I came home from Balticon exhausted but happy. In high school, I would go to cons on my own and get deeply into it all. But most of my con experience at this point consists of going there with my kids while Sarah is off doing panels and writerly activities. Even with kids, a con is a very enjoyable experience. It is easier to keep kids engaged when there is a room that contains structured activities with kids and you are on siesta in an enclosed bubble (the convention). A good time was had by all.