Family Activity Workshops

▴ A-11: Build a Recycled City! — Join fellow homeschoolers and help create an amazing city!  Using basic craft materials and re-purposing recyclables, we’ll create all the buildings and spaces we want in our city. Bring your ideas and help make our city a good place to live. All materials provided, no building experience necessary.

▴ B-8: Theater Games—Kendall RolandCome play theater games and practice simple improvisation.  All ages welcome.

▴ B-9: Little Flower Dolls—Ella Kaseman-WoldDesign and make your own 4″ flexible doll from artificial flowers, wooden beads, pipe cleaners, and embroidery floss. No sewing skills required.

▴ B-10: Build a Recycled City!Join fellow homeschoolers and help create an amazing city!  Using basic craft materials and re-purposing recyclables, we’ll create all the buildings and spaces we want in our city. Bring your ideas and help make our city a good place to live. All materials provided, no building experience necessary.

▴ C-9: Speaking of Fun: Speech Games for All Ages—Join homeschooling families as they share their favorite speech club games.  Possibilities include: Introduce Yourself, The Thankful Game, My Friend’s Fictional Life, Round Robin Storytelling, Impromptu Sales Pitch, Coloring Game, and The Minister’s Cat.  Everyone will be encouraged, but not required, to participate.

▴ C-10: Birds of Prey Basics—Rex RunkeCome and learn about birds of prey, their anatomy and behaviors, and their role in our environment.  Meet one or two live birds.

▴ C-11: Build a Recycled City!—Join fellow homeschoolers and help create an amazing city!  Using basic craft materials and re-purposing recyclables, we’ll create all the buildings and spaces we want in our city. Bring your ideas and help make our city a good place to live. All materials provided, no building experience necessary.

▴ D-8: A Minute to Win it—Aleesha RoterJoin other homeschoolers to play family friendly games of skill you can win in a minute.  All ages welcome.

▴ D-9: Birds of Prey Basics—Rex RunkeCome and learn about birds of prey, their anatomy and behaviors, and their role in our environment.  Meet one or two live birds.

▴ D-10: Build a Recycled City!—Join fellow homeschoolers and help create an amazing city!  Using basic craft materials and re-purposing recyclables, we’ll create all the buildings and spaces we want in our city. Bring your ideas and help make our city a good place to live. All materials provided, no building experience necessary.

Other information of interest to families:

Connections—Connections is a place for families to play, hang out, and visit all day (Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm).  Activities include electronics take-aparts, ink-dying banners, sensory table, texture rubbings, and a monster maker game. Adults are encouraged to step in and share the activities with their kids. It is a great place for parents to get new ideas for their families and for kids to meet other kids and try something new.

Stuff Swap—On Saturday in Expo Room 4 there will be tables set up for you to bring items you’d like to get rid of and pick up items that look intriguing to you.  As homeschooling families, money can be tight.  This is a chance to share things you’re finished with and to acquire things that might breathe some new life into your daily routine.  Books, curriculum, manipulatives, and videos are welcome. No money may exchange hands and all items left at the end of the conference will be donated or sold at Half Price Books, proceeds to WPA. Help your community and your closets!

Resource FairThis year the Resource Fair will be open 4-10pm on Friday and 7 am-5 pm on Saturday.  The Resource Fair is located in the heart of the conference area and will be open late enough for those who wish to tuck kiddos into bed and come back to peruse alone. Exhibitors offer resources for all homeschoolers, whatever your approach to homeschooling.  Curricula, textbooks, workbooks, games, art materials, toys, activity opportunities, and books will all be on display.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions, get ideas, and make some purchases.

Swimming—The hotel pool is open from 6:00am-11:00pm each day.  There will be a lifeguard on duty for the slide on Friday 5/4, 7:30-9:30 pm and Saturday 5/5, 8:00-11:00 am.  You must be a guest of the hotel to use the pool.

And a few more things . . .

  • You are welcome to attend Family Activity workshops with your children, or take them to adults workshops with you.
  • Children must be accompanied at all times, including in the Connections area. Parents are responsible for their children at all times.
  • During workshops, please sit where you can easily leave if your children become noisy, and return when they are settled.
  • Some families bring a helper to play quietly with children while parents attend workshops.
  • Due to space constraints, please do not bring strollers into any workshops.
  • Grandparents are welcome as part of your family registration, and are included in your conference fee. Often grandparents come to provide child care.  They are also welcome to sign up for workshops.

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