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2018 Schedule

Sunday, May 20th:

7-9pm

  • Pot Luck Room Crawl-Join the coordinators in a casual meet and greet in the coordinators wing. We will provide pizza, snacks and soft drinks, but feel free to bring your own fare or something to share. Cookies will be available to decorate for kids of all ages! Rooms will be announced before the event, but we are always on the second floor adjacent to the convention center entrance.
  • Teen Pizza Party and Potluck– Lots of teens gather to play games, get reacquainted, eat food, and meet other teens before the conference officially begins.
  • Tween Pizza Party and Potluck-Same as above, but with tweens (and their families!)

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Daily (Monday afternoon-Thursday midnight):

 These rooms will be available for use all week long:

Ballroom A – Teen Room

Portia and Wisteria – Gallery  & Kids Corner

Ballroom H – Board and Card Game Room

Unschoolers Waterpark Gathering

Monday, May 21st

  • Afternoon Registration and T Shirt Pick Up: 2-5pm in the South Foyer of the Kalahari Convention Center
  • Friendship Ambassadors button pickup: 2-5pm, South Foyer
  • Fairy Godparents’ Registration and Name Pick-up:
    • Registration: 2-5pm, South Foyer
    • Pick up: 8-10pm South Foyer
  • Evening Registration and T Shirt Pick Up: 8-10pm, South Foyer
  • Cosplay Contest Registration: 8-8:30pm, South Foyer
  • Family Fun Night 8-10pm, Ballrooms CDEF
  • Mellow Mixer 8-10pm Portia and Wisteria
  • SSUDS casual meeting 9pm to ?, Marrakesh
  • Social Hour 10pm-12am, Portia and Wisteria

Speakers:

2-3pm

Fred Kluth: Demystifying Dungeons and Dragons: How D&D launches us into a world of imagination, research and teamwork
[Mangrove]
In this engaging, light-hearted presentation, Dungeon Master Fred and his daughter, team-player Vivian Kluth, share their practical insights about the game and exactly how it’s a fun and exciting journey in an imaginative world of role-playing, where the by-products of game are the life skills learned. Vivian will share how she developed research tools, exercised her reading and writing skills, and used the experience of working with a team to overcome obstacles. They will enthusiastically share how fantastic the game is; cover the basics of game play; share heart-warming anecdotes about working with a team to achieve goals; how to play out scenarios to resolve conflicts; and discuss the hidden lessons learned.

5-6pm

Michelle Nardi: After Unschooling
[Crown Palm]
How does non-traditional education and parenting change your perspective on markers of adulthood, and the ways in which your child will pass into it? Maybe not as much as you’d fear. I’ll share the ways my children achieved their goals in creative ways, and how I let go of my fears for their future and trusted their direction.

6-7:30pm

Grown Unschooler Panel
[Mangrove]
Now, how does an unschooler swim from the sea of childhood into the ocean of grown human being status? Well, good question…why not ask it at the Grown Unschoolers Panel!!! We’ve assembled a whole gaggle of grown, “mature” unschoolers ready to take your questions! Moderated by Eric Viele.

Fairy Godparents - what a card!
Fairy Godparents – what a card!

Funshops: 

12:30-2pm

Organized Zombie Tag
Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
[Ballrooms CDEF]
Players will be separated into two teams: the survivors and the infected. The infected players are trying to infect all the other players and finish off the rest of humanity. The survivors’ only goal is to survive. Are you fast enough to survive the zombies?

12:30-1:30pm

Kahoot/Jackbox Games
Lydia Stumpf
[Mangrove]
Come join us to play kahoot and jackbox games. You will need to bring a smart device to play. A laptop, tablet, or smartphone will do. We will have a lot of fun.

2-3pm

Doctor Who
Lillie Forteau
[Guava]
Join us whovians as we play games, discuss plot holes, and, of course, have fun! Costumes encouraged.

