Guys, summer is almost upon is… which means it’s TOTALLY time to get ready for con season! We’ve chatted about taking a small child to a con (totally doable), but never before have we waded into aspirational con territory for many a parent-child duo: taking your teen to a con.
Luckily there are tons of options this time of year — there’s a con for just about every form of geekery you can drum up. Harry Potter fan? Check. Horror movie aficionado? You got it. I mean… what sounds better than loading up the car with you, your fave tween or teen, a solid audio book or two and heading out for a few days of solidarity with your fellow nerds? Here are a few upcoming cons that might strike your fancy:
LeakyCon: Portland, June 27-30 and London, August 8-11
Calling all Harry Potter die-hards: LeakyCon 2013 will take place in Portland, Oregon (June 27-30), and for the first time ever outside the US, London, England (Aug 8-11). If you’re totally scratching your head and wondering what exactly this con is and why it’s leaking… lemme explain.
LeakyCon is a 100% fan-driven conference for the Harry Potter fandom. If you live and love HP hard, you’re going to want to be there. We’re talking four days of non-stop Potter mania: there are shows (Harry and the Potters!), panels, workshops, and meet-ups about anything and everything Harry Potter-related. If you and your kid have shared a Harry Potter passion for a decade, this is the con you need to be at.
Speakers and guests aren’t strictly limited to Harry Potter characters (Anthony Rapp from Rent will be in Portland, for example), but there are plenty of easily recognizable people there if you’re a fan of the films (Seamus! Whaaa!).
Details are still emerging about exactly who will be at which con and why, but you can snag tickets to one or the other (or BOTH, you lucky fool!) right here.
Supanova Sydney: June 21-23
Supanova Sydney is Australia’s biggest con, and is allegedly so celebrity-laden you can’t even move without running smack into the object of your geekery. The con actually takes place in five other Australian locations besides Sydney: Perth (June 28-30), Brisbane (November 8-10), Adelaide (November 15-17), Gold Coast (April 4-6, 2014), and Melbourne (April 11-14, 2014). Events include Cosplay Chess (someone go and take photos, please), the Timezone Supanova Pinball Championship, trivia, and karaoke. You can snag tickets for your location of choice here.
Star Wars Celebration Europe: Meese Essen, Germany, July 26-28
Having attended a Star Wars Celebration with my then two-year-old, let me say this: it’s not rough bringing a small kid, but it would be way more fun bringing an older one! These celebrations are filled with amazing opportunities, and the European celebration looks like it won’t disappoint: check out the guest list!
The Official Star Trek Convention: Las Vegas, August 8-11
I feel like if I mention apples, I must mention oranges: The Official Star Trek Convention is also happening later this year. This will be the con’s twelfth year in existence, and the event boasts non-stop, ’round the clock entertainment and experiences with over 70 Star Trek cast members. Obviously there are will be many, many panels on the newest movie.
Gen Con: Indianapolis, August 15-18
Gen Con is the con for gamers: board games, role-playing games, collectible card games, and video games alike. The Gen Con Indy has been serving up gaming fun for more than 45 years, so these people know how to bring it for attendees. The con features industry veterans, authors and artists, costumes, thousands of events, and gives you the chance to try the newest games on the market — sometimes before they even come out. Gaming nerds, let’s freak out: it’s con time!
Will you guys be attending any of these or any OTHER cons with your families this year? Which ones? Let’s geek out!