70 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Conventions with Kids – A Helpful How-To Guide

Cons with Kids, a Helpful Guide

You love gaming so much that you want to go to a convention. Your kids love gaming, and you want to bring them too. What should you know? A good convention experience starts with good preparation, and that goes double when there are children involved.

What we’ve been playing


Showed BOO to friends (see our review)

Pairs, Pirate deck

Story Cubes: Voyages

Caverna: Cave vs Cave

Match Madness

Voodoo (see our review)

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Hob (review coming soon)


Helpful tips for taking kids to conventions

Start small. Do a one-day local convention before trying something big.

Plan on bouncing a lot from thing to thing, or staying for an overly long time at one stop, depending on your child’s personality.

Check-in / talk with your kids: what are you planning on? What worked yesterday? Set expectations – yours AND your kids.

Plan on taking time out to rest – but that might look like doing something less “gamey” – like run around outside. Boston FIG was great for that this year – they had Boffing demonstrations outside.

Supplies! Water, snacks, first aid kit. Let the kids carry some of their own.

Health! Hand sanitizer, immune support gummies or Airborne, DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE.


Any other tips? Let us know with a comment on the show notes, on Facebook, or a tweet.