FanX family guide: What to do at Comic Con

Published: Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:45 p.m. MDT

Narrowing down the staggering amount of options at this weekend's Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience can be a daunting task. The FanX event will play host to over 100 pop culture celebrities and provide over 200 hours of entertainment experiences, ranging from Q&A panels to dancing lessons, and from the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to the wildly popular actor Nathan Fillion, who was brought to the convention by the voice of FanX's Facebook fans.

Here is a quick breakdown of some of the many activities that may appeal to families who attend the event.

Note: This list is not all-inclusive. Some activities may come with additional fees.


Convention Survival 101

What is it? If it's your first time at a pop culture convention, this panel will provide some helpful tips about how to navigate the expo and manage your time effectively.

When: Thursday, noon

Back to the Future: Adventures in the DeLorean Time Machine

What: Terry and Oliver Holler talk about "Back to the Future" and show off the DeLorean.

When: Thursday, noon

Related activities: Back to the Future: Impact on Culture and Technology (Friday, 11 a.m.)

KidCon — Clark Planetarium: The Science and Perils of Space Exploration

What: A presentation by Salt Lake City's Clark Planetarium that will teach young Comic Con attendees about the exciting world of space travel.

When: Thursday, 1:30 p.m.; Friday, 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

KidCon — R2D2 Builders Club

What: Likely a hands-on creativity hour, structured around the famous Star Wars robot.

When: Thursday, 2 p.m.; Friday, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

KidCon — Princess Festival

What: A fun dress-up activity for young girls and their parents.

When: Thursday, 2 p.m.

Related activities: Princess Parade by Princess Festival (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)

Hey, Hey it’s a Monkee! Spotlight on Mickey Dolenz

Who: Mickey Dolenz, drummer and singer for the popular 1960s music group The Monkees

When: Thursday, 3 p.m.

KidCon — Musical guest Kenzie Hall

Who: Recent "American Idol" contestant Kenzie Hall from Draper

When: Thursday, 3 p.m.

The Stars of YouTube

What: A panel of Internet celebrities who rose to stardom through their popular YouTube channels.

When: Thursday, 3 p.m.

Meet the Rebel Legion

What: A perfect family photo-op with an international costuming organization specializing in the "good guy" costumes of the Star Wars universe.

When: Thursday, 5 p.m.

Related activities: Meet the Mandalorian Mercs: Armor and CAUSEplay (Friday, noon)

KidCon — Animal Super Powers By Utah’s Hogle Zoo

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