Children & Childcare @ ACA

Conferences bring together people from all different geographical areas who share a common discipline or field, and they are a great way to meet new people. At these meetings, scientists communicate, form research collaborations, make contacts and attract new members to our labs and programs.  This year we are excited to offer some resources for those bringing children or attending with family.  

We are excited for kids to share in the world of crystallography. Any child registered as a guest for the 2020 ACA Annual Meeting will receive a personalized name badge and can attend any of the events that their parent/guardian attends (Opening Reception, Poster Sessions and the Closing Banquet).

The San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina boasts a sprawling outdoor pool complex, offering ample opportunities to soak in the San Diego sunshine. Located on Harbor Island, the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina places the best of San Diego nearby; enjoy proximity to downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo and Petco Park.

San Diego Zoo – 6.5 Miles from the Sheraton
Balboa Park – 3.5 Miles from the Sheraton
Mission Beach - 7.8 miles from the Sheraton 
Fleet Science Center – 4.2 Miles from the Sheraton  


Anyone interested in being put in touch (via email) with other parents attending the meeting should send an email with contact information to Kristin Stevens at ACA HQ.  

For those interested in on-site care, we encourage you to contact the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina for a complete list of recommendations, but they have shared that Sitterwise*, an onsite daycare provider, specifically provides childcare services at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina.

*Please note that information on the ACA meeting website is only intended as general summary of information that is made available to the public. The inclusion of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the ACA of the linked resources or the information, products, or services contained therein.