Children's Programs at General Assembly

The General Assembly Planning Committee is committed to making the General Assembly (GA) a multigenerational experience and to making GA accessible and welcoming to families with children.

All children are welcome to attend GA events with their parents or guardians. Children who have not yet entered high school (or its equivalent) are welcome to attend GA events with their parents or guardians at no cost, but are still required to register.

Child with Parent

There is no cost to register or cancel a child attending with a parent or guardian. By registering your child as a 'Child with Parent', you acknowledge that your child will remain under your constant supervision while attending General Assembly.

Children 5 through 13 years old must provide proof of vaccination upon arrival. Everyone 2 years and older must adhere to the mask mandate while inside General Assembly spaces. More about Safety & Wellness at GA

Children may be registered by adding a 'Guest Child 0-14' to your adult registration (step 3 on the adult registration form). If professional supervision is required, Children's Programs are available (advance registration and payment required, see below).

Children's Programs

General Assembly is pleased to offer child care (6 months – 4 years) and day camp (5 – 13 years) during the five days of GA. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Children's Programs hours are tailored to the GA schedule as much as possible and are subject to change. Our child care provider will be Northwest Nannies, who have served the Portland community since 1985. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, children 5 - 13 will be led by professional Unitarian Universalist Religious Educators and adult GA volunteers. Children’s Programs will take place at a nearby hotel.

Northwest Nannies

Northwest Nannies provided child care for the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association's Ministry Days in 2015 when GA was last held in Portland, and they've served the Portland community since 1985. Northwest Nannies offers professional child care providers and developmentally appropriate activities for corporate and community events, weddings, and private parties. Linda Roffe is the Director of Northwest Nannies and a life-ling educator and authority on early childhood issues. Linda co-founded Northwest Nannies, a nanny placement agency and accredited nanny school, and was its president for 31 years. Linda’s career echoes deep belief in the importance of warm, loving, well-trained child care providers who enrich the lives of young children and families.

Child care activities by Northwest Nannies for children 6 months to 13 years old may include fun themes, arts & crafts, group games, music & movement, board games, story time, dramatic play, etc. Northwest Nannies provide activities appropriate for each age group, using safe and sturdy equipment.

Univerlarian University of Fantastical Arts

Northwest Nannies will collaborate with Jenn Blosser on programming for the GA camp for children 5 through 13 years old. Jenn is the Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hartford County, MD. Jenn operates a summer camp for the congregation and has adapted the program for children attending GA in-person this year. The Univerlarian University of Fantastical Arts (UUFA) content will be featured only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of GA. On Wednesday and Sunday, childcare themes will be selected by Northwest Nannies and the activities will be age appropriate.

UUFA is a fully immersive experience which centers play and sacred silliness as students explore UU theology through a world of make-believe. Using fantasy as a framework for reimagining the world and harnessing individual and collective power, UUFA invites students to be their most magically authentic selves and engage in liberative community building practices, centering UU values of radical inclusion.

Matthew Davis,Worship Arts Coordinator at the First Unitarian Society of Denver, CO, has served as the GA Middle School Camp Co-Lead for several years. He will work alongside Jenn, GA childcare volunteers, and Northwest Nannies.

Dates and Rates

Child Care and Day Camp Hours (GA Schedule)

  • Wednesday, June 22, 3 – 6:30 p.m.
    $56 per child, includes snacks
  • Thursday, June 23, 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    $108 per child, includes lunch and snacks
  • Friday, June 24, 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    $108 per child, includes lunch and snacks
  • Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    $108 per child, includes lunch and snacks
  • Sunday, June 26, noon – 3 p.m.
    $56 per child, includes snacks

Parents may also book a 5-day package for either age group at $400 per child. Unused days or hours are not prorated.

Day Camp (5 - 13) with UU curriculum will be offered on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and is also offered as a 3-day package for $300.

Children’s Programs have strict capacity limits due to required staffing ratios and space available.

Limited financial support is available. If you require financial support, email generalassembly@uua.org. Please include the full cost of the programs you would like to register for (for example, three children on Wednesday only for $168, or one child for Thursday through Sunday for $400), and the amount you are able to pay.

Children’s Programs registrations may be cancelled without penalty through May 27. From May 28 – June 21, cancellations are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. As of June 22, no refunds will be issued.

Children 5 through 13 years old, as well as Northwest Nannies, childcare and camp staff, and GA volunteers must provide proof of vaccination (upon arrival) to participate in Children’s Programs. Everyone 2 years and older must adhere to the mask mandate while inside the childcare and camp spaces. More about Safety & Wellness at GA

Because youth 6 months through 4 years old are ineligible for vaccination, their childcare will be in a separate room from those 5 through 13 years old.

Registration for 2022 Children's Programs is now closed.

A family dances together in the aisle of the main hall, during worship

General Assembly 2019 in Spokane, WA

A young girl with brown curly hair is pictured wearing purple sneakers and a yellow Stand With Love campaign t-shirt.

A young attendee at General Assembly 2018.

A singing audience includes a purple-haired mother holding an infant, and a bearded man holding a toddler.

There is a dedicated family area in the general session hall which includes space for toddlers. A dedicated nursing mothers' area will be designated in the convention center.