Holland America maintains three age-specific programs. On Noordam, they're headquartered on Deck 10, midship.
Club HAL, with separate facilities for kids ages 3 to 7 and 8 to 12, is open on sea days from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On port days, it's open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. After-hours babysitting is available for US$5 an hour per child. Age-appropriate activities like coloring contests and story times are structured for the little ones. Older children can play board games and video games and participate in cooking classes, among other activities.
It is worth noting that Holland America does not permit children attending Club HAL to sign themselves in and out of the program. High-school-age tweens (and their parents) in particular could find this policy restrictive, especially if they have enjoyed more flexibility on other cruise lines.
Young adults ages 13 to 17 can come and go as they please at The Loft on Noordam, a small and somewhat lackluster "teen clubhouse" equipped with games like air hockey and Wii and a few beanbags. Teens are likely to get more enjoyment making their own fun at the basketball court and on the pool deck, particularly during school holiday sailings when there are likely to be other teens onboard. The Loft is open on sea days from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. On port days, the club is open (but has no scheduled activities) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and then regular programming resumes from 8 p.m. to midnight.