Comic-Con Melbourne is on again tomorrow and it's a lot of fun (and a whole lot of craziness). We checked it out today, because we are entirely shamless when it comes to dressing up in public and there was a pretty good chance of finding Dr Who merch.
This is a family friendly event with a free kid's ticket with each adult ticket, full accessibility, family entertainment zone with games and drawing, a huge amount of photo ops and plenty of toys (or are they for the big kids??). There are some things to consider before going along with the juniors though and hopefully these tips help out:
1. Go early.
Comic-Con is very popular and gets VERY busy. Arriving when it opens is the best way to beat the crowds.
2. Avoid taking a pram.
The event is fully accessible and prams are welcome but it makes it difficult to get around when it's busy. If you have the option of leaving it at home you'll have an easier time getting around.
3. Take gold coins.
Some of the photo ops are by gold coin donation to a charity. It's handy to have a few in your pocket incase your kids really want to jump in a TARDIS. Yes, the KIDS really wanted to do that...
4. Prepare them for what they'll see.
Cosplay is a serious business folks, you will see some dedicated fans of all kinds. Some are standard Yoshi, superhero, star wars stuff but there are some pretty creepy gaming ones and plenty of zombie stuff. Not sure what the kids will think? Check out the #ozcomiccon hashtag on Instagram to see what people were dressed as and if you think it's too scary for your crew. I had a three and a six year old with me and they seem untraumatised after an afternoon there.
5. Don't be too ambitious with how long you stay.
It's busy, quite warm and pretty overwhelming inside so planning to spend a whole day in there might be a bit much. Keep in mind that once you have your wristband that you can come and go as you like, take a walk and maybe tackle it in two goes.
Oz Comic-Con will be on again tomorrow Sunday June 12th at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Southbank from 9am- 6pm. Tickets are available online or at the door. Parking available at the Exhibition Centre and across the road at Crown, public transport also an option with trams out front and a 10 min walk from Southern Cross Station.