Parents with children age 10-14 (kids club info)

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  1. dharma517

    dharma517 Mouseketeer

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    On our recent Fantasy cruise (12/8)we had our 4 children with us ages 3, 7, 10, and 11. My 10 and 11 year old girls wanted to be in the edge and not the Oceaneers club/lab. My 10 year old had just turned 10 in October. Both girls were allowed access to the Edge and OC/OL. So they both got the wrist trackers. In the edge you don't wear one of those trackers. My DH brought both girls up to the Edge on that first day and the CM promptly cut off those trackers and handed them to my DH with this statement. "You won't want them wearing these in here..they will be made fun of.". Now that is going above and beyond the call of duty! :cool2: Disney rocks and they think of everything...truly!
     
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  3. bitlerzx4

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    that was nice of him!
     
  4. oklamomof4boys

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    So 11 year olds can go to the Lab? I was thinking they were always Edge. I ask because I have a friend whose daughter will have just turned 11. She wants to go to the Lab. If she can, if she changes her mind can she go to the Edge?
     
  5. PrincessShmoo

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    Oceaneers Club/Lab ages 3-12
    Edge ages 11-14
    Vibe ages 14-17

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  6. oklamomof4boys

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    Great to know- thanks! I guess my Passporter had the wrong information- I thought I was looking at the most recent edition. Or I read it wrong- that has been known to happen!
     
  7. violetmonarch

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    We are on the Magic in 3 weeks, my DD is 13 and she feels outta luck that she might be confined to just the one of the kids clubs. My DS is 4, and he can only be in the OC. She hates leaving him (as do I), but I hope that they can take mercy on her and let her float between them all. 13 is such a weird year, hope they can help her fit in!
     
  8. PrincessShmoo

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    I'd like to point out that there may be many parents of children on the younger side of the Club/Lab who won't be happy to find out that a 13 year old would be running around in there.

    I've seen 11 and 12 year olds who seem to forget that there are 3 year olds in there and just plow right into them. Not to mention the potty-trained 2 year olds that may also be in there.

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  9. lpandorf

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    I've got a DD that will just have turned 13 a few weeks before our summer cruise. I agree 13 is a weird year and hope mine can float. She is really into crafts and some of the activities like messy science offered in the lab. She may also like to hang out in the edge, however, seems to do better with structured activities versus just sitting around chatting. We tried the Edge when she was 11 on the Dream and she preferred being with her younger brother in the lab But she'll have been through a full year of junior high and now two years older so she may prefer being away from younger brother.

    Would like to have option for her to be where she is most comfortable. I can understand some parents may not want a 13 year old in with the younger kids, but she is super good around younger children and babysits 1 and 2 year olds plus was a peer tutor for special needs kids at school. I'd be more worried about my 8 year old son running over little kids in the club than with her. We'll have to wait and see what they allow when we arrive. I've warned her she may be limited to the Edge only to get her used to the idea ahead of time.
     
  10. ZoeBell

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    I'm in the opposite boat. My DD and her friend will be just shy of 14 when we cruise in 2 weeks and I'm afraid they'll only have Edge as an option. I'm not sure where they will fit in. If Edge is their only option and they don't like it I don't anticipate them spending much time in there. Which is not really a problem, but I'd like them to enjoy themselves.
     
  11. PrincessShmoo

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    At 14 they can do either Edge or Vibe. That's the crossover age between the two groups.

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  12. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    Sorry, but they need to be consistent and not let the 10 yos go in the Edge. My 14 yo isn't going to want to be in there with 10 yos so now will probably go to the Vibe, where he is allowed to be per the ages, but was nervous about going there because he would be one of the youngest. The age groups were set up for a reason and they need to stick with them. That is one thing that I will be noting on our comment card. If I had a child in the OC I would be VERY upset if a 13 yo was in there with them during a secured checkin time.
     
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    I was going to say that I'm sure they could share time during the open house. While most kids are great, I would not have wanted an older kid around mine when she was younger.
     
  14. ZoeBell

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    I think that's the problem. My 13 year old would be fine with her age group. Well the older end of her age group, but once it's filled up with the younger crowd trying to get away from the bumped up crowd in the lab then it's like a domino effect.
     
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    My dd had just turned 13(less than a month) and was not allowed in the club at all!!! All the other girls with us were 12 and under. Felt bad as before you could go as a visitor... now only at the open house times which were not at all convenient(like dinner time or mid day port day when we were off the ship and an adult has to stay with them at the open house). She would not have gone much, but might have wanted to do the magic floor game. There is so much flexibility for 10-12 year olds, but less than 30 days after turning 13, none.
     
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    Like your DD, my DD is ten years older than her little brother, and is like a second mother really, very nurturing to all little kids. Again, not every 13 y/o is the same. She has stated to me that she will worry as much as I will about him. :cutie:
     
  17. dharma517

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    Lbgraves: I seriously doubt if 14 year old would know or care if my DD age 10 (10 months shy of the cut off age) was in the Edge. Really I think it is a maturity issue...some kids are ready and some kids are not. It isn't as cut or dry as date on a BC.
     
  18. PrincessShmoo

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    That's why they have the overlap in the ages between the groups.

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  19. lbgraves

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    Yes, but this is extending the overlaps even more, which makes the guidelines pointless. If they are going to keep extending the boundaries, then let the 18 yo HS kids back in the Vibe with their peers.

    Also, the kids do know when there are younger kids in the group -- both in the Edge and the Vibe. Others have reported kids acting differently towards them, which is one reason DS doesn't want to be the youngest in the Vibe. Last cruise a 10 yo was kicked out of the Edge after being allowed to switch because of how she was acting. Everyone thinks that their kid is different. There have been posts recently asking if their "mature" teens can go to Palo. Last year the age limits were revised for a reason and IMO they should be stuck to. DD was not allowed to go to the Edge when she was 10 1/2. Fine, it was the rule. On every cruise we have been on there has not been the option for the kids to go back and forth between clubs -- they had to choose which one they would participate in for the week.
     
  20. PrincessShmoo

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    I was replying to dharma517's comment about "some kids are ready and some kids are not. It isn't as cut or dry as date on a BC", not about how they don't seem to be following the established ages. Personally, I think the ages divisions are fine and should be followed. :goodvibes

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  21. love280mickey

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    It's all very interesting. I also have the quite mature 12 year old who will be turning 13 on the last day of our cruise. If she makes friends with a 14 year old, I'm not so sure I want her trying to go to the Vibe...as their could be all 17 year old in there at the time, and no, she really should not be there. I'm hoping she will have friends to hang with in the Edge. Even in middle school, there is clear divisions between the 6, 7, and 8th graders.
     

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