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Old 05-05-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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Question Kids Club Thoughts: All kids vary through age ranges, opinions please?

Going in Aug onboard Dream out of Cape Caneveral Aug 4-8. Our extended family along, ages of kiddos:
My children: girl 9 (loves crafts), boy 11 (loves sports)
Sister's child: boy 12 (loves sports)
Brother's children: boy 8 (loves sports), girl 5 (loves crafts)
They all live next to each other and see each other all of the time so splitting up isn't a problem. How should we divide them up in kids club or does the cruise automatically do it? At first I said EVERYONE goes to Oceaneers Club, but not sure about that now (so confused). I have read posts, which just made me more confused. Please any input, suggestions appreciated. Also, do I sign them up when window opens? (I would rather do that than not be able to get them in a club if fills up fast). Can they change clubs if they don't like the club they are in? Clueless here
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The boys aged 11 & 12 will be eligible to go the the Edge for tweens. No pre-registration required due to their ages. They'll be able to come and go freely during the opening hours.

All the other children will be able to go to the Club/Lab and you can register them online when that becomes available. They can move through both of these areas while they are checked-in.

The clubs very rarely fill up so that some of the children onboard cannot attend - but apparently it has happened although we've never experienced this personally.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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The 11 & 12 yos will also be able to go to the Club/Lab. They will need to get bracelets at the club or in the terminal if they decide to do that. As of 3/23/13 on the Fantasy they were allowing kids in the mid age range to go to both clubs that they were eligible for.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:15 PM   #4
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The 5 year old will probably prefer the activities in the Oceaneer Club and the others will prefer the Oceaneer lab.

We just got off the Fantasy and my 11 year old granddaughter told me the Club was boring but she liked the Lab. We chose to put her there because she is at the younger age of the older club and we prefer she not hang out with teenagers yet.

My 4 year old granddaughter did not hesitate to go to Club by herself without her cousins.

They do have open house a lot though so all ages in the secure activities may be in the club or lab depending on which place is hosting the open house.

Bottom line is my grandchildren, 4,5,8 and 11 all had a great time and where in the club for several hours each day by choice.
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Remember, just because the boys start out in one area does not mean that cannot move up or down. If they feel the younger kids are to young they can move up to the edge, if they feel the edge kids are boring and there is not enough activities they can move down to the Oceaneer Lab/Club.

Also... Unless things have changed you sign the kids up but the kids area's do not fill up. They will get in.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:00 PM   #6
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Think of the kid's club as one big area encompassing both the Oceaneer's Lab and Oceaneer's Club. One side, the club, is geared towards the younger set with Andy's Room, Monster's Inc. area, Pixie Hollow and Nemo's Sub ( computer games). The other area, the lab, has more advanced computer controlled games, a craft area, movie room, artist workshop and board games. In between the lab and the club is the actual lab area where the cooking classes and lab experiments are done. This is also a pass through room when going from the club side to the lab side of the kid's club areas. You can check the kids in on either side...as there are two entrances. So if one is crowded....keep going forward until you reach the next entrance. The Personal Navigator lists the ages of the Oceaneer's Club and Lab as ages 3-12. However the 11 & 12 year olds can also go to Edge...which is ages 11-14. My DS 5 did all of the lab activities with my DD 10.....making cookies, making flubber, volcano eruptions, race cars.....so all kids can participate. They usually pair kids up for the lab activities. I did see sports games going on outside on Goofy's Sports Deck ( in the basketball cages) like dodge ball. Sometimes these were listed on the Navigator as Out and About on Goofy's Sports Deck.....right under the activities for the Club and Lab. The younger girls will enjoy all the crafts....as my kids made finger puppets, mini monsters, Stitch headbands, Pom Pom caterpillars, friendship bracelets.....silly hats out of cereal bowls.......lots of fun stuff!

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:37 PM   #7
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DD (who was 8 1/2 when we sailed the Fantasy last month) couldn't wait to check out the Oceaneer's Club/Lab, talked about it for months before we sailed.
She checked in our first day at sea, and within an hour, we were getting the Wave phone text that she was ready to be picked up. She said she didn't want to go back....then I told her that she needed to be open minded and at least give the volcano building a try (this was the event that she was looking forward to most). When I checked her in for that, she didn't want to leave! From Weds through Fri, when I went to pick her up at like 10:30pm - 11pm, she begged me to stay!
She did like the stff in the Lab, but she really liked the computers in Pixie Hollow. Magic Play Floor in the Lab was a hit too.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:06 AM   #8
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Hi Thank you for the info...

I know the Edge is more for the 2 boys, but are there activities there too?
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Of course, there are activities in each kid club. Check the navigators to see what they have available. The kids get to choose some of the activities for the cruise the first night, but most of them are the same.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:30 AM   #10
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For the Edge everything isn't listed in the Navigator since they get to pick some of the things they do. So if you look at a recent Navigator and see gaps in the activities in the Edge there is still likely something going on. Those activities are usually listed on a dry erase board in front of the Edge club. The 11 & 12 year old will definitely want the Edge where the others will likely prefer the Lab over the Club. Enjoy!
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