2:30-3:30pm

Ninja
Josh Owens and Keagan Dow
[Ballrooms DE]
Come join us for a fun game called Ninja, where you form a circle and strike ninja poses. The objective of the game is to swipe at your opponent’s hands and make contact with one fluid move – and the opponent’s objective is to avoid your move with one fluid countermove. When both hands are hit, you are out. Join in and learn how to play or just watch and see what it’s all about.

2:30-4pm

Skill Toys
Max VerNooy and Eric Viele
[Ballrooms CF]
Juggling, unicycles, stilts, and more, oh my! All skill levels are welcome. From masters of dexterity, to complete klutzes, just about anyone can learn to use skill toys with practice! Already have some skill toy skills? Come share and learn different tricks! Juggling balls and a few other skill toys will be provided.

3-4pm

Disney Harry Potter Sorting Hat Discussion!
Emily Seckinger and Lillie Forteau
[Tamarind]
Do you love Harry Potter and Disney? Are you passionate about the four main houses in Hogwarts? Then join us as we explore the possibility of our favorite Disney princesses and villains attending our favorite magical school of Hogwarts!

3:30-5:30pm

Magic the Gathering
Benjamin Stumpf
[Guava]
Bring your magic decks to play. I will bring a few extra decks in case you forgot to bring yours or if you don’t have a deck. All experience levels welcome.

3:30-5:30pm

Smash Bros Tournament
Jakubisin Family
[Mangrove]
We will be playing Smash Bros on the WiiU. We will have time slots to sign up for so everyone will get a chance to play!! If you want to bring your 3DS & Smash Bros game cartridge, you can use it as a controller!!

4-5:30pm

Acroyoga
Bret Almoney
[Ballrooms BG]
Acro yoga is a combination of acrobatics, yoga, and Thai massage. Bring a friend or come alone and meet new people. Learn to fly in a safe supportive community. Everyone will base, fly, and spot. If you can walk up stairs, you can pick someone up with your feet. There will be a lot of instruction during this active funshop. This is a building process, it is recommended to arrive near the beginning of the funshop. Adults and kids 15 and up.

4pm-Midnight

D&D
Jeff Vawter & David Gornovsky
[Acacia]
Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition PNP RPG. An original adventure written just for UWG. Calling all Warriors and Mages. Elves and Dwarves. Barbarians and Bards. Halflings and Half-Orcs. A dark force is plaguing the Sword Coast. Rumors of a cult, long thought destroyed, are worrying the local populace. The Harpers have called on you to find out what is happening and put a stop to it. Do YOU have what it takes to solve the mystery and save the Sword Coast? Bring your imagination and best war cry, for adventuring on the Sword Coast is not for the faint of heart.
Sign up for sessions is mandatory, and if you are not signed up and there are no open slots you will be turned away. Please reserve the late session (8pm-midnight) for more experienced players. The early sessions are for new players/younger players. Here is the link to the google doc for sign ups and I will try to accommodate players into the same party that want to adventure together. Each day’s session will be the same adventure, so if there is a workshop at 8pm that you want to attend, just sign up for the earlier sessions and you won’t miss a thing. You may bring a homemade character of 3rd-5th level, however I do reserve the right to nerf any magic items that will unbalance the game. I will have premade characters available. I will also have dice and pencils. I will provide miniatures, but you may bring your own mini, just make sure it is labeled with a small piece of tape at the bottom with your initials.

4:30-5:30pm

Teen Speed Friending
Teen Advisory Board
[Ballroom A, Teen Room]
Make new friends at this fast paced conversational game, where you have a few minutes to learn someone’s back story, favorite movies, or about their five adorable hedgehogs. New and old UWG attendees welcome!

5:30-7pm

Folk Dancing
Marti Horein
[Ballrooms BG]
Learn dances from a variety of different time periods and places all over the world

6-7pm

Suncatchers
Andrea Bikfalvy
[Guava]
Make painted glue suncatchers and oiled tissue paper suncatchers. Use your creativity and have fun.

