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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Tavish Place, as Flash, Jeff Place, as Superman, and Atticus Place, as Batman, attend Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

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

What: A presentation by Hogle Zoo intended for young audiences.

When: Thursday, 5 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, noon

KidCon — The Living Planet Aquarium

What: A presentation by Draper's Living Planet Aquarium intended for young audiences.

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.; Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.

KidCon — "Shrek the Musical"

What: A performance of the popular musical based on the hit movie franchise.

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake players

Who: Members of Utah's pro soccer team.

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Muppets: A Cultural History and Look at What’s Coming Up

What: An in-depth discussion about the cultural impact of Jim Henson's Muppets and a thought-provoking look at their future.

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.


Salt Lake Pops Orchestra

What: Conductor Nathaniel Drew and the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra perform some of the iconic film and television music themes of FanX’s celebrity guests.

When: Friday, 10 a.m.

Star Trek Enterprise Bridge Restoration

What: New Starship Foundation CEO Huston Huddleston discusses Star Trek and specifically the Enterprise-D Bridge.

When: Friday, 10 a.m.

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away to the Legend of Johnny Lingo: Spotlight on Daniel Logan

Who: Logan, an energetic actor who recently moved to Utah, has starred in movies like "Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones" and "The Legend of Johnny Lingo."

When: Friday, 10 a.m.

Roger Rabbit and Beyond: Spotlight on the Many Roles of Charles Fleischer

Who: Fleischer is best known for being the voice behind Roger Rabbit.

When: Friday, 11 a.m.

Power Ranger School

What: Learn how to become a Power Ranger, as taught by the Power Rangers themselves.

When: Friday, 3 p.m. (two hours)

KidCon — Superhero Parade

What: A chance to parade your costumed kids around with other like-minded youngsters.

When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Dr. Who

What: A panel of authors and fans discuss why they love the BBC's hit show "Doctor Who."

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Related activities: From Dr. Who Companion to Guardians of the Galaxy's Nebula: Spotlight on Karen Gillan (Saturday, 11 a.m.), The Doctor's Confidante: The Role of the Companion in the Dr. Who Universe (Saturday, 5 p.m.)

Jedi Mind Tricks

What: Hypnotist and comedian John Moyer hosts an interactive show which is fun and safe for all ages.

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

What We Know and What We Think We Know About 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

What: Lots of speculation and discussion based on released facts and rumors about the 2015 continuation of the Star Wars saga.

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

Related activities: Gayle Sayers, Harvey Dent, Lando Calrissian, and “The Lego Movie”: Spotlight on Billy Dee Williams (Friday, 3 p.m.), Star Trek vs Star Wars — Living in a Post-JJ Abrams World Part Deux (Saturday, 2 p.m.)


Easter Bunny

Who: The Easter Bunny

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.

Downton Abbey: How A Stuffy British Drama Became One of TV’s Most Addictive Shows

What: A panel-style discussion about the BBC's popular drama "Downton Abbey."

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Saturday Morning TV

What: A discussion about popular TV cartoons of yesteryear.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Captain Mal, Captain Hammer, and Captain... er, Castle: Spotlight on Nathan Fillion

Who: One of FanX's most popular guests, the star of cult sci-fi show "Firefly" and ABC's "Castle."

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Related activities: From Star Trek to Star Wars to Babylon 5 to Firefly to Battlestar Galactica: What Makes a Good Space Opera? (Saturday, 1 p.m.); Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Cabin in the Woods & the Avengers: Joss Whedon and the Art of Storytelling (Saturday, 6 p.m.)

Studio C

Who: BYUtv's popular sketch comedy troupe.

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in Young Adult and Middle Grade Books: What's Fun and New Between the Pages

What: A great way to get your kids reading books.

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Butch Patrick and Pat Priest — The Munsters Kids

Who: Two stars of the hit 1960s TV show, "The Munsters."

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

KidCon — Dance guests Tadd Gadduang and Gevorg Manoukian

Who: Professional dancers and former competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance?"

When: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Power Rangers Samurai: Live on Stage

Who: Stars of the popular Power Rangers television series

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

The Wonderful World of Weird Disney

What: Rare images and videos of odd Disney artifacts

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

For a full schedule of all FanX events and panels, visit saltlakecomiccon.com/master-panel-list-fanx-2014.

For a full list of the KidCon schedule, visit saltlakecomiccon.com/kid-con.

For tickets, visit saltlakecomiccon.com.

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