2019 Funshops

Ultimate Tag!

There will be an opportunity each day to pop into the Room of Requirement for a game of Ultimate Tag! This is a no host funshop. Just show up and have fun! Check the schedule for times and availability.

Pokémon Go Meetup

Pokémon Go meetup for fans, friends and noobs. Let’s meet up and exchange your friends IDs so we can level up together. Find out who the Pokémon go players are and get ready for battle or trade Pokémon. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game you play on your smart phone. It uses your mobile device to locate, capture, train and battle pokemon which seem to appear in the real world around us. Hosted by Marieke van Der Graaf.

Evening Tapping (EFT)

At an unschooling conference, we are out of our comfort zone, the day is long and noisy and we can easily find ourselves over-stimulated. Let’s start to wind down in the evening by tapping. The evening session will be focused on releasing tension and the stress from the day, giving you space to relax and release your worries. Hosted by Lucretia Holcomb.

Morning Tapping (EFT)

An unschooling conference can be overwhelming. Let’s start the day with tapping. This 20 minute morning tapping session will help you release overwhelm and start your day at the conference feeling empowered and inspired.
Hosted by Lucretia Holcomb.

Welcome To … International Tabletop Day

Join us in playing the flip and write board game Welcome To in celebration of International Tabletop Day.  Hosted by Saille Warner Norton.

“Come and Take It”: a D&D Mini-Campaign

Adventurers wanted! Will you accept the call to action? Bring the character you created in the character building funshop or your own 5th level character and join the party. If you don’t have a character, there’ll be some to choose from. If you have dice you may want to bring them: We’ll have lots of dice to go around, but maybe yours are lucky. Hosted by Scott Foster.

D&D Character Building

Interested in the Dungeons and Dragons funshop or just curious about how people roll up a D&D character? Will you be a righteous paladin or sneaky rogue? Wizard or cleric? Fighter, bard or something else? We’ll provide the books, character sheets, pencils, dice and answers to any questions that pop up along the way. Hosted by Scott & Willow Foster.

Theatrical Dance Workshop – with Talent Show in Mind

Come learn a theatrical group dance that we will all perform at the talent show together! If you want to learn the dance without the performing, that’s good too. 😊 No previous dance experience required, it’s all just for fun! Hosted by Aliana & Viola Cerullo.

PopUp 5-7-5 LiG HAIKU 4U

5 * Anticipation
7 * LIFE is Good is getting close!
5 * Such excitement brews

It’s going to be a little like Waldo, you’re going to have to find it! Watch for a POP UP Haiku writing station that will have paper and writing utensils, and a box for dropping your best 5-7-5 syllable poetry that describes your experience of the LIFE is Good Unschooling Conference! Make it up ahead if you want on your own cue cards or paper, or be spontaneous in the moment when you come across the pop up Haiku 4U box! Something fun will be done to share the Haikus received! Hosted by Shonna Morgan.

Disc Golf

I am an avid disc golfer and there is a course just down the road from the hotel at Leverich Park. I have plenty of extra discs and practice baskets for hotel play, but I will also take a group to the park for actual course play.  So if you play, bring your discs or if you want to learn bring yourself to my funshop and learn one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Hosted by Scott Hessel.

Freeze Tag!

Freeze tag is a fun classic game! Get out some energy and play with friends!
Hosted by The Cook Family.

Tabletop Games

Let’s play tabletop games! We will have several different games available, or you can bring one you want to play! Hosted by The Cook Family.

Smash Bros Ultimate Meetup

Bring your Switch if you have one and lets play some friendly games! We have a switch and the game and can play up to 8 players in one game. We can do a sign up and rotate people if needed. Hosted by Alex Cook.

Playground Games

Let play some classic playground games! Games like Red Light, Green Light, Mother May I, Duck, Duck, Goose and More! Hosted by The Cook Family.

Pokémon Meetup

Bring your cards to trade and battle! Plus learn about building a deck and game play strategies from a pro. Hosted by Alex Cook.

