Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2023 isn’t just for the grown-up geeks because the love for it can be a family affair with plenty of kid-friendly activities.
Set for 9 and 10 December at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, this year’s edition of SGCC is shaping up to be a pop culture paradise not just for enthusiasts of comics, anime, toys, and gaming, but also for the younger fans.
Amidst the usual fanfare of panels, artist meet-and-greets, and activities, SGCC 2023 is also dedicating special attention to its younger attendees. If you’re intending to head down on Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm, keep your eyes peeled on the main stage, which will transform into a kids’ zone with child-friendly activities and content, including screenings of Tom & Jerry Singapore during stage turnovers, making it an ideal spot for families to relax and enjoy together.
Here’s a list of family friendly activities for your young ones.
Bluey Episode Screenings & Mascot Live Experience (L1-E04)
At SGCC 2023, families have a unique opportunity to engage with Bluey, the beloved Australian show that has captivated audiences globally. For the first time at SGCC, there will be a special screening of Bluey episodes on the centre stage, set for Sunday. Following the screening, attentive viewers can participate in a quiz to win exclusive prizes.
Adding to the excitement, fans will have the chance to meet Bluey in person. The Bluey Live Experience invites children and parents to join in for playtime and dance with Bluey, creating a memorable experience for the young fans.
The Bluey booth, located at L1-E04, promises a delightful array of activities for young fans on both 9 and 10 December. Throughout each day, the booth features a Bluey Photo Booth, perfect for capturing memories. Additionally, there are Arts & Crafts Workshops, where children can engage in Bluey-inspired crafts like making jumping jacks, colouring sheets, and photo strings.
For an up-close experience with everyone’s favourite character, there are Mascot Photo-Taking Sessions at 12pm and 2pm daily. On 9 December, from 3pm to 3.45pm, the W.I.P Lab will host a special segment with Claire Renton, the animation director of the show herself. To top it off, each day ends with a Bluey Silent Disco from 6pm to 6.30pm back at the booth, providing a fun and unique way for kids to dance and enjoy the music.
Super BOOMi Creator Trevor Lai (Presented by MediaCorp)
Fans of the acclaimed 3D-animated series Super BOOMi, it’s time to get excited. Trevor Lai, the creator of Super BOOMi and founder of Up Studios, will be on stage to host a presenter talk, and launch the Super BOOMi and Piggy book series, both of which are based on the popular TV shows on Mediacorp. These shows, known for intertwining themes of coding, technology, and friendship, have gained significant popularity in Asia.
Attendees will be among the first to get their hands on these newly published books from the series, with an added chance to have them signed by the creator himself. Lai, recognised for his ability to craft engaging characters and stories, brings these much-loved characters to life in a way that resonates with both children and adults. His dedication to creating joyful and relatable content is evident in the success of his shows and the anticipation surrounding the book launch at SGCC.
Lil Wild Immersive Experience (presented by Mediacorp)
Mediacorp’s Lil Wild Immersive Experience is a standout attraction, especially for the younger attendees. Catch the animated characters of Lil Wild come to life in real-time, offering an interactive experience where the audience has a chance to save the animal friends in an immersive 3D adventure. This not only makes the characters more lifelike and relatable but also provides an engaging way for kids to connect with the story and characters.
Lil Wild itself is a groundbreaking 3D animation series, unique in being the first animal-based animation produced locally in Singapore. Set in a zoo, it features an ensemble of animal characters that embark on various adventures, combining elements of comedy and adventure. This innovative approach not only entertains but also educates young viewers. The series integrates wildlife fun facts and educational content seamlessly into its narrative, making learning about animals and their habitats both fun and engaging for children.
Tom & Jerry Singapore
Young attendees can enjoy screenings of Tom & Jerry Singapore during stage turnovers. In this seven-part series, the iconic cat-and-mouse duo embark on adventures in the Lion City. Their journey takes them through a mix of colorful neighborhoods, modern skyscrapers, and unique city-in-nature experiences.
Viewers will be entertained by their antics involving local delicacies like durian and ice kacang. They also encounter Merli, a character inspired by Singapore’s mythical Merlion, in various iconic locations such as the Botanic Gardens, Sentosa, and Marina Bay. This series offers a delightful blend of classic animation with a local twist, showcasing Tom and Jerry’s timeless charm in Singapore’s vibrant setting and keeping the kids entertained.
Alongside Tom & Jerry Singapore, children can enjoy screenings of Lamput. This Indian 2D animated series, created by Vaibhav Kumaresh and produced by Vaibhav Studios, is known for its short, engaging episodes, ranging from 18 seconds to 7-minute specials.
Lamput features a unique orange gooey character who has escaped from a laboratory, leading to all sorts of adventures. The main attraction of Lamput is his ability to shapeshift, which he often uses to evade capture by Specs and Skinny, the scientists trying to recapture him. This playful and imaginative series offers a mix of humour and creativity, making it a perfect addition to the children’s screening block. Its short format keeps the stories dynamic and captivating, suitable for young attention spans. Kids will likely be enthralled by Lamput’s antics and his clever ways of outsmarting his pursuers.
