It's not too late to get tickets to DragonCon. They can be purchased at the door by the day or for the entire weekend. I have noticed that a lot of people are shocked that we are going to DragonCon - as if it is strange or something, but that's the same reaction we once go to homeschooling. As homeschoolers, we find the DragonCon experience to be highly educational. I'm not just making this up. Here are some of the more educational experiences available:
Costuming: As drama club junkies, we have a lot in common with every single attendee at DragonCon. We love costumes. Sure, we may love them for different reasons (or not), but there is so much to learn about construction of costumes, new techniques, and materials available.
Literature: There are a few tracks based on literature. They are young adult, sci-fi and fantasy, and writers tracks. You can attend a workshop on writing, a discussion group on your favorite books, and learn about new books to put on your must-read list.
Art and Animation: DragonCon is an excellent place to view other people's works of art and to be inspired for your own creations. There are also drawing workshops to attend.
Space: If you are into Astronomy, Cosmology, AstroPhysics, Exo-Biology, Exo-Geology, Astro-Navigation, Aero-engineering, propulsion technology, Astro-Chemistry, human physiology, adaptive techniques or anything related, this track is a treasure trove of information.
There are also dozens of pop culture related tracks which also have some educational value as I used these conferences to fill in my kids on common knowledge that they may have not picked up in school.
To manage your way through DragonCon, download the app, and use the calendar function. This will make sure you can prioritize where you want to go and keep you from missing out on getting a photograph with your favorite Star Trek celebrity.
PS. Gory costumes are really big this year.