What is the address for the conference?
The Fort Magruder Hotel & Conference Center is located at 6945 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185.
Is there a host hotel?
Fort Magruder is a hotel as well as a conference center. More information about hotel accommodations can be found here.
What if I’m not yet 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?
Why are there so many different types of registrations?
We have had overwhelming feedback on this question and we are exploring ways to simplify this. However, our goal is to keep the conference as affordable as possible, while covering the many expenses involved. Each family must purchase at least one FULL registration to attend sessions or family programming activities. After that, you can purchase as many Full, Limited, or Youth registrations as you need.
- Teen Volunteers attend for free!
- There is a free conference session on Friday, which does not count towards the number of sessions allowed with the Limited registration.
- For families who can only stop in for a little shopping, we offer a Shop-for-Free option.
Does everyone need to register?
Yes! Everyone who attends must register—even to Shop-for-Free and to attend the free session on Friday. We need to ensure everyone in the facility is supposed to be there.
If I have one Full registration, do my other family members have to attend the same conference sessions?
- One Full registration only covers one specific adult. All attending family members need their own registration for conference admission. Full registration includes admission to all sessions, both days.
- A Limited registration includes admission to one session each day, in addition to the free session on Friday.
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.
Can I register without using a credit card?
Yes, you can. Although we prefer you pay by credit card, you can also mail us a check. Please email ConfReg@VaHomeschoolers.org for the address to send your payment.
Can I make changes to my registration on the website such as adding or subtracting a family member or buying a lunch?
Not yet. Our website does not have the ability to make changes after you have completed the process. However, you can email us at ConfReg@VaHomeschoolers.org with your request and we will help you.
Are conference sessions and family programming activities designed for children to attend by themselves?
No, all children aged 12 and under MUST be accompanied at all times by a registered participant aged 13 or older. Family programming and conference sessions are not drop-off events.
How do you sign up for the family programming activities?
You may just show up to the events as they are scheduled. The participant must be a paid registrant and have the properly color-coded name tag.
Do I have to register my family if they only want to come to family programming, the talent show, or the ice cream social? What if I bring a grandma, babysitter, or spouse?
Only paid registrants are allowed to attend family programming and social events. Each attendee must have a Full, Limited, or Youth registration color-coded name tag.
Is there a way to attend just the ice cream social and talent show?
Sorry, no. These are special events for paid registrants only.
Can my younger children hang out in the lobby or other areas while I attend sessions?
All children aged 12 and under MUST be accompanied, at all times, by a registered participant aged 13 or older.
How do I register my child for the talent show or project exhibit?
Send an email to Talent@VaHomeschoolers.org with your registered child’s name and what they would like to display or perform.
- Due to popularity and time constraints, there will be a cap on the number of talent show acts and each one will be limited to 3 minutes. No one may participate as a lead performer in more than one performance. Acts are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
- There is a limit of five projects per participant in the project exhibit.
Where do I sign up to volunteer? For my teen to volunteer?
We are glad you asked! Once registered, email ConfVolunteers@vahomeschoolers.org with “Conference” in the subject line.
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 they arrive. They are welcome to attend the Saturday morning breakfast/music jam (9-11 am) that is just for teens, but should also be prepared for unscheduled time.
Are friends or relatives of volunteers allowed to go into the Volunteer Lounge?
The Volunteer Lounge is a private space reserved for volunteers. Our fabulous volunteers work hard and sacrifice attending sessions to make the conference a success. The Volunteer Lounge is our thanks to them.
Will there be babysitting services available?
Unfortunately, we do not have enough space or volunteers to offer babysitting.
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.
I noticed that lunch can only be purchased on Saturday. What about lunch on Friday?
Because we start at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, we do not offer a catered lunch option.
What are my lunch options if I didn’t buy mine before the deadline passed?
The Ft. Magruder Hotel and Conference Center is also equipped with a restaurant and a coffee shop/grab-and-go snack bar.