Center launches PaleyFest Family event

Call it a mini Comic-Con for kidvid.

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills is launching this weekend what it hopes will become an annual event: PaleyFest Family, featuring screenings, schmooze and autograph opportunities with the stars and creative teams from shows on Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.

Mouse House series spotlighted on Saturday will be “Phineas and Ferb,” “Fish Hooks” and “Kickin’ It.” On Sunday, Cartoon Network will show off its action-toon “Ben 10: Ultimate Alien,” “Adventure Time” and the unscripted live-action series “Dude, What Would Happen.”

The fest promises a festive atmosphere with interactive bells and whistles, a tattoo station, a photo booth and, perhaps most important whenever there’s a gaggle of kids around, plenty of snacks. The adventurous stars of “Dude, What Would Happen,” which revolves around a group of teens who tackle all manner of unusual experiments (think David Letterman’s “Stupid Human Tricks” with more props), are promising to try out a brand-new stunt just for the fans.

Paley Center organizers say they’ve been looking for ways to host more family- friendly events at the BevHills facility for some time.

“Creating a new offshoot of the PaleyFest brand seemed like a natural extension of what we do,” said Rene Reyes, the Paley’s director of public programs and festivals. “Having the chance to celebrate series from Disney Channel and Cartoon Network, during this initial launch, really affords us the opportunity to bring a wide audience into our building in Beverly Hills, from kids and families to animation fans.”

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