My kids (particularly my teen and tween) love pop culture. They’ve inherited my love of movies and books and added their own original and individual love of graphic novels and comics. So it was a no-brainer when Awesome Con contacted us about giving away a family four-pack of tickets to Awesome Con on Sunday, June 5th.
Awesome Con, DC’s three-day pop culture convention, introduces entertainment and education appealing to both children and the young at heart in its continued commitment to be completely family friendly. Kids can enjoy a special “Kids Zone” dedicated to workshops and educational activities just for them, with workshops like Harry Potter’s Early Introduction to Spells and Superhero University. Families can snap photos with Stormtroopers and Captain America’s shield, and hear from an assortment of special guests including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter), and the creators from kid-friendly publisher Aw Yeah Comics!
All events take place during Awesome Con, Friday, June 3 until Sunday, June 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. To the enter the giveaway for Sunday’s Con, comment with what you or your kids geek out over!
Family-Friendly programming will include:
- Celebrity Guests
Matthew Lewis of Harry Potter
Peter Capaldi of Doctor Who
Will Friedle of Boy Meets World and Transformers
Phil Lamarr of Samurai Jack
Charles Martinet of Super Mario
- Comics: Meet all-ages comic publisher Aw Yeah Comics! and comic creators including Chris Giarrusso (G Man) Carolyn Belefski (Adventure Time) , David A. Rodriguez (Skylanders), Franco (Tiny Titans) , Jeff Shultz (Archie) , Justin Castaneda (Wonder Care Presents: The Kinder Guardians), John Gallagher (Kids Love Comics) , Kurt Wood (Power Punch Boot Camp), Laura Lee Gulledge (Page by Paige), and Mark Mariano (Happyloo: Flying Colors).
- Photo Opportunities
The Batmobile, Captain America’s shield, Star Wars Stormtroopers, and wizards from the world of Harry Potter will be available throughout the weekend for unique photoops.
- Meet Bill Nye the Science Guy
Meet and learn from Bill Nye the Science Guy at the Science Fair, a specific section of the show dedicated to making the STEM disciplines fun for all ages. Speakers include engineers, astronauts, and experts from organizations like the Science Channel, NASA, and the Smithsonian.
- Kids’ Workshops
Workshops for kids that will be held throughout Awesome Con include Say Yes to Capes, Superhero University, Create Your Own Superhero Symbol, Scribble Scramble, and Harry Potter’s Early Introduction to Spells.
–Mark Mariano Presents Scribble Scramble!
Eight young artists are chosen from the crowd to pit their scribbles against one another in a series of improvisational drawing quests. Do you have the courage to doodle silly things for a crowd? Will the crowd have the imagination necessary to help you conquer the quests and ultimately win the coveted Scribble Scramble championship belt? Eight contenders enter. One leaves as champion. Your doodling destiny awaits.
–Superhero University with Chris O>Matic and Franco
Learn all the ins and outs of superheroics from the industry’s top professors. Kids may not learn to fly, but they will love making their own capes and superhero masks. Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero.
–Draw a Little Dream with Chris O>Matic
Chris Mariano, mastermind behind the popular kid’s web show T he Chris O>Matic Show, interviews kids and parents about their strangest dreams. Professional artists bring the craziest dreams to life on the drawing board.
–Let’s Go Lego! With John Gallagher
Cartoonist John Gallagher teaches young artists how to draw Lego versions of their favorite characters.
—Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski
Every hero, and hero-in-training, needs a logo. Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.
About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, DC, having welcomed over 40,000 attendees in 2016. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. 2016 marks Awesome Con’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer developed by the founder of New York Comic Con.
Awesome Con Dates & Hours
Friday: 12PM – 8PM
Saturday: 10AM – 7PM
Sunday: 10AM – 5PM
Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult.
3-Day Geekend Pass: $75
Friday Only Admission (Hours 12-8): $35.00
Saturday Only Admission (Hours 10-7): $45.00
Sunday Only Admission (Hours 10-5): $45.00
Buy your tickets and learn more about special passes and celebrity appearances here.