Wizard World Comic Con with the Kids

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Now that back-to-school planning has wrapped up, many folks are turning their attention to the next big celebration that every kid loves – Halloween! Just in time for the big costume day, we had a wonderful opportunity to see a ton of detailed, authentic super hero costumes at the Wizard World Comic Con that recently came to town.

The boys LOVED having the opportunity to meet some of their favorite superheroes. And I must admit that I was a little star struck with some of my old favorites, as well. It was a great day for all of us.

Over the next few months, the conference will be making stops in Austin, TX, Tulsa, OK, and Pittsburgh, PA — and many other cities throughout 2017. If you’re thinking about attending, here are some pros and cons (hehe, pun intended) to keep in mind.

Pros

  • Family-friendly: While this event was not specifically geared toward kids, it was definitely kid- and family-friendly. My boys are 6 and 8 years old, and I can’t say that I was uncomfortable with any of the characters we saw. There were one or two that were a bit more heavily clad in armor than I would have liked, but we just steered clear of those.
  • Full day admission: Upon entry, we received a wristband that was good for the entire day. Had we wanted to leave and come back, that would have been just fine.
  • Photo-ops galore: Many of the characters with whom we took pictures were fellow conference attendees just like us. Nevertheless, every time we asked for a picture, everyone happily obliged. It was almost as if they had rehearsed their poses and come to the conference expecting to be photographed throughout the day.
  • Dress up: Well, you get to dress up like superhero and go out in public. Enough said!

 

Cons

  • Entry fee: At 35 bucks a pop in advance ($45 onsite), the cost of entry was a little steep for my liking. We purchased our tickets online in advance and also had to pay a $7.45 processing fee. So for my husband, daughter and me, it was $127.35 to get in. Children under age 10 get in free with a paying adult.
  • Masculine theme: Having a masculine theme is necessaily a bad thing, but this is definitely an event geared more toward those with masculine, rather than feminine energy (i.e. boys versus girls, although I am aware that girls like action heroes too!). I’m not sure I would have even thought to take my daughters when they were little. Even though they liked action heroes, they weren’t as “into them” as my boys are. The only female feature star that I saw throughout the day was Wonder Woman.

Now for the fun part — some photos from the day!

Avengers Assemble!

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Batman was one of the most authentic costumes we saw for the day.

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One thing that surprised me was the variety of characters that showed up. There was not particular affiliation to a specific medium or brand. The Star Wars franchise was there in full force (hehe, another pun).

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Storm’s eyes for the win!

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A childhood favorite for both my husband and myself! Bo Duke aka Jim Cryer aka John Schneider.

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And of course, the General Lee!

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The boys got up close and personal with some of their favorites.

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And, of course, mom got in on the action as well 🙂

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4 Responses

  1. My son would have loved to see that Batman! Looks like a fun event!

  2. I love events like this! I hope to go to one here soon.

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