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Family HQ

If your kids can’t stop singing Disney songs, or are star struck over Star Wars, then our Family HQ is the place for you. C2E2 is proud to be a family-friendly event. At C2E2, we have a special area dedicated to families known as Family HQ, where kids can join in our hands-on workshops, interactive classes and entertaining performances. This area on the Show Floor and is fully programmed with family friendly activities all weekend long! Be a true hero to your whole family by bringing them out to Family HQ.

What you can see and do in Family HQ

Family HQ

The 501st Legion

The Midwest Garrison is the Illinois chapter of The 501st Legion, a Star Wars Imperial costuming club. The 501st is dedicated to the movie-quality costumes of the "villains" of the Star Wars universe. The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Check out Family HQ to see what awesome Star Wars programming they will be bringing all weekend long!

Family HQ

Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary

Want to get up close and personal with some rescued wild animals? Learn about nature and some of your furry friends from far away when you see the Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary in Family HQ! The Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary’s mission is to foster and preserve the wildlife we share the planet with. Featuring interactive programs and unforgettable animal encounters – don’t miss your chance to get in touch with your inner wild child when you hang out in the Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary in Family HQ. Find out more about how you can get involved at their website.

Family HQ

Acrobatica Infiniti

The nerdy circus is in town! Acrobatica Infiniti is the first of its kind, a completely unique performance where two exuberant arts - cosplay and circus – merge to create an unforgettable show. Otherwise known as the “Nerd Circus”, this variety-style performance brings together diverse audiences to witness their favorite fictional characters come to life on stage and perform extraordinary acts. Featuring an all-star cast of performance artists, including contortionists, trapeze artists, acrobats, jugglers and more. Don’t miss their amazing performances all weekend long in Family HQ!

Family HQ

Princess Etch

Join Jane Labowitch, a local Chicago artist, as she teaches you the art of Etch-a-Sketch on your own mini Etch-a-Sketch! Having created art for some awesome clients as Disney, Toys R Us and Cartoon Network, she’s now ready to make magical drawings with all of the families in Family HQ! Princess Etch will be running drawing workshops in Family HQ on Saturday and Sunday. Get there early because space is limited!

Family HQ

SNORF Puppets: C2E2 Edition!

SNORF! is a puppet variety show, mixing songs, improv, and comedy sketches to entertain and delight in their own right, and to pay tribute to and gently poke at everyone's favorite pop-culture icons and trends. Not satisfied by simply being "appropriate for all ages," we'd rather strive to be "enjoyable by all ages."  From The Noah Ginex Puppet Company, Chicago. Make sure to check out the awesome puppet performances happening Saturday and Sunday in Family

Family HQ

Storytown Improv

From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive improvised musical adventure. Kids design the setting and shape the story with suggestions and ideas while our actors, artists and musicians bring it to life on stage. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Storytown performs an hour-long, improvised show every Saturday at 10:30 AM at Stage 773 in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.  Make sure to check out their awesome performances happening Saturday and Sunday in Family HQ!

Tips for families

Family HQ

Youth size C2E2 capes

There will be a limited number of youth size C2E2 capes in Family HQ on the Show Floor, while supplies last. Go and ask our Family HQ staff member about them!

Fill out the back of your kid’s badge

The back of the kid’s badges have a space for you to fill in your name, your child’s name and your phone number. Filling this out will help us quickly reunite you with your lost family members, in case you get separated, so make sure to fill this out!

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  • Kids Costume Showcase

    April 06, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Family HQ – Interactive Zone

    Calling all kids 12 and under! Come show off your super awesome costume in the Kids Costume Showcase taking place in the Family HQ. Please arrive 10 minutes pri...

    • Language: English

  • Katie Cook Drawing Workshop

    April 06, 2018, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM, Family HQ – Workshop Area

    Stop in for a fast and furious and ADORABLE quick-draw session with Katie Cook of My Little Pony and Star Wars fame. Limited space available

    • Language: English

  • Be Your Own Hero with the Bristol Renaissance Faire

    April 06, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM, Family HQ – Interactive Zone

    Ever dream of being a knight in shining armor or the princess that saves the day?  Bring your camera to our interactive display of real armor and weapons that y...

    • Language: English

  • Acrobatica Infiniti : The Nerdy Circus

    April 06, 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM, Family HQ – Interactive Zone

    Acrobatica Infiniti Circus is the first of its kind, a completely unique performance where two exuberant arts – cosplay and circus – merge to create an unforget...

    • Language: English

  • You Can Draw in 30 Minutes!

    April 06, 2018, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Family HQ – Workshop Area

    America’s 1980’s Pop Art Icon! Join Emmy award winner Mark Kistler for an inspiring FUNTASTIC interactive family ART ATTACK! You parents may remember drawing w...

    • Language: English

  • Little Beans Big Buildings

    April 06, 2018, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM, Family HQ – Interactive Zone

    With Little Beans kids have the freedom to play, imagine, and create in our custom, comic inspired playspace."

    • Language: English

  • Quidditch 101

    April 06, 2018, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM, Family HQ – Interactive Zone

    Fans of Harry Potter, come hang out with Lumos Quidditch to learn how to play the sport that’s sweeping across Muggle communities worldwide! We’ll give you the ...

    • Language: English

  • Medieval Times Junior Knight Training

    April 07, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM, Family HQ – Interactive Zone

    Train to be a knight of the realm! Children ages 5-12 can learn from our knights and perform the basic sword strikes used in combat in a group training session....

    • Language: English

  • Storytown Improv

    April 07, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Family HQ – Interactive Zone

    From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive improvised musical adventure. Kids design the setting an...

    • Language: English

  • The Reading With Pictures Read-Along!

    April 07, 2018, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM, Family HQ – Workshop Area

    It's fun for the whole family as the comic creators behind the "Comics That Make Kids Smarter" anthology come together on stage to bring their certified awesome...

    • Language: English

  • Kids Costume Showcase

    April 07, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM, Family HQ – Interactive Zone

    Calling all kids 12 and under! Come show off your super awesome costume in the Kids Costume Showcase taking place in the Family HQ. Please arrive 10 minutes pri...

    • Language: English

  • Fantastic Puppets and How to Build Them!

    April 07, 2018, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM, Family HQ – Workshop Area

    Do you have a fantastic beast living under your bed? You don’t?! Well, we can fix that. Kids can come by this “make and take” workshop to design and build their...

    • Language: English

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