In the courtyard area outside of the Dewey Gottwald Event Center we will be having a Superhero Training Zone!
Kids can practice their superheroic jumps and moves in our Avengers bounce house...then, it's time to test their skills in our 30 foot long inflatable obstacle course! Once completed, they will be declared a real-life superhero!
Bust into Science with Ghostbusters, Virginia!! You've seen our local heroes at other cons...but you've NEVER seen them like this, as we have EXCLUSIVELY arranged for them to teach kid-friendly STEM lessons at Heroes Assemble! That's right...kids will be able to make their own Ghostbusters Slime! Because we are at the Dewey Gottwald Center for the Sciences, we really wanted to have some FUN educational activities for kids...and having seen the Ghostbusters before, I knew they were great with kids (showing off their proton packs and ghost traps etc)...so it was a natural fit for us to ask them to do this special initiative with us! What makes it even cooler is that they have put together a special kit of STEM activities for Junior Pufts that you can buy so your kids can take the fun and education home with them!
Chalk About Positivity is about having fun with chalk art while creating positive quotes or words of encouragement! This simple and fun activity can help improve the confidence of children, and Hannah will be on hand to help them out!
Also with us will be our friends at Happy Palette, which is a children's art studio that offers a variety of classes for young artists starting from toddlers through the teen years.
From 11AM to 1PM ONLY, The Santalorian, with Baby and Ahsoka, will be taking holiday photos with kids. Similar to pictures with Santa, there will be a !10 charge for the digital file. Pictures taken by the amazing Maddi Rose
Our convention is December 10th...so families will be in the holiday spirit, and we will have TONS for kids to do! Santa will be very busy at other places...and we always want to make things as geeky as possible...so we are doing two seperate photo ops (and our incredible creative partner Maddi Rose is working on making the scene look amazing and will be taking the photos). These will be similar to photos with Santa...there will be a small extra charge and you'll get a digital file. From 1PM to 3PM ONLY is the frozen Ice Queen herself! This will be a really fun and geeky way to enjoy both the convention and the holiday season! We want EVERY family in Richmond to be a part of this event! NOTE: Promotional photo is courtesy of Dream Entertainers, who will be bringing the Ice Queen to us. The actual photo with attendees will be in an appropriately themed background and will be quite similar to mall photos with Santa.
Hampton Roads Droid Builders are an eastern Virginia-based group of makers who have come together to build all manner of Star Wars droids, from full-sized aluminum-based R2-D2s, to 3D-printed BB-8s, to remote controlled Mouse Droids, and even wearable Gonk Droid costumes.
"The Finest: A G.I. Joe Costume Club" (The Finest) is the world’s premier international G.I. Joe costuming organization. Founded in 2007, the Finest has expanded to include more than 350 members in approximately 40 US states and nine countries. The club celebrates G.I. Joe through the creation and wearing of high-quality costumes and props based upon canon characters from the G.I. Joe universe. Each year, club members appear and exhibit at more than 100 pop-culture conventions, parades, and other events worldwide. Since 2007, the Finest has used our love for GI Joe to raise more than $120,000, with all proceeds donated to military and veteran organizations such as K9s For Warriors and the USO!
Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator is a team based multi-player experience that is designed to be played together in person or across the internet online. The players command their own Starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Operations, and Engineering. As a team, players can venture into the galaxy in our vast Campaign setting, or play any number of Missions designed for a shorter experience. They will be bringing the game to Heroes Assemble for you to experience! One of the things we really want to promote at this convention is the idea of building a community...and it's at the Dewey Gottwald Center for the Sciences...so a sci-fi team game is a great way to hang out and make some new friends!
"At the dawn of the universe, there was nothing. Then... boom. The Big Bang sent six elemental crystals hurtling across the virgin universe. These Infinity Stones each control an essential aspect of existence."
"Space, Reality, Power, Soul, Mind, and Time."
And now we need your help to collect the Inifinity Stones and save the universe!
To obtain each Stone, you will need to take part in specified activities (experience our attractions, form alliances with our cosplay guests etc) at Heroes Assemble to ensure that you are prepared to wield the powerful items! When you obtain a Stone, a clue will be included on how to capture the next one...until you collect them all and can get a fun prize for helping to save the universe!
NOTE: Infinity Stones are VERY rare, so each family is to gather 1 set of stones, while they last (and we WILL run out EARLY). Only children can wield the Stones...but parents/guardians or siblings can assist as needed.
Throughout the day, we will have authors join us for children's book readings in the corner of the room where we will have the princess party and holiday pics with The Santalorian and the Ice Queen.
Around 11 AM we will feature Terralepus writer Kathleen Hamilton Her book series is written for slightly older kids, but with its themes of space travel will fight right in with the holiday pics with The Santalorian and the Star Wars Droids!
From 1PM-3PM we will have our Disney princess party.
Around 3pm, we will have four authors of children's books
Amanda Lynch is a writer, former teacher, a registered yoga instructor, mindfulness teacher, and trauma informed trainer who has written a series of children's books including
Daddy's 1st dance: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
Black Boy, Fly
The Mindfulness Room
Lauren Auster-Gussman, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is the author of Amelia's Journey to Find Family. Lauren's love for animals began as a child and has continued to grow ever since. She works as a mental health provider in Virginia and has three wonderful dogs, including Amelia, who was the inspiration for this children’s book.
7yr old author J'ana Price has published four books "Finding Myself", "Loving Myself", "Daddy and Me," and "Talking Assets with Jr. the Frog."
Jessica Parham is the author of Good To Be Me and Baking Up A Storm. Both of Jessica's books are very intentional to not define what differences or disabilities are shown within its pages. The books are intended to start conversations and break down barriers! They are designed to CELEBRATE our differences and to show love & to make sure kids feel known, seen and represented.
The Dewey Gottawald Center doesn't sell food...so we brought in some great food trucks to do battle in the War of the World's Best Food Trucks!
All of the trucks have agreed to donate 10% of their sales to Geek Wellness Education!
Legendary Provisions 11AM-7PM
Legendary Provisions provides giant gourmet hotdogs, tacos, bbq, fries and nachos. They have over 40 toppings and sauces to choose from.
Hellenic Kouzina 11AM-7PM
Our menu offers everything from traditional gyros to favorites such as moussaka, lamb shank, souvlaki, and much more. An ever-changing array of freshly prepared traditional pastries and a full coffee bar complete the Hellenic Kouzina experience. Our food truck contains a full kitchen and is ready to provide delicious food, prepared fresh while you wait.
Boka Tako 12PM-2PM
The Boka Tako is an exquisite fusion of global flavors, for your Mouf! Seasonal ingredients, Asian inspiration and a Mexican platform were the basis for our original Takos. Even though Boka has expanded its culinary horizons far beyond the original constraints of a corn tortilla, you still find a fun and inventive play on ingredients from near and far inside a Boka Tako. The Goal is simple: Amazing food served with a twist. Takos with a K, because these aren’t your ordinary Takos.
Momma's Barbecue 4PM-7PM
Downtown Richmond's newest food truck brings Momma's slow-cooked, pit-smoked barbecue and homestyle sides. It’s the way comfort and BBQ are meant to be.