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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

Rodger Menchaca and Family (Family Activity Workshop)

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

The Petersen Family (Family Activity Workshop)

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

Josh and Naomi Guilliams (Family Activity Workshop)

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

Bob Campbell, EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assn.) (Family Activity Workshop)

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

John and Sylvia Peine (Family Activity Workshop)

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.

A-18 Letterboxing

Dawn Petersen (Family Activity Workshop)

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

Jennifer Van Haaften, Old World Wisconsin (Family Activity Workshop)

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-16 Build WPA’s First LEGO® City

(Family Activity Workshop)

See A-17 for description, C-16, D-12.

B-17 Introduction to Taekwondo, a Korean Martial Art

Kim, Mark and Dylan Regnitz (Family Activity Workshop)

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

Dawn Petersen (Family Activity Workshop)

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

Sierra Muñoz, Aldo Leopold Nature Center (Family Activity Workshop)

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

Rhea Sprecher (Family Activity Workshop)

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

Johanna and Olivia Landowski, Ana and Kiley Komro (Family Activity Workshop)

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-16 Build WPA’s First LEGO® City

(Family Activity Workshop)

See A-17 for description, B-16, D-12.

C-17 Soccer for Ages 9 and Up

Tony Zappia (Family Activity Workshop)

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

Rex Runke (Family Activity Workshop)

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

John and AJ Mutchie (Family Activity Workshop)

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-12 Build WPA’s First LEGO® City

(Family Activity Workshop)

See A-17 for description, B-16, C-16.

D-13 Introduction to Taekwondo, a Korean Martial Art

Kim, Mark and Dylan Regnitz (Family Activity Workshop)

See B-17.

D-14 Soccer for Ages 5 to 8

Tony Zappia (Family Activity Workshop)

Same as C-17 except for younger kids.

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