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Old 03-20-2013, 07:56 PM   #31
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Whoa apparently a hot button topic. Thanks to those who managed to reply respectfully He's 7, but is very introverted. We tried him in the clubs before when we were on the Dream and he was miserable, wandering around. The CM's were not able to give him what he needs in terms of getting him to be social (not thier fault, lots of kids). We missed a lot of adult activities on our last cruise, and so the question came to mind.

I had thought a daytime tasting would be a little tamer than those held in the evening, but apparently not. My thought was that he would be in a far corner away from the adults, playing his kindle or the like, not sitting next to me. After reading through, I appreciate that even a daytime environment would not be appropriate, and realize that if he can't stay in the clubs, it is not a viable option. Thx.
It may be able to take the tasting in two shifts so as each parent enjoy an adult activity and still have one parent with your son. That way you gt to experience two different tastings on two subjects and compare notes. Hope it works out.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:33 PM   #32
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Whoa apparently a hot button topic. Thanks to those who managed to reply respectfully He's 7, but is very introverted. We tried him in the clubs before when we were on the Dream and he was miserable, wandering around. The CM's were not able to give him what he needs in terms of getting him to be social (not thier fault, lots of kids). We missed a lot of adult activities on our last cruise, and so the question came to mind.

I had thought a daytime tasting would be a little tamer than those held in the evening, but apparently not. My thought was that he would be in a far corner away from the adults, playing his kindle or the like, not sitting next to me. After reading through, I appreciate that even a daytime environment would not be appropriate, and realize that if he can't stay in the clubs, it is not a viable option. Thx.
Have you checked out your Cruise Meets group? Perhaps another family from the DIS has a 7-yr-old who would like to be friends with your son on the cruise. If they "know" each other before the cruise, perhaps they would want to do stuff together, and that would help ease your son into the club.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:24 PM   #33
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I can relate to the question...we, too, had our youngest who didn't want to go to the kids clubs for the first three cruises that we were on. We tried to get her to engage and it wasn't that they didn't look fun, she just was shy and wanted to be with her dad and I . The oldest daughter was another story...she left us and never looked back!

The suggestion to check out your cruise meet is a great one and one that I can say really worked for us. Once our youngest found others her own age and could "meet" them online prior to the cruise, she couldn't wait to get on the ship and see her friends in person. While she still liked being with us, having already-made friends in the kids clubs really allowed us to be able to enjoy some of the adult activities.

It is pretty funny because now that our youngest is a teenager...who has to be reminded that dinner as a family is not optional...she wonders why she didn't want to be in the clubs from the beginning!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:56 PM   #34
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Whoa apparently a hot button topic. Thanks to those who managed to reply respectfully He's 7, but is very introverted. We tried him in the clubs before when we were on the Dream and he was miserable, wandering around. The CM's were not able to give him what he needs in terms of getting him to be social (not thier fault, lots of kids). We missed a lot of adult activities on our last cruise, and so the question came to mind.

I had thought a daytime tasting would be a little tamer than those held in the evening, but apparently not. My thought was that he would be in a far corner away from the adults, playing his kindle or the like, not sitting next to me. After reading through, I appreciate that even a daytime environment would not be appropriate, and realize that if he can't stay in the clubs, it is not a viable option. Thx.
Which ship are you going on? My husband did a tequila tasting in Diversions on the Wonder. My DD and I were looking for him (miscommunication) and found him there. (It's a long story but his phone wasn't working, and GS actually called Diversions to see if he was there and they told us to meet him there.)

We sat and waited by the windows where other kids were playing board games while they did their tasting, waaaaaaaay over by the bar. On the Wonder, Diversions is all-ages during they day so it wasn't a problem. The bartender did not clear out the room or anything, but obviously I wouldn't have sat with my child next to my husband during the tasting. We were simply in the same room (opposite corners). HTH.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:30 PM   #35
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Is our son allowed to come and watch the tastings, or are these strictly adults only? He is not a kid who likes to be separated in new environments, so I fear the kids club may not be an option for us, but we'd like to partake in a couple of these. Just not sure if he could be in the room with us in a quiet corner somewhere....
I would not like to find a child at one of these tastings. It is an adult activity and your child should know that there is a line he can't cross. You should explain that you are going to go to this event for an hour and during that time he will stay in the kids' club. You are the parent.

I have three kids and one gets very anxious. He knows however that there are times when he must go out of his comfort zone and try new things and activities. It is not only best for him but for us.

If you can't separate from him; I would advise not to make the whole group of adults uncomfortable by having him at the tastings.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:08 AM   #36
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Not sure if this has been suggested, but how about preparing your child before sailing? Like taking them to a kids club locally & say this will be similar to the cruise (as far as time is concerned) start off with 30 min, & increase every few days?

