If cruising with children, you may find yourself wishing for some alone time, and they might want the same!

Kids love nothing more than a taste of independence, and the Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab offers that for ages 3-12 in a safe environment so they can have fun and you can have peace of mind knowing they’re well taken care of!

The Oceaneer Club offers fun aplenty for kids.

The Oceaneer Club offers fun aplenty for kids.

I got to take a look at the Oceaneer’s Club aboard the Disney Dream courtesy of the nice folks at Disney Media Relations, and I wanted to share what I saw with you!

Before You Board

Before you board, be sure to register your children on the Disney Cruise Line website. This will save you time once you get onto the ship.

Once You Board

Shortly after boarding, the Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab will offer an open house during which time the kids’ space is closed to kid-guests and open to adults who are visiting before leaving their children. They may also have one secure space and one open space.

After the open house, both spaces (Lab and Club) are connected so kids can roam freely between the two.  Basically the only difference between the Lab and the Club is that there are different themes in the different areas.  Beyond that, the spaces are connected and all activities are open to all kids age 3 – 12.

Pixie Hollow is one of the areas in the Oceaneer's Club.

Pixie Hollow is one of the areas in the Oceaneer’s Club.

Activities in Pixie Hollow include story time, drawing, and movies.

Activities in Pixie Hollow include storytime, drawing, and movies.

Shrink down to the size of a toy in Andy's Room!

Shrink down to the size of a toy in Andy’s Room!

Let’s Take a Look!

In the past, age groups were separated, but Disney found that siblings of different ages wanted to be together, so Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab now offers one big space for all kids to play and participate in the same activities. Crew Members tailor activities to the age and abilities of the child.

This is the craft room. Look at the details. It looks like a drawing studio!

This is the craft room. Look at the details. It looks like a drawing studio!

All materials are sorted and labeled clearly.

All materials are sorted and labeled clearly.

Kids can draw like a Disney animator!

Kids can draw like a Disney animator!

The Oceaneer’s Club and Lab offers independent play but encourages social interaction. Even the video games are turned into social contests!

The Oceaneer's Club offers a variety of gaming consoles!

The Oceaneer’s Club offers a variety of gaming consoles!

Most games are two-player, but video games become social contests with the help of the fun, interactive Crew Members.

Most games are two-player, but video games become social contests with the help of the fun, interactive Crew Members.

You can even play Disney Infinity, Disney's own video game!

You can even play Disney Infinity, Disney’s own video game!

Check out these cool video-game character displays!

Check out these cool video-game character displays!

There’s even a Millennium Falcon simulator on board!

If your kid is a Star Wars fan, they'll love this area in Oceaneer's Club!

If your kid is a Star Wars fan, they’ll love this area in Oceaneer’s Club!

Disney Dream has an R2D2, and Disney Fantasy has a BB-8.

Disney Dream has an R2D2, and Disney Fantasy has a BB-8.

Each area is themed including this fun Star Wars display.

Each area is themed including this fun Star Wars display.

While you’re dining at Palo, your kids can enjoy their meals in the Oceaneer’s Club or Oceaneer’s Lab with their new best friends!

These tables are used for crafting and dining activities while in the Oceaneer's Club!

These tables are used for crafting and dining activities while in the Oceaneer’s Club!

There's plenty of seating for all of the guests!

There’s plenty of seating for all of the guests!

Have your kids ever visited the Oceaneer’s Club or Lab? Did they enjoy it?