5 Things Your Family Can’t Miss at Dragon Con

Photo by James Reeves

This large pop culture convention featuring comics, film, TV and gaming may seem like it is geared towards adults, but during the day there are many opportunities for your Sci-Fi loving family to be entertained. From famous character meet-and-greets to gaming competitions, this long weekend is packed full of activities for children and young adults.

Dragon Con Parade

Characters will fill the streets of downtown Atlanta on Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. You should arrive early to save a spot to view all of the costumed figures from movies and other genres.

Kids Gaming Adventure

45-minute sessions to introduce 6 to 12 year olds to board games, collectible card games, miniatures, roleplaying and LAN-based video games. Kids can also participate in gaming tournaments in those areas for an extra fee.

Science Comes to Life

Take a close look at the sun through the solar telescope on site. Join in on the hands-on experiments during the “Science Power Hour” on Sunday. This includes a variety of science experiments like soda-straw rockets to using roses to find acids, and more.

Meet Famous Characters

On the Walk of Fame there will be a variety of characters from “Looney Toons” to “Harry Potter” and Roger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward from “Spongebob Squarepants” among others. The Kids Cosplay Encounter is a place to meet princesses, superheroes and more. Also meet the young adult author of “Eragon,” Christopher Paolini, as he discusses his book series.

Sing and Play

The Kaleidoscope Track at Dragon Con includes live action and animated shows from Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. This year’s theme is “We Bare Bears,” and is geared for kids 13 and younger. Learn about puppetry through games and activities in “Puppetry 101,” and make a dragon puppet in the workshop. Don’t miss the comical “Star Wars” or “Dr. Who” puppet shows.

The Details

404-669-0773; dragoncon.org.

Sept. 2-5

Convention locations:

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel and Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel


$130 Friday to Monday 4-day (available for purchase on Thursday and Friday only)

$110 Saturday to Monday 3-day (available for purchase on Saturday only)  

$70 Sunday to Monday 2-day (available for purchase on Sunday only)

$40 Friday only (available for purchase on Friday only)

$50 Saturday only (available for purchase on Saturday only)

$45 Sunday only (available for purchase on Sunday only)

$35 Monday only (available for purchase on Monday only)

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