GeekFest Family Day

Included with regular admission; FREE for Members

Calling all geeklets and aspiring nerds! Join us for a reprise of the popular Friday night event at this family-friendly day of geek fun, complete with costume contests, vendors, demos, board games, trivia, and more!

Looking for information on the Friday evening event instead? Learn more.

Sponsored by: Quanexus

Featured Guests & Partners

Meet illustrator Nate Lovett, who has worked on projects ranging from Paw Patrol and Bravest Warriors to GI Joe and Mr. Potato Head. Kids of all ages can participate in short workshops where they can learn to draw Paw Patrol characters.

Come face-to-face with members of the Ohio 501st as they make their presence known throughout the day! Whether your allegiance is to the dark side or you are drawn to the force, you'll be sure to see some familiar faces!

The Real Ohio Ghostbusters will be on-hand for photo opps and give-aways to support the Museum.

Saturday Only: Josh Montgomery, with his replica R2D2

2018 SATURDAY Event Highlights

  • Costume Contest - Judging will take place throughout the evening. Please refer to guidelines below for cosplay!
  • Tabletop Gaming - Get your game on in this area that will have multiple rounds of fan favorites happening throughout the evening.
  • Scavenger Hunt - This NEW themed scavenger hunt will take players from one end of the building to the other.
  • Arcade - Hosted by DK Effect, Gaming Adventures, and Doug's Electronics Repair.
  • Monster Attack! - A great activity for kids.

VIEW the complete schedule of events.


  • A variety of vendors will be present, with options ranging from custom chain mail to lightsabers!
  • Courtland's Mobile Grill (Food Truck) will have food available for purchase outside the Museum.
  • Maggie Moo's will have ice cream and treats inside the Museum, available for purchase.

Are you a vendor interested in participating in GeekFest? Limited booth spaces are still available! Contact or call 937.275.7431, ext. 158 for more information.

Costume Rules & Guidelines

Costume contest will take place at 2:00 p.m., and children are invited to participate in costume parade. Adults are also welcome to get into the spirit with their own cosplay, but must adhere to the same rules for the evening event:

Please use common sense... If you can’t take it on a plane, then it’s probably best to leave it at home! When planning your costume, keep in mind that GeekFest is a family-friendly event. Please note we cannot and will not pre-approve your props, but Security may need to check them at the door.  

The Dos and Don'ts:

  • No real weapons, functioning or not (eg: firearms, blades, bows, crossbows, explosives, nunchuks, etc.)
  • No metal props! Props should be foam (if possible) or plastic.
  • No chains, whips, spikes, leashes, etc.
  • No hardwood props (baseball bats, bokken, etc.)
  • No rollerblades, rollerskates, skateboards, etc.
  • Nothing that emits smoke, flame, etc.
  • No aerosol cans or silly string

All fake/toy/prop guns must have an orange tip, whether glued plastic or painted.

The Boonshoft Museum reserves the right to confiscate any prop deemed dangerous and to eject any attendee who may be a danger to others.

Be sure to follow the Boonshoft Museum Astronomy Department for updates.

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