Do not do it. Leave. Them. HOME. Eff that. It’s unfair to you, and it’s unfair to the Toddler. Now, I’m not saying leave your 5 – 10 year old home, no. I’m referring to the 0 – 3 year range. They won’t remember anything and they damn sure won’t appreciate it like you do.
The Conventions, or “Cons,” (Awesome Con, Comic Con, Otakon, etc,) are meant for total immersion.
It’s a chance to let your Nerd/Geek Flag fly, a chance to let your inner child out for a romp, you know? I now know from experience that it’s almost impossible to let your inner Child free while trying to corral your actual child. It’s hard to enjoy yourself if you’re constantly chasing your toddler, trying to keep them from breaking the displays, getting lost, etc.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the tantrums, shall we?
After about 40 minutes, Action did not want to to be at Awesome Con anymore, and boy, did she let everybody know. I didn’t realize she could act out for that long. It had to be a personal best for her. The Missus and I took Action upstairs to try and calm her down. The Boss wasn’t having any of that. Action was in Beast mode and she had no intention of stopping.
I slumped down in a chair, fuming. Sitting there, wondered to myself why the Fudge Under Chocolate Kiwi (feel free to use that one) did we bring this kid with us? I looked up and noticed a bunch of other parents with toddlers wondering the same thing. The Missus and I paid for full three days of Awesome Con. By the time Action got through with me, I gave the remaining two Days to my Mother-In-Law so that at least someone could enjoy themselves.
So parents, I implore you, for your own sanity, don’t make the same mistake I made. If your kid is under five, or worse, isn’t into the Con scene, please, take these six words to heart:
LEAVE. THOSE. LITTLE. MUTHA. *****S. HOME.