2014 Family Programming—Education & Fun For All Ages

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Friday Family Programming |  Saturday Family Programming

Friday Family Programming

Note: Children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by someone 13 years or older at all times. Each person entering the conference areas, including children, must be registered. 

Walkerton Tavern Explorers

Friday, March 21, 5:30–6:45 p.m. (repeats Saturday, 3:30–4:15 p.m.)

Walkerton Tavern, built between 1824 and 1825, has housed a tavern, store, post office, voting precinct and possibly a field hospital for wounded Union Cavalrymen in 1864. As a Walkerton Explorer, you can vote, post the mail, write with a dip pen and immerse yourself in other historic activities. Walkerton Tavern is located across the Cultural Arts Center parking lot (look for signs) and is open for tours available throughout the conference.

Ready, Set, Science!

Friday, March 21, 1:00–5:30 p.m. (repeats Saturday, all day)

An exploratory science station! Science Through the Eyes of a Child will offer a variety of hands-on activities, including insect study with ink print making, slime making, liquid chromatography, fun with dry ice and more.

Spin-Pop-Boom with Mad Science

Friday, March 21, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Use your senses of observation as Mad Science spins, pops and booms through a variety of fun experiments, from dissolving a Styrofoam head to using a “tattle tale chemical” to create a rainbow of colors in flasks while exploring acids and bases, from defying gravity using centrifugal force to creating elephant’s toothpaste. A lucky participant gets to take the “Jedi challenge” and see the power of H2O in a way you won’t expect.

Radio WOOF with Bill Wellington

Friday, March 21, 4:15–5:15 p.m.

Storyteller and folklore expert Bill Wellington presents Radio WOOF, a celebration of folklore featuring Bill’s lively banjo music, funny folk songs, fancy fiddling and fantastic storytelling. Whether in the form of a familiar jump rope rhyme or a spellbinding story from another land, folklore is a marvelous treasure we have inherited. And at Radio WOOF, you might even have a chance to get up and square dance.

Take a Bow at the Talent Show, Art/Science Exhibit, and Ice Cream Social

Friday, March 21, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Our annual talent show, art/science exhibit and ice cream social on Friday night is the perfect chance for our homeschoolers to shine like stars. Enjoy the talent of homeschoolers as they perform everything from music to poetry, gymnastics to comedy. Soak up the abundant creativity and skill of our young artists, and broaden your mind with the interesting science projects displayed. Then meet up with old and new friends over a bowl of ice cream as you close out the first day of the conference.

The talent show, art/science exhibit and ice cream social are open to kids of all ages. If you’d like to perform or display a work of art or a science project, please sign up with the Party">Party Coordinator. Please indicate on your registration if you’ll attend and list any participants in your family.

Saturday Family Programming

Ready, Set, Science!

Saturday, March 22, All day

An all day science station! Science Through the Eyes of a Child will offer a variety of hands-on activities, including insect study with ink print making, slime making, liquid chromatography, fun with dry ice and more.

Open Acoustic Jam Session

Saturday, March 22, 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Teens who play any kind of portable instrument won’t want to miss our third annual conference jam session. Bring your guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, ukelele or whatever for a free-for-all jam with other musical homeschoolers. Tim Fite will be on hand to give tips for jumping in on songs you don’t know, but this is for and by the kids. Amplifiers and criticism of others not allowed. Participants should be mature, at least 11 years old and responsible for their own instruments. A keyboard will be provided.

Poetic Justice with Bill Wellington

Saturday, March 22, 9:00–10:00 a.m.

Poetry is powerful stuff. Take the cases of the rides of Paul Revere and Jack Jouett: Historians agree that what Jack did (do you even know?) was more difficult, dangerous and remarkable than Paul’s midnight ride, yet today Revere is revered as one of the essential leaders of the American Revolution, while most of us have never heard of Jouett. Why? Because in 1860, Longfellow wrote a thrilling and compelling poem about Paul Revere that went viral long before the Internet came along. In Poetic Justice, folklorist Bill Wellington examines the legacies of Paul Revere, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Jack Jouett. Bill recites Longfellow’s poem and shares one he wrote to celebrate Jack Jouett’s feat in hope of bringing more fame to this brave Virginian. This program on the heroic aspects of poetry is appropriate for ages 9 and older.

Ooey Gooey with Barefoot Puppet Theatre

Saturday, March 22, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Sometimes characters land themselves in sticky situations. Join Barefoot Puppet Theatre as they breathe new life into some familiar classics from children’s literature. This delightful show features an arachnophobic young lady on a tuffet, a boy with eyes too big for his stomach, three little kittens and an entertaining circus worm who meets an unfortunate fate.

Walkerton Tavern Building Explorers

Saturday, March 22, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Walkerton Tavern, built between 1824 and 1825, has housed a tavern, store, post office, voting precinct and possibly a field hospital for wounded Union Cavalrymen in 1864. Learn how the tavern was built and how it was saved, work out the puzzle of a tongue-and-groove floor and build a brick wall with wooden blocks and mortar. Walkerton Tavern is located across the Cultural Arts Center parking lot (look for signs) and is open for tours during the conference.

Reptiles Around the World with VA Reptile Rescue

Saturday, March 22, 1–2 p.m.

Meet reptiles from around the world! Bonnie Keller, founder and director of the Commonwealth’s oldest reptile rescue, shares the fascinating lives of reptiles—including ecology, responsible pet ownership and geography— through laughter and learning.

It’s a Matter of Fact with Science Through the Eyes of a Child

Saturday, March 22, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Explore the densities and phases of matter with David Polak of Science Through the Eyes of a Child. Demonstrations and small group activities include play with helium, isolated oxygen, isolated hydrogen, rainbow flames and dry ice.

Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition with Science Through the Eyes of a Child

Have you ever built a bridge using dry spaghetti? Believe it or not some spaghetti bridges hold hundreds of pounds. To date, the strongest spaghetti bridge held close to 900 pounds! Join STEC in building your own spaghetti bridge and test its load capacity to see where your creation stacks up in the realm of pasta engineering. Check out this link to see the official Spaghetti Bridge Contest rules and guidelines developed by the founders of spaghetti bridge building at Okanagan College in British Columbia, Canada:  Stay posted! There’s more information about the competition to come.

Build a Spaghetti Bridge at home and you might just win free passes to the Science Museum of Virginia! Kids who build a bridge at home and bring it to the VaHomeschoolers Conference to be tested will receive a raffle entry to win 2 free passes.  If your bridge is in the top three that hold the most weight of the day, you will get an additional 4 raffle entries! For more information see Spaghetti Bridge Building Challenge.

Walkerton Tavern Explorers

Saturday, March 22, 3:30–4:15 p.m.

Walkerton Tavern, built between 1824 and 1825, has housed a tavern, store, post office, voting precinct and possibly a field hospital for wounded Union Cavalrymen in 1864. As a Walkerton Explorer, you can vote, post the mail, write with a dip pen and immerse yourself in other historic activities. Walkerton Tavern is located across the Cultural Arts Center parking lot (look for signs) and is open for tours available throughout the conference.

Virginia Opera Presents Encore!

Saturday, March 22, 4:15–5:15 p.m.

Add music to your day with this entertaining program featuring opera arias and favorite Broadway melodies. Artists from the Virginia Opera introduce, demonstrate and explain the fundamentals of opera during a performance guaranteed to leave you shouting, “Encore!”


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