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Comic Con 2013: Kids, Families, and More (Photos)

New York Comic Con 2013 is in full swing in New York City this weekend, and plenty of kids and families are in on the cosplay fun. Here are some of my favorite shots from Friday’s activities, plus some tips for families planning on attending.

I highly recommend checking out the Family Room. It’s an oasis of calm in the midst of the chaos of Comic Con. The Family Room was busy and active, but never crowded when I was there. Educational (but fun!) programming changes quickly throughout the day, so there’s always something to do. There were also art supplies for kids to use, freebies, and (bliss) chairs to sit on.

Besides the Family Room activities, there are plenty of other kid-friendly, interactive spots throughout the Con. MegaBlocks has at least two different activity centers where kids can build and play with bricks, and there were tons of children’s book publishers and authors to be found as well.

One more important thing: Especially if you’re bringing young kids, you’ll definitely want to pack plenty of snacks. The lines for food can be long, and the food is expensive. (I paid $2.70 for an apple.)

Here are some of my favorite shots from Comic Con:

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    Here are some of my favorite cosplays from New York Comic Con 2013--plus some tips for families.

  • It’s okay if your family doesn’t dress as a theme. 2 of 27
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    A dad dressed as Rory from Doctor Who poses with his son, dressed as The Riddler from Batman.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • On the other hand, it’s pretty awesome if you do. 3 of 27
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    Family of awesomeness: The Avengers.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • It’s all about the pose. 4 of 27
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    Fans dressed as Black Cat (The Avengers), Jenny (My Life as a Teenage Robot), and Poison Ivy (Batman), strikes poses for cameras.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Don’t forget the awesome accessories. 5 of 27
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    A toddler and his father, fans of both Batman and Firefly, explored a model dinosaur fossil in the Family Room. The little boy's sippy cup even featured a beverage from the show Firefly.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • It’s a Whovian paradise. 6 of 27
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    Lots of people have their costumes exactly right, but the guy on the left was jaw-droppingly good as the tenth Doctor. Top right, the fourth Doctor even gave me a Jelly Belly. Lower right, a Dalek on display.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Adorable, and all hand-made. 7 of 27
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    Doctor Who fans dressed as a TARDIS, the tenth Doctor, and the eleventh Doctor pose. Even the adorable crocheted Daleks are hand-made.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • It’s too much for little legs to walk the whole time. 8 of 27
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    Yes, Comic Con is stroller-friendly, even in the most crowded places. If you're even wondering if your should bring a stroller, you should, because there is zero chance your little one can walk the miles and miles of Comic Con. Here, a tiny Supergirl drifts off into a nap, two mini superheroes catch rides on their dads' shoulders, and a mom dressed as Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon takes a break to bottle-feed a sleepy baby. (p.s. Look at Supergirl's SHOES. They have little CAPES.)

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Yes, Comic Con is educational. 9 of 27
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    These moms felt that Comic Con's educational value made it worth taking their sons out of school for the day. "They're learning more in one day here about creativity, diversity, and acceptance than they could in a whole year of school," one mom told me.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • It takes a lot of hair product to get anime hair. 10 of 27
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    A fan of the anime series Dragon Ball poses.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Comic book characters are not your only option. 11 of 27
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    Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter were awesomely cosplayed.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Your kids might get to meet these characters… 12 of 27
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    Is Comic Con kid friendly? Yes, but if your kid is easily freaked out by people in costumes, it's probably not going to go well. Because yes, you might run into people dressed as characters from Beauty and the Beast, but you'll also run into zombies.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • …or, this character. 13 of 27
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    So, here's the deal: Comic Con definitely has its share of grown-ups in, um, grown-up costumes. However--and I say this as a devout pearl-clutcher--there was nothing I'd really be concerned about my kids seeing. You see more skin on the beach or at a pool, for sure. But if you're weirded out by seeing lots of cleavage or by meeting dudes dressed like The Village People, this is not your scene. 

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • There’s also this guy… 14 of 27
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    He even did the Joker's laugh.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • …aaaand this guy. 15 of 27
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    Incredible special effects make-up makes zombies very, very real. I should point out that it's not like this guy was chasing kids down or anything. He was happy to pose for people who asked him to, but he definitely wasn't deliberately trying to freak people out.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Don’t worry! The Zombie Response Team is on hand. 16 of 27
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    This whole scene was just incredible.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Sometimes, it’s the facial expression that makes the costume. 17 of 27
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    Fans cosplay the characters of Ruby Rhod and Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg from the movie The Fifth Element.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Couples costumes are always fun. 18 of 27
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    Clark Kent and Lois Lane from Superman, toads from the Mario video games, and um, I dunno...some kind of goth something? Sigh...I'm too old to be hip. Cool contacts, though, kids.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Fifty Shades of Blue. 19 of 27
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    Top left, a woman takes a break in the Press Lounge. Top right, Aayla Secura from Star Wars wields a lightsaber; below, a friend touches up her make-up.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • I have no idea what’s going on here. 20 of 27
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    Um, Angry Birds? Pokémon? Ninja turkey? I got nothin'.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Take plenty of breaks as needed. 21 of 27
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    Kids are going to need to take breaks from the excitement of Comic Con. Here, A mom and her toddler take a happy snuggle break during Friday's New York Comic Con.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • People will TOTALLY pose with your kids. 22 of 27
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    I'm sorry, I know the photo on the left isn't that great, but the raised eyebrow on the infant posing with Wonder Woman is killing me. And then look at the boys happily posing with a guy, on stilts, dressed as some horrifying, gory thing called Pyramid Head (I assume his weapon is a protractor of doooooooom).

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Warning: Even princesses have to wait in line for the bathroom. 23 of 27
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    The lines for bathrooms can be pretty long. If you're wondering whether your little one needs to be in a Pull-Up, I'm thinking the answer is yes. Also, if you happen to notice a short line for the bathroom? You should go. Now. Just try.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Families should definitely take advantage of the Family Room. 24 of 27
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    Clockwise from top left, all in the Comic Con Family Room: a girl dressed as Sailor Moon gets advice from the artist who draws Ben 10; a girl dressed as Supergirl shows off the cool mask she made; a girl dressed as Merida from Brave modeled a mask she made; and a family waiting to meet a comic book artist is entranced by a puppet show.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • You can’t possibly see all of it. 25 of 27
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    A young Austin Powers checks out the selection of comic books; a boy builds with Mega Bloks, and a young Iron Man and Captain America explore the exhibits. You can't possibly do and see everything at Comic Con. Be sure to check out the online schedule so that you can plan ahead.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Explain to kids ahead of time that the weapons aren’t real. 26 of 27
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    Explain to kids ahead of time that there will be pretend weapons at Comic Con, but that event security makes sure that nothing actually dangerous comes through the door. You may also want to remind them that pretend weapons are okay at some places (like Comic Con), but not at other places (like school). Left, a woman wears a TARDIS dress (Doctor Who) with weapons that are somewhat Katy Perry-esque. Right, a girl dressed as Maka from the manga and anime series The Soul Eater wields a scythe.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

  • Complicated dresses and headgear abound. 27 of 27
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    I'm not sure if these two ladies are anyone specific, but their costumes are epic.

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray)

     

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