KidCon was an “Inception” of cons at FanX in April – a con inside of a con, so to speak. There were so many fun things for the kids to do! It allowed parents a break from carrying their kids and also let the kids do some exploring on their own (with parental supervision, of course). KidCon had such a great response at FanX that it has been moved to a better location for Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 and will include more activities and guests that both kids and parents will love.
The activities at KidCon will not only be fun, but also very educational. When planning these activities, organizers look into the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) model of education. After hearing what they have planned, I think they hit the nail on the head.
In September, KidCon will move from the back of the exhibit hall to a more central location, making it easier to find on the show floor. There will be new guests and activities, but will also feature the return of some of the FanX’s favorite guests. Yes, Star Wars fans, the R2 Builders Club will be back in full force – and then some! There will be more R2s and more activities for families to do, including R2 races. You read that right – droids will be racing at KidCon and you won’t want to miss it!
The Utah LEGO Users Group is also slated to return with an even bigger display and some fun LEGO building activities.
Another event that will be returning is the Kids Costume Parade! Three parades will be held at the KidCon area during the convention, so you’ll have a couple opportunities to take pictures of your kids in costume. A prince and princess parade will be held on Friday, September 5, at 11:00 a.m., and super hero-themed parades will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. and on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. Pull out your wallets and/or sewing machines and put together some cosplay ideas so your kids can parade around with the other costumed micro-heroes.
A new event that will be taking place at September’s KidCon is Super Hero Training. Do you want your kids to learn what it takes to be a super hero, besides the muscles and fighting? Super Hero Training will teach your kids the ethics of being a hero. Your kids will pick their hero name and travel around the convention doing super hero activities. This is definitely something your kids will want to check out. They will even get a certificate of completion to hang on their bedroom wall so they will forever remember the day they became super heroes.
KidCon will feature an arts and crafts table where your kids will be able to create their own little nerdy/geeky art projects. Who knows? They might even be able to build their very own lightsaber!
There will be more photo ops than there were at FanX – and the best part? Many of them will be FREE! Some of the favorite groups are back (Rebel Legion, R2 Builders Club, 501st Legion, etc.), but there will also be some new photo ops. If you have ever wanted pictures of your kids next to a Landspeeder on Tatooine, then you are going to want to make your way to KidCon. Another photo op that everyone will want to get in on is Doctor Who’s TARDIS. If you and your kids are Whovians, you will just have to stop by KidCon and check it out.
So there you have it – a little sneak peek into a KidCon that is going to be AMAZING!! One last note that I want to make sure that all parents remember is that KidCon is not a babysitting service. KidCon is something that the family should enjoy together. Parents, if there is a panel you want to see or an autograph you want to get, work it out with your spouse so one of you is always with your children. Have fun and make sure that you check out KidCon because I promise you: it will be one to remember.
nerdyathomedad is an Official Salt Lake Comic Con Blogger.