9-10pm

Teen Werewolves
Max VerNooy
[Ballroom A, Teen Room]
Werewolves round two! This time for teens only.Your town has become infested with werewolves! Villagers must work together to find and eliminate the werewolves. The only problem is the werewolves blend in with the villagers during the day, and devour in secret during the night. Come learn and play the game of Werewolves! Werewolves is an easy-to-learn and social card game played with a large group of people. Be prepared to lie, persuade, and laugh with your fellow villagers. Again, this session is for teens only.

10:30-midnight

Teen Dance
Teen Advisory Board
[Ballroom A, Teen Room]
Come hang out at the Teen Dance! Come and dance, sing along to the music, and most importantly…HAVE FUN! This is also a great event to make new friends. We hope to see you there!

 

Tuesday, May 22nd:

  • COSPLAY day! Wear your favorite cosplays all day – we’ll wind it up with a Cosplay funshop in the evening.
  • Registration and T Shirt Pick Up 11am-12pm and 5-6pm in the South Foyer
  • Funshops 10am-1:30pm and 5:30-8pm (see below for times and locations, head to the funshops page for details)

Morning Speakers

10-11am

Bethany Ward: Preparing for End of Life
[Mangrove]
One of the most loving choices we can make for ourselves and our loved ones is to prepare for and plan our own death. Join us in learning what steps you need to take emotionally, spiritually, and practically for the end of life we all face. This presentation will be focused on supportive discussion, practical how-tos, documentation checklists, laws and regulations, and spiritual discourse. Learn about ways to discuss the inevitable process of dying with your children and families.

11:15-12:15pm

Heather Schleidt: Unschooling 101
[Mangrove]
Interested in venturing towards a more self-directed lifestyle of learning for your family? Come learn about Unschooling from a veteran who has taken the path less traveled slowly, but consistently. Heather has been an advocate for unschooling since reading books and ideas generated by the Unschooling gurus – John Taylor Gatto, John Holt, Pat Farenga, Sandra Dodd, and many more. This talk will be an evaluation of the reasons why everyone can unschool their children and how to start thinking outside of the traditional mindset of what an education should look like. Be prepared to trade that round peg in for a square one when we are done!

Deena Seckinger & Olivia Danielle: Mutual Respect, Principles, & Expectations vs. Arbitrary Rules
[Ironwood]
My grown daughter, Olivia Danielle, and I will discuss the journey we’ve spent over 20 years taking. From our life in traditional roles to our present day relationship you’ll hear our ups and downs and the turning points which changed us for the better. In this talk we’ll discuss and hopefully address some concerns you may have about letting go of the reins and trusting the process. We believe beyond everything else we’ve learned that communication is by far the most crucial foundation.

12:30-1:30pm

Don DeSeranno: Foundations of Financial Freedom
[Mangrove]
Foundations of Financial Freedom is for kids and the parents of kids who want to make their own rules and have fun whenever they want, and don’t like being told what to do. How can you become financially free to be forever in charge of yourself and your life? How young can you get started, and what are the first steps? We will answer these questions and more as we lay the Foundations of Financial Freedom.

Julie Bond Genovese: Aligning with the Soul’s Joy: Unschooling Ourselves from the BS (Belief Systems)
[Ironwood]
More than any outer adversity, losses or challenges, our inner BS is the biggest block standing in the way of an awesome and fulfilling lifetime. By consciously questioning our beliefs, we open up to greater possibilities and empowerment. Carl Jung said, “The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of the parents.” The clearer we are on our own path, the more loving we can be as parents. The more devoted we feel to our own passions and soul-blissipline, the brighter example we become for our family and their unique dreams. No matter what difficulties come our way, an open heart and mind align us with our best selves. Join us for an interactive discussion on how to shift our daily focus toward greater peace, presence and inspiration!

