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.
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.
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.
Food & Nearby Stores
According to the Greater Richmond Convention Center’s rules, no food may be brought into the Richmond Center from outside sources. The map below shows the location of the Convention Center. You may view local restaurants here on a map. You can also view the larger map and get directions from Google Maps.
General Convention Hours
Thursday, June 9, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, June 10, 2022 – 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 2022 – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 9, 2022 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, June 10, 2022 – 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 2022– 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours
Thursday, June 9, 2022 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, June 10, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Exhibit Hall free shopping is on Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 5:00 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.
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 a ‘Shopping-Only’ pass which includes all shopping in the Exhibit Hall and the Used Curriculum Sale
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 (shuttle location at City Stadium) and ride the HEAV shuttle bus on Friday into the convention. Buses run about every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. (for final drop-off at parking lot at 11 p.m.) Please note the shuttle bus is on on Friday, June 10.
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 a number of great options–many within walking distance. Check out this Google map.
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.
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.
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 5:00 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 May 20 you may register at the door. Come to the Main Lobby of the Exhibit Hall Building at the Richmond Convention Center.
All refund requests must be submitted no later than April 30, 2022. 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 April 30. 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 email@example.com.
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.
Update March 7. No. Masks are not required throughout the Greater Richmond Convention Center.