Registration Information

Find out how to attend the Virginia Homeschool Convention.

Three Days That Can Change the Life of Your Family

Join us in Richmond on June 11, 12 & 13!

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FREE! How-To-Begin Homeschooling

Curious about homeschooling? Come to three workshops and tour the Exhibit Hall FREE on Thursday.

FREE! Qualifying Parents of Preschoolers

Attend the entire convention as our guest! Visit the preschool page to see if you qualify.

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FREE! Non-Homeschooling Grandparents

Find out what homeschooling is all about! Non-homeschooling grandparents may attend free.

Grandparents must create their own HEAV account and register on their own ticket.

Need to Change Your Registration? We get it. Life changes. Instructions for editing your registration will be available when registration opens.

To cancel your registration or remove events from your ticket, requests must be made in advance. No refunds will be made after the deadline.

Scholarships Are Available

The HEAV Convention is life changing, and we don’t want a sincere financial need to keep anyone away. 

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.

JUNE 6-8, 2019
Pay ONE Family-Friendly Price!
Your spouse and dependent children attend FREE!
Full Three-Day Convention Admission
Includes Exhibit Hall, UCS & ALL workshops
One-Day Convention Admission
Includes Exhibit Hall, UCS & ALL workshops for Friday OR Saturday
Three-Day Shopping-Only Admission
Includes Exhibit Hall, UCS & your choice of ONE keynote on Friday or Saturday.
Qualifying* Parents of Only Preschoolers
(registration required – *see details)
Non-Homeschooling Grandparents
(registration required – see details)


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 at the Diamond stadium green lot FREE, and ride the HEAV shuttle bus into the convention. Busses run about every 10 minutes, and make scheduled stops at the Science Museum of Virginia. 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 Friday and Saturday, and activities are created to be appropriate for children ages 5 to12. 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 – High School Writing Clinic – Thursday (ages 13 and up)$39
IEW – Writing Clinic & Dissection Lab Combo – Thursday (ages 13 and up)$69
Middle School Writing Clinic – Thursday (Ages 11 – 14)$29
Middle School Writing & Dissection Lab Combo – Thursday (ages 11 to 14)
(Ages 11 to 14 – Dissection requires accompanying parent for ages 10 to 11.)
Dissection Lab – Thursday (ages 13 and up)$39
Programming Lab – Thursday (ages 13 and up)$39
3D Printer Workshop$39
Photography Team – Thursday (ages 15 and up)$69
Maker Series: Soldering for Kids – Friday
(ages 12 and up)
Music Competition – Thursday (pre-registration only)$15/members
 Teen Program – Carl Kerby  – Friday and Saturday
(ages 13 and up)
Children’s Program Pre-registered – Friday & Saturday
(ages 5–12; price per child/per day – preregistered)
Children’s Program Onsite – Friday & Saturday
(ages 5–12; price per child/per day – onsite)
Special Buddies Program – Friday & Saturday
(pre-registration only)
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
IEW High School Writing Clinic (Audit)– Thursday$19
IEW-Writing Clinic & Dissection Lab Combo (Audit) – Thursday$20
Middle School Writing Clinic – (Audit)$10
Combo – Dissection Lab & Middle School Writing Clinic (Audit)$15
Dissection Lab (Audit)  – Thursday$10
Programming Workshop (Audit) – Thursday$19
3D Printer Workshop (Audit) – Thursday$10
Photography Team  –  Thursday (ages 15 – Adult)$69
Maker Series: The Joy of Notebooking Science  –  Friday$5
Maker Series: Evaluating Student Writing  –  Friday$5
Maker Series: Teach History Through Art –  Saturday$5
Maker Series: Forensic Investigations –  Saturday$10
Maker Series: Bullet Journaling –  Saturday$5

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 register for the convention 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.

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 May 24 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.

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 May 23, 2019. No refunds are available after this date. A cancellation fee of $15 will be deducted from your refund amount. No refunds or adjustments will be made at the convention. There are no exceptions to this policy. If you have further questions, please email