 

Morning Funshops:

9-10am

Yoga
Jennifer Lenhart, CYT/E-RYT
[Ballrooms DE]
Come move, breathe, and get centered in an all-levels yoga class – brand new beginners through seasoned practitioners are welcome! Please wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement and bring a yoga mat. If you happen to have any other yoga props – blocks, straps, yoga blankets – bring those along too. Learn more about me and my style of teaching at www.jenniferlenhart.com.

10-11am

Nutrition and Fitness
Isaac Govan
[Tamarind]
Presentation, Q & A. Isaac has spent years studying and living a life of good nutrition and proper exercise. He will discuss benefits of good nutrition and exercise, and how to proceed. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

10-11:30am

Lazer Tag
Ed Forteau
[Ballrooms DE]
You’ll love this high-tech version of the all-time favorite game of tag. Specific NERF lazer guns are required to participate.
Rules for Lazer Tag located at the bottom of the funshops page.

11:15am-12:15pm

Pokemon Card Trading
Jolene (Jojo) Fuller-Brown
[Guava]
Bring your Pokemon cards and Trade Trade Trade!

Teen Round Table
Josh Owens and Keagan Dow
[Crown Palm]
Come join us for Teen Round Table. There are tables with conversation topics on them-something for everyone, from video games and anime to music and books. Just sit down and have a conversation – it’s great if you’re shy and have a hard time making new friends or just starting conversations, or you just want to meet new people.

11:30am-1pm

Line up the fun with line dancing
Jennel Benson
[Ballrooms DE]
Come join in for a variety of line dances.

11:30am-1:30pm

Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag
Teen Advisory Board
Tweens and under 11:30-12:25; Teens 12:30-1:30 [Ballrooms BCGF]
Come play the exciting game of Capture the Flag…but in the dark!

12:30-1:30pm

Miniature Painting
Andrea Bikfalvy
[Tamarind]
Sharing tips and techniques for painting miniature figures. I am just a beginner, but I can share what I know, and anyone else who comes is welcome to share what they know so we can all learn from one another. Bring some primed minis and supplies to paint if you want, or just come and listen and watch.

 

Afternoon Break:

  • Afternoon Break 1:30-5:30 pm
  • SSUDS (Secret Society of Unschooling Dads) 2:00pm to 4:00pm  (Mangrove)

 

Evening Speakers:

5:30-6:30pm

Raina Hodgson: Transgender 101
[Mangrove]
As a cis-gender woman I cannot claim to understand all things trans*. I can, however, share what I have learned through our family’s journey and the amazing people I have met along the way. Let’s talk about terminology, affirmation, learning, safety, inclusion, diversity and advocacy.

Eric Viele: I Unschooled and lived!
[Ironwood]
At the age of 20, you could say I’m past school age. After a life of Unchooling, this is where I’m at. Allow me to be your test subject! Come with questions, or just come to hear an unschoolers tale. I’ll touch on how I learned, on what I did and didn’t learn, on how I made friends, and many more things that were easier or more challenging due to my education.

 

Evening Funshops:

4pm-Midnight

D&D
Jeff Vawter & Fred Kluth
[Crown Palm]

5:30-6:30pm

Marvel & DC
Sarah Northam
[Tamarind]
Come join us for a celebration of your favorite characters from the Marvel and DC Universes!

5:30-7:30pm

Historical Conquest
Jason LaRoy and Finn O’Brien
[Guava]
In this funshop, we will be playing the card game Historical Conquest. In Historical Conquest, you take control of important historical figures, armies, and events and use them to battle your opponents. There will be a few extra decks available. Please bring your own starter pack, if possible. We will be giving away rare cards to all that attend. More information about the game and card packs are available at: https://www.historicalconquest.com/

Cosplay Contest
Lillie Forteau
[Ballrooms CDEF]
Back by popular demand…CosplayTuesday! Wonder Woman, Captain America, Sailor Moon, Han Solo, Moana, Sauron, Fluttershy – who do you cosplay? It’s always fun to see your favorite characters wandering around the halls of Kalahari – the more cosplayers, the better! After a day of fun in your favorite cosplay costume, there will be an official costume contest. Participants must be registered to compete. No late entries. Contest participation and judging will be broken up by age: 6 & under, 7-10, 11-14, 15+. Speak with Lillie during in person signup Monday night if you want to enter as a group.

