If you visited the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Sunday, you would know that it was Kids’ Day where children 10 and under got in free when accompanied by a paid adult. I was very surprised to see all that they had to offer for the kids that day as well.
As per the norm, I took my two oldest kids with me – my son is 10 and my daughter is 7. We are used to the hustle and bustle of Saturday’s schedule, so it was a welcome surprise to see that the foot traffic was a little less, but still plenty of people were around to get that full Comic Con feel. They love to see the costumes and characters and my daughter has dressed in her pink Batgirl costume for three years in a row. They both love to get in pictures with the costumed characters.
My daughter was ecstatic to see many renditions of Harley Quinn being represented as well and a few nice Wonder Woman outfits. My son loved to see a great Deadpool costume as well as Green Arrow, which they both loved since they are addicted to Injustice: Gods Among Us on the PS3 and iPhone these days. My favorites were the abundance of Doctor Who characters in attendance from the classic Doctors to more recent incarnations on the Doctor. My kids were able to even step into the Tardis for a quick shot with Emma Frost and the Doctor. Who would have ever thought that two of my favorite characters would pose together.
As usual, all characters are more than agreeable to taking pictures with the kids or simply posing for in-action shots. We also had the opportunity to interview many of the talented artists in attendance, the biggest one of which was Greg Horn who I have been a fan of for years. He even signed prints for my kids. We walked away with some amazing prints from him and my kids were so into talking to him. He gave us so much time that I will be thankful forever for it. I went all fanboy on him probably, but he was so down to earth and more than willing to talk to us. He loved how my two little ones were so into his artwork. Normally, they pace around the Con scouring around for toys, but this year, they were more interested in custom artwork and signed prints, which made me very happy. They each have their favorite characters as do I.
Of course, I have not even mentioned the real kids’ event that Wizard World offered including:
Balloon Art, Arts & Crafts, “Creepy Crawler Bugs,” Green Ranger Power Hour, Baseball Book Event,”Kid-Friendly” Booths, Passport Program, Costume Contest and more.
Some of the highlights of the day include:
Balloon Art, Arts & Crafts and “Creepy Crawler Bug Display” hosted by the Rutgers Univ. Department of Entomology all day at Wizard World Kids Booth #3000
Junior Saber Training at the Cosplay Stage.Â Show off those moves! (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
Author Jon Lindenblatt and artist Brian Kong discuss Trolley Dodgers, Pinstriped Yankees, and Wearing Red Sox: How MLB Teams Got Their Names, a childrenâ€™s baseball book, with artwork to color (11 a.m.)
Doodle! Scribble! Draw! A fun drawing game combining Jeopardy!, Pictionary and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The challenge is on. (1 p.m.)
Kick it at the Green Ranger Power Hour with Frank – a special hour-long karate class (2 p.m.)
Kids Costume Contest (3 p.m.), hosted by Wizard Worldâ€™s own superhero, “The Defuser” Jarrett Crippen
The biggest hit among my daughter was the Passport Program. It was a brilliant idea and similar to a scavengar hunt type of event that more and more theme parks are now offering. She received her passport and took it to various vendors and had them sign the book, which she was able to show and pick out prizes for her hard work. More special than getting to meet all of the vendors and artists, she has a few of her favorite autographs including custom sketches and personalized messages from authors and artists alike.
I will say that this has been my favorite Wizard World ever, which is pretty impressive, but the amount of things for my kids to do made it that much better for me.
Much more to come on our coverage of Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con in upcoming posts.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.