Planet Entertainment Zone

WHAT IS THE PEZ?

The Planet Entertainment Zone (PEZ)is the place to come when you are looking for something stimulating and fun to do! The PEZ is located in Hall A on the exhibit floor.  This is where you will find a variety of interesting interactive activities for the kid in everyone!  New this year are interactive exhibits by, US Army, FlipSwitch VR, Oklahoma Tourism, FIRST Robotics, Boulevard Brewing, Unified Esports , KCWE,  Nebraska Furniture Mart, Bordner Home Improvement, Minddrive Drone Racing,  and more!

The PEZ is the place for entertainment and cosplay crafting demos and workshops.  With 60 different performances and demonstrations throughout the 3 day weekend, we believe you will find something that interests you!  . 

The PEZ is also home to the PEZ Cosplay Maker Space where you will find out how talented crafters and seamstresses actually make the cosplays you see walking around the convention space!  You will see everything from makeup and special effects to foam crafting and resin casting and sewing demos happening live in front of you. Learn more about the Pez Cosplay Maker Space here!

If you have love on your mind, look for the Super Sonic Speed Dating booth in the PEZ too! You never know where you will find love!

There is a lot to do and see in the PEZ this year! Come join in the fun!  Here are the activities you can look forward to! We are adding to this list of exhibitors daily so keep checking back in!


 

THE PEZ STAGE // Booth P1

The PEZ Stage has evolved over the years into a focal point at the north end of the exhibit floor. This year you will enjoy entertainment and demonstrations all weekend long.  You will find Magician’s, Special FX demos, Science demos, Music and dance performers, comedy, cosplay crafting demos and more. One of the more dramatic and heartwarming features that occurs on the PEZ Stage is the annual Wheelchair Costume reveals that Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes organizes. Several lucky and deserving children are awarded a wheelchair costume which transforms their everyday mode of transport into an absolute dream costume! Check out the PEZ Stage schedule on the Programming Schedule, Select the PEZ Stage. Link Coming Soon.

Cosentino’s Downtown Market is this year’s Sponsor of the PEZ Performance and Demonstration Stage!  Conveniently located at 10 E. 13th street, the Downtown Market is a smart choice for all of your grocery needs! Be sure to check out their famous food court with the best buffet in downtown Kansas City.   This is a convention favorite!  


US Army  Booth P79

We are pleased to announce that the US Army will be in the PEZ this year with a variety of fun and educational elements to show you.  Some of America’s finest will be on hand in full gear showing off the technology that is a big part of today’s Army.  The Battalion is bringing a bomb disposal Robot and 2 full Explosive Ordnance Disposal suits that you can try on!  Come see the exciting US Army STEM Adventure Trailer!  And they are planning to bring a gaming trailer so you can come in and challenge a soldier to a game or two!! 


 
 

NEBRASKA FURNITURE MART                P59        

This isn’t your Father’s furniture store! It’s NFM and not only do they carry every home furnishing known to mankind, they are also your one-stop-shop for board games, wall art and Funko Pop collectibles.

Every hero or villain (hey, we don’t judge) needs a secret lair. Stop by the NFM booth and catch your breath while checking out the latest from Predator Gaming, PlayStation VR and Arcade1Up. Utility belt feeling a little empty? Enter to win awesome prizes while you’re here!


BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY     P50

Kansas City’s hometown brewery is coming to Planet Comicon – find us in the PEZ in Hall A.  Stop by the ‘Boulevard Backyard’ to sample our latest beers and to play games and challenges for fun and prizes! You might be the lucky winner of a Gaming Bundle!  


KCWE      P70

The ‘W’ is in the house! It’s a pleasure to have KCWE back at Planet. They carry so many great shows people like to watch!  Green Arrow, Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow, Flash, Supergirl and many more!

Planet Comicon attendees of all ages who stop by KCWE Kansas City’s CW’s booth during the convention can play a free “Plinko”-style with the chance to win free KCWE and CW branded promotional items! Also, attendees can register to win one of two KCWE – CW Superhero “standees”! And, on Saturday, March 21st, fans who stop by the KCWE booth can snap a free photo with KCWE’s own lovable costumed mascot, “CWAG The Dog”

This year KCWE is hosting Lawrence Virtual School in the PEZ.  The premier virtual school in Kansas with a proven track record of student success since it was established in 2004.  We invite you to learn more about what we have to offer students and families who choose to enroll with LVS. Please feel free to peruse our website at www.lvs.org and contact us with further questions.


Xfinity      P80

Come by the Xfinity booth to discover the Future of Awesome! Xfinity is proud to be a sponsor at this years Planet Comicon. We will be on site promoting our Internet, Home Phone, Cable and Home Security products. Stop by our booth in order to enter a raffle for a chance to win a Game of  Thrones or West World themed tote bag. We look forward to seeing you all there!


                                                                                                                                         

FlipSwitch VR   P98

Epic Scale, Free-Roam, Multiplayer Virtual Reality is available this year in the PEZ!
With state-of-the-art wireless technology and motion tracking, we take you inside the game where your body is the controller and your mind believes it’s real. Explore. Play. Conquer. 