Nickelodeon: Go Green with the Turtles (B2-D03)
SGCC 2023 offers a unique opportunity to join forces with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a significant recycling mission, courtesy of Nickelodeon and Singtel. Visitors are invited to contribute to environmental conservation by donating used tech devices at the Nickelodeon x Singtel booth at B2-D03.
In return for their eco-friendly efforts, the first 200 contributors nationwide will receive a complimentary Singtel CAST subscription. The booth also features a life-sized Turtles set for photo opportunities, interactive ninja-themed games, and exclusive collectibles for young attendees to take home. More details about the device donation initiative can be found on Singtel’s website. This engaging activity not only brings fun to SGCC 2023 but also teaches environmental awareness to children in an interactive way.
LEGO by The Brickshop (L1-E05)
The Brickshop’s LEGO booth at L1-E05 is a must-visit for young LEGO enthusiasts. The booth offers two engaging activities that will spark children’s imaginations and challenge their skills.
The first activity, Santa’s New Ride, invites kids to become Santa’s special helpers. They can use their creativity to build a new ride for Santa using LEGO bricks provided at the Elves Workshop. After creating their unique vehicle, children can snap a photo with their creation and share it on social media with the hashtags #LEGOGiftthesuperpowerofplaySG and #LEGOSG. By showing their post to a brand ambassador, they will earn a sticker. If they complete two activities, they will receive a LEGO polybag, available to the first 150 participants each day.
The second activity, Present Run, is a digital gaming challenge. Kids will help Santa collect fallen presents by swiping left and right in a fun, interactive game. The goal is to gather 20 presents within 30 seconds, avoiding non-present elements that deduct points. Successful players will receive a sticker from the brand ambassador and, like the first activity, completing two activities earns them a polybag that is limited to the first 150 kids daily. These activities at The Brickshop’s LEGO booth promise a fun and interactive experience for children, combining play with creativity and digital gaming skills.
Young Transformers enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to at the Hasbro’s Transformers: Cybertron Fest 2023. Set in Hall B2, this special section offers a unique glimpse into the Transformers universe.
Visitors will have the chance to see the Hasbro Transformers Generations HasLab Deathsaurus, a highlight for many fans. Additionally, the event will showcase the upcoming Hasbro Fall 2024 Transformers Legacy Titan class figure, allowing attendees a rare first look. The Robosen Auto-converting Transformers Bot and the newly launched XM Optimus Primal statue will also be on display, providing a close-up view of these exciting figures.
The booth isn’t just about viewing figures; it is an interactive experience. It includes free workshops for figurine repainting and toy photography, perfect for young fans to engage creatively with their favorite characters. There is also a possibility of meeting the legendary Autobot Leader, Optimus Prime, a moment sure to thrill any Transformers fan.
This section of the Comic Con is an immersive experience into the world of Transformers, offering a mix of viewing, learning, and doing that will captivate young fans and aspiring collectors.
Kids Arcade by The Arcade People (B1-D08)
For parents looking for a fun spot for their kids while exploring SGCC 2023, the Kids Arcade is an ideal choice. This area is packed with engaging games that will keep children entertained. They can try their hand at the classic Toy Catcher, dance to the rhythm in Para Para Paradise and Danz Base, or challenge themselves in Bishi Bashi. For those who love racing, Daytona offers an exhilarating experience.
Budding athletes can enjoy Street Basketball, while Whack a Frog provides a playful way to test their reflexes. The Super Octopus game promises a whirl of fun, and Happy Water offers a cool, refreshing break. For the adventurous ones, Time Crisis 4 awaits with exciting action. The Kids Arcade is designed to be a space where children can have fun in a safe environment, allowing parents to enjoy their time at the con.
SGCC 2023 has something special for every age group, making it a truly family-friendly destination. The inclusion of the kids’ block at the main stage underscores SGCC’s commitment to providing entertaining and engaging content for younger attendees. From episode screenings to thrilling mascot meet and greets, the event leads with laughter, learning, and inspiration for its younger visitors.
Tickets for the event are priced starting at S$35 and can be bought through Klook. For FRANK by OCBC members, using the code “FRANK10OFFEA” grants a discount on early access tickets. Additionally, the discount code “FRANK10OFF” is applicable for other ticket bundles.
Importantly for families, each paying adult is allowed to bring two children under the age of 12 for free. This makes it more accessible for parents to share the SGCC 2023 experience with their young ones, ensuring that the event can be enjoyed by the whole family.
By successfully blending the world of comics and pop culture with kid-friendly fun, SGCC 2023 stands out as an event where families can come together to celebrate their passions and create new experiences, proving that the world of comics and creativity is indeed for everyone.