Family Programming

Friday, March 24

Friday, 1:00-2:30p.m.

Visit, Learn, and Earn

Kids 12 and under: Explore marine and coastal science at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station booth, preview the newest Usborne books, and discover The Ninja Librarian book series which follows the adventures of homeschooler Dorrie Barnes who joins a secret society of sword-wielding time-traveling librarians—all while earning a free paperback book! It is as easy as 1-2-3! One, pick up a Youth Vendor Visits map at registration. Two, collect stickers from our vendors. You need five stickers from each Exhibit Hall and two from the lobby, but you only have from 1–2:30 p.m. on Friday to collect them. Three, turn in your map at the Used Resource Sale on Friday, 3–7 p.m., for a free paperback of your choice. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by someone aged 13 or older at all times during the conference.

Friday, 2:30-3:30p.m.

Introduction to Archery by On Target Archery

Back Lawn (use the exit doors near the Theatre Entrance)
Come and learn about the age-old skill of archery. Hear a brief introduction, become familiar with the safety rules and equipment, learn proper shooting techniques, and have an opportunity to practice these newly learned skills on the range. Instructors will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge about the ever-growing sport of archery. Bring your passion for traditional archery and we provide the rest.

Audubon at Home Class

The Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program helps create healthy habitats for native plants and animals in the back yards of Northern Virginia, and certifies properties as wildlife sanctuaries. If you want to create an environmentally friendly landscape in your own yard (or school, church, or business)—let us help you! Leigh Kieser, with Prince William County Master Gardeners and the BeeKeepers Association can help you plan a native plant habitat that will attract and shelter beneficial wildlife that needs your help to succeed. Create the habitat and they will come! Join us, as Leigh demonstrates how to transform your yard into an Audubon at Home site. Have fun making rock piles, nests, mud balls, brush piles, and glass-brick water trails.

Saturday, March 25

Saturday, 9:00-10:00a.m.

Scientific Method Demo with the Science Museum of Virginia

Join the staff from the Science Museum of Virginia, and put your observation and predication skills to the test as we go step by step through an exciting science experiment – what can we learn, and what could we do differently next time?

Saturday, 9:00–11:00 a.m

Open Acoustic Jam Session

Teens who play any kind of acoustic instrument won’t want to miss our fifth annual conference jam session. Bring your guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, or whatever for a free-for-all jam with other musical homeschoolers. Homeschooled teen Parker Gondella will be on hand to give tips for jumping in on songs you don’t know. Amplifiers and criticism of others not allowed. Participants should be mature, at least 11 years old, and responsible for their own instruments. Musicians younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by someone 13 years old or older. A keyboard will be provided.

Saturday, 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Walkerton Tavern: Game Time and Tours

Offsite at Walkerton Tavern
Come by historic Walkerton Tavern to play some outdoor games including badminton, bocce, quoits, and nine-pins. You can also take a tour of our historic facility and learn how this 1825 structure served as a tavern, hotel, post office, and voting precinct. Several hands-on activities are included in this tour: postmarking, delivering mail, and voting in an election. Drop in and have some fun with the family! Walkerton Tavern is the three-story brick building located across The Cultural Arts Center parking lot (look for signs).

Saturday, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

Introduction to Archery by On Target Archery

Come and learn about the age-old skill of archery. Hear a brief introduction, become familiar with the safety rules and equipment, learn proper shooting techniques, and have an opportunity to practice these newly learned skills on the range. Instructors will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge about the ever-growing sport of archery. Bring your passion for traditional archery and we provide the rest.

Saturday, 10:30–12:45 p.m.

Create Puppets of Pollinators with Puppets Off Broad Street

Studio B (Basement)
Stop by, anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., to create puppets of pollinators—bees, bats, butterflies, wasps, and more!—and learn about their importance in ecosystems worldwide. We blend fun facts, hands-on puppet making, resources, and suggestions about what you can do in your own life to help these tiny creatures that are so critical to our lives.

Saturday, 1:15–2:15 p.m.

Semper K9 Assistance Dogs

Come see these furry heroes and all their amazing talent! Semper K9 uses rescue dogs from various organizations to give unclaimed K9s a special opportunity to be the best friend and companion to injured service members. View a few of the amazing ways these K9s assist those with amputations, spinal cord injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), severe Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), burns and other physical injuries, and those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. See how they go through their own training “camp,” and see if you might be able to help, too!

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

A Difference of Opinion—How to Argue and “Win” Like a Ninja Librarian with Jen Downey

Studio B (Basement)
It’s a fact. While we all might agree that 2+2=4, we humans disagree on just about everything else. We hold different opinions about what flavor ice-cream is the most delicious, whether dogs are smarter than cats, who should be the president, and whether homeschoolers should be able to play on school sports teams. When we disagree, we often find ourselves arguing. And when we argue, we often want to “win” the argument. But what does winning an argument mean, and is there something that can happen in an argument that’s better than winning? Come find out how to argue
like a Ninja Librarian.

Saturday, 4:45–5:45 p.m.

Introduction to Archery by On Target Archery

Back Lawn (use the exit doors near the Theatre Entrance)
Come and learn about the age-old skill of archery. Hear a brief introduction, become familiar with the safety rules and equipment, learn proper shooting techniques, and have an opportunity to practice these newly learned skills on the range. Instructors will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge about the ever-growing sport of archery. Bring your passion for traditional archery and we provide the rest.