Hi all, my husband and I are planning to attend South this year with our three sons, 14, 11 and 5. The last time we attended a PAX was just the two of us in 2008, so this is going to be a very different experience, I'm sure! I was hoping to get some impressions from others who have attended with kids before? What did you end up doing, for example? Also I am reading in the official faq there are no age restrictions, as in, under 18 can walk around alone? I realize this depends on the maturity of the child, but what ages have others let their kids go alone? I'm not thinking I could ditch all three of them, but if the 14 and 11 yr olds wanted to go look at something together, that would be safe?
It would also be nice to meet other families who were going...
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we watched a smash bros tournament, tried to meet some youtubers, played some games....our favorite room is the retro gaming arcade. pc gaming was fun too, we checked out three pcs right next to each other and played stuff on steam for a while.
otoh, there's lots of standing in line and waiting, and there isn't really food in the building, you have to leave and walk up the street to get snacks or water. so bring snacks.
But the nice thing about South is the location, because there's a ton of decent to good food in walking distance.
Unless something has changed, you can bring whatever food you want in. Snacks are key with small ones as you know. We got a lot of delivery to the convention center to save our own tired legs.
They changed the no strollers rule mid pax east last year, but Im not sure if thats a standing rule or not. You can bring them all over the rest of the convention center. They have bag checks and family restrooms at both south and east. Not that yours is that little. Again, this is where I really like having byoc passes, because its the hub, and I can keep all that stuff there. I actually had a packnplay set up in there where the baby chilled when not in the carrier.
I am going with friends, kid free to south (!!!!!!!), but the whole family will be going to east. Ill try to think of anything else useful. I think mostly making a game plan the night before helped us, so we knew when to switch so whoever could make it to whatever set time event they wanted.
We first took our son to East in 2011 when he was 5, and have taken him every year since Pax came South. Last year was the first year we let him wait in lines by himself. Every year we give him a little more leeway. I think if your son's are responsible, I'd feel safe letting them check things out on there own, but be aware because of the noise and their distracted attention they more than likely won't notice when you call or text them.
We'd be totally up for meeting up, my son is always a little disappointed he doesn't make any new friends, and I think he's getting bored hanging out with a pair of 40 year olds. Send me a DM.