgeous grounds and pools, heavenly spa, and sumptuous and bountiful food. Suffice it to say, I think the Grand Palladium Resort would make an idyllic vacation destination, and the all-inclusive nature of the resort makes it easy for families to budget. I’m trying to figure out when I can go back with my whole family.
DISCLOSURE: Dave Parfitt was hosted by the Grand Palladium Resort and received transportation to as well as all meals and accommodations at the resort in order to experience the new Play at Palladium with Raggs program for the purposes of writing this article. However, all opinions expressed are those of the author. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.