General Convention Information

 2020

Due to government restrictions the 2020 Virginia Homeschool Convention has been canceled. This difficult decision was not made lightly, but with drastic, new restrictions in place, there is simply no other choice.

Read more information here.

Virginia Homeschool Convention Information

Wondering how to get to the convention? Or where to stay during the convention? Find out the information you need to know for the HEAV convention.

Registration Information

Please Note: You will receive a payment receipt, but NOT an emailed confirmation when you register. Please download the pdf of your confirmation page (the final page) before you exit the form.

Need to Change Your Registration? Please call the HEAV office to add family members or events to your registration. The office may be reached at 804-278-9200, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Refunds will be made to the issuing card, if possible. The refund deadline is June 8, 2020; no refunds will be made after this date. The $20 refund fee is waived. 

Scholarships Are Available
The HEAV convention is life changing, and we don’t want a sincere financial need to keep anyone away. If you have a sincere financial need, please request a scholarship here.

First-Time Parents of Just Preschoolers

If you've never been to the HEAV convention and your eldest child is aged four or under, apply for your discount code and use it to register online.

First-Time or Non-Homeschooling Pastors

If you are a pastor who has never been to the HEAV convention or you are not homeschooling, come to the convention free, and attend a special workshop especially for pastors.

Non-Homeschooling Grandparents

If you are grandparents--and are not actively homeschooling--come free and learn more about this unique and fast-growing educational path your grandchildren are on.

Getting There

The convention is held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N. 3rd Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Download Printable Directions to the Convention Center

Finding Your Way Around

Maps of the convention center may be found here.

Food & Nearby Stores

You are welcome to bring food to eat in your hotel room, and you may request a mini-refrigerator when you make your reservation. However, according to the Greater Richmond Convention Center’s rules, no food may be brought into the Richmond Center from outside sources. For your convenience, we’ve put together some lists of nearby restaurants, stores, and services near the convention center. The map below shows the location of the Convention Center, as well as nearby hotels. You can also view a larger map and get directions from Google Maps.

Parking

See Parkopedia for a Richmond parking map. It includes prices, hours, and other information.

Accessibility

Interpreters for Workshops

A limited number of interpreters are available to assist the deaf and hard of hearing.
To request interpretation of a particular workshop, please email speakers@heav.org

Wheelchairs

A limited number of wheelchairs are available, and must be reserved in advance. Get more information on wheelchairs and handicap accessibility, emergency plans, cell phones, and more in the FAQ.

General Convention Hours

Thursday, August 27, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, August 28, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 29, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Registration Hours

Thursday, August 27, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, August 28, 2020 – 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 29, 2020 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, August 27, 2020  – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, August 28, 2020  – 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 29, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m

Exhibit Hall free shopping is on Saturday, from 3  p.m. to 6:30 p.m. No online registration or fees are required; however, you must sign in at the Registration Lobby before proceeding to the Exhibit Hall. The Used Curriculum Sale will be closed by that time and is not included as part of free shopping.

 

Convention FAQs

With the purchase of a full, three-day convention ticket, your spouse and dependent children (unmarried, living at home) will receive FREE, three-day admission to all workshops, UCS, and Exhibit Hall Shopping! Enjoy one price for the entire family!

Don’t have time to stay for the entire convention? Purchase aShopping-Only’ pass which includes all shopping in the Exhibit Hall, the Used Curriculum Sale, and one keynote session! Shop as a family and enjoy one low price.

Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ONSITE CONVENTION FEES
AUGUST 27-29, 2020
Pay ONE Family-Friendly Price!
Your spouse and dependent children attend FREE!
MemberNon-Member
Full Three-Day Convention Admission
Includes Exhibit Hall, UCS & ALL workshops
$99$109
One-Day Convention Admission
Includes Exhibit Hall, UCS & ALL workshops for Friday OR Saturday
$79$89
Three-Day Shopping-Only Admission
Includes Exhibit Hall, UCS & your choice of ONE keynote on Friday or Saturday.
$39$29
Qualifying* Parents of Only Preschoolers
(registration required – *see details)
FREEFREE
Non-Homeschooling Grandparents
(registration required – see details)
FREEFREE

No; however, you will need to sign in on site. Please come to Registration desk in the main lobby where you will be able to sign up beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

(note: High School Sessions require purchase of convention registration)

 No. Parents must be registered for full convention in order for family members to attend Thursday events.

