Family HQ

Family HQ was a C2E2 2020 Show Feature, and we’re going to bring back more amazing Show Features in C2E2 2021 and beyond! Stay tuned to our newsletter to be the first to know when we announce them.

Welcome to Family HQ your place for family friendly fun all C2E2 long! Does your child love LEGOs or are they star struck over Star Wars? Maybe they’re an amateur artist or wee wizard. Then Family HQ is the place for you! In Family HQ, we have something for everyone. Kids and parents can join in our drawing workshops, interactive activities, and entertaining performances. Want to be the very best? Then bring the whole family out to Family HQ!

What’s Happening in Family HQ

Play Along in Our Interactive Zone

Life's way more fun when you play along! In our Interactive Zone awesome activities await. Your child can learn to play Quidditch with Lumos Quidditch, become a knight with Medieval Times (and even meet the Queen!), or join Storytown Improv in an interactive performance. There's so much to do in Family HQ!


501st Legion: Midwest Garrison

Meet your favorite Star Wars villains! Hang out with the Midwest Garrison! 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 MWG provides a means for Star Wars fans to meet and network with each other to engage in the hobby of building and improving Imperial costumes from the Star Wars movies. They’ll have costumed characters from the Star Wars universe and awesome Star Wars photo areas for everyone to enjoy in Family HQ.

CHI-2 D2: R2 Builders, Chicago

Meet up with R2-D2! CHI-2 D2 is the Chicago division of the International R2-D2 Builders Club, a community of Star Wars fans who dedicate countless hours into building exact working replicas of R2-D2 and other droids from the Star Wars Universe. Families can take a picture with everyone’s favorite droid and discover the world of R2-D2 building.

ChiLUG: Chicago Area LEGO Users Group

Build something fun with ChiLUG in the LEGO freeplay area! ChiLUG’s goal is to design, build, and display diverse and unique LEGO creations, and share their building techniques and ideas with the world. They will be bringing a fun LEGO freeplay area so families can build something fun together. They will also be bringing awesome LEGO creations and dioramas.

Chuck Jones Center of Creativity

Get Looney with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity! Kids and families alike can join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Looney Tunes themed activities all weekend long! From learning to draw your favorite characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to building your own Acme Disintegrator there’s lots of fun to be had. And join in with other families and fans to construct an Acme Stage featuring sets from some classic shorts.

Drawing Demos with Princess Etch

Learn about art from the Pros! Your whole family can learn to draw along with Princess Etch. Jane Labowitch is a full-time Chicago-based Etch A Sketch artist whose professional nom de plume is Princess Etch. Jane started playing with an Etch A Sketch when she was 4 (she's 28 now). She played with the toy so much that she inadvertently taught herself its secrets- and now she’s here to teach you!

Free Play Area

Sometimes kids just need a place where they can be kids! That’s where the Free Play Area comes in. We have coloring pages, playdough, sidewalk chalk, and puzzles to let your child’s imagination run wild. And if they need to run wild themselves we have games for that too with hula hoops, jump ropes, and crawling tunnels so they can play and explore.

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