Children and Teens
Childcare will be provided at the Hotel for children of ages 1-6 years and will run from 10 am until 5 pm. Look for announcements of extended hours as we near convention time.
IDAA is extremely pleased to be able to once again offer a children's program facilitated by Jerry Moe from the Betty Ford Center. This three day program utilizes art, games, story telling, films, written exercises, role play and recreation to help youngsters build strengths and deepen their resilience. Skilled counselors lead special groups for the children. The program for kid 7-12 years of age, runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the parents joining the children for part of the last day. All registered children are required to attend the full program. There is room for 70 kids this year, 35 of the slot are already book through pre-registration. Please book early, the registration will be on a first come first served bases.
PARENTS! Plan on being there on Saturday at 3:00 pm for the Kids graduation. You won't want to miss it.
Children's Thursday and Saturday Night Programs
We will offer two nights of fascinating education for the children with a meal during the Thursday and Saturday night banquets. The University Minnesota Raptor Center presents live demonstrations with raptors such as the red tailed hawk, peregrine falcon and the American kestrel, and the owls such as a great horned owl, barred owl and the eastern screech owl.
Learn to compare and contrast the unique features of owls with those of other raptors with live bird demonstrations, and hands on props such as traditional falconry equipment and raptor feet, X-rays, wings, feathers, and skulls for the students to touch. Group discussion and interactive questioning follows the program. You need to sign up for these programs and there is an additional charge as noted.
This program will be run similar to in years past. There continues to be strong support for the Al-Anon committee to make this program an enjoyable learning experience for all participants.