The are numerous parking garages available near the convention center, and prices vary. Be sure to arrive early if you plan to park in the Greater Richmond Convention Center parking deck–the lots fills early, especially on Friday. See Parkopedia for many other options. It includes prices, hours, and other information.

Don’t want to face the downtown traffic? Park free outside the city (location TBD) and ride the HEAV shuttle bus into the convention. Busses run about every 10 minutes. Get the shuttle schedule and other details here.

According to the Greater Richmond Convention Center’s policy, food obtained outside the convention center may not be brought in except for health reasons. There are several concession stands onsite that are open Thursday through Saturday during convention hours. 

There are also a number of options within walking distance of the convention center. The convention center has provided this map for some options, or look at the Google map here.

 Yes, please register! HEAV Lifetime Members and their dependent children (including unmarried young adults currently in their household) are entitled to FREE full convention admission*. You can find out more about becoming a Lifetime Member here.

* The Children’s Program and other special-event registration fees still apply for Lifetime Member families.

No. HEAV wants to encourage moms and dads to attend the convention together, but we don’t want an extra admission cost to stand in the way. A family ticket is not available for any person other than a legal spouse and dependent children. You may not bring a friend, relative, fiance, etc., on a family ticket.

The answer depends on your child. Children of any age are welcome in the Exhibit Hall, UCS, and workshops*. However, if your child is uninterested in the workshop topic or finds it difficult to sit through a speaker presentation, he or she may be happier in the Children’s Program. Our children’s program is held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and activities are created to be appropriate for children ages 5 to 12. The children’s program requires an additional fee and fills on a first-come basis.

*Please note that many of the workshops are being recorded. Parents of younger children are encouraged to sit near an exit, and they must slip out quietly if the baby or child becomes noisy. (This includes happy sounds as well as those of distress.) 

Certain events–most of them available on Thursday–are available for additional cost. Though there is PLENTY to do and see for the whole family, these carefully selected events can enhance the convention experience for some family members. Please note that many of these events will fill up during preregistration, and will not be offered onsite.

Optional Youth Events
IEW – Elementary Writing Clinic – Thursday (ages 6 – 12)$39
Elementary Art – Thursday  (ages 6 – 12)$29
Middle School Writing Clinic – Thursday (Ages 11 – 14)$29
Middle School Writing & Hands-On Lab Combo – Thursday (ages 11 to 14) (Science requires accompanying parent for ages 10 to 11.)$49
Hands-On Science Lab – Thursday (ages 13 and up)$39
Middle School Art – Thursday (ages 11 to 14)$29
3D Printer Workshop – Thursday (ages 13 and up)$39
Photography Team – Thursday (ages 15 and up)$69
Soldering for Kids – Friday
(ages 12 and up)
$15
Music Competition – Thursday (pre-registration only)$15/members
$25/non-members
Teen Program – iElect  – Friday and Saturday
(ages 12 and up)
$39
Children’s Program Pre-registered – Thursday, Friday & Saturday
(ages 5–12; price per child/per day – preregistered)
$20
Children’s Program Onsite – Thursday,Friday & Saturday
(ages 5–12; price per child/per day – onsite)
$25
Special Buddies Program – Thursday, Friday & Saturday
(pre-registration only)
$20
Optional Adult Events
*AUDIT SEATS are only available in addition to the purchase of a student’s
seat and may not be purchased alone for the audit price.
 