Maybe this will help with the shyness??
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:18 AM   #37
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I have a 7 year old ds as well. Honestly, I would not want to take my child into an adult area and wait while I had drinks. Not out of respect for other adult passengers and because that isnt really the atmospher for children.

If he is really unable to participate in kids club, can't he go and play his DSi there as he would in the tasting? He wouldnt need to get to know kids, just a safe child friendly place for him while you enjoy adult atmospher.
But I would do like pp said and try to connect with another cruiser before the trip, maybe even let them face time or email, IM with you and another mom. Not sure when your sailing but if you are on April 27 wonder lmk. I hope he finds a friend on the ship, for both of your enjoyment.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:25 AM   #38
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Kids can go into bars on the ship as long as it is not one of the new ships at night.
The adult entertainment district bars on all ships, both Magic and Dream classes, are adults only in the evening. Not just the new ships.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:29 AM   #39
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The adult entertainment district bars on all ships, both Magic and Dream classes, are adults only in the evening. Not just the new ships.
And anytime there is an adults only activity, whatever space it is in becomes adults only. I've seen them ask a (quiet, perfectly behaved, middle school aged) kid to please go enjoy some of the more age appropriate entertainment when he showed up with his parents for the Art of the Theme tour. If they don't enforce "adults only" then there'd be no point to have adults only activities.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:44 AM   #40
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Everything everyone else said: it's listed as an adult activity in the navigator, no bringing kids is not an option.

The tastings I have participated in have most certainly NOT been kid friendly. One group was having a rollicking good time after 5/6 drinks, one group was more subdued but there were plenty of adult jokes thrown around and the third group was slightly insane and there were several comments about some being worried they'd fall asleep in their soup at dinner.
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Everything everyone else said: it's listed as an adult activity in the navigator, no bringing kids is not an option.

The tastings I have participated in have most certainly NOT been kid friendly. One group was having a rollicking good time after 5/6 drinks, one group was more subdued but there were plenty of adult jokes thrown around and the third group was slightly insane and there were several comments about some being worried they'd fall asleep in their soup at dinner.
I've never tried any of the adults only events, but reading all the responses, I kept thinking what exactly is going on in these rooms that a kid can't be in a far corner on a kindle or whatever, most likely not even paying attention? After all, I thought it was just a "tasting". I'm now highly intrigued and want to partake.

And, of course, I won't bring my kids. It truly would never have occurred to me to even think about bringing them when it is " adults only". On the other hand, I, for one, could care less if someone else brought their kid. BUT don't get upset if your kids see me running around half naked with some Disney alcoholic concoction spilling out of my glass and spouting four-letter words left and right.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:07 PM   #42
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Kids in Tastings

Definitely a NO with kids in the tastings. My husband and I look forward to our adult only time in the tastings, they are always a lot of fun. Recently, for the first time after many of these experiences, we had a 21 year old in the tasting who had quite the potty mouth and I think was drunk before he arrived. You would not want your child there.

As far as kids clubs, (I have not read entire thread) bring your child to the club the first day. They get to know other kids and counselors. My kids love going as soon as they can! If you wait a few days to go to the club, they might just think they are missing all the fun with you.

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Old 03-21-2013, 01:38 PM   #43
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This should be simple.
It's an ADULT activity. NO KIDS PERIOD.

I don't care how perfect your kids are....mine were perfect too. But if they offer things for adults who want "adult only" time, then that's what it should be.

If your kids don't want to go to the Clubs for an hour, then don't book an adult activity.
Simple. No buts.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #44
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The answer to this is pretty simple:

If the area the tasting is in is adult-only then no kids will be allowed in (ie, Cove Cafe, clubs at night, etc). Also some tastings are large enough that they reserve the entire room in which case anyone not having a ticket will not be allowed in.

If the area is "mixed-use" the tasting typically takes up a small portion of it and other people are welcome to be in the area just not partake of the beverages and this will include children.

DCL policies aside you should carefully consider the atmosphere of some tastings as they can get pretty crazy...especially the mixology. Not really appropriate for a child to be in.

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I agree that you should not participate in these with your child for a couple of reasons. I read a review by a couple who were childless and went to them after they had been drinking all day. I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, I am just saying that sometimes there could be behavior of other adults that perhaps a child should not witness. I think after a "tasting" you can feel pretty good! Sounds like fun.

Another thought is that others may have put their kids in the club or even paid for the nursery to have this adult time. If they are choosing to have adult time away from their kids I am sure they are not planning to spend that time with someone elses child.
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