FREE Family- Friendly Experiences at San Diego Comic Con

July 11, 2019

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San Diego Comic Con badges are hard to come by, but that does't mean you can't take the family down there to experience it! There are free experiences all over downtown San Diego and here are the best family-friendly ones....

WB's Detective Pikachu and Shazam! Experiences
Wednesday to Sunday, times vary, Outside The Omni Hotel

Detective Pikachu and Shazam! were really fun movies and now you can experience it right outside of the Omni Hotel  on 6th Ave and L Street during Comic Con. Bring the kids out to take pictures with Pikachu and his friends. There'll also be a walk-through Pikachu experience. Shazam! will share the space with a carnival filled experience where you can win prizes and get some cool photo-ops.

Hours are:

Wednesday (7/17):  5PM – 7PM

Thursday (7/18): 10AM – 8PM

Friday (7/19): 10AM – 8PM

Saturday (7/20): 10AM – 8PM

Sunday (7/21): 10AM – 4PM


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”/ "Superstore"/ "The Good Place" Experience
Thursday to Sunday, Tin Fish (The Gaslamp Quarter) 

Get ready for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine squad to invade Tin Fish down in the Gaslamp! You'll be given a mission to complete before you can become part of the Nine-Nine squad. When you're done there, hop over the Hard Rock Hotel lobby across the street to check out "Superstore," then head to "The Good Place's" IHOP take over. (That's Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes, of course.) Pre-register to get your spot into these three experiences here

Comic-Con International 2019 Art Show Free!
Thursday through Sunday, times vary, Manchester Grand Hyatt

Walk throught the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt and check out amazing artwork from both professional and amateur artists. Their work will be available for purchase, and includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. Hours are:

Thursday (7/18) & Friday (7/19):  9AM-9PM

Saturday (7/20): 9AM- 6PM

Sunday (7/21): 12PM- 7PM


Ripley's Believe it or Not! Car Lot Free! Family-Friendly
Thursday to Sunday, 10 to 6 p.m., The Lexus Lot at Petco Park

Bring the kids to check out the some pretty amazing cars, like the smallest street legal car and a humvee made out of lotto tickets. There will be some surprises and freebies at the experience right outside of Petco Park. 

Amazon Prime Video Experience Free!
Thursday to Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m., MLK Promenade and 1st Drive

This is a big one! Amazon Prime is taking over 60,000 square-feet right across the convention center. You'll be among the first to experience "The Boys" and "Carnival Row," two new Prime Original Series. You'll also get a peak into the next season of "The Expanse."  Put this on your "pit stop" list because there'll also be food from Carl's Jr., free beverages, and relaxation zones. Get there early because it'll get packed! Register for the experience here.


Impractical Jokers: Jokers Island Free! Family-Friendly
Saturday, 12 to 9 p.m., Park at the Park (Petco Park)
The Impractical Jokers back again with their annual party at Petco Park! The guys will be doing their first ever panel hosted by NSYNC's Joey Fatone and will feature a live DJ, Tru-TV show screenings, autograph signings, photo experiences, free food and more. Be prepared for a long line starting at 7th Avenue and K Street. Doors open at noon.


Chicano Con 2019

When: Friday 7/19 | Saturday 7/20 | Sunday 7/21

Where: Border X Brewing | 2181 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

Highlights include:

Kids Comic Book Giveaway

Cape and Mask Workshop

Chicano Con Panel featuring Lalo Alcaraz, Junco, and Border X CEO David Favela

DIY Comic Book Session

Action Figure Photo Workshop

And more!