As long as it is okay with the coach, and I think it will be, we're just going to drop DD off.
This one dinner is the only thing we miss out of the entire year. DD is very active in the team and gets lots of bonding time besides this one dinner ( that not everyone makes it to anyway).
We are able to take small breaks during the day, usually just sitting in the parking lot for 10 minutes, but her swim schedule for this meet is such that we honestly can't stray far for the 12-13 hours we're there. It's a larger city for *us* but not a "big city" by any means, so going to a mall or a meal during the meet involves considerable driving for the time between events.
We do realize team bonding and support is important, we've been with the team for 5 years now and give all the support we can to all the great kids