Childcare at LoneStarCon 3

We are thrilled to have chosen KiddieCorp as the professional childcare provider to LoneStarCon 3. KiddieCorp has worked regularly with Worldcon in recent years - including in LA, Denver, Montreal, Reno, and Chicago - and have an excellent understanding of our needs and interests.

KiddieCorp's service is available to all children aged 12 or under as of September 2, 2013. Child memberships costing $75 are available for all children in this age group, and include 6 hours free childcare. Additional hours are then chargeable at $10 per hour when pre-registered or $12 per hour when registered late or on-site. Children who are members through a Family Membership can also take advantage of the 6 hours of free childcare. Children under 6 can alternatively attend the convention as Kids-in-Tow without paying a membership fee, but will not receive any free childcare and will therefore need to pay the $10/$12 per hour charge for all childcare hours that they use.

Please note that your children must be registered with the convention (whether with Child/Family memberships or as Kids-in-Tow) before they can be booked into the KiddieCorp service.

Children's Programming - Rangernauts

Please note that we also offer fan-run children's programming during the day as an alternative to professional childcare, for children aged 6 to 12. It is left to parents to decide which option will be most appropriate for their individual children.

Hours of Service

The childcare service will be located in suites on the 30th floor of the Marriott Riverwalk hotel. The childcare service will be available during the following hours. We have included an evening service on Saturday and Sunday to enable parents to attend the parties as well as Masquerade and/or Hugo Award Ceremony. Please note that children can only receive a maximum of 10 hours childcare on any single day.

 Thursday, August 29  1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
 Friday, August 30  9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 Saturday, August 31  9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.   &   6 p.m. - Midnight
 Sunday, September 1  9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.   &   6 p.m. - Midnight
 Monday, September 2  9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

How to Book

Childcare capacity is limited and we urge parents to book all childcare hours in advance where possible, so we can ensure adequate staffing and service.

  • The advance registration deadline (now past) is July 31, 2013. The cost to pre-register for childcare before this date is $10 (US currency only) per hour, per child (2-hour minimum required per child, per day). Children with full child memberships receive the first 6 hours of childcare free.Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please book in plenty of time.

  • Bookings will continue to be accepted after July 31 subject to capacity being available. The cost for registration after August 1 or on-site is $12 (US currency) per hour, per child (2-hour minimum required per child, per day). Children with full child memberships receive the first 6 hours of childcare free.

  • Bookings can be made either online or by postal mail until August 18, 2013. Full details, including terms and conditions, can be found on both the downloadable mail-in Registration Form (PDF format) and also on the online Registration Form on the KiddieCorp web site.

  • After August 18, bookings must be made on-site at the convention, and are strictly subject to capacity being available.

  • All booking and payment arrangements are made directly between parents and KiddieCorp.

  • Cancellations must be made via KiddieCorp prior to July 31, 2013, for a full refund. Cancellations made after that date will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Once the program has begun, no refunds will be issued.

If you have any questions about the childcare service, please contact Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Childcare Liaison, at

Possible KiddieCorp Children's Activities

KiddieCorp will be offering a wide variety of activities tailored to the different age ranges from babies through to 13 year olds. The exact program will be designed for us, but may typically include:

Artist Alley - beaded jewelry, fun paper bag hats, colorful collages, and more - including the child's very own hand puppet to take home.

Adrenaline Rush - group games such as Simon Says, Relay Races, Duck-Duck-Goose and Red Light Green Light, plus playing in fun children's tents or going through the obstacle course.

Peaceful Play Land - relaxation in a quieter area, with books for all ages and story time throughout the day. There will also be tea sets and play food for the children who like to play grocery store or house.

Construction Zone - an area dedicated to blocks and Lego, plus a Play Doh sculpting station.

Tiny Tikes for Infants and Toddlers - the youngest children will be surrounded by tactile toys to stimulate fun and learning. There will be soft building blocks, stacking toys and activity centers, plus various ride-ons and toddler books and regular sing-a-longs with favorite nursery rhymes. To help the kids stay on their napping schedule we will do our best to have everyone settle down for a rest a couple times throughout each day.