Pride of America is incredibly family friendly and has three distinct options for children of various ages: Guppies (under 3 years old), Splash Academy (ages 3 to 12) and the Entourage Teen Club (ages 13 to 17). There is no special program for tweens.
Kids will also love the animal-themed kids pool (kids must be potty trained to use any of the pools) and the board games found in the Shuffled Card Room. Children interested in being physically active can head over to the golf driving net (Deck 13) or decks 11, 12 and 13 for outdoor chess, checkers, shuffleboard and Ping-Pong.
In-cabin babysitting is not offered, but parents can leave their kids in the "Late Night Fun Zone" between 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. The charge for the drop off is $6 per hour for the first sibling and $4 per hour for each additional sibling in the same immediate family.
Daytime activities for children include a playroom for Guppies, movie screenings in the Hollywood Theater, arts and crafts, Ping-Pong tournaments and sports competitions (like a soccer shootout).
The Splash Academy kids club is separated into three groups by age: Turtles are 3 to 5 years old, Seals are 6 to 9 years old and Dolphins are 10 to12 years old. Activities for each age group change daily and are usually centered on a theme. When the ship is docked in Hilo, for example, a destination known for volcanoes, counselors will offer games and crafts based on that theme.
Splash Academy is located on Deck 12; it has a mat play area, arts and crafts items and a movie room. Programs include everything from a superhero night to a Mission Impossible night to competitive nights at the Sports court.
Day events include "kids vs. counselors" competitions and "the great egg drop" competition where kids can design their own eggs and try to protect them from getting cracked when dropped from two decks up.
The Guppies program, for children under 3 years old, is held as a playroom (adults required) in a section of the Entourage Teen Club (Deck 12) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The schedule for Guppies changes daily and activities can include games such as Monkey See Monkey Do and Count on Me!, a class for little kids.
Teens are welcome at the Entourage Teen Club (Deck 12). Here, they will find a variety of activity options (selfie competitions, game show nights, etc.) and a dance floor. The club also has a foosball table, air hockey table and video jukebox. The library is just down the hall for teens interested in accessing the internet (in case their parents don't allow them to carry phones). Open 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.