Nerding Together – Family Fun at MegaCon

If you know me at all, you’ll know what a mega nerd I am and how our little family loves to geek out together. I mean, we named our son Dexter because of a cartoon in a lab coat! Quite literally, his first word was “geek.” (I have a crazy-cute video of it, and it remains a favorite anecdote!)

So given that he is a month old already, we knew we’d have to get started quickly if we wanted to have Daniel follow in the geektastic footsteps of his parents and older brother. And what better way to indoctrinate him into the highly discerning world of cosplay and fandom than to dress him up as a super hero and drag him to MegaCon 2013!?

All of my boys put on their Batman gladrags and we headed out to the convention center for a bit of family bonding over our shared love of all things nerd.

family geekery

In the heavy convention traffic, it took us more than an HOUR to reach our destination, despite the fact it SHOULD take only 20 minutes max. But once we were inside, it was like a whole new world. Everywhere you looked, there was every different kind of nerd. Sci Fi, Anime, Gaming, Comic Books, SteamPunk and everything under the sun!

Many folks came in intricate costumes. Others just wore T-shirts representing their affiliations. Some were “normal” with no sign of their inner geek (I fell into this category of attire – though, I assure you, my inner geek would make a big ol’ fangirl appearance!). The crowd was DENSE.


Some random photos:

A whole slew of Jawas fixing some droids. One of the jawas was interacting with Dexter, who thought he was AMAZING fun.
disney girls
Mark had a “thing” for the Tinkerbell girl. Something about the pointy ears…
I really really wanted to buy a corset, but I knew I’d never be able to choose one!

We weren’t the only Batman enthusiasts in the arena!

For me, the realisation that I am a die-hard embarrassingly crazy stalker type when it comes to anyone dressed as Doctor Who. Yes, I am the type who asks to get photos with random everyday people who just happen to be dressed like a favorite fictional character… Witness my mortification… At least I was among like-minded folk, though, right?!

doctor who

At some point, though, I DID have to stop and give baby Daniel some sustenance. We headed to a secluded corner near a set of toilets so that I could nurse the poor hungry boy.

Even at a gathering of nerds, one can’t stop being a mother, after all!

We also came across the Micro Championship Wrestling group, which was… well… little people wrestling. They were offering free autographs when you bought any piece of merchandise. I felt quite sad for them, actually, even though I’m a huge wrestling fan.


As we made the rounds, both kids got some great comments from passersby about their outfits. Daniel even had a lady come up and ask to get a photo of him. He WAS super adorable, after all.


And as we made our way through a Star Wars themed booth, with loads of R2 units, we posed with the awesome R2D2 so Daniel could have some geek street cred. But as I stood next to it, with a line of people behind me, the robot suddenly wolf whistled at me, and the crowd gave an appreciative cheer, while I stood around with a red face.

Quite fun, though!

scifi convention

All in all, it was a great day. We spent about 3 hours there, just walking around and enjoying ourselves. Not one second was spoiled by rude or obnoxious people. It was just about people having fun and being cool. I can’t wait to go back next year!

Here’s the Instagram stream of my day:

instagram megacon


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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