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Thursday, June 23, 2011

#SDCC Cheat Eta

These aren’t really cheats as anyone can do them and you won’t get in trouble.
SDCC is not for kids under 12 years old.
Sorry.  Send the hate mail. The kids may watch ever cartoon and they may know every episode of Smallville and be a young Jedi knight but it’s not for them.
Too often I see a stroller with a past out kid buried under a ton of swag.
Too often I see a cranky kid screaming because he’s hungry and the line at the concession stand is an hour long.
Too often I see a young one wondering off as mom or dad is distracted by the marvel that is ComicCon.
SDCC is just too big, too exhausting, and too chaotic for little ones. Their bodies just aren’t up to it. It’s a tough event for adults in their prime.
Which is really unfortunate as it really stimulates their imagination.   And we all feel like kids there.
If your child is in a stroller? Then they aren’t seeing anything anyway. The stroller is tripping people and blocking the aisles.  I don’t know how many times I’ve tripped over a stroller and almost crushed your little one.
If the kids are walking, how long before they have a meltdown? Then how long before you have a meltdown?  With them walking, how long before they move away from you and may be separated by the crowds? Panic sets in. Yuck.
And the pre-teens do notice the adult content and are being exposed more than you think.
Hire a babysitter and spend the day there as a date with the spouse.  You deserve some time with each other. Then go eat at a nice steak place afterwards.  Stay out after curfew.
Wait and take them when they are able to explore the event by themselves and you can enjoy your ComicCon too.  I bet you will be surprised at how many panels you both show up at.
Curmudgeonly yours,

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree! That's why I'm a grumpy granny!