Seeing kids in awe of Stormtroopers and Jedis, a mother – daughter Harley Quinn duo, buying David Bowie earrings and a bookmark of Han Solo as a cat, makes Family Day at Motor City Comic Con the best!
First, I feel that the family day ticket prices are an incredible deal! Kids under four are free on all three days. So feel free to wheel your toddler around in his stroller that you’ve transformed into a Dalek. On family day, kids 12 and under are free with an adult ticket. That is awesome. Even more awesome is seeing families get their nerd on: dads helping sons into their costumes, moms and daughters standing in line to fawn over Stephen Amell, a bear hug from an eight foot tall Wookie. These are the memories you will cherish for years to come.
There’s something special about the atmosphere on family day. For days one and two, I wrote about how accepting of an environment cons can be. Add to that feeling of acceptance the general atmosphere of childlike awe and you have family day. A giant Thanos made out of balloons is amazing regardless. But throw in a few dozen kids genuinely marveling at this purple behemoth and I dare you not to smile and believe that raccoons really do know how to make planet killing bombs.
Name a better place to take your kids. It’s not as expensive as Disney World and they get to see even more of their favorite costumed characters – most of which are clothed in a way that doesn’t invite awkward outbursts like “that Spider-man has a chicken wiener” (I heard those very words shouted with glee).
It’s got as many “animals” as the zoo. There was the aforementioned chicken wiener Spider-man, a Mickey Mouse Jedi, a girl Roger Rabbit, Judy and Nick from Zootopia, deer princesses, a Merman, and the demi-gorgon is a type of animal, I guess.
It provides children with a much more hands on educational experience than a museum. They can learn the difference between Spider-man and Deadpool. They can learn the difference between a katana and a sai. They can learn that gender is just a social construct and that it is not only acceptable but super-cool to experiment with those constructs through cosplay. Ok, maybe they don’t learn that specifically, but they absorb the idea and that’s the key to a better future for us all.
I recommend family day to all our nerdy dads and moms (or aunts and uncles) out there. You will be rejuvenated with a sense of wonder that will remind you that Linda Carter really IS Wonder Woman, Han shot first, and Thanos might have snapped his fingers but there are more Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther movies to be made so they’ll be back from the ashes very soon.
Enjoy these pictures from Family Day: