I want to thank Natalie who sent this to me! I don’t have kids and have no idea where to start when it comes to advice for those attending who are bringing the little ones. Hopefully some of these tips will help you!
Tips for parents bringing kids to SDCC.
First off, if you aren’t a Cos-player, explain and show photos to your child of people in costume and explain it’s pretend. Other wise they might get scared. There was a frightened two year old last year screaming and crying because he thought Darth Vader was going to kill him. His poor parents also looked like they were going to cry.
If you are a Cos-player and/or your kid likes dressing up bring them in Costume. Everyone loves a cute mini-stormtroopers, Superman, Mega Man, Rainbow Brite or Sailor Moon!!
Also there’s Kiddie Corp’s SDCC Kid Daycamp. For a fee you can send your kids off with professionals to play games, do crafts, music and most of all have fun! They take 6 month olds thru 12 year olds.
For people who want to take their kids with them into panels:
There are kid-friendly panels. Look for anything on the schedule with a K. For example: Phineas & Ferb, Yo Gabba Gabba and Adventure Time are popular kids panels.
Bring toys and coloring activities to keep them busy both in the panel (if they get bored) and while waiting in line. iPads and iPhones with kid friendly apps and movies with headphones are also amazing to help keep your kid distracted!
Stay at the back of the room, that way they can have room to play on the floor.
Bring drinks, snacks and food that are kid friendly, so that they don’t have food meltdown. The food in and around each room differs and might not be something your child will eat.
If your kid gets too fussy take them on a “bathroom” break so that you don’t bother other people.
For people who want to take their kids onto the Convention Floor:
Don’t take a stroller. While it’s tempting because you will have more room to store your swag, the aisles are too busy and crowded – AVOID it.
DO take them to Lego, Nickelodeon and Disney booths. They typically have lots to play with, explore and see at those booths even for toddlers.
If you are nursing they do allow you a curtained off area to nurse by the B1 Lobby in the Deaf & Handicapped services.
If your kid is not having fun at SDCC just remember, there’s always your hotel’s pool. There’s also a lot of things in and around San Diego for kids: The Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, Legoland and much more. Overall SDCC can be fun for your whole family!
UPDATE: Thanks to Natalie for pointing this out:
This just in, new for 2012 – NO strollers in the Programming Rooms.
From the Comic-Con website “For safety reasons, the Fire Marshall will not be allowing strollers inside the programming rooms. This includes rooms 2, 4, 5AB, 6A, 6BCF, 6DE, 7AB, 8, 11AB, 23ABC, 24ABC, 25ABC, 26AB, 28E, 32AB, Ballroom 20, and Hall H.
Stroller parking areas can be found throughout the Convention Center. Parking will be free of charge and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note: Comic-Con will not provide security or check-in/check-out for the strollers.”
They are creating stroller parking areas. See the map here: http://comic-con.org/cci/forms/cci12_stroller_parking.pdf