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Family-friendly events at Boskone

16 Feb

Deciding on whether or not to attend as a family? With activities in the Dragonslair to sword fighting/combat demostrations to gaming to music Boskone has a little something for everyone.

DragonsLair is a place for kids activities and programming. Any child between the ages of 7 and 12 with a membership may attend. Story-telling, sing-a-longs, sessions with Higgin’s Armory people, crafts and reading are among our activities.

*Note that DragonsLair does not take responsibility for keeping kids from wandering off, so we aim it at somewhat older/presumably more “free range” kids. A younger child (ages 5 and 6) could probably be in DragonsLair on his own. If not, a parent could stay with the child and do Dragonslair together with him.

Dragonslair schedule (as of 2/15):

Friday 5pm: Games in Dragonslair
Saturday 10am: Wing Building
Saturday 11am: Midnight Belles at Dragonslair – Spooky and funny songs and stories of the land and sea by The Midnight Belles with April Grant, Faye Ringel
Saturday 12noon: Sword and Buckler Demonstration – Have at you! Witness the subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple as the Higgins Armory Sword Guild brings to life the earliest recorded style of swordplay, which features priests, students, and women as combatants.
Saturday 12:30pm: Arming a Knight -Have you ever wondered how a knight got into his armor? It wasn’t easy. Come watch as the demonstrators of the Higgins Armory Sword Guild harness a knight for combat and explain how his armor works.
Saturday 1pm: Medieval Halberd Drill and Workshop – Learn to be a soldier in a medieval army! Members of the Higgins Armory Sword Guild will demonstrate the use of the halberd, a late-medieval polearm, and then teach Dragonslair participants battlefield drill with the weapon.
Saturday 2pm: Storytelling with Bruce Coville
Saturday 3pm: Acting & Voicing with Robert Kuhn
Saturday 4pm: Longswords and Lightsabers by Kunstbruder Come learn to use either a lightsaber or a longsword! Lessons will be done with safe, foam weapons.
Saturday 5pm: Fun & Games with Walter H. Hunt
Sunday 10am: Crafts for Kids: Going Buggy with Priscilla Olson
Sunday 11am: Magic Show with Daniel P. Dern
Sunday 12noon: Stories for Kids withLeah Cypess
Sunday 1pm: Scary Stories for Kids with Sarah Langan

Swordsmanship, Fighting style demonstrations
Longing for a little action? On Saturday both Higgins Armory and Kunstbruder will stage various events in the Galleria. If you want to take part, sign-up at the Consuite. Otherwise, feel free to watch the action right before your eyes. Click here to see photos from 2010.

Saturday 12noon: Medieval Swords by Kunstbruder Come learn to use the longsword in the medieval German tradition! Hands-on lessons will be done in small groups, so sign up early with Kunstbruder in the con suite!
Saturday 3pm: Rapier Fencing Class Come try the martial art of the Renaissance gentlemen. Con-goers are welcome to take part, no experience necessary. Equipment will be provided. (Space is limited, so sign up early with Higgins in the Consuite.)
Saturday 2pm: Greatstick Demonstration and Class Come experience the living descendant of the medieval longsword. Con-goers are welcome to take class, no experience necessary. (Space is limited, so sign up early with Higgins in the Consuite.)

Music (Filk)
Filksongs are fandom’s folk songs, generally played on acoustic guitar, with themes of SF, fantasy and fannish interests. If your kids like music, listening to filk can be lots of fun.

Filk schedule (as of 2/15)

Saturday 2pm Griffin: Theme Filk Circle: “Philosophy” Come bring your favorite songs about philosophers or deep thoughts, or just listen, and don’t forget Immanuel Kant was a real pissant with Erica Neely
Saturday 9pm Griffin: Open Filking Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake
Sunday 12:30pm Griffin: Filk Theme Circle: “Eldrich Horrors” Got songs about Cthulhu, zombies, or demons under the bed? Come join in the singing or just listen with Ellen Kranzer
Sunday 4pm Griffin: Open Filking Last chance to sing together.

Did a swashbuckler steal your gold? Did Batman divert your nuclear strike on your estate? Not to worry, gaming has you covered. Gaming will be located in the Galleria Ballroom near the Hucksters Room and is open throughout normal hours of the convention. ┬áBoth tournaments are back and, because you asked for it, the video games have been updated and Call of Duty will be on the Xbox 360. We’ve even got zombie games for the zombie party, so come on in and play, but please don’t fall to pieces

Con Suite is our hospitality area, and it’s between the Art Show and Hucksters Room. Stop by for some soda and munchies, to meet new and old friends and have fun!