Today is the last day of Oz Comic Con in Melbourne – I highly recommend it as a tops day out with the kids. Sydney and Brisbane dads will get the chance in September.
If you’ve read this blog before, it’ll come as no surprise that I’ve been to a comic convention before. Okay, a few. Alright, perhaps I was one of the mini-geeks queueing back at the earliest Oz Comic Cons back in Sydney in the 90’s. Getting signatures from amazing artists and writers, perusing musty boxes of comics, and grabbing as much free stuff as possible. But I never realised how much fun they can really be.
Not until I became a Dad.
The wonderful peeps at Oz Comic Con gave Demos and I the opportunity to take the kids along to the Melbourne convention today (you can see what I was looking forward to in my Top 5 post) and I was a tad concerned about taking a two year-old into this craziness. How was Little E going to handle it?
Let me show you:
BEST DAY EVER!!!!!
He just ran from one mind-meltingly colourful thing to another and stared in awe at all of the amazing-looking cosplayers. Being two and cute also managed to net him free stuff as we wandered around. See that Guardians of the Galaxy hat he’s wearing? Score. The flashing Darth Vader pendant? Score. The Captain America costumed Minion stuffed toy? Score.
No free stuff for un-cute old dad.
His favourite thing of all was this 7 foot tall AMAZING Chewbacca cosplayer who not only looked like the real thing but was only speaking in Wookie language (aka. growls)! They exchanged a number of high fives and pleased the surrounding crowd with their interaction (lots of laughs and “awwwww”s).
A HUGE shout out has to go the spectacular volunteers who were manning the family activity area. This is a fun, activity-filled space for kids to get away from the crowded chaos of the rest of the convention and the volunteers went above and beyond playing with all of the costumed munchkins and making sure that they had a great time.
Little E chose to have a Captain America shield painted on his arm instead of a traditional face-paint because the lovely face-painter had the same on her arm. He showed it to me again before he went sleep tonight; that’s how much he loves his faux-tattoo.
The activity area has giant Connect-4, skittles, board games, colouring-in books, face-painting, giant chess, oversized Lego bricks and more fun things to keep the tiny troops entertained.I have to give the Family Activity Area a stellar 5 stars rating, as Little E had us hang out there for over an hour. The kudos has to go to the volunteers who were interacting with him and allowing us dads a few minutes to rest!
I didn’t do anything that I would normally have done at the convention. No panels or Q&As, no workshops or comic shopping. I just watched my mini-me have his mind blown again and again as this world of imagination washed over him.
Best con ever.
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