Both youth and teen centers are located aft on Deck 15. Consult the appropriate Pelicans, Shockwaves or Remix Patters for daily activities and events for your child's age group. In order to appreciate most of the daytime enrichment activities that families could participate in together -- including Discover at Sea trivia, guest speakers and more -- children should be at least 9 years old.
Star Princess' expansive Fun Zone program is divided into two groups: Princess Pelicans (ages 3 to 7) and Shockwaves (8 to 12), but they're generally grouped together as "youth activities." Hours run approximately from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Programs typically break up at mealtimes (to promote family togetherness), though there are special food-related functions, as well. One plus about Princess' kids program is that the staff arrange diversions while the ship is in port -- at no charge -- to give parents a chance to engage in the occasional kid-free day off.
Kids onboard can take part in a wide variety of activities, from arts and crafts like T-shirt coloring to video games and learning-based projects in conjunction with the ship's relationship with the California Science Center. On our Alaska itinerary, there was also a junior park ranger program during our Glacier Bay scenic cruising; a national park ranger came aboard for the day to teach kids about Alaska's national parks and answer their questions.
The Fun Zone space is bright and geometrically shaped, so the tiling, cabinets and backsplashes look like construction paper cut-outs. There's also an enclosed area with a mini-basketball setup and a wading pool.
Late-night babysitting is available nightly from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. if pre-booked by 8 p.m. the same day; a $5 fee applies per hour, per child. Private babysitting is not available, nor can staff change diapers.
Teens have their own program, Remix. The space is geared for those ages 13 to 17, and the clubroom has a juice bar, jukebox, dance floor and big-screen TVs. Teens can take part in activities that include hip-hop dance classes, yoga workshops, video game play, foosball, teen-only dances and hot tub parties, sports tournaments and scavenger hunts. During formal nights, a teen-only dinner is hosted to let mom and dad have a romantic night for two. Hours mirror those of the kids club, except the teen club is open until 1 a.m.
Important to note: An informal group called Club 18-21 meets on the first night and is aimed as a social outlet for those young adults aged out of the teen clubs, but not old enough to imbibe at the bars. Listed activities in the Princess Patter included nighttime Wii Sports. Skywalkers, the dance club, is open to those 18 and older.