Does everyone need to register?
Yes! We ask everyone who attends to register–even for Shop for Free and Friday Free session attendees.
Why are the different types of registrations so confusing?
We’re sorry, we’re not trying to confuse you. We are trying to make the conference as affordable as possible, while covering the many expenses involved. We ask that each family purchase at least one FULL registration. After that, you can purchase as many Full, Limited or Youth registrations as you need. Teen Volunteers attend for free! For families who can only stop in for a little shopping, we offer a Shop for Free option.
If I have one Full registration, do both adults have to go to all the same sessions?
Well, one Full registration only covers one specific adult. If other adults would like to attend, they will need their own registrations. A Limited registration will allow them to attend one session of their choosing. A Full registration allows them to choose sessions all day. All families must have at least one Full registration before qualifying to purchase Limited or Youth registrations.
Are family programs and sessions designed for children to attend by themselves?
No, all children under 12 must be accompanied at all times by someone 12 or older who is also registered. Family programs and sessions are not drop-off events.
How do you sign up for the family programming?
You just show up at the theatre at the start of the program! Please remember to wear your name tag to show you are registered.
Do I have to register my family if they only want to come to family programming?
Yes. Only paid registrants are allowed to attend family programming and each family must have at least one Full registration.
Is there a way to just attend the ice cream social and talent show?
Sorry, no. This is a special event for paid registrants only.
Why don’t you offer babysitting?
Unfortunately we do not have enough space or volunteers to offer babysitting.
How do I register my child for the talent/art/science show?
Send an email to the Talent Show Coordinator with your child’s name and what they would like to display or perform. There is also a space on the registration form where you can include this information.
What if I can only come for one day or just a few hours?
By all means come! We are not able, however, to pro-rate registrations.
Where do I sign up to volunteer? For my teen to volunteer?
I’m glad you asked! You can fill out a conference volunteer form or email our Conference Volunteer Coordinator with the subject line “Conference Volunteer”. There is also a space on the registration form where you can include this information.
Do I drop off my teen volunteer at the Volunteer lounge in the morning and then pick them up at the end of the day?
We ask that parents keep tabs on their teens to be sure they are meeting their commitments and exhibiting good decision-making while not working. Teen volunteers are asked to work at least 4 hours and will be assigned shifts before you arrive.
Why can’t I/my teen/my young children/my great aunt Tilly go into the Volunteer Lounge?
The volunteer lounge is a private space only for volunteers. Our volunteers work long hours, sacrifice attending sessions and grab snacks on the run all weekend. The volunteer lounge is our thanks to them.
Why is my teen being left out of the Friday night teen volunteer party?!
The party is a Teen Volunteer party. Our teen volunteers work as a team all weekend. Many are meeting for the first time on Friday. The party is a way of showing our thanks for their commitment working hard and a team-building activity. We’d love to have your teen (13 years old and up) join the team if they are ready. Sign up by filling out a conference volunteer form.
Is there a host hotel?
Yes, we are once again at the lovely Comfort Suites at Virginia Center Commons. More information can be found on the Conference Registration page.
When is the best time to shop?
Friday night. Crowds are low, vendors have plenty of time to chat and the Used Resource Sale is fully stocked with bargains! Can’t make it Friday? No worries! There is plenty of time set aside for shopping on Saturday too.
Can I bring my pet?
Sadly, no. Only service animals are permitted.
Can I register without using paypal?
Yes you can. Although we prefer PayPal payments, you can mail payment to:
Conference Registration, 15385 Concord Rd, Doswell, VA 23047-2148
What if I’m not a member of VaHomeschoolers?
Come to the Conference and find out what we’re all about! Better yet—purchase a membership right on the Conference registration form and enjoy discounted member registration prices.
Who can become a member of VaHomeschoolers?