What exactly do I mean by school age? To me, I think of kids in elementary school. As my children grow, I may end up adding an older category, but since I have some years left, I’ll stick with elementary. 🙂
What can a school aged child do at Disney? Pretty close to everything. One of the best things about being a school-aged child at Disney (or for that matter, any age) is the ability to learn while having fun. I’m a former teacher and soon to be a homeschooling mom, so I am always looking for ways for my children to learn. In fact, I try and learn new things while I am there as well! School-aged children can also participate in what is called the Disney YES program. I will discuss that in post! Your children can sign up to take a 3 hour class where they will be taught by expert cast members. The added bonus is that you can buy park tickets more cheaply as well!
If you are in Epcot, make sure your child visits the Kidcot stops placed throughout World Showcase. Children can create crafts and learn about different cultures through this activity. If your children like Phineas and Ferb, then definitely have them check out the new Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure! Guests will become special agents and search for clues throughout the showcase.
There are so many things for your children to do besides rides, that you will be wondering why you never knew about them! My kids love the water play areas at the different parks. Believe me, in the middle of June in Florida, EVERYONE wants to find a water play area! Just remember to bring a change of clothes to the parks!
You can also consider utilizing the services of some of the clubs that are found throughout the property. Beach Club has the Sandcastle Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge has Simba’s Cub House to name just a couple. These clubs offer childcare services for an additional fee.
School-aged children might be interested in taking part in The Pirates League. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for your kiddo! Join Captain Jack as his swashbuckling staff transforms children into pirates and then teaches them a thing or two about becoming a pirate! And if your daughter doesn’t want to be a pirate, she can be transformed into a mermaid! 🙂