Wondering if you should bring the kids to DCC? The answer is definitely yes! What sets DCC apart from almost every other con is that we are produced by an educational non-profit Pop Culture Classroom.
That means we make a huge effort every year to keep your costs down and offer an enormous amount of programming geared specifically for kids and students. If you do bring the kids, here’s 6 things you don’t want to miss, and a few tips to make your con experience the best is can be.
UPDATE: We now have an entry map to help you find where to go when you arrive! Click the button below to view and download:
1. The HUGE Kids’ Learning Lab
Our 10,000 square foot Kids’ Learning Lab features dozens of cool hands on activities and exhibitors, all focused on promoting the S.T.E.A.M learning curriculum. We’ll also have two stages with presentations and performances for kids by voice actors and comic pros, demonstrations by pop culture experts, and discussions for teens about the topics and issues they care about. All programming is always included in the price of admission.
2. Kid/Teen Focused Educational Panels
We’ve planned over a hundred hours of educational panels designed exclusively for kids and teens. Watch our website and social channels for an announcement of the full programming schedule soon. Friday (June 30, 2017) is particularly eventful to the under-19 crowd, because that is “Educators Day” at DCC. More on that HERE.
3. Bring the Smallest Stroller You Can
Need to bring a stroller? Strollers are allowed on the show floor, but we recommend you bring the smallest one you can. Keep in mind that the con floor can get super crowded, so pushing a stroller through the sea of people can be very challenging at times. Best to be prepared that you may have to collapse your stroller and carry it occasionally.
(Note, in an earlier version of this post we said that there would be designated areas for stroller parking, and this was incorrect. We will NOT have stroller parking available. Apologies for any confusion this might have caused!)
4. Bring Snacks and Water Bottles
There is a LOT to do and see at the con, and your kiddos may have a hard time pausing amidst all the action, so plan on keeping them hydrated and fed on the go! Bring water bottles or sippy cups and refill them at any one of the many water fill stations and fountains throughout the convention center. Bring light snacks, too, because you’ll be burning some calories will all the walking — and remember that summer in Colorado is hot and dry.
5. Have a Plan for Breaks
Just like going to a large theme park, it’s important to plan for breaks appropriate to the age(s) of your children. The con can be overwhelming at its peak moments.
6. Remember: Child Badges Cost Less
Planning to buy tickets for the kids but wondering about prices? Con attendees 12 and under tickets are only $8.25 (includes fees, but not sales taxes) – and that covers all three days of the con!