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Family Friendly Free Things to do Outside of at San Diego Comic Con Off-Sites 2022

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

FX

FX promises an a-maze-ing experience for San Diego Comic-Con 2022 attendees, with the network announcing a massive labyrinth as part of its presence at the event. "To elevate the on-site experience, #FXSDCC will feature a walkable labyrinth situated on 100,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space, for attendees to uncover secrets, scares, and surprising giveaways along the way."

Produced in collaboration with Creative Riff, the #FXSDCC experience will be located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront lawn at 1 Park Blvd.

The offsite will be open during the following hours:

  • Thursday, July 21 10am-6pm

  • Friday, July 22 11am-6pm

  • Saturday, July 23 10am-6pm

  • Sunday, July 24 11am-4pm

It’s just not San Diego Comic-Con without FX on the Hilton Bayfront Lawn, their “home base” for several years. Each year, FX delights and scares (but in the best way) attendees at their immersive offsite, holding activations for several of their series. This year, fans will be able to “descend” into the underworld of American Horror Stories, What We Do In the Shadows, and Little Demon with a walkable labyrinth situated on 100,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space, for attendees to uncover secrets, scares, and surprising giveaways along the way. You’ll be able to step into the Garden of the Dolls with American Horror Stories, where fans will venture through an activation and even get a chance to recieve a makeup look by the artist who helped design this season’s dolls. Familiars and creatures of the night alike can party like the undead at What We Do In the Shadows Nadja’s nightclub, where you’ll be able immortalize your weekend with a photo op. You can have a hell of a time at the Little Demon Den, where you’ll descend further into the world of FX’s new animated comedy. FX will also be hosting an evening of “hilarious fright” on Friday, July 22 from 8pm-11pm. Fans will get an exclusive screening of the series premiere of Little Demon and the latest episode of What We Do In the Shadows.


Bob's Burgers & Dr. Strange Activations

In celebration of the Digital and Blu-ray™/DVD releases of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and 20th Century Studios’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution are bringing several exciting offsites for attendees this year. They’ll be taking over the lawn near the Omni hotel with two activations featuring immersive photo ops, games, and complimentary burgers to “get the patty started”.

Bob's Burgers

First, get your buns over to the The Bob’s Burgers Movie activation on Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23 (open 10am-6pm daily) for photo ops, a chance to play the “Lucky Ducks” game, and to enjoy a complimentary burger during the daily “Patty Hour” from 3-6pm daily — while supplies last and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Strange Free!

Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; On 6th Avenue Near the Omni Hotel. You can experience Universe-838 for yourself with the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness “Pop-A-Poppa” experience. It’s your chance to play a game inspired by Pizza Poppa, who always gets paid (and maybe may get a pop punch) at the Doctor Strange Multiverse of Madness activation. Fans will be given a chance to win prizes, as well as enter a new reality with themed photo ops in the multiverse.


HBO Max & Cartoon Network

Outside the convention center, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego will offer a Bat-tastic inflatable display photo op. Plus, attendees can enjoy photo opportunities with Cookie Monster at a supersized “Sesame Street Mecha Builders” inflatable located near the Omni San Diego Hotel.


Apple TV+

Attendees will also have the opportunity to get “severed” and immerse themselves in the world of Lumon Industries, the fictional (but slightly too real) company from Severance. The Hard Rock Hotel will transform into an immersive experience that takes “employees” through their first day on the severed floor where all of their senses will be required if they hope to be reunited with their “outtie”. Maybe if we’re very good, we’ll get a waffle party.


Netflix The Gray Man Training Program

Do you have what it takes to be the next The Gray Man? The upcoming Netflix film, which stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, will be dropping on Friday, July 22 — and Netflix is celebrating by bringing “The Gray Man Training Program” to San Diego Comic-Con. Fans will be able to enter an interactive escape experience set on a tram car, inspired by the chase scene in the new film. Once aboard the tram, fans will have to prove they have what it takes to become the next Gray Man in a test of skill, strength, and speed while transporting a top secret file to safety before the mercenaries catch up and the time runs out. The heart pounding mission will include various obstacles and special effects, and will culminate in a rooftop sprint as fans race against the clock to complete the mission. Fans will leave with a badass customized social takeaway that puts them at the center of their own action film. To accept your mission, head to the ABM Parking Lot on the corner of First Ave and Island Ave on Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23 from 10am-7pm, or Sunday, July 24 from 11am-4pm. Of note, though, is that this looks to be taking over the traditional Amazon spot.


