Articles tagged: kids

All Weekend

Dedicated to exhibiting the artwork of youth alongside working artists in order to promote social change. Join CMASJ as they lead attendees in creating activism buttons that raise awareness for a cause in order to push for change. Participants will be encouraged to use their creativity to design and reflect on social issue that they are most passionate about.

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Sunday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

How do we tell Black girls that they are beautiful, smart, and worthy of pursing their dreams when they live in a world that is set up against them?Director, educator, and playwright Sydney Chatman presents her inspirational and award-winning production. Chatman’s production follows 10 year-old, Bessie Mae whose fear of the world outside her front door prevents her from pursuing her dreams. Bessie Mae feels helpless, but through the encouragement of her grandmother and the neighborhood "Fly Girls," she overcomes by using her voice as a catalyst for change and social empowerments. See excerpts from this award-winning production and a special Wakandacon tribute to Black women, young ladies, and girls in STEAM.

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Sunday from 10am - 2pm

Salon A Room 4

Hosted by Bonus Round Café

Learn a new board game, hosted by Bonus Round Café .

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Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon A Room 1

A brunch for Bud Billiken® Parade VIPs!

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Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon B

Hosted by Lesley Etherly

Come try out Virtual Reality at Wakandacon! Explore a number of virtual games and worlds with state-of-the-art VR headsets. More information coming soon!

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Saturday at 7:50 PM

Marketplace

Open to all cosplay attendees!

Open to all attendees in Cosplay. Show off your cosplay creations in our cosplay parade lead by the winners of our cosplay contest!

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Dance Characters prides itself on creating tender, memorable moments with families by providing professionally and/or extensively trained dancers to entertain guests through interactive dance, music, games, and fun. Dance Characters was founded by an inner city youth who had dreams of spreading smiles through the magic of dance. Come meet, dance, and play with them in Wakandacon's Kid's Room!

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The Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice presents Earth 2: a series of drawings created by artists, ages 7-15, of their imagined futuristic worlds. Students participated in discussions around the distant future- what would people wear? Where would they live? How would they get around? How might people relate with one another? The act of such intense imagining alters not just the possibilities of what can be far in the future, but also helps us see what we can alter in our current world as well. The sourced images that served as a starting point for the artists are from Nasa's images archive.

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Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Mark Willis

Move like a member of the Jabari Tribe and learn actual stunts and fight choreography from Black Panther Actor and Oak Park Native, Mark Willis. 16+

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Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Dr. Jessica Esquivel

Dr. Jessica Esquivel is a recent Ph.D graduate in Physics and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Fermilab. Dr. Esquivel is one of fewer than ~150 black women with a Ph.D in Physics in the United States. She is on the Muon g-2 experiment studying the electron’s heavier brother, the muon. Fermilab explores the universe at the smallest and largest scales in order to study the fundamental particles and forces that govern the universe. This presentation will discuss groundbreaking work being done at Fermilab and Jessica’s path to becoming a physicist.

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All weekend

Chicago Mobile Makers is a nonprofit organization that offers youth workshops encompassing design, architecture, digital fabrication, basic construction and place-making in Chicago communities. Come stop by for an exploration in making, creating and crafting that addresses community, equity and justice.

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Sunday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Lisa Beasley

Meet and play with other families at Wakandacon. Parents and children of all ages are welcome!

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Saturday at 12:30 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Jeff Poole

Intro to Sketch Writing is for teens who want to learn how to write sketch comedy or who want to learn how to translate their improv skills to paper. Writing good comedy scenes is not easy. This workshop will set students up with the fundamentals they need. This class will also improve their writing skills in general. Students will learn the basics of writing sketch comedy. They will learn about scene structure, experiment with styles, and learn how to write good dialogue. They will learn how to take an improvised scene and work it into a successfully written scene.

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Friday at 7:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Professor Anthony Jackson

Wakandacon youth participants ages 9-14 will enjoy Professor Jackson’s fun workshop, designed to demystify electricity   highlight its properties, showing how it fits into the world of technology. Using Tesla coil capacitor basics and the Van de Graaff generator, Professor Jackson will increase understanding of electricity, the force that stands at the center of modern technology. Professor Jackson currently serves as a technology consultant and is a lifelong technology innovator and enthusiast and has earned degrees in both Physics and Computer Science from University of Illinois and Governor State University. He is currently collaborating with the Cousins Empowered Optimist Club of Chicago to provide youth coding skill development.

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Saturday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Kyla Williams

The Shuri Project by the Henry Williams Love Foundation is a six-week summer technology mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 with the goals of keeping them safe while building self-esteem and increasing their tech aptitude. We will bring our instructors and some of the girls in our program to co-present a workshop and do a live demo of the websites they have built.

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Saturday at 5:00 PM

Salon A Room 4

Play cards with your fellow Wakandans of all ages. Hearts, spades, Uno, or whatever you like! We've got the cards and tables - you bring a partner or find one here. Note: no gambling allowed. This is just for fun!

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Saturday at 7:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Get your costumes ready for Wakandacon's Cosplay contest! There will be three categories: Experienced Cosplay, Beginner Cosplay, and Afro-Fashion. The top three entrants in each category will win prizes! Stay tuned for additional details and information on how to register for the cosplay contest.

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Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Angie Oliver

This guided improvisational theater and writing workshop that will incorporate “fill-in-the-blank” story mapping, improv, and group collaboration to direct students in creating their own superhero story narrative. Lead by the women of Matt Damon Improv, an all woman of color improv group in Chicago.

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Saturday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Angie Oliver

This guided improvisational theater and writing workshop that will incorporate “fill-in-the-blank” story mapping, improv, and group collaboration to direct students in creating their own superhero story narrative. Lead by the women of Matt Damon Improv, an all woman of color improv group in Chicago.

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