Although you won't find the same types of children's programming on MSC ships as you will with some other lines, Poesia does offer kids activities. Those 17 and younger are split into three groups: Mini Club (3 to 6 years), Junior Club (7 to 12) and Teenagers Club (12 to 17). Special programming is available daily and includes Italian lessons, games and treasure hunts. Kids will also find Nintendo Wii; libraries of books, CD's and DVD's; and board games to keep them busy. Schedules can be found each morning at the I Dinosauri children's play area (which is shared by all age groups) on Deck 14 aft, port side.
Also available near I Dinosauri are a small playground and kiddie pool for wading. On port days, children whose parents have gone ashore will be accompanied by kids club staff to the buffet for lunch, and at night, counselors take the little ones to the daily production shows in Teatro Carlo Felice.
There are no lounges or facilities dedicated specifically to teens, but a small for-fee video arcade is located on Deck 14 aft, starboard side (across from I Dinosauri).
Baby-sitting services are not offered on MSC Poesia.
MSC Cruises has announced new enhancements to its youth programming for kids, ages 3 to 11. With the Happy Dinners program, kids and parents dine together in the main dining room. Kids get expedited service and are picked up early by Mini Club staff, while parents finish the rest of their meal at a more leisurely pace. Or, little cruisers can opt for Fun Time Dinners and dine in the buffet with their friends and the entertainment staff. Fun Time Dinners take place every night, but some of the evenings are theme parties. Both dining options are free of charge. For the littlest kids aboard, babies and toddlers ages 10 to 36 months, MSC now has parent-play times from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. with games, toys and activities tailored to this age group.