Friday, September 9, 2011

Kids and Dragon*Con

Emily was at
Dragon*Con 2008

I've already talked about kids and conventions in a GeekMom article, but I thought I would touch on the subject of kids and Dragon*Con.

I’m on several Dragon*Con groups on Facebook and there was a thread that involved kids. It started as someone asking strollers to be banned from the dealer’s room and moved from there until someone stated that the Con should ban anyone 16 years old and younger.

Now we generally don’t bring Emily because Todd and I know that we wouldn’t have a good time if we had to worry about her. But she did love my costume this year and Todd volunteered me to make her own, so I had thought that next year, when she is almost 4, we could do a partial day with her on Saturday.

I stated this in the thread and I was told that I was a bad parent who was raising my child to be a tramp and a whore because some of the costumes show a lot of skin. Thankfully other people in the thread thought this person was off the deep end (her arguments got more out there) and backed me up.

There are a ton of people who bring their kids to Dragon*Con. Todd and I were waiting to line up for the Browncoats: Redemption wrap party when a mom and a 7 month old baby came out of a panel. Apparently the baby had been talking and the mom was concerned that people were going to be upset. The baby was so cute and she liked my dress, so we talked to the mom for a little bit before she went back into the panel.

While we were child-free at Dragon*Con this year, I do think that parents need to make their own decisions. And I do think kids should be welcome at the con, at least during the day. But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure there are other people who wish that Dragon*Con was a kid free event.

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1 comment:

  1. I would love to go to Dragon*Con but think my first time out I'd leave my 10 & almost 4 year olds at home! We brought our daughter (when she was an only child) to ComicCon at about 5 years old on Family Day and that worked out just fine. Cosplay gals still had a lot of skin, but I don't really get worked up over stuff like that. As far as I'm concerned, I'm on their 'turf' attending and for me to ask them to modify their fun because I take my kid isn't something I'd do.