Family HQ

Welcome to Family HQ, your home for family-friendly fun all weekend long at New York Comic Con!

Is your child star struck over Star Wars? Are they an amateur artist or wee wizard? Then Family HQ is the place for you! In Family HQ, we have something for everyone. Kids and parents alike can join in our drawing workshops, interactive activities, and entertaining performances.

Family HQ is located in room 1E01-05!


501st – Empire City Garrison

The 501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison presents Blast-A-Trooper to Benefit Make-A-Wish. Ever wanted to actually blast a Stormtrooper? Now you can — and you’ll help a good cause at the same time! The 501st Legion takes its Blast-A-Trooper program, in which attendees blast Imperials with NERF weapons, to NYCC with sessions Thursday through Sunday. For a small fee kids and adults will have the opportunity to test their skills against some imperial foes. All proceeds benefit the New York chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The characters will be available to take photos in front of some amazing Star Wars backdrops. Members will also be available to answer questions about the group and how they build their costumes. Come by and check out the excitement, it’s fun for all ages.

New York City Ghostbusters

The New York City Ghostbusters are back at NYCC to teach you how to make your own ectoplasmic slime! The NYCGBs are a fan-organized cosplay group who use their love of the classic film franchise to educate children in STEM-based activities, all while raising money for local charities.

Empire Saber Guild

Our mission is to share our love of Star Wars with people of all ages and to follow the Jedi path of spreading hope and good will wherever we go.  Join us in learning the ways of the force with our Padawan Training Institute (Kids ages 6-12; you must sign up in advance at our table) or come listen to Galactic Tales as told by your favorite Jedi - and possibly a Sith or two!  We’ll be raffling off a battle ready lightsaber with a blade signed by Ray Park (Darth Maul himself!) with all proceeds benefiting the New York chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Come talk lightsaber stage choreography with our members, and find out how you too can be the Jedi (or Sith) you’ve always wanted to be!  

Play Along in Our Interactive Zone

Life's way more fun when you play along! Awesome activities await in our interactive zone:  family games, performances, story time, photo opportunities, and kids cosplay showcases.

Drawing Demos and Workshops

Let kids explore their artistic side early with professionals from our very own Artist Alley! Some of the creators who have made art their livelihood will join us in Family HQ to walk kids through some drawing demonstrations and tutorials.