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Old 10-13-2013, 05:36 PM   #31
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My 9yr old girl would have stayed all day if we let her, same for my 16yr old son. We gave them the option of coming to dinner and they came every night because they wanted to. It was nice to let them have some freedom in a safe place.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #32
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Our DD13 spent 6-10 hours per day in Edge -- she loved it there! But, she is the type of girl who is all about her friends and would probably move out to her new apartment right now if we let her, so she was fine to eat very late breakfast with us then be off! She came to the show and dinner with us then would be back with her friends.

Our DD9 spent probably 2-3 hours total in Club/Lab, broken into smaller portions. She had fun when her little friend she met onboard would be there at the same time but not so much when she was there solo.

As I mentioned in another post, I'm not a big fan of the 3-12 age for these clubs -- too large of an age span. We probably won't cruise again until 2015 when our DD will be 11yo so that she can go into Edge.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:09 PM   #33
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Ever since our first Disney cruise, our DS (now 14), will spend every second in the clubs that we allow. He comes out at dinner time because we insist that he have dinner with us in the MDR. The only time he skips dessert at dinner, he rushes back to the club as soon as he can. He absolutely loves the friends he makes and the vacation from Mom and Dad. Of course, if we are going to do something really cool and fun he's torn between the club and our activity.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:48 PM   #34
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Just for a different perspective, my kids spent zero time in the clubs.

DS15 ad DD12 had no interest. We went and toured as a family on the first day. We met the counselors who were all very nice and seemed like cool people. My kids had great conversations with them and also with some other kids walking around. they even played foosball with another bro/sis pair we met in Vibe. The spaces, both Edge and Vibe were awesome.

We had all planned for them to go to their respective meet up in the clubs after dinner that first night. However, dinner was a little slow that night and we were having a really good time getting to know our fabulous serving team that it was kinda late when we were done. We were also exhausted and the kids asked if we could just go change into jammies and walk around the ship and do the Midship Detective Agency. We didn't even make it back out for that, an ended up lounging in the room and getting to sleep in anticipation of our Nassau excursion at 9am the next day.

Every night pretty much went the same way. Fun with each other and Mom during the day, awesome show and dinner with our fab serving team, ad more hanging out together and going to D Lounge for family karaoke, or a movie, or shopping, etc.

On the sea day I had them look at the Navigator to see if they wanted to join an activity in the clubs, and they wanted to do lots of things listed, but NONE of them were in the clubs. We did towel folding, Anyone Can Cook, etc but the club activities didn't sound interesting to them.

On several occasions we saw groups of kids milling around or playing in the elevator banks outside of Edge or Vibe on their way in or out. Often, the tween girls (in little bikinis) were giggling and talking about boys and chasing them or laughing while putting on glittery lipgloss or whatever while moving in packs around the ship. Similar to what you see at most malls on the weekends. On once such occasion my DD looked at me and said "I don't think the clubs are for me. I'm not into the whole giggle, make-up, chase boys around scene." Which is true. And I'm glad about it, too!

Just my experience with my kids, and since kids come in all personalities, maybe somebody out there also has kids who may simply enjoy being with Mom :-)

P.S. Also wanted to add that my kids have lots of friends at church, in their homeschool group, and at the theater where they take acting, dance and music and perform in plays and musicals. My DD is in scouts and my DS is in the local HS Thespian Honor Society and participates in acting classes and plays there several times a week. All this to say that my kids are not anti-social, shy or not socialized. They were just interested in doing other things and being together as a family.

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Old 10-14-2013, 07:51 AM   #35
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My DD9 spent a total of 3-4 hours in the clubs. That was for the entire cruise. She just didn't like them at all. She only went to make flubber and to the pajama party.

She really wanted to go to Edge but has to wait until our 2015.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:11 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by GreatDaneMom View Post
DD is 18 and has sailed DCL 7 times since she was 10.

She spent 1 hour in the club at 10 to make flubber and 1 hour in the club at 16 to try the teen thing. That's it, she doesn't like the clubs! For her DCL means hanging with the family.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:34 AM   #37
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Just for fun How long on average is your kid(s) in clubs/labs/tween/teen space? Please also note age of child.

My 8 yr old son is in the club or lab an average of 4 hours a day.
My 13 yr old....
Depends on the size of the group and what type of kids are there.

Last Cruise he wanted to hang with his friends after dinner every night. So I'd say 7pm-midnight ish! On sea days he hung out with them a bit longer. It was doing other activities outside of the club during the day!
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:32 PM   #38
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My 8 year old was there for about 6 hours a day this year.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:54 PM   #39
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DD was 12 last year on the Magic. She spent maybe 1-2 hours per day in The Edge.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:32 PM   #40
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My 4 and 7 year old spent about 3-4 hours on average in the club/lab. It wasn't necessarily all at once though. The loved it and we often had to drag them away at bedtime.

My 1 year old went to the nursery as needed by us for dining reservations, spa appointments or show times, etc. He stayed anywhere from 1-3 hours but was usually around 1.5 hours. He didn't really like it since he doesn't go to day care at home.
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