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Any other Families?

mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
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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  • okpandaokpanda Registered User new member
    i brought my kids, now 8 & 9 years old, to pax south in 2015, 2016, and 2017. in 2015 we just went for friday night, not totally knowing what we were getting into....completely missed the expo floor but still managed to have fun! after that we knew we needed to do it better, so we went on sunday in 2016 and 2017. the crowds weren't terrible but i did keep the kids pretty close to me and went over plans for where we would meet if we got separated. i really wouldn't want either of my kids wandering around alone, but yours are a little older, so maybe? the crowd seems nice, i would mainly be worried about them getting lost or not being able to find me.

    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.

  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    There is food service in convention center ( usually scattered around, like an area by the tabletop/vr section) but it's mostly overpriced hamburgers/hotdogs/pizza/ sandwiches kind of stuff. I did get some decent street tacos.

    But the nice thing about South is the location, because there's a ton of decent to good food in walking distance.

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