Fan Expo Thursday – Family Day?

Fan Expo KreoFan Expo is underway, and the first day is all wrapped up.

The doors opened to the general public at 4pm (while VIP’s package holders hit the show floors at 2pm), and it became clear very quickly, the crowds were lighter and there were more families at Fan Expo.

An event like Fan Expo is perfect for children.  There are lots of things to see and do.  But unfortunately it can get very crowded in the later days of the show.  As a parent, I’ve been there before.  I’ve tried to navigate the floors of Fan Expo with a stroller, while getting shoved aside by impatient convention attendees.  With the lighter crowds on Thursday, it is perfect for families.

Fan Expo Lego

In addition to the lighter crowds, it is also a great opportunity to grab some free “swag”.  At one location on the Fan Expo floor, Harry Potter Lego packages were given away.  Also Hasbro had a Kre-O station set up, and a Beyblade Battle Arena.  Lots of hands on stuff for kids to play with.

Having a day that is friendly to the family is very important.  Kids love everything that is offered at Fan Expo.  I was working at the Big B Comics booth and the kids who stopped by were mesmerized by the Halloween costumes that were being offered.  I talked to several kids who knew all about comics and knew who their favourite heroes and villains were.

Fan Expo Superman & Supergirl

I know not everybody reading this have children, but you need to understand how difficult it can be sometimes taking the family to an event like Fan Expo.  It is tough to get around with a stroller.  It can be a real challenge keeping an eye on your kids in the crowds.  But if the general public avoid the Thursday opening day of Fan Expo, it will be to the advantage of families.  It is a nice day trip with the kids.

So keep in mind, on Saturday when it is insanely busy at Fan Expo, just have a little bit of patience with the family pushing a stroller.  They just want to have fun at Fan Expo like everyone else.  Someday you may be in that position too.

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Ed Campbell
Ed Campbell is a collector of comics and action figures, primarily G.I. Joe. He is also a Cosplayer with Thor and Captain America as just a few of the characters in his arsenal. When not fulfilling his Comic Book Daily duties, he's "working for a living", volunteering his time for his local Fall Fair, and spending as much time with his family as possible. Use the links below to get in contact with him.
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2 Comments

  1. Good for kids? Have you seen kids at fan expo? The first 20 minutes they’re great but after that it’s all tears and ‘moooooooom I wanna go home!!!!!!’ No one wants that. I wasn’t able to attend Thursday, but by all accounts I’ve heard it was still crazy crowded and long waits. I don’t know if I could handle bringing a child on the ‘slow’ day.

  2. There were some parents who brought their kids on Saturday, the busiest day. It would have been tough navigating the crowd with a stroller, but they managed to do it.

    I know I don’t want to bring my kids to Fan Expo yet, but if I did it would be on the Thursday when there aren’t as many people around.

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