Fairy Hair

Add a little sparkle to your hair with delicate strands of tinsel. There will be many colors to choose from, stick with one or mix it up! Bring a buddy and learn how to attach the strands to their hair or just pop in to have some added to yours. The tinsel is tied to a few of your own strands of hair and will remain in place until the hair falls out; they may be heat-styled. Please come with washed, dry hair. Hosted by Willow Foster.

Friendship Bracelet Making!

We’re gunna be making “friendship bracelets” out of embroidery thread (it doesn’t have to be for a friend you can make it for yourself as well, it’s always good to be a friend to yourself). Come hang out and make bracelets with us, ya know like how they do at summer camps? Hosted by Willow Hessel.


Imagine :
A late night summer camp fireside hangout, with only the stars and the campfire to light the forest around you. We plan to provide a real actual fire pit, a constellation projector, games, and marshmallows! Bring your softest pajamas, a soft blanket or a sleeping bag, and a passion for imagining that you are having fun 😊
**This funshop is open to anyone, but is more tailored to older kids**
*(not actually a real fire pit) (marshmallows are vegan friendly cuz we ain’t eating boneses in this good 2019)* Hosted by Sadie Crane.

Good Morning Get Up and Move it! Run/Walk

Way back when when LIFE is Good was at the Red Lion, a morning walk funshop started a tradition. Runners and walkers welcome, those who come generally branch off at their own speeds etc, whether walking or running, but we all start out together in the lobby meeting at 7:45 am on Friday morning and Sunday morning, finishing around 8:30 am depending on the routes we find to explore. If we find a special coffee shop to have a post run/walk java chat that sometimes happens too! Hosted by Shonna Morgan.

Ponies, Dolls and Pretend Play

Bring your 18 inch dolls, Barbies and/or My Little Ponies and let’s play pretend! Hosted by Josslyn & Kiera Cook.

Build with cups!

Many moons ago at a LIFE is Good Conference, the hotel left out a large number of plastic cups, and some creative souls began building with them. While we didn’t expect the hotel to provide toys for conference attendees, we thought it was a great idea, and beautifully illustrates the idea that play is learning, and learning is EVERYWHERE! Carolyn, Sabine and Vivian will provide a generous supply of plastic cups that will be available for playing with all weekend long. How high can you stack them? What kind of tower or wall can you make? Bring your creativity and have fun building with cups! Hosted by Carolyn Groves and Sabine & Vivian Winkler.

Campfire Singalong

We won’t actually have a fire, but come join Carolyn singing everything from Raffi to John Denver! Hosted by Carolyn Groves.

Cosplay Day

This is no formal event, but more of an all day party! Come to the conference in costume, any costume that suits you (and general public dressing rule). Maybe your favorite character from a book or a movie, maybe a character of your own making, the only rule is to bring something you’ll have fun in, and to remember to be nice. Go wild! Hosted by Sadie & Asher Crane.

Fabric Painting: Customize your clothes!

Bring a pair of denim shorts, a jean jacket, your LIFE is Good shirt, or even a canvas bag! Whatever you want to personalize! I’ll have an assortment of fabric paints for you to use. Whether you want to paint the back pocket of your shorts or a small design on a shirt or bag, this funshop is for you! Hosted by  Rhiannon Tucker.

Simple Self Defense

I’ll share some simple, easy self defense techniques anyone can do. I just started studying self defense so if “see it, know it, own it” is the trajectory for learning martial arts, I’m at the “I’ve seen it” stage. Even so, the simple techniques I’ve learned have been so empowering and fun that I want to share with anyone who is interested. We’ll practice punching, kicking, and do some simple escape techniques. Come wearing comfortable clothing. Hosted by  Renée Cabatic .

Mytho-magical PJO Party

Are you a Percy Jackson fan in this good year of 2019? Join Thane and Harrison in a game of wits, war and dorkiness galore! There will be a quiz, a homemade version of mythomagic and a game of indoor capture the flag! Cosplay not required but encouraged. Hosted by  Asher Crane .


