The forward section of Deck 15, including the basketball court, is ground zero for kids aboard Equinox. The court is sandwiched between the two dedicated kids' areas: X-Club (for teens ages 12 to 17) on the port side and Fun Factory (for 3- to 11-year-olds) on the starboard side. The rooms are of about equal dimensions and are stocked to the rafters with age-appropriate gear. Equinox's kids club crew provide lunch, dinner and slumber parties for kids, ages 3 to 11, so parents can lunch, sup and party at night without them. These "parties" (essentially group babysitting) cost $6 per child, per hour. Individual in-cabin babysitting is also available for one or two children 12 months or older for $19 per hour, per child.
Family accommodations onboard Equinox includes four family cabins and 121 connecting cabins.
The well-staffed youth program includes organized activities for three age groups. Shipmates (ages 3 to 5) and Cadets (ages 6 to 8) can join dinosaur hunts, Sponge Bob trivia games, face-painting and water games. Ensigns (9 to 11) are engaged in scavenger hunts, pool games, bingo, basketball and game shows. Clustered with the kids' clubs is the video arcade. In addition to that room's complement of arcade games, kids also have access to video game consoles and foosball and air hockey tables. During weeklong itineraries with plenty of young ones onboard, Xbox Kinect tournaments take place on an almost daily basis, as well as frequent organized activities like basketball tournaments and table tennis championships.
Teens are split up into two groups. Those in the 12 to 14 sector participate in "tween" activities like pool Olympics, game shows and karaoke, while those in the 15 to 17 group, which has a less structured schedule, have a prom party and a "Dancing with the Stars" event. The teen area also features a soft drink "bar" with a popcorn machine.