Recently we decided to take a day trip to Comic Con, an annual pop culture fan convention hosted in various cities throughout the US. Being our first time, we had no idea what to expect and more importantly if it would be kid friendly. I learned a few things immediately as we walked through the door:
- There are tons of families with small children at the festival.
- It is more fun if you dress up. (The more authentic the better!)
- Be prepared to take pictures and have your picture taken the entire day.
It was fun to watch my kids eyes light up and get so excited when they saw their favorite characters. My older son and I both dressed as “Harry Potter” characters and my youngest went as his favorite Ghostbuster, Peter Venkman. He was super excited when he saw the Society of Ghostbusters booth with all kinds of movie props and paraphernalia.
We met friends there and spent much of the day looking at all the booths and taking pictures with other attendees. We must have gotten our picture taken 100 times.
The Zombie isle was the least favorite isle for our 5 year old, but Mommy’s favorite as a walking dead fan. The makeup and costumes these people wore were very realistic.
Several companies even offered FREE green screen pictures for attendees. They add your favorite background onto your picture and send it right to your email. What great advertising! We had fun posing at several of these booths.
Throughout the day they have free breakout sessions where you can go and listen to your favorite actors and writers. They discuss their recent projects and answer questions from the audience. We were tired and needed to sit down so we went to the Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Jason Mewes (clerks) session. After walking all day it felt good to sit in the auditorium seats. However, we quickly found out the sessions are probably not appropriate for young children as the actors don’t hold back and let the bad words fly. From an adult standpoint, the question and answer sessions the actors give, along with their interactions with the audience are fun and interesting. However, the statement from my youngest, “this is boring” proves the sessions are better suited for the adult crowd.
Overall, we had a blast. They do offer additional paid events like photo ops with your favorite actors and meet & greets, but we opted not to partake at this time. We had plenty of fun taking pictures, people watching, and browsing through the booths at the festival.
A few last parting tips:
- Two Children under 10 are FREE with each paid adult.
- There are tons of FREE giveaways and picture ops at vendor booths.
- Pace yourself. There is no need to rush. Take advantage of the breaks to rest and get a bite to eat.
- In the weeks and months leading up to your favorite Comic Con location/date, start looking for coupons and advance purchase specials online to save $$ on your tickets.
- You will see almost every Pop Culture character you can think of!
A few of our favorite characters of the day: