Gen Con Celebrates 20 Years of Family Fun in Indy

Since 1968, Gen Con has prided itself on providing a fun and accessible environment for the whole family. Now, over five decades later, as Gen Con prepares to celebrate the 20th convention held in Indianapolis, that “fun for the whole family” attitude has never been stronger. There is truly something for everyone, from board games and puzzles, to costumes, magic shows, arts and crafts, and more, with thousands of events that you and your children will love. If you’re not convinced, read on to learn just a few of the reasons why Gen Con 2023 is the perfect place to have fun with your family.

Your Kid’s Badge is Free

That’s right. No need to worry about having to pay for a badge for every member of your family. For all kids 10 and under, their badge is free with an adult badge. This makes it much more convenient for you to bring your kids and enjoy everything Gen Con has to offer without working outside your budget.

The KID Zone

For families looking to do something fun with their children, the KID Zone is where it’s at. Featuring family-friendly events for children of all ages, the KID Zone lets you try out new games, participate in arts-and-crafts, meet other gaming families, and so much more. It has more structured activities for older kids like introductory RPG events, and more free form activities for the younger kids, as well as plenty of age-appropriate board and card games. There’s even an adjacent crawling area for the smallest of gamers.

Events for the Whole Family to Enjoy

Gen Con Indy is chock full of events and activities, and none are quite like Cardhalla. This free event begins Thursday as people come to build a massive city of donated cards. Then, on Saturday night, the city is brought down as con-goers belt it with pocket change. It’s an incredibly fun activity for families to participate in, both in building it up and knocking it down.

Outside of Cardhalla, there is the giant balloon creature that is blown up on Friday, then slayed on Sunday for Gen Con’s charity partners. You’ll have plenty of chances to cosplay, including a costume contest and costume parade. The list of events fit for the whole family is staggering.

On top of all of that, you can meet the wonderful Genevieve, Gen Con’s friendly Red Dragon mascot. She loves meeting new people, making new friends, and getting pictures taken with them. There’s no telling where she’ll pop up in the convention center but be sure to say hello when you see her.

A Sunday Badge is only $17

If spending time as a family at Gen Con is something you’ve been looking forward to, but time and/or money hasn’t been on your side, remember that a badge for Sunday only costs $17 for the adults (it’s free for the kids accompanying you, remember). You’ll still be able to play a multitude of games, meet other like-minded people, and have a blast together.

With all this and more, The Best Four Days in Gaming™ can be the best place for the whole family. Grab a badge for you and the kids, play some games, check out some events, and make some family memories you’ll remember forever.

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