Arisia is just as much a convention for kids and teens as any other
age group. Associated adults for these young fans should make
sure to read our Youth Policies
and Code of Conduct
Family Friendly Guide
A PDF of the 2017 Family Friendly Guide is available online.
Turtle Track (Childcare for ages 2-6)
Given the large number of families who come to Arisia, we are happy
to be able to provide programming for our youngest fans. By prior
registration, we provide supervised childcare for those too young to
enjoy the convention on their own. All children using this service
must have special Turtle Track memberships to the convention. See
the Turtle Track page
for more details.
Fast Track (Programming for ages 6-12)
Arisia's Kids' program, known as Fast Track, is designed as a
con-within-a-con for our younger fen. With a purchased registration,
they have access to a wide variety of program items, including
crafts, costuming, a magic show, science, exercises, discussions,
demonstrations, storytelling, and games. [See the
Fast Track page
for more details]. We welcome teen volunteers!
Kid-in-Tow (Limited membership)
Kid-in-Tow memberships are free. They must be with and under the
supervision of an authorized adult with a paid membership at all
times. Arisia requires that there be at least one supervising adult
accompanying every three Kid-in-Tow members.
Geeky Play Date (Sat/Sun/Mon Morning)
Looking to meet up with other parents and kids at the con? Geeky
Play Date is a casual, drop-in space for you and your children. Kids
can bring their favorite toys and make new friends! Parents can do
the same! Please note: this is NOT a babysitting
service/venue, plan on tending to your children. Check the Pocket
Program for the location.
Teen Lounge (Meeting space for ages 13-19)
Teen Lounge is a space for teens only; it is run by teens, for
teens. The Teen Lounge can be used to hang out, meet other
teens, play games, and generally relax and have fun over the course
of the con in a safe, comfortable space.
The hours of Teen Lounge will be posted on the door. All members are
asked to respect the rules posted in Teen Lounge, for the enjoyment of all the teen members. Teen Lounge is
staffed by at least one teen volunteer at all times.
For more information on Teen Lounge, please contact
We highly encourage costuming as a creative outlet. We are happy to
see your child's imagination at work, but please make sure that hall
costumes do not impair visibility or mobility. Safety first! One
activity held every year in Fast Track is Kamikaze Costuming
, a special class
of Masquerade entrant, where the child with the Fast Track
membership can make costumes from materials supplied in Fast Track
during pre-set times and wear them on stage (if both child and
parents desire) at the very same Arisia. This has become a favorite
tradition at Arisia, and many of our young fans have gone on to
enter the Masquerade in the Young Fan division. So what is that?
Children under the age of 13 can enter the Masquerade as a Young
Fan, which is a special division where the younger fan who has
prepared a costume in advance (adult help is fine) can get to
participate in the Masquerade just like the adults. See the Masquerade page
for more details.