Family Activity Workshops
Remember that these lists are only suggestions. We strongly recommend that you review the entire list of workshops to find the ones that suit you best.
F-10 Exploring the Medieval Period and Armor
Come all thee to thy workshop. Travel back from this day to the Middle Ages where you will learn about the feudal system, a pillory, chain mail, and how armor changed throughout the Middle Ages. Hold a real gauntlet, feel the weight of a shield, and more.
F-11 Friday Night Family Games
Join a group of homeschooling families to play Apples to Apples and other easy to learn family games. A great way to kick off the conference making friends and having fun! Families are also welcome to bring their own favorite games to share during this informal, fun time.
A-14 Dramatizing Fairy Tales
Join the fun! Participants will be divided into groups of 6 or 7. Each group will draw the name of a fairy tale and an attribute (like use British accents, include singing, etc.) and be given 20 minutes to plan a performance. Then the whole group will watch each performance. Workshop designed for teens but younger children and parents also welcome.
A-16 Build an Experimental Aircraft
Learn about the 4 forces of flight. Then participants will work in teams of 3 (a manager, a manufacturer, and a test pilot) to agree on a common goal, design and build an aircraft using either their own design or a template provided by the presenter, and conduct test flights.
A-17 Build WPA’s First LEGO® City
Construct buildings and vehicles for a huge city. Watch it grow during the conference. Learn about architecture, geometry, spatial relations, city planning, and more. Separate area where younger children can build with larger DUPLOs. All materials provided. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a responsible older person. Repeated as B-16, C-16, D-12. Register for one or more.
Bring a small notebook or index cards, an ink pad or washable markers, and a stamp or your thumb. Learn about Letterboxing, searching for hidden stamps that are often hand carved. Get clue sheets to many Letterboxes hidden around the conference area and nearby parks. Veteran Letterboxers are invited to plant their boxes and share their clues during the workshop! Letterboxes hidden only during the conference on Saturday. Note: Children must be supervised at all times during the conference. This is a family activity.
B-15 Games Galore: Pastimes from the 19th Century
Life in the past wasn’t all chores. Try out games from the 19th century, including hoops and sticks, graces, ball and cups, tops and other games. Limit 40 children. Presenter is also an exhibitor.
B-17 Introduction to Taekwondo, a Korean Martial Art
Have fun while developing core strength, flexibility, balance, and focused awareness with Taekwondo. Warm up safely and learn basic kicks and punches on Shield Bags. Hear about the art of Taekwondo and learn a few Korean words. See board breaking and sparring demonstrated. For the whole family and every fitness level. Wear loose fitting clothes and plan to be barefoot. Ages 8 to adult. Limit 35. Also D-13.
B-18 Make Artists’ Trading Cards (ATC) and Exchange Them
Connect and share your pocket sized works of art with others! Craft ATCs, flat works of art sized 2.5” by 3.5” to trade with others. We will also make cooperative “Jam” cards together as a group. For artists of all ages; young artists must come with a helper.
C-1 Exploring Nature Together as a Family
Wondering how to get your kids and yourself more connected to nature? Here’s a great opportunity for both kids and parents to learn to use all your senses to explore objects from nature. Start your own nature journal that you can use to explore your own backyard or local park. Meet some creepy critters and learn about cool resources and citizen science projects for the whole family. Presenter is also an exhibitor.
C-14 An Introduction to the Art, Scientific Work, and Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci
See a slide show and video clips about the life, art, and inventions of da Vinci set in the context of the times in which he lived. All ages welcome.
C-15 Fun and Games For All Ages
Join a group of homeschoolers to learn and play a variety of easy-to-learn, fun-to-play movement and thinking games. Note: The title of this workshop is incorrect in the printed version of the conference announcement. This workshop is open to young people of all ages.
C-17 Soccer for Ages 9 and Up
Enjoy 30 minutes of individual ball control, foot movement, and overall techniques followed by tactical play with 5 v. 5 mini games. Bring water, proper attire, and running shoes or cleats. Shin guards optional. All equipment provided, but if you have a ball, feel free to bring it. No soccer experience necessary. Presenter is a coach with an NSCAA National License with 20 years of club and high school experience. For ages 5-8, see D-14.
D-10 Birds of Prey Basics
Come and learn about birds of prey, their anatomy and behaviors and their role in our environment. Meet one or two live representatives of the bird species.
D-11 Chess & Checkers Challenge
Bring your game boards and pieces, meet other homeschoolers, and make new friends while playing these old favorites just for fun. Or join the friendly tournament during the workshop. No presentation or instruction. All ages and skill levels welcome.
D-13 Introduction to Taekwondo, a Korean Martial Art
More Workshops By Time Slot
- Friday, 7:15-8:30 PM: F Workshops
- Saturday, 8:30-9:30 AM: A Workshops
- Saturday, 9:50 AM-10:50 PM B Workshops
- Saturday, 1:30-2:30 PM: C Workshops
- Saturday, 2:50-3:50 PM: D Workshops
More Workshops By Category
To help you choose workshops, click on a category that interests you and look over the list. Remember that these lists are only suggestions. We strongly recommend that you review the entire list of workshops to find the ones that suit you best.
- Basic Subjects
- Encouraging Learning
- Choosing Curriculum and Resources
- Ways to Homeschool
- Beginning Homeschooling
- Workshops for Parents and Kids
- Life Skills and Problem Solving
- Homeschooling Young Children
- For Teens and Parents of Teens
- Special Interests and Passions
- Support for Parents
- Of Particular Interest to Mothers
- Of Special Interest to Dads
- Family Activity Workshops
- Legal and Homeschooling Freedoms