AWESOME CON JR. 2018-03-22T07:20:04+00:00


Returning this year to Awesome Con is Awesome Con Jr, the family-focused pavilion within Awesome Con. Awesome Con Jr will provide hours of fun with entertaining and educational programs just for kids including character meet & greets, a kids costume parade, and more!


Stop by the character meet & greet area, Booth 221 to get your photo with some of your favorite characters! Take a photo with Buddy from the Dinosaur Train, Paddington Bear, Ranger Rick, characters from Dragon Ball Z, and even the Easter Bunny!

Characters may not be at Awesome Con every day. Be sure to check the schedule to make your plans.

Meet the Easter Bunny at Awesome Con
The Easter Bunny is making a special stop at Awesome Con Jr. on Sunday, April 1 from 10 AM – 2 PM! Take a photo with him in Booth 221!
Meet BB-8 at Awesome Con
BB-8 from Star Wars: The Last Jedi is making two special appearances at Awesome! Stop by for a photo on Friday from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM and on Saturday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Awesome Con Jr.!


Play Video Games On The Show Floor

GameTruck will be right on the show floor with 50+age-appropriate video game titles on the Latest Consoles including XBox One, PlayStation 4, Wii-U, and Nintendo Switch!

Meet Real-Life Superheroes!

The DC Fire and Emergency Services department will be in Booth 119 demonstrating and teaching the basics of Hands-Only CPR. It consists of 4 easy steps that you can learn in 2 minutes…. so you can be a bystander who provides life- saving care until professional responders arrive.

Stop by the WHUT/PBS Kids Booth #315!

WHUT, the local PBS Kids affiliate station will be playing PBS Kid’s programming all weekend and running fun kid’s games with prizes, and will be doing some giveaways!

DreamWorks Is Making A Stop At Booth 414

Stop by the DreamWorksAnimation booth to celebrate all new seasons of DREAMWORKS TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON! and SPIRITRIDINGFREE on Netflix! You can make friendship bracelets, get temporary tattoos, and win awesome prizes from the shows!

Awesome Egg Hunt Sunday Morning

Awesome Con is hosting an Awesome Egg Hunt for kids 10 and under on Sunday morning when the doors open at 10 AM! Eggs will be hidden in the Awesome Con Jr. area on the show floor for your little ones to collect! All kids ages 10 and under are welcome to participate. Please only allow 5 eggs per child to be found and no more than one “Golden Egg” per kid. Golden eggs have special prizes from Awesome Con and our partners! (Must have valid Awesome Con kids badges to participate.)

Thanks to our Egg Hunt sponsors:


National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Discovery With David Mizejewski

Meet celebrity naturalist David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation and his wildlife friends. David will share amazing live wildlife from around the globe, and even some species that call Washington DC home in this fun and educational presentation. Learn how to connect with nature and get involved in wildlife conservation. Special guest appearance by the one and only Ranger Rick!

Saturday, March 31 – 1:45 PM
Backlot Stage

Participate In Live Art Contests

The Art Way Alliance is hosting a coloring contest each day at the show! See below for the schedules and stop by Booth 216 to visit with the Art Way Alliance.
Friday, March 30, 4:00 PM – Original Character Design

Do you have an original character that can avenge with the best Avengers? Battle against the toughest Pokemon? Swap jokes with the Joker? Come show them off at Art Way Alliance Original Character Competition! During this event, artists of all ages will draw and show off their own creations to a panel of judges for a grand prize. Don’t have an original character in mind yet? Don’t worry! AWA will have helpful tricks, tips, and all the material you will need to make a character that will pop. Just come with your creativity and animation. (Art must be PG)

A competition for the roughest toughest artist (All Ages)

Sign Up at the Art Way Alliance Booth 216 (20 Open Slots)

Note: The artist must create a completely original character. The contestant must submit a full body image along with a name for the character.

Saturday, March 31, 5:15 PM – Fan Art

Come visit Art Way Alliance and draw your favorite character for the first ever Fan Art Competition! Artists of all ages are encouraged to come and show off their love and enter for a grand prize. Whether you’re a fan of Spider-man or Superman, Wolverine or Wonder-Woman, all characters and artistic abilities are welcome to enter. (Art must be PG)

This competition celebrates your favorite character in your style (All Ages!)

Sign Up at the Art Way Alliance Booth 216 (20 Open Slots)

Note: Artist can submit a headshot or full body

Sunday, April 1, 11:00 AM – Coloring Contest

Art Way Alliance needs your help creating some amazing art! With markers, crayons, and colored pencils at your disposal come color select pieces drawn by our artists. Be sure to bring your best coloring technique and use creative color choices. The artist determined to be the best colorist by our judges will win a grand prize. While this competition is open to all ages, preference will be given to our younger colorists. Come color with Art Way Alliance for some great prizes!

This competition is tailored to our youngest artist (All Ages!)

Sign Up at the Art Way Alliance Booth 216 (20 Open Slots)

Panels Featuring Chris and Mark Mariano!

Chris Mariano is the co-creator of the upcoming children’s book, CLAIRE LOST HER BEAR AT THE WORLD’S FAIR, from Polar Press and is developing several board games for Golden Bell Games. As a pop a culture archaeologist, Chris loves to study and research the history of old toys, movies, video games, amusement parks, and anything out of the ordinary. His love of pop culture and imagination was the foundation for his popular Web Series, THE CHRIS O>MATIC SHOW, which ran for 186 episodes. Chris’ enthusiasm for the arts is contagious when he dons the famous blue jacket and becomes the ringmaster and creative coach for family events and workshops at many comic conventions.

Mark Mariano is a Moonbeam Award-winning and Harvey Award-nominated cartoonist. He’s a creative whirlwind that loves to make games and toys, and tell stories through comics and picture books. His upcoming books include CLAIRE LOST HER BEAR AT THE WORLD’S FAIR, from Polar Press, and a self-published book, PUDDLETON FARM: EWING! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Besides being a content developer for Golden Bell Games, Mark is an Adventure Time cover artist, a contributor to Aw Yeah Comics!, The Sakai Project from Dark Horse, and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. As proud organizer of the traveling Kids Love Comics pavilion for several comic conventions, Mark assembles the roster of super-talented artists, and creates the programming. Being an advocate of comics in the classroom, he enjoys visiting schools and sharing his love of art and storytelling.


As part of Awesome Con Jr., Awesome Con is excited to announce the Kids Costume Parade! The parade will take place at 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 31 and 1 PM on Sunday, April 1 at the Backlot Stage.

All kids 10 or under and their parents are encouraged to participate. Any costume is eligible as long as it complies with Awesome Con’s Cosplay and Weapons Policies.

All participants will go on stage individually (or together if part of a group), strike two to three poses as our emcee reads the entrant’s costume information, and then exit. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed. Parents may walk with their children if their children do not wish to go alone.

There is no judging as part of our Kids Costume Parade. All participants 10 and under receive a goodie bag and are entered into a drawing to win some cool prizes!

All parade participants must be Awesome Con attendees, and badges will be checked before the parade begins.

To take part in the Kids Costume Parade, you must sign-up in-person at the Backlot stage 30 minutes before the parade. The first 30 kids (and their parents) who apply will be accepted to take part.

Got it? Great! We can’t wait to see you at the parade!