Petco Park Interactive Zone

Immerse yourself in more than a dozen activities and activations in the parking lot across the street from Comic-Con, see things too big to fit in the San Diego Convention Center! Note: The Interactive Zone is open to the public.

Nintendo Switch Road Trip

Wahoo! Nintendo will have a strong presence in the Petco Park Interactive Zone from Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23 from 10am-6pm daily, and Sunday, July 24 from 10am-4pm. Fans will be allowed to demo new games (Nintendo Switch™ Sports, Mario Strikers™: Battle League, and Kirby™ and the Forgotten Land), pick up some cool takeaways and snap a Instagram-worthy photo or two. The gaming giant will be taking over space in the Petco Park Interactive Zone from Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23 from 10am-6pm daily, and Sunday, July 24 from 10am-4pm. You’ll be able to stop by to play demos of the latest games, including Nintendo Switch™ Sports, Mario Strikers™: Battle League, and Kirby™ and the Forgotten Land — as well as enjoy photo opportunities and free swag. In order to play along (literally), you can reserve a “Warp Pipe Pass” and register for the event. Registrations will be available starting at 10am PT on July 15 for the Thursday, July 21 dates — and Friday-Saturday will be available at 5pm PT on the evening before each event date. Whether or not this means that the Nintendo Gaming Lounge is a thing of the past remains to be seen — but we’re still excited to level up our con.

Star Trek

Wrath of P’Khan Anniversary Ice Cream from the Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Paramount+ is celebrating by going to some cons (see what we did there?). As Khan Noonien Singh reminds Admiral James T. Kirk in the film — revenge is a dish best served cold. So Paramount+ is teaming up with Coolhaus to create “Wrath of P’Khan”, a summertime treat. They’ll be bringing a Wrath of P’Khan Coolhaus ice cream truck to San Diego Comic-Con, to serve up limited edition ice cream sandwiches.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck

There’s at least one celebrity we’re sure is returning to San Diego Comic-Con this year — Hello Kitty. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will return to the convention this year, and will once again be found in the Petco Interactive Zone. You can stop by daily 10am-7pm on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, or from 10am-5pm on Sunday during the con. They’ll be serving up sweet treats for San Diego Comic-Con attendees (available for purchase), as well as merchandise. Here’s a look at some of their other food options, which includes hand-decorated cookie sets, madeleine cookie sets, Giant Hello Kitty Cafe Chef Cookies, Hello Kitty Cafe Macarons, and more.

Ghosts (CBS)

Join Pinecone Trooper Pete's "Friend Zone," a campsite and archery-themed experience where nothing is what it seems, where they’ll see Pinecone Trooper Pete, hang out in A-frame-inspired tents, find campsite snacks and experience a “scare-free” archery activation.


Krapopolis

In the Gaslamp, you can come party with the Gods, at the Krapopolis outdoor activation, located in the Children’s Museum Park (W. Island Avenue and Front Street). Here, attendees can travel into the world of ancient Greece by going 40 feet up to go down a 70-foot slide for the ride of their life. There will be photo opportunities with characters from the series, and even a chance to enter to win a trip for two to Greece. Fans will also get to experience the newly revealed Medusa Instagram game, available via QR code within the space, to see how long they can avoid her gaze. You’ll also be able to find the character buttons and lanyards being given away at the offsite randomly throughout the weekend. You can stop by to experience the world of Krapopolis from:

Thursday, July 21 – 10am – 7pm

Friday, July 22 – 10am – 7pm

Saturday, July 23 – 10am – 7pm

Sunday, July 24 – 10am – 4pm


NBCU Corner @ SDCC

Thursday through Sunday, Times vary; Tin Fish (170 Sixth Ave). NBC Universal couldn't pick just one. This year, the team is bringing a fleet of shows to their usual corner right in front of the Gaslamp Quarter sign, including the NBC 7 team themselves. Catch some of your favorite shows -- NBC’s “Quantum Leap” and “La Brea,” USA Network and SYFY’s “Chucky,” and Peacock’s “Vampire Academy,” “The End is Nye” and “The Resort.” and so much more next to Tin Fish from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

