My Princess Academy

02/19/2009 at 01:30 PM ET

My daughters would never pass up new dress-up clothes – or the chance to play on the computer. My Princess Academy offers them both, with a girl-power twist. The site’s games and activities are as princessy as you’d expect – a hair and nail salon, royal dressing up, decking out a carriage, riding a Pegasus. But it all happens inside a princess “academy.”

After your daughter joins the site and creates her own princess, she gets a dorm room to decorate (with points earned from playing the games) and four levels to work through: pixie, junior, senior and crown princess. At each level she earns a special jewel in her crown, representing the site’s four princess virtues: generosity, intelligence, beauty and confidence. You can help her progress by purchasing princess dresses, skirts, pixie wings, and accessories from the Princess Shop (each purchase gets you a code with which to open the next princess-class door).

The site’s design is sweet and modern; the tale behind the school’s “founding” by Princess Skylar is empowering, and not just about looking pretty.

They also offer accompanying dress-up gear that you can purchase for your own princess like dresses, shoes, wands and tiaras.

— Tracy

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ecl on

Um…I’m confused. What exactly is it about this game that is “empowering” and demonstrates “girl power?” This is more of the same ol’, same ol’ that encourages girls and women to focus on the superficial. Considering that you progress through levels by making purchases, dressing up and decorating, I’d say the poster of this seriously confuses the meanings of these terms. It would be nice to see celebrity baby blog not promote such harmful stereotypes, especially when today’s young women are in such crisis regarding appearance.

June on

My daughter is 4 and has always enjoyed the “girly” stuff, which I don’t believe playing a princess game will change her views on being a female or make her less powerful as a female..but to each their own.

She loves the game. We set it up together. I myself am not all that entertained with it but I am the parent!

cryem on

I’m not too fond of this website. My grievances:

1.) You have to create an account and log-in everytime you want to play. Definitely not for younger kiddos.

2.) Game was a little slow. Had to click on objects several times before they’re recognized. And, we couldn’t get the Pegasus game to work.

3.) After my daughter earned points to enter into the next level, we found out that I had to make a purchase in the store to get a code.

Lisa on

My daughter (age 6) really enjoyed this, but I, too, was disappointed that I had to purchase something before she could move on to the next level. Disappointing for my daughter too, especially since she earned all the points needed. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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