The Art of Marriage Live $39/per couple
An Evening of Real Refreshment – Friday$0
Middle School Writing Clinic – (Audit)$10
Combo – Hands-On Science & Middle School Writing  (Audit)$15
Hands-On Science Lab (Audit)  – Thursday$10
3D Printer Workshop (Audit) – Thursday$10
Photography Team  –  Thursday (ages 15 – Adult)$69
Soldering for Kids (Audit) –  Thursday $10

Since many workshops run concurrently during each session, we do not reserve seats for regular workshops. We recommend getting to the workshop of your choice several minutes early in order to get a seat–OR volunteer as a host/hostess in that workshop to guarantee a seat.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. You may attend a different workshop where seating is still available. Most workshops are being  recorded, so you can order a CD or MP3 of the workshops you missed as well as the workshops you would like to hear again.

HEAV encourages non-homeschooling grandparents to learn more about homeschooling and discover how they can contribute to the lives of their homeschooled grandchildren. If you are a grandparent who is not homeschooling, please request your grandparent discount code using this exclusive link.

My child (13 and up) wants to volunteer but not attend workshops. Do I have to register him or her?
Yes. All volunteers must be registered to attend the convention. Remember, with the new family pricing your dependent children are included in your registration fee! BOTH youth volunteers AND their parents must be registered for the convention.

NOTE: Children’s Program volunteers are a special class of volunteers who do NOT need to be registered for the convention. If your child is aged 13 or up and would like to serve in the Children’s Program, click here for more information.

No, there are no admission discounts; however, volunteers are given the best selection of materials at the Used Curriculum Sale! Those who volunteer at least two hours at the HEAV Convention are granted early admission to the UCS from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday morning.

The UCS will open for preregistered attendees starting Friday at 10 a.m. Admittance time will be assigned based on the date of your pre-registration. Attendees who register at the door and parents of preschoolers who attend for free cannot enter the sale until 3 p.m.

Free shopping is only open on Saturday, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. No online registration or fees are required; however, you will be asked to sign in at the Registration Lobby before proceeding to the Exhibit Hall. The Used Curriculum Sale will be closed by that time and is not included as part of free shopping.

Absolutely! After August 13 you may register at the door. Come to the Main Lobby of the Exhibit Hall Building at the Richmond Convention Center. See below for on-site registration fees.

ON-SITE CONVENTION FEES
June 6-8, 2019
Pay ONE Family-Friendly Price! Your spouse and dependent children attend FREE!MemberNon-Member
Full Three-Day Convention Admission Includes Exhibit Hall, UCS & ALL workshops$99$109
One-Day Convention Admission Includes Exhibit Hall, UCS & ALL workshops for Friday or Saturday$79$89
Shopping Only includes all Exhibit Hall and UCS shopping$29$39
Qualifying Parents of Preschoolers registration required – see detailsFREEFREE
Non-Homeschooling Grandparents registration requiredFREEFREE

All refund requests must be submitted no later than June 8, 2020. No refunds are available after this date. Refunds will be made to the issuing card if possible. Full refunds normally incur a $20 cancellation fee, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the convention rescheduling, the refund fee is WAIVED until June 8. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for your refund. No refunds or adjustments will be made at the convention. There are no exceptions to this policy. If you have further questions, please email finance@heav.org.

At the beginning of every workshop we will ask that cell phones be turned off, or set to vibrate, so please leave our emergency phone number with your caregivers and family members. During convention hours, emergency calls should be directed to 804-278-9200. Emergency messages will be posted at the HEAV booth in the Exhibit Hall. An announcement also will be made in the Exhibit Hall, as well as in workshops, if necessary, to find you.

Yes, come to the Information & Security Booth to leave an item you found or to look for an item you have lost.

If you need a wheelchair at the convention, you must reserve it in advance. Availability is limited. Please contact the HEAV office at 804-278-9200 to inquire about reserving a wheelchair.

Convention Sponsors

Thank You to our Wonderful Convention Sponsors!