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Family Programme

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'''Programme items'''
People running programme items are not expected to look after the children in the room, merely provide an activity to distract them. In general, programme items should run for about half an hour only (some high interest items, like Plush Toy Wars, may run for an hour). Over an Easter convention, programming will begin on Friday morning. It will run from the opening of programming each day until the dinner break, with a break at lunchtime. On Friday, items are best scheduled for half an hour out of every hour (based on the number of attendees), and Sunday, programming does not really need to begin before lunchtime. Monday, no programming (or minimal... Maybe videos) is necessary, but the space and some chill out materials are essential, as all the kids are really tired and may need space!
Ideally, all Guests will be invited to participate in a Family Programme item (Guests whose work is not kid-friendly might like to do a reading from/talk about one of their childhood favourites, or discuss their process).
Regular favourite items are the Fan Art panels (where an artist comes in and draws with everyone... Several of these are possible over the course of a con), chocolate games (Kit-Kat Jenga, chocolate Checkers, chocolate Ker-Plunk!), and readings.
Physical activities are great to include where possible.
A Children's Masquerade could run on the Saturday afternoon, preceded by costume related activities (face-painting, mask making). A photographer might be invited.

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