FOR THE LOVE OF SCI-FI
A Family Day Out to the For The Love of Sci-Fi Comic Con in Manchester
Last Sunday my husband took us all to a science fiction convention For The Love of Sci-Fi. I know right? We went last year and it was good fun. The kids had a great time. This year promised to be bigger and better so we arranged tickets and planned to meet up with some of my husband’s friends.
Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra Plays the Star Wars Main Theme
We all got up super early and drove into Manchester, which takes about 30 minutes from our house. The convention centre was already busy and the car park was full. We found a parking space, which we had to pay for even though we’d had an email from the organisers saying absolutely do not pay for parking. As we didn’t have much choice we handed over the money and walked the short distance to the centre.
The queue to get in was quite long but moved fast and we got in quickly. There were so many people dressed in costumes from their favourite TV shows and movies (Wonder Woman, Batman, Iron Man, Thor, Blade and sooo many others) and lots of exhibits to have a look at. We walked around for a bit, browsing the merchandise, the kids played on the free bouncy castles and 1980’s arcade games.
My husband’s friends arrived and we spent the morning taking pictures with the cosplayers. I thought my son might be scared of some of the weird monsters walking around but he took it all in his stride. He even high-fived a Predator!
Just before lunch the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra played a concert of famous movie themes. They were so good! They played for about 40 minutes. My favourite was the Star Wars theme. My son really liked the Superman theme. He kept insisting my husband pick him up so he could fly!
After lunch we watched a Q&A with Billy Dee Williams from Star Wars and then a Q&A with William Shatner from Star Trek. My husband was so excited to see Shatner. Bless him.
After the Q&As, my daughter wanted to spend some of her pocket money so we walked around the sellers while she browsed. She ended up buying a heart shaped silver pocket watch on a long chain that she wore around her neck for the rest of the day.
After shopping, a lot of people were leaving as it was getting late. We decided to have a look around the autograph hall to see if we could see some more famous people. We saw Casper Van Dien from Starship Troopers, Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters, Zach Galligan from Gremlins, and David Hasselhoff!!!! I really wanted a picture with him but he was charging £40 a time so I just stood and watched him for a little while. OK maybe a long while. How long is it before it’s called stalking???
The kids were getting tired by this time so we decided to leave. We were going to go into Manchester for some dinner but my son fell asleep on the way back to the car so we went home and I cooked Samgyeopsal. It turned out to be fun day. We will definitely be going back. Maybe in costume next time? Maybe not. 🙂