Tumors of the skull base are rare in children and adolescents and present a complicated management problem for oncologists and surgeons alike. Surgical resection is an integral component of the management of many pediatric neoplasms, especially those that are benign or, though not frankly malignant, are locally invasive. The general principles of skull base reconstruction following tumor ablation are applicable to nearly all patients; the reconstructive algorithm, however, is particularly complex in the pediatric population and the potential benefits of therapy must be balanced against the cumulative impact on craniofacial growth and maturity and the donor site morbidity. A retrospective analysis of all patients less than 19 years of age who underwent resection of a skull base tumor was performed. Particular emphasis was placed on the 12 patients who required complex reconstruction by the plastic surgical service. This represents approximately a third of the operated patients. Data were recorded on patient age, tumor pathology and location, prior therapies, surgical approach, extent of resection, margin status, defect components, details of reconstructive methods employed, complications, additional procedures or interventions, and the use and timing of adjuvant therapies. Patient outcome at most recent follow-up was recorded. All patients were followed clinically and by MRI and/or CT scan of the skull base. The reconstructive details recorded included flap choice, recipient vessels, and any concomitant procedures performed. The indications for and details of any staged surgical revisions or prosthetics were also noted. Complications recorded included partial or total flap loss, cerebrospinal fluid leakage, meningitis, infection, abscess, hematoma or seroma formation, delayed healing, and donor site dysfunction. The vertical rectus abdominis myocutaneous free flap was the most common means of reconstruction utilized in this series. Three of 12 patients had reconstruction related complications. Delayed reconstructive procedures or prosthetic interventions have been performed in 6 of the 12 patients who underwent complex reconstructions. On the basis of our experience and previous reports in the literature, we offer the following guidelines for the successful multidisciplinary care of children and adolescents undergoing skull base reconstruction after tumor resection: (1) skull base reconstruction may be safely performed in children and adolescents using free tissue transfer or local flaps; (2) larger defects and those involving more than one anatomic region of the skull base should be repaired with soft-tissue free flaps; and (3) because of the versatility and reliability of free flaps, pedicled flaps should be reserved for limited defects. Because of the potentially synergistic effects of multimodality treatment for skull base malignancies on craniofacial growth and development, we advocate soft-tissue reconstruction as the primary technique, reserving bony flaps for definitive procedures in survivors who have reached skeletal maturity.