All contestants will be judged by our lovely panel of passionate cosplayers, on such things as craftsmanship, creativity, entertain me (how you act in costume, do you talk like your character? do you walk like your character?), etc. You may be asked about your costume and character, so be ready!

Registration for the Costume Contest will be held online via google doc, which will close Tuesday at noon, and in person Monday evening from 8-8:30pm at a table in the lobby outside of the ballrooms, during the beginning of family fun night. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/met4eAUUtJUHWrIF2

5:30-8pm

Werewolves of Miller Hollow
Max VerNooy, Sebastian Gregory, Sam VerNooy
[Ballroom H, Game Room]
Your town has become infested with werewolves! Villagers must work together to find and eliminate the werewolves. The only problem is the werewolves blend in with the villagers during the day, and devour in secret during the night. Come learn and play the game of Werewolves! Werewolves is an easy-to-learn and social card game played with a large group of people. Be prepared to lie, persuade, and laugh with your fellow villagers.

 

Evening Activities:

  • Henna Fun Night 8pm-11:30pm (Ballrooms BG)
  • Talent Show Signup – 8-9pm (South Foyer)
  • Movie Night 8-9:45pm (G or PG rated in Ballrooms CDEF) – Coco
  • Movie Night 10pm-Midnight (PG or PG13 in Ballrooms CDEF) – Wonder Woman
  • Music Jams 8pm-Midnight (Mangrove)

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Wednesday, May 23rd:

    • Funshops 10am-1:30pm and 5:30-8pm (see below for times and locations, head to the funshops page for details)

 

Morning Speakers 

10-11am

Dana Stewart: Aiming for the Ivies? Applying to College as an Unschooler
[Mangrove]
If you think your unschooler might want to apply to colleges at some point, it’s probably not too early to start looking into how the process works and what exactly the schools will want from you. As a college professor myself, I thought the application process would be a breeze for me to navigate, but that was far from the case! I’ll share what I have learned this year while helping my 17-year-old unschooled son prepare his college applications. Topics I will cover include: the transcript, the school counselor letter, financial aid, the alumni interview, “demonstrated interest” and campus visits, helpful online resources, the SAT Subject Tests, and more. Please note: I warmly invite the participation of any parents who have also been through this process with their unschoolers and would like to share their tips.

Sylvia Woodman: So What Do You DO All Day? Or “Typical Unschooling Days”
[Ironwood]
One of the most common questions that unschoolers get asked is “What do you do all day?” Most people have an image of kids “doing school” at home with little desks, a dining room or spare bedroom converted into a “school room.” Most unschoolers I know, don’t do that. But what do they do? How do they do it? What does it look like? What does it feel like? And most importantly: How can I help you get started?

11:15-12:15pm

Deena Seckinger: The Dreaded Questions: How will they…? But what about…? Even math?!?!
[Ironwood]
Come explore with us those wonderful questions we have all heard from friends, family, and, yes, even random strangers. Here you will find reassurance that this path works, answers that have settled the fears of truly concerned loved ones, and some quips to shutdown Nosy Nellie! Most importantly though you’ll get support from long time unschoolers that, yes, if your child “needs” math, then they WILL learn math! PFA (Parental Failure Anxiety) is YOUR problem, not your child’s. Relax! Come with your questions, your favorite zingers, and an open mind as we learn how to navigate this unschooling life within the confines of a traditional landscape.