KANSAS CITY MAVERICKS HOCKEY   

The Kansas City Mavericks is your home town hockey team. Playing 5 minutes east of Arrowhead come see all the action on the ice and the best of Kansas City entertainment at the game. The Mavericks host Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Disney, Nickelodeon Theme Nights each season and want you to be a part of the fun! 

OKLAHOMA TOURISM     P76

From the state that brought you the creators of SpongeBob SquarePants and Dick Tracy comes a booth dedicated to all things Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Tourism booth features artwork by Jerry Bennett, who has done work for Marvel, Lucasfilm and The Stan Lee Foundation.  You’ll discover fun pop culture stops throughout the state as well as all the exciting things to see and do. Want to experience the sights, sounds and roadside wonders of Route 66 — like a 66-foot pop bottle, a giant Blue Whale and the world’s largest concrete totem pole? Want to pose with a towering Transformers statue or explore a museum dedicated to toys and action figures? You’ll find all that and more in the state that’s just a few hours’ drive from KC.
The Oklahoma Tourism booth will help you jump-start your vacation-planning with free Oklahoma travel guides and advisers who can tell you how to visit the spots where “The Outsiders” was filmed, where you can see the world’s first computer and the places you can go looking for Bigfoot. While you’re there, enter a drawing for an Oklahoma get-away and pick up some crayons and a coloring sheet featuring Bennett’s work.

 

Bordner Home Improvement VR   P65

Why choose Bordner?​ We are not just another contractor. We start our day with our core values, not just a list of projects. Whether you are looking for vinyl siding, fiber cement board siding, or faux stone siding, we’ve got you covered. If you need a new exterior door, we’ll gladly install a premium fiberglass or steel entry door that has added insulation and a dual-perimeter seal that blocks drafts. We can even help control water flow by replacing your old gutters, and add gutter covers that will keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. That means you won’t have to clean them out regularly. Bordner’s experienced technicians install all of our products with considerable attention to detail so that they function optimally for years to come. For added peace of mind, we offer lifetime workmanship warranties on all installations.

PARK ESPORTS    P93

Did you know that Park University is building a scholarship esports team? Park Esports is currently offering scholarships in League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rocket League!  If you are interested in joining the team or learning more about the program, please visit park.edu/esports. Come see if Park Esports is the right fit for you! We will plan on running Rocket League 1v1 and League of Legends 1v1 tournaments/free play. We will supply the equipment and all you need to do is supply the talent! 


Comedy Club of Kansas City     P92

Comedy Club of Kansas City will host an Interactive Comedy Open Mic where fans and customers can tell their favorite street joke, or a bit from their favorite comedian and win tickets to The Comedy Club of Kansas City.   

SUPER SONIC SPEED DATING       P94

 In need of a Dragon ball hunting partner? Looking for someone to be on the Pokemon Go with? Whatever it is you’re looking for, you can stop swiping left and find your Player 2 at Super Sonic Speed Dating, who are happy to be returning to Planet Comicon again this year! Let us help you find a date in a flash! Super Sonic Speed Dating will be hosting LGBTQIA+ and Hetero sessions throughout the weekend! See the schedule and signup details here: http://planetcomicon.com/speed-dating-at-planet/


T-MOBILE    P91

T-Mobile is bringing the FUN! Come charge your phone, access wifi, and check out all of our accessories for your phone & more!  Here is what’s available at T-Mobile’s booth: Accessories, Tablets, Giveaways, Charging Stations, Samsung VR Experience, Games, and Expert Advice.  As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation.  Are you with Us? For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.


HAGUE WATER     P68

At Hague Quality Water of Kansas City, Inc., home water treatments are our specialty. Our high quality products, Gold Seal standard under the Water Quality Association, are the best. From water softeners to reverse osmosis products, we have them all – so that you can have peace of mind about the water you drink and use daily. Come by the booth and try your hand at Superhero Air Hockey!  


RENEWAL BY ANDERSEN     P86

Renewal by Andersen will be at Planet Comicon with a free photo booth!  Come take a picture, enter to win $10,000 in windows and doors and if you are interested, sign up for a free in home price quote with one of our design consultants!


ECOWATER OF KANSAS CITY    P96

Come join us at the EcoWater of Kansas City Booth to Register to win an AMAZING Gaming Package!! We will be playing some of the best games out and at the end of the show, we’ll be giving away a Gaming Package that you definitely won’t want to miss out on!! So come by and see us, have a little fun playing some games, and you may walk away a big winner at the end of the show!!


LEAF FILTER     P78

Stop by the LeafFilter booth and take a picture with the Swampthing!  If your gutters are starting to look like a breeding ground for your own Swampthing then you have come to the right place!
LeafFilter® is the nation’s BEST gutter protection; A stainless-steel micro-mesh on vinyl base that installs on existing gutters to keep everything out and let all the water in.  So get off the ladder for good and enjoy clog-free gutters for life with LeafFilter®.  Money-back guaranteed.


