Many parents like to bring the entire family to the annual Virginia homeschool convention each year. Conventioning with kids makes it a family vacation that everyone looks forward to!
Like any vacation, though, it takes some planning—especially if you’re traveling with very young children. Kyndra Steinmann of Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones, did a post with a dozen tips for making a stress-free experience when bringing babies, toddlers & preschoolers to the convention.
It’s been said before, but it’s true—there IS something for everyone at the convention.
Look for these great features for families attending the convention with children:
|Saturday morning’s keynote—The Amazing Chemistry Show with Josh Denhart—is different from any other keynote we’ve done before. Geared toward the whole family, this keynote includes fire, explosions, chemical reactions, and music—and LOTS of laughter and fun!|
|The Children’s Program is a great option for all children ages 5 to 12 who may not want to sit in every workshop with you. This year’s theme, Jesus is Stronger, will show the children through games, crafts, skits, and songs all about the life of Paul and his dependence on Christ.|
|Chess Championships are back by popular demand for the ninth year in a row. Held Saturday morning in the Exhibit Hall, the championships are open to any homeschooled child who knows how to play! You must sign up in advance, though, so don’t delay!|
|Action Math Baseball Tournament is coming to the convention for the first time! Imagine having your kids asking YOU if they can do their math!|
|The Exhibit Hall is not just about curricula and books! Exhibitors throughout the hall have hands-on activities and demonstrations for children of all ages–look for the hands-on icon on the Exhibit Hall page. and check out the examples below!|
Hands-on Exhibit Hall
- Sciexperience (Booth #) offers hands-on exploration for all Check out our Facebook page for an update on the Madagascar cockroaches!
- Toms Toys – Booth #226 – will have 4000 wooden blocks for you to build your own creations!
- Historical Conquest (Booth #1210 ) will have their signature game available for families to play onsite!
- Applied Inspirations (Booth #600) is a convention favorite that offers electronics and learn-to-solder lessons, FREE with the purchase of purchase of discounted kit.
- Chincoteague Bay Field Station (Booth #815 ) will have a marine touch tank
- Robotics Expo in the Exhibit Hall allows kids to explore robotics and enjoy hands-on fun as they pilot a real robot!
- The Instrument Petting Zoo by Music & Arts (Booth 513) gives kids a chance to try out many different kinds of musical instruments!
Special Discounts at Local Museums for HEAV Convention Attendees!
Kids need a break from the convention? Just present your HEAV Convention name tag to get 50% off at these local museums
- Science Museum of Virginia
- Children’s Museum of Richmond
- The Valentine
- The American Civil War Center
Enter to win one of these fabulous giveaways from HEAV 2017 convention exhibitors!
These will stay open until May 15, 2017.
Bridgeway Academy Party Favor!
Discover your family’s learning and personality style, compliments of Bridgeway Academy! They are offering all HEAV families a free, l Learning Style Assessment ( a $39.99 value) that encourages all families to better communicate with each other, work together, and love learning!
Just visit learningstyles.me and use coupon code EARLYHEAV at checkout.
By taking this assessment now, you can get additional resources and benefits that will help you teach any subject to your child’s learning style. Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnrkCmQiIAc
Be sure to visit Bridgeway Academy at the HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention in June!
Applied Inspirations +Learn to Solder
Applied Inspirations offers unique, hands-on electronic kits to encourage students to learn electronics by doing—and have fun at the same time.
“Don’t Just Build Something . . . Learn Something!”
Be sure to visit their booth at the convention in June! They will be offering learn-to-solder classes during the entire convention! This hands-on experience has changed children’s direction in life when they discover how much fun and exciting soldering and electronics can be.
Board game aficionados! Historical Conquest™ is a unique and exciting card game in which players create personalized societies of heroes, villains, leaders, assassins, disasters, armies more from history and battle them against one another. Enter to win a free beginners’ set! And be sure to visit Historical Conquest in their booth at the convention! Historical Conquest™ is a unique and exciting card game in which players create personalized societies of heroes, villains, leaders, assassins, disasters, armies more from history and battle them against one another. Enter to win a free beginners’ set! And be sure to visit Historical Conquest in their booth at the convention!
HEAV Homeschool Cookbook
Enter for a chance to win HEAV’s first cookbook, chock full of recipes that are perfect for homeschool families–large and small!
2017 HEAV Convention Registration