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Many of you have asked for childcare to be available at Skepticon. We tried to make that happen for this year, but we were unsuccessful.
However! We do have an option for you. We have 2 adjoining conference rooms that will be assigned as the kids’ rooms. They are the Kalahari Room and the Mojave Room, above and behind the Fire & Ice restaurant (click here for hotel map.)
The Kalahari Room will be left empty for free play. It’s fairly large, so kids could actually run around a little. The Mojave Room will be set up with tables and chairs. Skepticon will provide some crayons, coloring books, blank paper, dinosaur stickers, Play Doh (dollar store version), and whatever else we come across that looks like fun (and that fits our budget!) Please feel free to bring toys and activities to share, but please know Skepticon will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. We are also looking for a laptop that we can plug into the hotel’s projector system so the kids can watch movies on a big screen. It is very possible that we could even have the main stage live stream showing. Both rooms will be open Friday 8 am to 11 pm, Saturday 9 am to Midnight, and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm.
The one thing we don’t have is people to supervise the kids. We came across a Facebook conversation where parents were discussing how they manage kids at cons, and several said they work with other parents to do trade-off supervision — one parent watches the kids while the other goes to the talk. While this is not the most ideal situation, we hope that the Skepticon parents can work together to help each other out. Please, do not leave children unattended in the rooms! We will leave some things in the room that might help with scheduling of shifts, and suggestions are always welcome at [email protected]
We will keep trying to find childcare for future Skepticons, but hope that by providing a space for the kids, it will encourage everyone to come out for SK9!