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Kids Welcome! Information for Families

Apply for the Gary Marsden Travel Award if you need financial support beyond what is provided by CHI. GMTA covers for example additional childcare at home or travel companion tickets for caregivers of infants. See here for details: https://sigchi.submittable.com/

Louise Barkhuus
Nora McDonald

Louise Barkhuus and Nora McDonald, CHI 2024 Family Chairs

CHI welcomes kids of all ages and wants to support parents in juggling their work and family obligations as best we can. Please note that daycare spots are limited (see below for more details).

Here you can find all the information for attending CHI with your children or if you need any child caregiving services, including:

If you have questions that we did not answer, please reach out to the Family Chairs: family@chi2024.acm.org

Attending CHI with children

We have two types of attendance for children this year: conference venue and childcare. If your child(ren) will accompany you to the conference or need daycare please register them accordingly using the instructions and links below.


We are happy to announce that we will be offering free, high-quality childcare for children from 3 months of age during the main conference days (Monday – Thursday) starting at 08:30 and running throughout the day with a break for lunch. This will be offered by KiddieCorp. KiddieCorp provides onsite event childcare for locations across the U.S. With 1,600 Team Members to accommodate diverse events, KiddieCorp recruits local qualified caregivers from reputable sources and have completed the KiddieCorp training program.

At CHI, they will offer fun activities, and a multitude of games, and toys for toddlers and older children alike but also a space to relax and calm down.

However, we are seeing unprecedented demand and capacity is extremely limited. So we must give priority to those who have no other way of caring for their children (i.e., no spouse or caregiver) during the time that they will be presenting or need to be fully present. Please enroll by April 18.

We will try to support other attendees who have childcare needs on a first-come-first-serve basis. Children not using daycare can accompany their parents as needed, free of charge (see below).

Child registration next steps for those who need CHILDCARE because they have no other option

  1. Please fill out the following childcare registration form by APRIL 18. Again, although we would love to provide childcare for everyone, we cannot (at this time) guarantee childcare for those who do have other options, such as a spouse, caregiver, etc.
  2. When you do sign up, the company (KiddieCorp) that is providing this service will also follow up with a registration form so that you can reserve slot(s) for your child(ren).

In addition, we have identified some services (listed below) which you can try to access on your own.

Poppins Keiki Hawaii: 808-931-8086


Happy Kids O’ahu: 808-667-5437

Island Kids Sitters: 808-354-0585

If we can identify any others who can provide ad hoc childcare, we’ll be sure to let you know.

For Workshop attendees: We will have childcare during the workshops. Please use the same registration form above.

Nursing Room

A nursing room will be available to anyone who has registered their child for the conference or daycare.

Is a Caregiver Accompanying You?

There may be circumstances when caretakers need to access the conference venue (e.g. to bring the baby for nursing). If this is the case for your family, please reach out to the Family Chairs: family@chi2024.acm.org. We will be issuing pick-up passes for spouses and grandparents who are not interested in attending, but need to be able to drop off and pick up children while the parent is in a session.

Conference venue access for Children

Children that are not using daycare but may need to accompany or meet up with their parents for nursing, etc. can be registered to enter the venue free of charge.

Here are next steps for those bringing their child to the CONFERENCE VENUE only

  1. Please fill out to the following child conference registration form to ensure you can enter the conference venue with your child
  2. Wristbands for your children will be available to pick up at the conference registration desk

Connecting Parents – Networking Event

At CHI, we want to help you connect with other parents to exchange experiences about challenges, find a peer group to brainstorm solutions and learn from each other. For that, we are planning an in-person event at the conference where you can join with or without your family to connect with other parents in our community. More about this in a separate blog post soon.

There is an online Slack Channel for parents at CHI. Email the family chairs for an invitation at family@chi2024.acm.org.

Hawai’i with Kids: Resources for Families

We are reaching out to the conference for more local, timely events in Honolulu. But here is the to-do from ChatGPT.

Waikiki Beach: Spend a day building sandcastles, swimming, and enjoying the sun at one of the most famous beaches in the world.

Waikiki Aquarium: Explore the diverse marine life of Hawaii, including colorful fish, coral reefs, and Hawaiian monk seals.

Honolulu Zoo: Take a stroll through the zoo and see exotic animals from around the world, including elephants, lions, and giraffes.

Bishop Museum: Learn about Hawaiian history and culture through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and educational programs.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve: Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Hanauma Bay and discover vibrant coral reefs and tropical fish.

Atlantis Submarines: Experience an underwater adventure aboard a submarine, where you’ll see reefs, shipwrecks, and marine life up close.

Diamond Head State Monument: Hike to the top of Diamond Head Crater for panoramic views of Honolulu and the surrounding coastline.

Iolani Palace: Take a guided tour of the only royal palace in the United States and learn about Hawaiʻi’s monarchy.

Honolulu Museum of Art: Explore a diverse collection of art from around the world, including Asian, European, and Hawaiian works.

Manoa Falls: Take a family hike through lush rainforest to reach the beautiful Manoa Falls, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim.

Dole Plantation: Visit the Dole Plantation and take a train tour through pineapple fields, wander through the garden maze, and sample delicious pineapple treats.

Sea Life Park Hawaiʻi: Enjoy interactive marine animal encounters, dolphin shows, and educational presentations at this family-friendly aquarium.

Magic Island: Spend a relaxing afternoon picnicking, swimming, and playing at Magic Island, located near Ala Moana Beach Park.

Waimea Valley: Explore botanical gardens, swim in natural pools, and learn about Hawaiian culture and history at Waimea Valley.

Kualoa Ranch: Take a guided tour of Kualoa Ranch and enjoy activities such as horseback riding, ATV tours, and movie site tours.