There’s no doubt that comic book conventions are fairly kid-friendly. Whenever I see children at a con, they’re always wide-eyed, in awe of the superheroes and cartoon characters milling about. Or they’re crying from happiness after taking a picture with Batman and Superman. However, some cons take their little fans very seriously. Wizard World Chicago Comic Con has designated Sunday, August 12th “Kids Day.”
What do the kiddies get to do at Wizard World? After arriving and picking up their Kids Day Passport, they can visit different kid-friendly booths, activities, artists and celebrities. Kids can also earn stamps at each stop, and eventually a prize.
As for activities, a special story time reading by the Ghostbusters will take place. Children can interact with them through trivia and ask them questions they’ve always wondered; for example, where is Bill Murray and when is Ghostbusters 3 coming out?! Just throwing that out there.
After the Ghostbusters reading, Wizard World will host a Superhero Arts and Crafts session. Kids can make their own superhero mask, with the help of Wonder Woman, Supergirl and the Justice Twins. They can wear the mask during the Costume Contest afterward, or the rest of the day if they so choose. Aside from these two activities, there will be face painting, balloon artists, and kid-friendly artists in their Artists Alley for the duration of the day.
Celebrities in attendance include William Shatner, Stan Lee, Tom Felton, Jon Bernthal, Scott Bakula and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. Notable artists Carlos Pacheco, George Perez, Greg Capullo and many more will be at there as well.
Admission to Kids Day as well as Wizard World is free for kids 10 and under, with a paid adult. Kids Day sounds like an excellent way to spend an afternoon bonding with the kids through nerdy activities. If you see a 5 foot tall girl with glasses there, don’t mind me. I’m just here for the Ghostbusters Q-and-A session.