Main Events are events run officially by UWG, not volunteers or speakers. For a list of our speakers, click here. And be sure to check out our full schedule, including Funshops, Speakers, and Main Events!
Open every day of the conference, the gallery is a casual meeting place where people can gather for informal chats, to meet friends, or just relax. For the first time this year, our Teen Art Gallery will also be held here! Art supplies will be provided for teens during designated times, and their finished artwork can be displayed in the gallery for the rest of the week.
Family Fun Night
Kick off the week and connect with friends with an evening of games, music, and dancing. There will be ice breakers, face painting, a hair spray booth, balloon animals, and more!
For those of you looking to connect in a quieter environment during Family Fun Night, join us at the Mellow Mixer to meet up with unschooling friends new and old.
Fairy Godparents is a reciprocal game played for the duration of the conference. Participants will be secretly assigned a fairy godchild and a fairy godparent, and spend the week doing things to make their fairy godchild feel special. Fairy godparents can choose to remain anonymous, or reveal themselves at the end of the week. Signups will be held on Monday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00, and name pickups will run from 8:00 to 10:00, during Family Fun Night.
Secret Society of Unschooling Dads (SSUDS)
The Secret Society of Unschooling Dads, or SSUDS, is a no-holds-barred safe place where men can ask questions and discuss concerns, breakthroughs, and ideas about their unschooling journey.
Bring your own instruments, display your musical talents, and jam with fellow musicians. All ages and all levels of musical talent are welcome.
We’re dedicating an entire day to cosplay, and all attendees are welcome to participate and dress as their favorite characters. Don’t forget to check out the official Cosplay Contest at 11:30! Registration for the Cosplay Contest will be held Monday evening from 8-8:30 PM at a table in the south foyer, during the beginning of Family Fun Night, and online via Google doc. Online registration will close Tuesday at noon.
Kids can bring their handmade or gently-used wares to buy and sell in our annual kids’ marketplace. No pre-registration is required, and tables will be provided. Please keep in mind that no food sales of any kind are permitted.
New this year: in addition to our annual Kids’ Marketplace we will be hosting a vendor hall event for all ages! Bring your wares to sell, or just come to shop. There is a fee for space at this event: $10 for registered UWG attendees, $25 for outside vendors. Please note that we are not allowed outside food of any kind (including samples) in the convention center.
Two family-friendly movies will be shown in the ballrooms. This year’s movies are Dora and the Lost City of Gold at 8:00, followed by Detective Pikachu at 10:00.
Henna Fun Night
Join us for an evening of Mehndi, the application of henna as a form of temporary skin decoration. Henna and temporary tattoos will be provided. Movie Night will be held concurrently in an adjoining room, to ensure that kids and parents can easily stay in contact.
Kids and adults alike are welcome to showcase their talents at our annual Talent Show. All talents are welcome, but advance signup is required. Sign ups will be held from 8:00 to 9:00 PM on Tuesday.
Give a week of fun a proper sendoff with a night of music and lights at our annual family-friendly dance, hosted once again by unschooling dad and professional DJ Dennis Wolf.
Registration fees are non-refundable.
Participation in any event, funshop or activity at UWG is voluntary and entirely at your own risk. Participants acknowledge that the organizers of Unschoolers’ Waterpark Gathering and their agents will not be held liable for any injury, loss, or damage arising from participating in this event.
You should understand that when participating in any physically active funshop, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you choose to participate, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Unschoolers’ Waterpark Gathering from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown.