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Should you take your children to Calgary Expo?

Going to Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo at the end of the week. Another big year with taking the whole family. Second time we’ve done this and to be completely honest, I have one goal for this year.

To have fun.

I’ve got to be honest, last year was pretty stressful. It was the first time I ever brought children to Calgary Expo, it was my first time hosting a panel and I was also trying to cover off all of my GameOnGNT commitments (interviews, features, etc.). Add to that the bullcrap we ran into with our hotel that year and its safe to say it was one of the toughest years I’ve ever had going to the event.

And a lot of that could be attributed to the age of my kids, who were four, one and five months old at the 2017 Expo. In hindsight, it might have been better to put off a full family trip to an event like this.

Now that being said, I wouldn’t say I had a bad experience. Stressful, YES, but bad? No.

Seeing my children’s reactions to everyone in costume, along with seeing my daughter meet one of her favorite Disney Princesses (Jasmine from Aladdin) were highlights of my trip. We also made some pretty great videos as well, with my daughter doing Cosplay Bingo and my wife and regular contributor Shayla experiencing her first Expo.

So this year, we are returning with the whole family, all a little older. What I’m doing today is giving you all some advice if you plan to bring kids to Expo for the first time.

1. Prepare to not see everything on your wish list.

Paige with Princesses

You need to be ready for things to go wrong. More importantly, be prepared to miss out on some of the events or panels you want to check out. Basically, no kid wants to spend the entire day sitting in panels listening to celebrities talk about their shows.

Luckily, Calgary Expo has some fantastic areas for kids to play. Last year, the Agrium was Kid Zone and had kids play areas, organized activities and even story time. It was wonderful for them.

In reality, plan for the panels you want to see, but expect to nix those plans if one of your kids has a temper tantrum or needs some downtime.

2. Have food at the ready.

Food vendors may be all over the place at Calgary Expo, but there is no guarantee they are going to have food to cater to your little ones. Its always good to come with food you know your kids are going to enjoy. Last year, we packed some sandwiches, apples, bananas, squeeze packs, fruit cups, good foods that the kids know and have regularly.

The other benefit this has is saving you some money. The food vendors are great, but they can be expensive, especially when you have four or five mouths to feed in your family.

3. Be prepared to leave early.

Kids crashing Calgary Expo.jpg

Your kids may be having a blast at the event, but they are also way smaller than you and likely haven’t experienced an Expo before. Trying to get in a full day at Expo may be impossible for the younger ones.

So if you got to see that Back to the Future panel at the end of the Friday schedule, maybe start your day at Expo later on. If you have to see The 100 panel at the start of Saturday, expect to leave closer to dinner time.

4. Call in some support.

Steve with Logan

If you got some friends who are coming to Calgary Expo too and your kids are comfortable around them, travelling as a group might save you a lot of headaches if you have more than one kid.

We luckily had my brother and niece along with us for last year’s Expo, who spent time with the kids while my wife and I checked out a panel. It was a great break for my wife and I while my kids enjoyed some fun in the Kid Zone. A win-win for everybody.

5. Don’t force cosplay.

Paige with cosplayers

Its great seeing your kids in costumes, but you also want them to be comfortable.

I didn’t even humor the idea of costumes with my youngest two. As cute as it was to see the baby BB-8 in the Calgary Expo promo videos, I felt getting my one year old and five month old decked out in costume throughout the weekend would be a little too much.

My oldest daughter Paige decided to wear costumes every day of Expo. On the third day, she decided to ditch the costume halfway through. It happens. Kids get tired… be prepared with a change of clothes.

All in all, be ready for some stress, but also get ready to enjoy a great family moment!

As for my Calgary Expo hit list with the kids…

– Meeting Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

Belle and Paige.jpg

– KID ZONE (Always a must for them. Here’s hoping no rain this year.)

Kid Zone Play

– Parade of Wonders. My kids loved this event last year. It really starts the day right!

Calgary Parade Route

– Pot Smash (BMO 300). What better way to feel like Link from Legend of Zelda than smashing a pot and getting a rupee. Another thing my daughter loved last time around.

– Quidditch (2 PM Sunday) My wife had a lot of fun trying this out and my kids had a lot of fun cheering her on. Maybe this time around we’ll get my daughter on the Quidditch field to play!

Shay Quidditch


Paige’s Calgary Expo Adventure – Let’s Play Cosplay Bingo!

More Calgary Expo content, nearly two months after the event has run its course.

We’re a little slower out of the gate this year (Moving to a new house will do that), but this fun video was worth the wait.

This was my daughter Paige’s first year at Calgary Expo and on top of dressing in costume all three days she was there, we also gave her an adventure of her own… Cosplay Bingo!

Paige was given two Bingo cards to fill out throughout the course of the event. Her goal was to get as many pictures with cosplayers as possible and fill up the card.

Check out Paige’s adventure at one of Canada’s biggest conventions. Thanks to all the cosplayers for taking part!

GameOnGNT Adventures in Cosplay – Thoughts on Calgary Expo 2017

GameOn’s Jeff Johnson and Blaze Dobson talk about their experiences with cosplay at the 2017 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

Blaze shares his experience meeting with Todd McFarlane, issues with Calgary Expo’s fast pass system and the thrill of taking four costumes to this year’s event.

Thanks for watching and apologies for the delays. More content from this year’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo coming soon!

Sightseeing at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

GameOn’s Kyle Born took some time to take in the sights at this year’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

Rather than taking the time to discuss the many things we regularly see at this awesome event, we realized a picture says a thousand words and thought we’d let the pictures do the talking.

Then we realized those thousand words don’t include witty jabs and barbs, so we let Kyle Born share his words anyway.

Have a look through the many sights to be seen at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

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Episode 12 – We Survived Calgary Expo 2017!



Calgary Expo 2017 has come and gone. Join GameOnGNT’s Jeff, Shayla and Steve as they reflect on three days of Expo. We’re talking about the best panels we saw and missed, the amazing cosplayers, shopping and our favorite celebrities. For anyone who went to Calgary Expo, what was your favorite moment or favorite cosplayer at this year’s event?

Calgary Expo 2017 Fast Approaches!


The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is one of the biggest events of the year for me. In a lot of ways, it’s like Nerd Christmas… It only comes once a year, it results in lots of gifts being bought by all and there’s lots of scantily clad women in costumes (guess that’s more like Nerd Halloween.)

Holiday comparisons aside, I love covering the Calgary Expo every year and this year is no different. A big change this year is I plan on taking my entire family with me instead of treating the Expo weekend as a guy road trip, so less Final Fantasy XV and more The Incredibles this time around.

This change has made me think of what draws me in every year and if that changes this time around with my son and daughters in tow. I can happily say most of what I enjoy remains intact, but see for yourself!


While my kids won’t understand who have of the people coming to the event are, it doesn’t change how exciting guest announcement days can be. I may miss the thrill of weekly announcements, but I can happily see all guest announcement days are pretty much a wash for me. I simply lose all productivity waiting for 10 am to roll around when the first new guest is around. That feeling will never change.


Even more exciting for me is finding out what vendors will be taking part in this year’s show. I honestly look forward to the vendor list reveal as much as celebrity guests.

For me, it’s all about finding out what stores are coming back and then mapping out where I can find my favorite products. The more used game stores, the better!

Also, I like finding the truly unique stores. You never know if you will find a Heroes of the North or a Cyanide and Happiness or even a Rue Morgue in any given year, all unique publications that make for great conversations and even better interviews.


As much as I hate spending tons of money to book a hotel, I love getting a change of scenery for a few days.

The past five years, we have stayed at The Executive Royal Hotel for our journey to Calgary, with each having its own unique experience. This year, we are looking to change things up and are hunting for hotels with pools and waterslides and kitchenettes, to make the stay more hospitable for the little ones coming along this time. It’s tough leaving a hotel I’m so familiar with, but sometimes, change is good.


Last year was the first time I got to experience the Cosplay parade in Calgary and I can’t believe how much fun I missed the first four years. This year, I can’t wait to see my daughter’s reaction to all the costumes walking by. It adds a whole new dynamic to the festivities!


Last year, my friend and contributed Blaze Dobson got on stage for Calgary’s costume contest for the first time, introducing me to another aspect of Calgary Expo that I had been missing out on. This is where the best of the best cosplayers show their skill and I can’t wait to see how both my daughter and my wife react to this.


Yes, I know I said scantily clad women earlier and of course, I am looking forward to that! But it’s not all about lack of clothes, there’s a lot more effort than I can pull off that goes into making these costumes and I look forward to seeing all the creativity that goes into it.

But more importantly, I know my daughter is set to be amazed as she sees some of her favorite characters come to life. I can’t wait to see how she reacts when she sees her first Elsa or Princess Peach or Pikachu or My Little Pony or Foxy from FNAF (yes, that list of characters suddenly took a dark turn). It will be a time of wonder for her and I can’t wait to take it all in.

At the same time, my wife has never seen anything like this outside of Halloween and with this being her first convention, this could make for a new experience for her to enjoy!


With three months to go, there’s lots of preparations that need to be done, but in truth, I can’t wait for the escape to begin. Calgary Expo is full of hard work for me, but it’s also the one weekend of the year that I can forget my real world responsibilities and just lose myself in need culture.

Expect a lot more coverage on Expo leading up to it and in the month after the event!



The Making of Rocksteady – GameOnGNT at Calgary Expo 2016

Last time, we put together a video of Rocksteady’s many escapades at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this year.

This time, we take you through the making of this costume and the bodypaint it required to make this happen.

We’ve sped things up for you so you don’t have to sit through the entire paint job, but its definitely cool to see something like this!

Blaze is one of our regulars on the team and he had a great time cosplaying at this year’s Calgary Expo! Expect to hear more from Blaze about his experience in the coming weeks!

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Quick Questions with Kyle Born – Marry One, Kill One, Screw One

In our 2016 finale to Quick Questions with Kyle Born, we re-visit a familiar questions to the show… Marry One, Kill One, Screw One.

This game has been around for a while. You are given three names, then you have to say which one you would marry, which one you would kill and which one you would screw.

Since its Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, all of our examples our geek culture related, with a surprising dose of Chewbacca this time around.

So who would you Marry, Kill and Screw?

Thank you for joining us for another year of Quick Questions with Kyle Born from the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo! We still have quite a few features to come from this year’s event, so be sure to stay with us throughout the month of June for more great features.

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Quick Questions with Kyle Born – Superheroes Fighting STDs

In today’s Quick Questions with Kyle Born, we take Superheroes into a battle they never expected…. the fight against STDs!

What Sexually Transmitted Disease would Superman or Batman fight? We ask cosplayers at Calgary Expo what STI they would fight with their character’s superpowers… It goes about as well as expected!

More content coming next week! Thanks for watching!

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Quick Questions with Kyle Born – What Planet Would You Blow Up?

Quick Questions with Kyle Born continues, as we continue to ask all sorts of crazy questions to cosplayers at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

Today, we talk about space, the final frontier. Specifically about spaceships we’d like to steal.

To take it a step further, lets take those stolen spaceships and blow up planets. Seems about the right thing to do!

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