5 Tips to Take Kids on Business Conference Trip


Is it possible to take your kids along on your business trip?

I just recently came back from my first Blogging conference – Type A Mom Conference. It was a great learning and networking experience for me. I met so many wonderful bloggers – the ones I have known for a while like  TheVacationGals, TravelMamas and HaveKidWillTravel; the ones I have heard of like SecretAgentMama; the ones I have never read like BoogersAndBurps, MusicSavvyMom and RockandRollMama, and the ones who live in my city like MyHomeSweetHome and TheBlogRollers.

I look at this conference trip as part of my business trip since I really do want to improve my blog and make it better. But I can’t possibly pass up this opportunity to make it a family trip.

I think with a little bit of planning you can make it work for your family. However, it doesn’t mean it will work in all business trips. Here are 5 tips on how I successfully took my kids on a business trip.

1) Do your research for childcare

The most important thing to consider whether you should take your kids on a work-related trip is childcare. You don’t want to leave your kids in a hotel room all day with TV on.

There are a few alternatives to that. In our case, my husband took a few days off and graciously accepted the role of daddy daycare during the conference. I research on things to do and gave him a few choices to start but he also enjoyed explore the town on his own as well.

Another option is to check the conference you attended if there are any kids program. The Type A Mom conference did a GREAT job in accommodating parents. They offered Kidcon which was a kid program sponsored by iRobot. My kids were not in the program but I have talked to a few people whose kids attended and they were very happy with the program.

2) Accommodation Type

Choose where you stay is another way to ensure a fun trip for your kids and success for you. Typically, hotels for business travelers have similar amenities that parents are looking for like small fridge, swimming pool, or microwave.

Location is equally important to the accommodation type. You want the hotel to be centrally located so they can get out and explore while you are in the conference.

3) Plan for things to do

I did some research before the trip on things to do. Check out the conference information section. They normally provide you with the local information and resources that you can use. Check out local bloggers.

I also do the same research as our normal vacation trip. I typically check TripAdvisor, Yelps, Chowhound and that city website. These are great resources to start.

4) Set aside family time

With busy schedule during the conference it might be hard to find the time to spend with your family. I found that by checking out the sessions in advance and know the schedule, you will be able to add family time into such hectic schedule.

See if there are free time during lunch that you can grab a quick lunch with your family. Or plan a nice breakfast in town before the day starts.

5) Spend extra day before or after the conference

If your schedule permit, look into adding a day before or after the meeting for a fun family time. Normally, on the first day of the conference, they won’t start until the evening. Try arriving early so you can enjoy a day with your family before heading out to a conference.

On this trip we arrived early and enjoyed hiking in the park before headed to town and registered for my conference.

We also left late the next day after spent another full day on a tour.

Overall, we had a great time on our family/business trip. Keep in mind that not all trips are alike. So you must know your own expectation and find out what is a good fit for you and your family.

How about you? Have you done a combine family/business trip before? What other tips you have that helped make it work?

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. I’ve done a few business/family trips, starting way back when my Dad used to take all of us with him to California and other locations.

    As an adult now, I’ve found it’s important to let my daughter know what the schedule is, as much as I can. As you mentioned, with a conference it’s a bit easier to let kids that understand time know what’s what. But when I do IT consulting work for small companies, I know there is no way I can predict how the day will go and let her know that too. When expectations are set accordingly, I’ve found it helps both the kids and the parents enjoy what they have, which in the end is more family time together than if one parent went on the trip alone.

  2. What an amazing experience to meet fellow bloggers face to face. Excellent advice on how to take the kids with you on a business trip. So wonderful that you could share the experience with your family.

  3. @Peter: Thank you for the comment. I totally agree. The most important thing is communication and setting the right expectation. Great comment.

    @Dave & Deb: It was a great experience. I’m glad that I could bring them with me to show them a bit on what I’m doing as a blogger. :)

  4. excellent advice. THANK YOU!

  5. Wow! I’m so glad you had a chance to go. Sounds like it was a success. I haven’t brought my family to a conference yet, but these are certainly some great tips for BlogHer next year :)

  6. @Jessive: Thanks for the comment and your supports. :)

    @Momisodes: Yes, Sandy. It’s definitely something you might want to consider. One thing I forgot to mention was that the location of the conference is a big plus for us since it’s within driving distance. So the transportation cost is the same whether it’s just me or the whole family. It’s something you might be able to leverage as well for next year in NYC. :)

  7. Great advice, Amy! I haven’t taken my family on a business trip yet, but maybe someday. I have to confess that I look forward to my little weekends once or twice a year away from home to recharge, do some thinking and writing, and then come back to the chaos a bit more refreshed! But I thought Kidcon at Type-A Mom was a brilliant idea for those who choose to bring their kids or families along!

  8. Hi Amy – Thanks so much for the mention in your blog post! These are some great tips for traveling parents. I didn’t bring my kids on this trip but have tagged along with the kiddos on my husband’s business trips before & think it’s a wonderful way to save some cash & squeeze in more family travel!

  9. Wow – an article full of all sorts of great advice. Well done – will file away for future reference!!

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