Ask An Unschooled Teen Panel
[Mangrove]
How did you ___? Why did you ___? If I want to help my kid do ___, what should I do? If you have questions like, this then come on down to the ask an unschooled teen panel! There will be Talking! Teenagers! Microphones! And most importantly…. ANSWERS!! How it works: walk in, sit down, ask a panel of teen unschoolers your questions! Moderated by Eric Viele.

12:30-1:30pm

Josiah Burke: Imposter Syndrome
[Mangrove]

Julie Bond Genovese: Harmonizing Our Relationships (with Partners or Kids) using The Work of Byron Katie
[Ironwood]
“The teacher you need is the person you’re living with.” ~Byron Katie. A conscious relationship (with ourselves, partners, kids or friends) is one of the most powerful tools for personal joy and spiritual growth. By recognizing when we project our painful thoughts & feelings about ourselves, onto those closest to us, we can begin to free ourselves from conflict. Relationships act as an insightful mirror of the denied aspects within ourselves. What we judge or ignore within ourselves, we’ll notice crawling all over others. By honoring our truth and “Loving What Is,” we can use any adversity as a catalyst for growth and compassion. These wake-up calls from the soul teach us how to champion our true selves while learning to live peacefully with our families. As we change our inner perspective, the healing and peace ripples outward. Join us in an interactive workshop and discussion on how to shift anger, overwhelm and judgment into mindfulness, freedom and love.

  

Morning Funshops:

9-10am

Yoga
[Ballrooms DE]
Jennifer Lenhart, CYT/E-RYT

10-11am

Crafting
Sophie LaRoy
[Guava]
In this funshop, we will be bringing fabric markers and ceramic paint markers. We will provide a limited number of white canvas bags and white mugs for decorating, too. Please bring your own shirts, bags, scarves, mugs, plates, etc, for decorating.

10-11:30am

Dance Battle
Sami Vuksanovich and Jennel Benson
[Ballrooms DE]
We will have a dance battle with multiple teams, and the battle will go ‘elimination style’. Each team will pick a team member to battle against other teams. A simple dance will be presented to the selected team members, and each member must perform the dance to compete for each team. The dancer with the most energy, charisma, stage presence, and attitude will remain in the battle, and the others will be ‘eliminated’. The battle will end with the last team standing. We will have a half hour or so before the battle begins for warmups, team assembly, and explanation of the rules beforehand.

10am-12pm

Dodgeball
Teen Advisory Board
Tweens and under 10-11, teens and up 11-12 [Ballrooms BCGF]
Don’t dodge – come join in the fun and exciting game of dodgeball! All ages from 10am-11am, teens and up from 11am-12pm.

11:15am-12:15pm

Let’s Talk About Overwatch!
Keagan Dow
[Tamarind]
Overwatch discussion and story overview

Marvelous Marble Run
Oscar Kovalick
[Crown Palm]
Participants will split into teams and build marble runs out of tubes, tape and various other supplies.

11:15am-1pm

“Nightmare” Horror Roleplay Game
Sarah Northam
[Guava]
In this Funshop we’ll be teaching you how to play a game created by an old friend of mine called “Nightmare”. “Nightmare” is basically a storytelling roleplaying game where one person is designated “Nightmare Teller” and creates a scary story with options for the group of listeners to choose from.

12-1:30pm

Minecraft Advanced Building Techniques
Xander Jakubisin and Revi Andersson
[Ballrooms DE]
Come, learn some minecraft building techniques with us! If you’d like to build along while we demonstrate, please bring your laptop or device.

12:30-1:30pm

Disney Singalong!
Emily Seckinger and Lillie Forteau
[Tamarind]
Join us as we sing along to classic and new songs from our favorite Disney movies!