NBCU La Brea

Something is coming from down below! NBC is surprising attendees at Comic-Con Special Edition with an offsite at the convention for their series La Brea. Fans will be transported from the Gaslamp Square (501 L Street) near the Tin Fish, back to 10,000 B.C. Iconic elements from the series such as a giant mammoth skull, mountain-like sculptures along with building and car debris from the recent sinkhole off La Brea Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Attendees can stop by all weekend (Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27 from 9AM PT – 6PM PT or Sunday, November 28 from 9AM-4PM) for survival-themed giveaways, water refill stations, and photo ops. Need to recharge after a long day of fighting exhibit floor crowds, er, prehistoric creatures? The area will also have a forest-themed picnic space with water refill and phone-charging stations. There will also be a special Resident Alien giveaway while supplies last.

COZI TV ‘ICONIC CHARACTERS’ EXPERIENCE

Thursday, July 21-Sunday, July 24: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the MLK Promenade (behind the Omni Hotel)Comic-Con attendees can visit many of TV’s most iconic characters with COZI TV’s Iconic Characters exhibit. The exhibit will be highlighted by a genuine 1962 AMC Rambler American 400, just like the red convertible featured in the Emmy-winning 3rd Rock from the Sun, and an appearance on Friday, July 22 by actor and comedian French Stewart, who played the character Harry Solomon on the hit comedy. Eligible fans will be able to enter for a chance to win the fully restored classic car through the COZI TV 3rd Rock Rambler Sweepstakes, which anyone is available to enter at COZITV.com now through Aug. 31.


TMNT

Konami is bringing turtle power to San Diego Comic-Con with the Konami’s Turtle Lair Gaming Lounge at the Courtyard Marriott (453 Sixth Ave). Attendees (only open to those with a badge) can stop by the dedicated TMNT Gaming Lounge to play games, meet special guests including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, and more. Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection features thirteen radical games from KONAMI’s entire archive of retro 8-bit, 16-bit, and arcade TMNT titles and their Japanese versions. The first 500 attendees who play on Thursday, July 21 will also receive fun giveaways, including a limited edition black and white print of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles original artwork created by Kevin Eastman and a token for a limited entry signing with Kevin Eastman for Friday, July from 12-2pm.


San Diego Comic-Con with Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.

Outside the convenion center, Paramount Pictures is bringing the world of the film to life with a Tavern Experience. Visitors will get a 20-minute immersive experience which includes photo ops, exclusive takeaways like a custom created print from Bosslogic, and a chance to sip on Dragon Brew (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available) while interacting with your favorite Dungeons & Dragons creatures and characters. The offsite will be located on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Island Avenue, and will be open Thursday, July 21 12pm-10pm, Friday, July 22 10am-8pm, and Saturday, July 23 10am-8pm.


SDCC Art Show Free!

Thursday through Sunday, Times vary; Manchester Grand Hyatt. You don't need a pass to the main event to see some incredible artwork that is at the center of comic fandom. Talented artists enter original drawings, paintings, sculptures and more into this annual show at the Manchester Grand hotel. Books and comics nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are also on display. The art hall is open on the lobby level from 9 a.m. daily to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.


Chuck Jones Gallery Pop Up

The Chuck Jones Gallery has moved since the last San Diego Comic-Con — they’re now located near Little Italy — which is why this year, they’re teaming up with Sparks Gallery (530 Sixth Ave) for a week of Looney Tunes, artwork, and more. Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24, The Chuck Jones Gallery will be taking over Sparks Gallery for a pop-up. They’ll be showcasing both virtual experiences and animation/comic artwork. Attendees will be able to snap a selfie with a virtual Looney Tunes character in AR, experience virtual reality with the characters, and see great art. This year, Sparks Gallery will also feature and sell Surreal, Abstract, and Pop-inspired artworks from the gallery’s exhibited artists, who will be on-site to share their process and offer limited edition or original artwork.


