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'''Room requirements'''
Ideally there should be two 'areas' to the family programme space. One portion of the space should be suitable for crafting, the other suitable for sitting and reading. Ideally there should be easy access to a toilet (and potentially a bath in case of accidents!) and a single exit. It is best positioned somewhere in the main flow of programming to make handover of kids as quick as possible, and to allow it to feel ''part'' of the con.
'''Materials'''
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!), food related activities (icing biscuits to look like aliens/food art, for example) 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.
Before beginning to lay out your programme specifics, be sure to find out when main programming will begin each day, and when the lunch and dinner breaks will be—and be sure to double check this occasionally to be sure they haven't been changed! It is important that Family Programme items are listed in the programme booklet alongside the main programme, and also that they are entered in Livecon.
 
'''Responsibility for children'''
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