 

Afternoon Break:

  • Kids’ Marketplace Set Up 1:00-1:30pm (Ballrooms BGCF)
  • Kids’ Marketplace 1:30-3:30pm (Ballrooms BGCF)
  • Afternoon Break 3:30-5:30pm
Kids' Marketplace
Kids’ Marketplace

 

Evening Speakers

5:30-6:30pm

Lillie Forteau: Creative Writing Workshop for Beginners
[Ironwood]
Learning the craft of writing takes a lot of time, energy, and perseverance – and time spent in chairs. In this talk and workshop, you’ll learn terminology, point of view (and what you’re most comfortable writing), writing tips and tricks, ways to publish online, creating likeable characters and characters with depth, successful worldbuilding, and how to gain an audience (and fans!). Please bring paper, a pen or pencil, and creativity. We’ll practice positive feedback for those who want to share their work.

Raina Hodgson: Yes, My Son Lives in a School Bus: Supporting Our Childrens’ Dreams While Cultivating Our Own
[Mangrove}
In November of 2015, my son became the proud owner of a 2001 Thomas 72 passenger school bus. At first, I was in a bit of a shock-the fact that my 18 year old owned a bus, AND at the enormity of the project. Then I started reading bus blogs and searching out pictures of people’s conversion projects because *I* wanted a bus too! “Bussey-Bus” is not the beginning of the story; however, it is more like the middle. Join me to talk about our children’s dreams and ambitions and how supporting them can feed our own aspirations.

7-8pm

Raina Hodgson, Paxton Hodgson, and Eric Viele: Bus Build/Bus Life Roundtable

[Mangrove]

Join our experienced bus build panelists at our Bus Build Round Table for a lively discussion of all things relating to bus conversion. Share your stories, ask questions and meet other bus enthusiasts.

 

Evening Funshops:

4pm-midnight

D&D
Jeff Vawter & Fred Kluth
[Crown Palm]

5:30-6:30pm

Chess
Phoenix Bugni
[Guava]
Come play chess with everyone from beginner to advanced in a relaxed environment

Scavenger Hunt
Teen Advisory Board
[Ballrooms DE]
All ages. Teams of four will race through the Kalahari (the hotel, not the desert) to complete their lists. Will your team have what it takes to win a prize?

5:30-7:30pm

Shamanic Drum Journeying
Kimberly Conti
[Tamarind]
During repetitive drumming we will journey (meditate) to heal, ask questions, receive guidance, meet power animals, spirit guides, helpers and more.

6-9pm

Boffer Foam Sword Fighting
Jared Masters and Josh Owens
6-7pm 12 and under, 7-9pm 12+ [Ballrooms BCGF]
This is the foam sword version of the nerf war. We will have duels, capture the flag, hidden king and other games. We will bring some spare weapons, but if possible please bring your own (or buy one at the marketplace). Full directions and information are on the funshops page.

6:30-8pm

Swing Dancing
Alissa Stumpf
[Ballrooms DE]
I will provide a variety of music we will swing dance to. All skill levels are welcome. All ages are welcome, however, young children will need supervision (I do not provide that.) There will be people there to help teach beginning swing and space available to dance and teach one another more advanced swing moves.

7-8pm

Become part of the resistance ~ Star Wars funshop!
Lillie Forteau
[Guava]
It doesn’t matter if you’re on the dark or light side – you will enjoy this funshop! We will have games, Mos Espa podrace trivia challenge, photobooth, discuss the oddly tall pants of Kylo Ren, and more! Join us, ‘cause we’re kind of a big deal. Costumes encouraged.

 

Evening Activities:

  • Talent Show  8-11pm (Cypress)

 

Thursday, May 24th:

  • Funshops 10am-1:30pm and 5:30-8pm (see below for times and locations, head to the funshops page for details)
  • Nerf Wars 10am-1:00pm, Ballrooms BCDEFG

NERF

 

Morning Speakers:

10-11am

Josiah Burke: Self Education and Career Advancement
[Mangrove]

11:15-12:15pm

Ed Forteau – AI: the Future of Customer Communication
[Mangrove]
Many businesses communicate with their customers using social media. More people are communicating through messaging apps, which have surpassed social networks in terms of usage. It is predicted that 80%+ of business to customer communication will be through messaging apps and chat bots using artificial intelligence, making it prudent for anyone who owns a business to understand how they work, and how best to use them.

