AFS Baltimore is family friendly!

Great news, parents! Childcare has been secured for the 2021 American Fisheries Society Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. We are working with Plus One Meetings, Inc. based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, but don’t worry, they are coming to us so you don’t need to drop your child(ren) off in Michigan! They are insured and eager to provide a safe, engaging, and hassle-free experience for you and your child(ren).

For safety purposes, two caregivers will always be present in the room for care and/or travel to restrooms so that at no time is a child alone with a caregiver. If interested in childcare, please register before October 1st, 2021 (see link below) to secure your spot. Registrations will be accepted until one week before the event, but space may be limited.

Dates, times, and location of childcare:

Childcare will be provided daily from November 7th – 10th, 2021 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Childcare will also be provided from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on:

  • Saturday, November 6th during the Opening Reception
  • Sunday, November 7th during the Trade Show and Poster Reception, and
  • Monday, November 8th during the Student and Alumni Event

Note that the Aquarium Social event on Tuesday, November 9th is family friendly.

A room has been conveniently reserved for childcare. The Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor also has a dedicated nursing room. Each room is equipped with a seat, electricity, and a lockable door. A refrigerator will be available in the childcare room for nursing mothers.

Cost & Payment:

The cost is $175 (USD) per child for the entirety of the dates and times mentioned above. You will be able to pay by credit card via the registration link. You are entitled to a full refund if a cancellation request is received by Plus One Meetings, Inc. by October 29th, 2021.

What we need from you:

If you would like to register your child(ren) for the provided childcare, please complete the registration information (see link below). Here, you will be able to submit detailed information about your child(ren) (including interests and allergies), complete the waiver of liability, and submit payment.  If there are any questions about how to best support your child, you will be contacted directly by a member of the Plus One Meetings team.  They can also be reached by calling (734) 773-3390.

A message from Plus One Meetings:

We are excited to be joining you in Baltimore to engage and entertain your youngest guests.  Let’s take a deep dive into what’s in store!

Journey under the sea: Our adventures will take us under the sea to explore and play with creatures real and imagined!  We’ll have lots of games, activities and crafts; times to play quietly and times to get the silly out!  Roll up your sleeves for some cool science experiments as we dive and explore our under-water world.  Puppet shows, bouncy houses, songs and music!  That’s just a glimpse of what’s in store.  And everyone will have fun crafts to take home to remember our time together.  Are you up for fun and adventure?  Then, I think we’ll get along swimmingly!

Our philosophy is that kids need to play, create and explore.  We only put on movies when we are trying to rest and wind down at the end of a long day or after lunch when some young guests are ready for a nap.  We’ll be busy, busy, busy innovating and having fun!

Infants and Toddlers: Infants and toddlers receive special attention under our care. They enjoy separate play and rest areas and, of course, lots of love. Our caregivers will adjust to the infant’s schedule and routine. And, if a baby won’t sleep outside the caregiver’s arms, well, we’re happy to rock and snuggle as long as it takes. We provide toys and activities designed to let babies and toddlers explore, play and take in their surroundings as their age and interest level allows.

Pre-school and school-aged children: Our Program Leaders engage children through fun and innovative activities while fostering an environment of sharing and collaboration, and helping to build self-confidence and creating “I can’t believe I did that!” moments.  There are always plenty of activities to choose from so kids will never get bored.

Contactless check-in: One registered, you will receive an invitation to download an app called ProCare which will allow you to check your child in and out of childcare safely and securely.  You can also send and receive messages from us throughout the day.  We’ll send more information about ProCare closer to the event.

Now, we know what you’re thinking!  “I want to go to the childcare program!”  Sorry, parents.  This program is just for our youngest guests.  You can get started by registering here.