Dragon Ball

Outside the convention center, Bandai Namco will once again be taking over the area just behind the Marriott Marquis Marina, for an activation including huge statues, product displays, game experiences, and more. Here, they’ll be giving away more of the Ultimate Gohan Head Sets, as well as Comic-Con swag bags, and paper fans. You can get exclusive stickers at the offsite as well — a Dragon Ball: The Breakers sticker for anyone who has downloaded the Dokkan Battle app, and more stickers for anyone who takes a photo at the Dragon Ball: The Breakers photo spot.


Stern Pin-Ball Pop Up

Outside the show floor, you’ll find Stern at the Stern Pinball Pop-Up Arcade at the Marriott Marquis, featuring all of the latest Stern Pinball machines. Players can register at a connected game by scanning a QR code or at the Stern Pinball website at Insider Connected. Once a player registers, they are issued a unique QR Code that can be used to identify that player at any connected Stern pinball machine anywhere in the world. When a player logs into the machine, they can track progress, earn new game specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.

Nerdist

Also at the offsite you’ll find Nerdist, who will be setting up shop there for the entire con for live tapings of Nerdist News, interviews with celebrity guests, and more.

Toho, the company behind Godzilla, will also be at the offsite.


Audible

Audible will be bringing the sights and feelings of the beach with “The Audible Beach” during San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the hit Audible Originals Impact Winter and The Sandman, as well as the launch of Moriarty: The Devil’s Game, starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings). Starting Thursday, July 21, fans will be able to relax and unwind in a beach setting, sample the hit Audible Originals, snap selfies with the sculptures, and recharge before heading back into the convention center. This sandy oasis will be located at 1st Avenue and Martin Luther King Promenade in San Diego, directly cross from the convention center. Open Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23 from 8am-8:30pm and Sunday, July 24 from 8am-6pm. It’s open to the public.


Peanuts

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Peanuts will be presenting a pop-up experience called “All Things Armstrong”, in the Gaslamp (200 J. Street). It will include a special exhibition curated by the Charles M. Schulz Museum exploring the history and significance of Franklin Armstrong, Peanuts’ first Black character. Attendees to the offsite will also be able to view “Inspiring Change: From Franklin Armstrong to The Armstrong Project”, a five-minute video featuring Robb Armstrong and Harriet Glickman, who inspired the creation of the character of Franklin. There will also be Franklin-themed merch, including a Super7 figure, exclusive enamel pin and keychain from Pintrill, and a custom beach towel exclusive to the con. The activation will be open Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24 from 10am-6pm daily.


The Walking Dead Fan Celebration

Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Hilton Gaslamp Hotel. To celebrate their final season of the series, The Walking Dead is pulling out all the stops for their ticketed, off-site event, which promises exclusive experiences, a look at set pieces and props from all 11 seasons, freebies, including a custom t-shirt, and photo and video opportunities. The event will be ticketed, and details have not yet been released. Keep an eye on the AMC and The Walking Dead's Twitter pages.


The Bob's Burgers Movie Free!

Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; On 6th Avenue Near the Omni Hotel. You'll want to come with an appetite to the Bob's Burgers Movie activation in the grassy area just outside the Omni Hotel. There, the team will be dishing out burgers on a first come, first serve basis from 3 to 6 p.m. Even if you don't make it for the burgers, there will be plenty of photo-ops and games throughout the day.


Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive

Okay, so this one may not be 'fun,’ but it can help save lives! The Robert A. Heinlein blood drive has become a San Diego Comic Con institution, and it is actually San Diego Blood Bank's largest and longest-running blood drive. Donors are usually gifted a special edition Comic Con shirt (while supply lasts), and last year's drive included a pack of Comic Con pins as well! You can schedule a time to donate blood now, or you can walk-in anytime during the weekend.

Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt

Price: Free

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 9AM-6PM


Liberty Public Market Treasure Hunt Free!

Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Liberty Public Market

It's up to you: find the Infinity Stones and ... save the world? Not quite. The fate of humanity isn't really in your hands, but if you find an infinity stone, prizes are in your future. Liberty Public Market, the food hall located in the decommissioned Liberty Station military base, will give one prize to the person who first finds the stone each day of the week from July 18 to July 24. Just locate the stone and head to Bottlcraft to claim your winnings.

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