SWCVI: Family Room Fun

Kristen Hidalgo | August 14, 2012

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I’m Kristen Hidalgo, and I’m planning the activities for the Family Room at Celebration VI. This is my second time doing it and I’m really excited about it. Celebration V was a blast and we have even more planned for this year.

My idea for the Family Room is pretty simple–I want Celebration VI to be as much fun for kids as it is for adults. I want there to be so many cool things to do that kids will want to come back every day.

The Family Room is located at W311 EFGH and is open 10-6 Thursday-Saturday, and 10-4 on Sunday. There are multiple activities going on all throughout the day. Kids and their families can stop by anytime and check out what’s going on. There are tables with coloring pages and craft supplies, a free play area for working out some extra energy, and a lounge area to relax and check out a Star Wars book.

Many of the activities in the Family Room are created and run by fans. I am constantly amazed by the generosity of Star Wars fans who take time out of their own Celebration experience to create something fun for kids. This Celebration we have a mix of returning activities plus some that are new this year.

At Celebration V, Pat helped kids customize R2-D2 figurines. This time he’ll be showing kids how customize Jawas and gonk droids. Chad is returning with his popular Building Challenges. Chad will teach kids to transform empty packages, cans, and other things normally thought of as junk into starships, droids, and lightsabers.

At every Celebration we invite artists to teach drawing classes to kids. Each artist has their own style and approach, but all of them bring a great energy to teaching kids to draw. Spencer Brinkerhoff will break drawing down into its simplest forms, teaching kids how circles, squares, and lines can be put together to create anything you want. Katie Cook will bring her signature “cute” drawing style to her class, and Dave Dorman will focus on teaching the youngest kids. All materials are provided and no previous drawing experience is needed.

Terri will be showing off her craft skills with two classes. In first one, Terri will teach kids to make a mini plush Rotta the Huttlet toy. Basic sewing skills will be used in this class. Her second class will teach kids to make Paper Bag Jedi Puppets, and is appropriate for all ages.

Origami fans will have a lot to make them happy. Star Wars origami master Chris Alexander will teach kids how to fold amazing Star Wars models out of paper. And Tom Angleberger, author of the “Origami Yoda” books will teach kids the secret of the Fortune Wookiee. Stooky!

Randy Eddy has created a game show called “This Deal is Getting Worse all the Time!” and will be running it once each day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Based on the classic game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” players will be offered deals for chances to win prizes. Taking a chance at trading up to a better prize may result with winning a silly “Gonk” prize. But win or lose, Randy’s game will be fast paced and fun for the whole family. “This Deal is Getting Worse all the Time” will take place across from the Family Room in Room W312.

This is just a small sampling of some of the activities that will be offered in the Family Room. Other activities include Build Your Own Mandalorian Armor, LEGO building, science experiments from the Orlando Science Center, sketches by professional cartoonists, costume contests, and more. There’s always something going on in the Family Room. I hope you’ll stop by and say hi!

Star Wars Celebration VI is coming to Orlando, Florida on August 23-26. Join the party that brings together fans of all ages to celebrate the pop culture phenomenon that is Star Wars.
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