As some of you may know, Worldcon will be in Kansas City, MO, next year. I reached out to them about their kids programming and received a prompt response from one of the Co-Chairs: “MidAmeriCon II will be running a full schedule of Children’s programming, coordinated by the same person who coordinated Children’s programming at Chicon 7 and at Loncon 3. Both of those conventions still have their schedules on-line so you can get a feel for the sort of programming she’ll be running next year.”
So, that sounds promising.I looked briefly at the Loncon3 webpage and found the childcare section but not kid’s programming, but didn’t delve too deep. If anyone finds pages/links to those, please post in comments?
Will continue to update with new information as I get it.
Sorry, didn’t mean to neglect this right after setting it up. Home internet is dialup (it’s that or nothing — I know, right?!) and work is most insane over the summer. But working on some thoughts here. Feedback please!
1. IMO, a Worldcon or Worldcon-sized SFF convention should be able to tell *if* they will have kid programming, and if so what ages it will serve, during the bid process.
2. Smaller conventions should have that info available at the time they open registration.
3. In both cases, if kid programming is to be provided, the convention should also be able to say if it will be (and here I invent some terminology; if the terminology already exists please let me know) utilizing one of these policy types:
- No Doorkeeping: there will be no monitoring of children leaving the space
- Opt-Out Doorkeeping: there will be doorkeeping where children will not be able to leave the space unless prior permission is given to the program runners
- Age-Based Doorkeeping: children over a certain age will be allowed to leave at will, where others below that age will not.
- Absolute Doorkeeping: children in the program will not be allowed to leave without their parent/guardian.
Thoughts on these?
I started this site because of frustration with getting timely and accurate info about kid programming from SFF conventions. I wanted to start a larger dialogue about how conventions can better serve ALL members of our community, and provide a centralized resource for information for fans with kids. For many of us, quality kid programs are a necessity to attend a convention. For us as a community, we need to foster and include and welcome kids to our gatherings because kids are our future. They’re the future fans, the future scientists, future writers and artists and inventors, future interesting people. Many of them are those things RIGHT NOW, and they have a lot of good they bring along with the energy they take.
I don’t really know if/how this site is going to work, but here we go. Let’s make a difference. 🙂