Before our cruise on the Magic, our DD who just turned 11 one month before our cruise, decided she wanted to go to the lab as she enjoyed it so much on our last cruise. She was registered at the lab and went to one activity the first night which she enjoyed. She was also encouraged by the counselor to try Edge to make sure lab was what she wanted. DH took her to the Meet Your Counselors at Edge later that first night. That was all it took for DD, she met 2 nice girls and decided to spend the cruise in Edge. My stress then began because I didn't want her roaming the ship unsupervised which is pretty much what I envisioned. We gave her our rules which she was great about following them which included she couldn't leave edge without calling us. I think Edge activities were great for her. Parents shouldn't shy away from Edge because they feel there child isn't ready which is what I thought about my DD. I was wrong. The counselors were great and very interactive with the kids, lots of activities to keep the kids busy.