Children's Programming - Rangernauts
Tony - Rangernauts!

Our children's program is called Rangernauts and is for children aged 6 to 12 and also their parents. Some items are suitable for older kids and teenagers who are welcome.

We have a program for the full weekend involving crafts, games, toys, mini-projects, books, comics, and a bit of space for children to enjoy. We want to create a room where there is always something to do, where science and engineering meet fiction, film, books, comics, and the fantastic, and where kids will enjoy themselves and have fun!

Rangernauts is not a child-minding service: it is Worldcon programming for kids. The children's program will operate a sign-in facility for children who are LoneStarCon 3 members. Children can be signed in for a maximum of four hours at a time (everyone needs a break!)

These activities allow kids to have their own convention time. We will have a ribbon system in place for parents, children who can come and go, and children who must be with a parent.

Younger children are welcome in the continual company of their parents. We will have a seating area so parents can have a moment of peace while watching the chaos.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Rangernauts team at

Day by Day

Here are some of the things we have already planned to do. They may change a little, but this information will give you a flavour of our activities.

Thursday, August 29 - Opens at 11:30 a.m.

Our doors open on Thursday, and people can pop by and see what's going to be going on. From midday our schedule begins.

  • Collect your Scrapbook, especially for the weekend
  • An introduction to role playing
  • Build, design, and decorate your own jetpack
  • Tie-dying
  • Learn about comics and read some free ones
  • Make your own troll, fairy, and zombie snot
  • Learn about the planets as you play with them

Friday, August 30 - Opens at 9:45 a.m.

  • Design and make your own ribbons
  • Scrapbooking
  • Make and design your own rocket
  • Using air pressure, we will fire the rockets at a target
  • Make your own lightsaber
  • Learn some Jedi moves
  • Design a Lego train for speed or battle
  • Race the Lego train or fight opponents

Our first project – design and make a duct tape outfit. (Dress or Kilt)

Water Rocket Launch Test

Saturday, August 31 - Opens at 9:45 a.m.

  • Mask-making
  • Have your hair beautifully braided
  • Create "Frankenstuffies" (re-animating plushies)
  • Learn why you should WRITE NOW with a best selling author
  • Pour molten lead to make fantasy, chess, and other metal items
  • Enter a Lego medieval outpost competition (hopefully judged by someone who knows a lot about medieval times!)

Our project – detailed painting of metal item

Rosie and her Frankenstuffie

Sunday, September 1 - Opens at 9:45 a.m.

  • Make fairy and dragon wings
  • Make chocolate “Han Solos in carbonite” goodies
  • Get an airbrush tattoo (temporary)
  • Steampunk your NERF gun
  • Roleplaying adventure run by kids
  • Metal face painting
  • Basic electronic engineering as we repair the damages

Our project – make a Captain America shield.

Monday, September 2 - Opens at 9:45 a.m.

  • Hair your hair tattooed
  • Finish your scrapbook, with photos and trinkets from the weekend
  • Make Star Wars ornaments
  • Make a 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Lego set
  • Finish all your projects
  • Final repair session and "Free Table Take Away"

Our resident scientist, Corry L. Lee will be on hand for many items, showing Rangernauts the scientific backbone of what we will be working on.

All weekend, a place to play, where science and fun meets fantastic fiction.

We will have a number of spaces in which to play over the weekend.

The projects will have their own space where kids can work in their own time on longer items.

If we have materials, older kids and teenagers are welcome to come along and use their initiative. Just ask, as we always have something that might excite or interest.

We will have tables for arts and crafts projects, a Lego table, a slot car table with X-Wings, Tie-Fighters, and NASCAR. We will also have paper models, crafts, card construction, and a a huge train Layout, with over 80 feet of track and sidings where we can create puzzles.

We will also have materials for the younger children with parents, from coloring books to Thomas the Tank toys , to stamp kits to Lego sets that parents can use to entertain them with.

We will have a number of projects, including building a spaceship model, making slot cars, creating one's own personal stationary, embossing, die-cutting, and making a real "Texan Train."

In addition, we'll have spaces where kids can sit, read, or just relax, and a couch with cushions that will, invariably, turn into a fort or magical castle.

Parents Please Note

Rangernauts is a place for parents to spend quality time helping with workshops.

We understand that parent want, and need, to spend some quality convention time with their kids. We've made this not only possible, but also enjoyable for all concerned, by creating programming with both kids and parents in mind.

There are some workshop items where we'll need parents to be present, whether it's assisting in tougher tasks such as, pouring molten lead, helping to operate machinery or tools, or adding occasional assistance with longer projects. All parents will be asked to volunteer some time to help in the program room, from manning the front desk to getting involved ith program items and projects.

Parents are required to stay with children with special needs. Older children will be allowed, with parental consent, to come and go as they please. All children will need a contact detail label on the back of their badge. Access to the children's program rooms is controlled, and loitering is not allowed. The Core Team have the discretion to tell anyone to leave.

During LoneStarCon 3, there will be talks that we herd the kids into. We have found that saying, "Give it 10 minutes," works wonders in encouraging kids to stay, whether it's for Guests talking about their preferred subject, or scientists doing demos with inflatables.

Adults are welcome at talks, but must not impede the enjoyment of children and should understand the target audience is children. Adults should sit at the back. Young Adult members are welcome at all children's activities as they see fit. They are also welcome to help.

"Rangernauts" and "Astronauts" will be our ribbon system for identifying children whose parents are willing to have them roam the convention and the children who must only leave our room with a parent.

Closing time: All events end by 5:45 p.m. We have a little leeway, but you must plan to collect your child at this stage, and not 6 p.m. Please do not make us bring your child to the convention office due to your tardiness.

Please be aware that photos may be taken by amateur photographers. If you do not want your children's photos to be taken, we will have a "no photo" sticker for you to apply to your children's badges. Otherwise, we will have releases for you to sign.

For further information, see Rangernauts Information for Parents.


Feel free to brings things, especially bags, notebooks, phone cases, and the like that need decorating, costumes, old toys, old Lego, and anything else you might think would be helpful.


Please note the following "Wants" list if you would like to donate anything.

  • sheets or blocks of wood
  • tarps or plastic sheeting
  • old, clean carpet pieces
  • Roleplaying games
  • Dungeon & Dragon figures
  • Warhammer 40K figures
  • old models
  • slot cars
  • construction toys
  • old usable small tools
  • model railway bits
  • Lego sets
  • a Cyclotron
  • craft materials

150 lbs of Lego!


We are looking for people who are good with children, and who want to do some of the cool stuff that we'll be doing in Rangernauts. We are especially looking for those who have skills such as sewing, stitching, electrical engineering, modelling, and art. People with a sense of humour are encouraged to apply!. Please get in touch before the convention so we can discuss your possible involvement with you.

Code of Conduct

Rangernauts has a formal Code of Conduct which applies to everyone (staff or volunteer) who is working with children as part of the activity. This should be read in conjunction with our Information for Parents.


Tony logo by Brad W. Foster.

Rangernaut Logo by Hilary Pearlman.