12:30-1:30pm

Lillie Forteau: Get Pop Cultured!
[Mangrove]
What is this thing called pop culture? It’s all around you! How did it evolve so fast throughout history, what does it mean, and why it is never a waste of time and money.

Eric Viele: Independence and happiness
[Ironwood]
When you’re a young person, can there be a perfect marriage between supporting yourself and still doing what you love? Can you still play D&D while you’re swimming the sea of busyness known as college? Is it Impossible to still play a lot of video games while working a full time job? Let’s find out!

 

Morning Funshops:

Nerf Wars 9:00am to 2:00pm (Ballrooms BCDEFG) Setup 9-10am, cleanup 1-2pm

11:15am-12:15pm

Anime Drawing
Anne Murgic
[Mangrove]
Anime drawing – bring your markers or pencils, we will draw and watch anime at the same time. Trivia/quiz, anime guess the opening, and more.

My Little Pony
Amber & Karma Hedrick
[Tamarind]
My little pony funshop. Bring your ponies along for a interactive funshop. We will have lots of ponies to share and trading cards. We will also be showing the new My Little Pony Movie.

Pokemon
Alex Lowery
[Guava]
Do you love pokemon? Pokemon Go, trading cards, plushies, pokemon DS…you and your pokemon can attend this funshop and meet other pokemon trainers for games and more.

12:30-1:30pm

Apples to Apples
Sarah Northam
[Tamarind]
Come join us to play Apples to Apples!

Acting Games
Emily Stumpf
[Guava]
We will meet together and play acting games. No experience necessary. It is a great way to get together and have fun.

1-6pm

D&D
Jeff Vawter & David Gornovsky
[Banyan]

Afternoon Break:  1:30-5:30pm

 

Evening Speakers:

5:30-6:30pm

Teen Entreprenurialism Panel
[Mangrove]
Ever wanted to work for yourself? Have a kid that wants to start their own business? Then come on down to the teen entrepreneurialism panel! Young adults who work for themselves will be on stage and ready to answer your questions! Moderated by Eric Viele.

 

Evening Funshops:

5:30-6:30pm

Chinese Jump Rope
Max VerNooy
[Ballrooms CF]
Chinese Jump Rope is a mix of standard jump rope and hopscotch. Learn the game and then jump to your heart’s content! Ropes will be provided – all you need to bring is your jumping feet!

5:30-7pm

2 Rooms and a Boom
George Stewart-Walkling
[Guava & Tamarind]
The popular party game/funshop from UWG 2017 returns! Stop your President from being blown up! But who is the President? More importantly… Who is the Bomber?! In this social game of hidden roles and deduction, players are divided into 2 different rooms. Find your teammates, establish trust, and exchange hostages before time runs out and the bomb explodes! It’s the party game that’s always a blast.

Acroyoga
Bret Almoney
[Ballrooms BG]
Acro yoga is a combination of acrobatics, yoga, and Thai massage. Bring a friend or come alone and meet new people. Learn to fly in a safe supportive community. Everyone will base, fly, and spot. If you can walk up stairs, you can pick someone up with your feet. There will be a lot of instruction during this active funshop. This is a building process, it is recommended to arrive near the beginning of the funshop. Adults and kids 15 and up.

Skylanders Imaginators
Revi, Wrenna, & Garin
[Ballrooms DE]
Just some time to have some fun with other owners of the game, “Skylanders Imaginators”! You can also bring skylanders that you have from other games.

Evening Activities:

  • Commencement Ceremony 7-8pm, Mangrove
  • Family Dance 8:00pm to Midnight (Ballrooms CDEF)
  • Family Photos – FREE from 8-9pm (South Foyer)

 

Note: Our time in the conference center ends at midnight, Thursday. Be sure to take all of your belongings!

Please note: 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.