WEN-CON with kids

WEN-CON is coming. Have you heard of it? Are you going? It’s Wenatchee’s first ever pop culture convention, with guest stars, vendors, artists, games, panel discussions, prizes, cosplay and lots of other cool stuff, and it all happens Saturday, April 8 at the Town Toyota Center. I talked to one of the event organizers today and she told me the convention is super kid-friendly, which, honestly, I wasn’t sure about. So that’s good news for all you geek and gamer parents out there who want to get the whole family involved. Here are some of the things for little ones to do at WEN-CON:

  • A costume contest for kids, with PRIZES! (They can wear store-bought costumes or homemade ones. The point is just to let them walk across the stage with an official emcee announcing them.)
  • A Disney and Dreamworks animator (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”) will be on hand to lead a panel called “How to Draw Your Favorite Disney Character.”
  • A real-life Power Ranger will be there! Johnny Yong Bosch has been the Black, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Power Rangers over the years.
  • Local magician Jason Sims will perform a family-friendly show.
  • North Central Regional Library Pop-Up event, where fans can chat with librarians, do some crafts, get reading recommendations, check out the library’s new 3-D printer and relax in a comfy area with a story.
  • Meet some children’s authors and illustrators of children’s books. (Full list of guests is here.)
  • Crucifiction Games is a family-friendly game-board publisher and will have dozens and dozens of board games to play. They will also have game gurus on hand to teach how to play any of the games. There will be a mixture of well-known games and new games to learn and play.
  • ARTOO 1.5 (a fun little R2D2 guy) will be wandering around saying hello. (He’s very friendly and young kids love him!)
  • Stuffed animals, anime toys, all kinds of toys!
  • Lunch at the Grill Zone.
  • The 501st Legion will be appearing (Star Wars). Fun to see and take pictures with them.
  • Bring food donations for a chance to win prizes of games, vendor gift cards, food vouches, WEN-CON t-shirts, books, etc., all while helping out local food pantries.

If you would rather leave the kids at home, that’s cool too. There will be a 21- and over bar scene upstairs called the Cosmic Lounge, and plenty of stuff to entertain the grown-ups.

Tickets cost $18 for ages 11 and up, and $5 for kids 4-10. Little geeks and gamers 3 and younger get in for free. Purchase tickets online or at partner locations.

So are you going? Let us know!