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SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:54:48 pm »
I'm sorry if this question was asked in here before, if it has i have not found it.

I'm planning (read that as "praying to all the Nerd/Sci-Fi/Fiction Gods") to bring my niece and two nephews to SDCC in 2018. However there is a small hiccup. I know children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission. My oldest Nephew will be 14 long before tickets go on sale so I am not worried about him. But my niece and other nephew (twins) will turn 13 in June of 2018. Not a big deal except CCI wont let us create Member IDs for them until after they turn 13 which means we would be creating IDs for them after ticket sales had closed. Does anyone have any idea how I can get them tickets in this situation? Do we just walk up and tell them they are still 12 even though they will have been 13 for less than a month? That feels dishonest to me.

Any help/advice would be appreciated.
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Re: Unusual Children's Badge question
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 03:11:53 pm »
They'll still be eligible for a child badge. Dates are from last year but it should still apply next year.

"If you are age 12 or under before October 1, 2016, you do not need to buy a badge for Comic-Con 2017."

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They'll turn 13 well after badge sales so they can still get a child badge free.

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Re: Unusual Children's Badge question
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2017, 03:16:16 pm »
Thanks, i knew there had to be something somewhere on it. I just couldn't find it. Cheers
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Re: Unusual Children's Badge question
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2017, 03:20:24 pm »
I remember having the exact same question some years ago :)  The exact date may change a bit from year to year but there always is one and it will be mentioned explicitly on the CCI website. There is a small possibility that you will encounter staff that is unaware of the transition date (it happened to us once) so I would print it out or have the webpage ready to pull up on your phone.

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Re: Unusual Children's Badge question
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 08:19:17 pm »
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I'm sorry if this question was asked in here before, if it has i have not found it.

I'm planning (read that as "praying to all the Nerd/Sci-Fi/Fiction Gods") to bring my niece and two nephews to SDCC in 2018. However there is a small hiccup. I know children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission. My oldest Nephew will be 14 long before tickets go on sale so I am not worried about him. But my niece and other nephew (twins) will turn 13 in June of 2018. Not a big deal except CCI wont let us create Member IDs for them until after they turn 13 which means we would be creating IDs for them after ticket sales had closed. Does anyone have any idea how I can get them tickets in this situation? Do we just walk up and tell them they are still 12 even though they will have been 13 for less than a month? That feels dishonest to me.

Any help/advice would be appreciated.

I'm going to designate this as the "SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges" thread and will rename this as such.  I'm sure that other con-going parents and families will have similar questions.

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Forum Housekeeping:
Renamed from "Unusual Children's Badge question" to "SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges."
Locked the "SDCC 2017 - Children Becoming Juniors" thread in the meantime.

I will unsticky the 2017 thread and sticky the 2018 thread at a later date (probably sometime within a month, just in case anyone needs to reference the old thread after Comic-Con 2017).
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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2017, 10:56:12 am »
I had to prove policy to SDCC at badge pickup.  Child badge for my 10 year old was flawless, but my 13 year old (turned 13 in April 2017 so 12 as of the cutoff date) caused us to go to another line for badge solutions.  Once there, both the volunteer and the paid CCI person were trying to charge me for my 13 year old's badge.  I had to pull up the webpage on my smartphone and prove to them that she is free.  They wound up coding her as 12 and gave her a badge with RFID (which did not work the next day either, but that is another story).

Be prepared to prove policy to CCI at badge pickup.  Hopefully they are better trained and prepared next time.

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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 11:14:52 am »
I never had to show anything until the year my kids were 13 (but still qualified for the child badge). I had a similar experience, where both years I had to quote the policy, show it to them, and then show my kids' birth certificates to prove that they were 12 on the cutoff date.

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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 12:01:29 pm »
We never had to show any ID for my son when he was a child badge or into becoming a junior badge. I do believe one person (back when you picked up at Town & Country) did ask for a school ID or something and I told them he was homeschooled (which he was/is) and they didn't question it further. We did have a slight issue with getting his first junior badge (some issue where it wouldn't allow him to register during pre-reg as one of my 3 people), but CCI was great and worked with me. Overall, the whole child into junior thing was easy for us.

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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2017, 12:54:59 pm »
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Child Badge Policy

Children (age 12 and under) are free with a paying adult! Children do not need to register for a Comic-Con Member ID to receive a complimentary badge. You may register two children per paid adult attendee. Adults will be required to provide emergency contact information for any child registrant. Please visit the Attendee Registration Area when you arrive onsite for more information.

To accommodate the transition from child to junior (age 13-17), we have set a static date to determine who is considered a child for Comic-Con 2018. If you are age 12 or under on September 30, 2017, you do not need to buy a badge for Comic-Con 2018. You may attend as a child, with a paying adult. If you are age 13 or older before September 30, 2017, you must create a Comic-Con Member ID and purchase a badge for Comic-Con 2018.

 
Comic-Con 2018 Child-to-Junior Badge Validation

Did you attend Comic-Con 2017 as a child but are now a junior attendee? Children who attended Comic-Con 2017 with a paid adult attendee that are age 13 or older on September 30, 2017, are eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration!
 
To qualify for Returning Registration, you must create a Comic-Con Member ID account. Make sure to select "Junior" as your membership type! Once you have created a new account and confirmed your email address, log in to your Member ID account, select the “Registration Info” tab, and enter the 9-character number from the back of your Comic-Con 2017 child badge. The 9-character badge number is located on the back of the child badge, under the emergency contact phone number. All child badge numbers start with a “903”, “901”, or “777” prefix.
 
If you already have a Comic-Con Member ID account, log into your exitsing account and follow the steps above.
 
If the child-to-junior validation link is not visible in the “Registration Info” tab, your birthdate is not in the correct range for child-to-junior validation, or you accidentally registered as an adult membership type during new account creation. If the validation link is not visible, please use the "contact us" feature before September 20, 2017 to correct your membership type or birthday.
 
You must validate your Comic-Con 2017 child badge number by September 20, 2017 to be eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration.

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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2017, 02:06:39 pm »
I really like that it seems news is coming out earlier for next year already.  I am encouraged!

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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2017, 02:18:33 pm »
Calendar links added-those are some important dates! Let me know if there is a better wording.
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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2017, 04:27:02 pm »
I received the following email from CCI. Which is interesting in itself, because it was THIS YEAR that my youngest child first attended on a paid badge (i.e. he transitioned to a junior last year).

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If your child attended Comic-Con 2017 with a paid adult attendee, they may be eligible to participate in our Returning Registration badge sale for Comic-Con 2018!
Children who will be age 13 or older on September 30, 2017, are eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration as a junior.
 
A child’s eligibility will first need to be validated using their child badge from Comic-Con 2017. For instructions on how to register for eligibility, click here (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login). The child-to-junior validation process must be completed by September 20, 2017. Remember, you will need the physical Comic-Con 2017 child badge to complete the validation process.
 
Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration will be open to all Comic-Con 2017 paid attendees. First-time attendees, professionals, guest of professionals, trade professionals, exhibitors (and exhibitor-purchased attendee badges), volunteers, staff, complimentary passes, and press are not eligible to participate in Returning Registration.
   
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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2017, 06:00:22 pm »
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"Children who will be age 13 or older on September 30, 2017, are eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration as a junior."

"You must validate your Comic-Con 2017 child badge number by September 20, 2017 to be eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration. "

I suspect the second September date should be October 20th or later?

If you turn 13 in September 2017, the Junior Member ID can't be created until October 1st, 2017.

In the past, the Junior validation process lasted about six weeks.

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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2017, 07:24:23 pm »
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I suspect the second September date should be October 20th or later?

If you turn 13 in September 2017, the Junior Member ID can't be created until October 1st, 2017.

In the past, the Junior validation process lasted about six weeks.

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It's always been this way. They pick a static date and if your child is 12 or younger on that date, they are eligible for the free child badge at the next SDCC. If your child is 13 or older on that date, but attended on a free child badge this year, they are then eligible for returning registration as a junior.

However, to be eligible, you must make them a member ID account. You cannot make a member ID account for your child until the first day of the first month AFTER their birthday month. So yes, if your child turns 13 on September 29, then they are 13 on September 30, which would mean that they need a junior badge for SDCC 2018. But they would be eligible for returning registration if they had attended SDCC 2017 on a free child badge. You would have to make them a member ID account on or after October 1 (the first day of the first month following their birthday month) and then verify them for returning registration eligibility, using the code on the physical child badge they used at SDCC 2017.

You're right that there is a small window, for children turning 13 during the month of September, who cannot set up a member ID account to make themselves eligible for returning registration before September 20 (since they can't make the member ID account until October 1). If anyone here has a child in this position, you should contact CCI immediately to explain the issue.


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Re: SDCC 2018 Child Badges Transitioning to Junior Badges
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2017, 07:12:08 am »
I have a question - According to SDCC the Sept Child Badge cut-off references Returning Registration - Does this mean that there would be a different Child Badget cut-off date later for Open Registration - If so, how would they know when you showed up to get a child badge when you get to SDCC - Does the RIFD badge indicated that you registered during Returning or Open reg? Also, what about Pros with Children - will there be a separate child badge cut-off date for them too?