FIRST ROBOTICS      P35                                              

KC ROBOTICS FOUNDATION brings FIRST Robotics to Kansas City by hosting competitions and supporting teams. FIRST combines the rigors of science with the excitement of sports to engage students in STEM. Drive robots small and huge, learn about sensors and vision systems, and test your skills with this year’s missions: Into Orbit, Rover Ruckus, and Destination: Deep Space.


MINDDRIVE    P37

MINDDRIVE Drone Track Featuring The KCMR Whoop Boonta EVE Classic
MINDDRIVE, an experiential project-based learning program for middle and high school students, has teamed up with The Kansas City Multi-Rotor FPV Racing and Freestyle club to stage a drone race at Planet Comicon this year!  The KCMR Whoop Boonta Eve Classic will test pilots ability to navigate a course sent straight from Tatooine.  Friday and Sunday will feature KCMR and GDRL (youth league) pilots freestyling the course.  Saturday will feature two races for prizes.  Gateway Drone Racing League (GDRL) youth pilots will compete Saturday from 12pm-3pmThis includes pilots from 10 area schools.  KCMR pilots will compete from 3pm-7pm with knockout rounds starting around 5:30pm.  Pilots will compete and freestyle with 65-75mm Micro Drones (aka Tiny Whoops) using First Person Viewer (FPV) goggles that requires them to pilot from the perspective of the drone.  TV Monitors will be available for spectators to view the pilots video feed.  

KCBRICKLAB    P58

We are a non for profit club that has been recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the Top Lego Clubs in the world. We strive to bring the joy of our work to the community and our fan base.


THE MAKER STUDIO AT SCIENCE CITY   P20

Science City & the Maker Studio – Science City is a place of wonder, where kids and adults can find something new with each visit. Throw the ‘don’t touch’ mindset out the window. There are no tests and no wrong or right answers, just a chance to explore with freedom and pure imagination. The Maker Studio offers the opportunity to not only observe but also interact with different methods and materials of Making. From two-dimensional to three-dimensional, traditional methods to cutting edge technologies, using things from the junk box to innovative new materials. Visit our booth to snack on some science and get hands-on, making your own custom cosplay accessories!

 


PLANET KIDS  Room 3501B    

This year Planet Kids will be bigger and better than ever. It is a wonderful place for our youngest fans 8 and under to come to color, craft and play. We will have kids book readings and photo ops. There will even be a face painting station! A special feature this year will be the wonderful puppets from Fresh Vieux Entertainment who will spend the weekend working in Planet kids entertaining the kids and parents that come through!  US Toy Costume Shop is a sponsor of Planet Kids. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This Year Planet Kids will be in Room 3501B.


COSPLAY FOR HOPE    P49

Cosplay for Hope is bringing hope of mental wellness for those across multi-fandoms to prevent suicide. As the formation of the organization continues, it works to provide peer support through events in person & online as it continues to create new initiatives in the fandom worlds for mental wellness and suicide prevention.


KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL    P55

One of Kansas City’s most beloved traditions is the Renaissance Festival! Come interact with the King and Queen and their court and maybe they will let you sit on the Throne! Get your medieval on in the Planet Entertainment Zone and be sure to ask about meade and turkey legs! The Ren Fest will be here before you know it but we will have a piece of it right here in the PEZ!


KANSAS CITY ZOMBIE WALK FOR HUNGER    P39

Who said zombies were bad? These zombies understand hunger more than most and therefore felt a need to give back! The Kansas City Zombie Walk for Hunger is an annual event that raises money to help feed the less fortunate. This year in the PEZ they will organize an undead march through the convention so watch your six! You can participate in the walk yourself if you bring 5 non -perishable items or a cash donation is also welcomed. If you want to participate as a Zombie dress the part and watch for details coming soon!


CLEARLY GUILTY  P32

Kansas City’s Premiere Nerd Band! There is only one word that describes Clearly Guilty’s music: Nerdy. And Purdy. Two words. There are only TWO words that describe Clearly Guilty’s music: Nerdy and Purdy. And Dirty. Three words. Clearly Guilty: Nerdy, Purdy, and Dirty. (Also Geeky, Funny, Science-y, Absurd, Delightfully Inappropriate, and Rutabaga)


US TOY’s WIZARD WONDERLAND!    P33

US TOY and the PEZ welcomes you and your young ones to explore magic, science, and games! Young magicians can explore tricks to amaze, befuddle, and confound their friends and loved ones with simple props like coins, ropes, and cards. Budding scientists can investigate air pressure, center of gravity, and other natural phenomena! Wizard Wonderland from US Toy is where Learning meets Fun.   STEM Activities include: Slime making, Fling Flyer Challenge,  Bernoulli’s Balloons,  Vacuum Sealed Kids,  Electric Stick Circuits, Balloon Science Tricks,  Wizard Soccer Water is Sticky (how many water drops on a penny) and Many more!!!