Looking for more happiness? Come learn some tips for quick joy boosts, as well as longer term happiness. Body position, reflection, humor, and laughter included. Hosted by  Mai Lon Brosseau .

3D Printing

For the first day of the conference:

I will have a demo print going on a 3D printer and answer any questions you may have about the process. Find out what 3D printing can and can’t do, and view some samples of 3D prints previously done!

NOTE: We will NOT be able to print anything you want as there are too many people and 3D printing takes too long! But don’t worry, there are ways to get your ideas printed without owning a printer!

For the rest of the conference:

Instructional Session: Bring your laptop and I will help you get started creating your own 3D designs for printing. The main software used will be “TinkerCAD”, a free and online application for creating designs. Nothing to download, just have to have your own email address for signing up! https://www.tinkercad.com/ (You can get a head start by creating your account before the conference).

I will also continue the demo throughout, so stop on by! Hosted by Steve Peart.


Come do a photo shoot with me! We’ll be taking some different styles of photos, and you’ll have the opportunity to be both a photographer, as well as a model! Please bring a camera, either a phone or a digital camera (or a Polaroid!). I don’t know all that much about photography (self taught), but I’m hoping we can all learn from each other! I hope to see you there! Hosted by Rhiannon Tucker.

Turning Unschooling Worries Into Unschooling Magic

Living in freedom can sometimes bring up big or small worries in parents’ minds. You know yours like the back of your hand! Bring one or bring ’em all and we’ll do a little magic trick on them to turn them into deep, inner insights to get you back into the magic of unschooling again. Our magic wand will be The Work of Byron Katie. If you don’t know about The Work you can check it out beforehand or come and be amazed at how it can transform your unschooling life. Hosted by Catherine Weiss.

Clothing Swap!

Here’s a great opportunity to clear out your closets! Bring clean clothes, that you no longer need, to share with other unschoolers. Come by during the designated “funshop” time to pick up useful items for your whole family.
Feel free to come browse through items even if you don’t have any to donate.

All items will be packed up and donated to charity by the host after this clothing swap fun shop, so please help keep the space tidy as you drop off & pick up. Hosted by Jenny Vaughn.p

Upcycle Your Textiles

Look at your old clothing through new eyes. Clothes that are outgrown, stained, flawed, etc. can be re-made into something new. Maybe they could serve you better as bottle-holders, place mats, rugs, baskets, bags, etc. — or maybe they just need creative repairs.

We will provide the tools and guidance to help the participants make something new, including:
-crocheting or weaving with “tarn” (“yarn” made from T-shirt strips)
-making T-shirt bags
-cutting t-shirts to add details or turn them into other things just by cutting and tying
-hand mending and patching, using Boro style embroidery

Basic crochet skills are useful but not required. We will provide scissors & a few hooks to share as well as some basic sewing materials. Hosted by Janis Abel-Hyde & Annie Hyde.

Meet and Greet for Newbies

We will help everyone attending the conference for the first time understand the flow of the conference, maneuvering logistics, tips on getting your needs met and answer any questions you might have about how to make the conference work for you and your family. Or if you’re not a newbie, come share your favorite conference tips. Hosted by Kristin Lake & Carolyn Groves.

Get-Teen to Know You Icebreaker Games

Teens only. Are you a teen new to LiG? Are you a veteran teen looking to meet new friends? Come on down to the Get Teen to Know You! We’ll play name games, have friendship speed dating and pizza! Hosted by the Annie Marie Hyde & Quinn Weltzin.

Circus Skills

Come join us for lessons and practice in unicycling, juggling, hand-walking, and slack-lining! We’ll get some exhilarating exercise while learning some new skills. Hosted by Karl Keefer.

DIY Bead-making

Using a bamboo skewer, cut-up magazines, and clear nail polish, you’ll learn how to make beautiful DIY beads that you can turn into necklaces, bracelets, or other accessories or decoration. They’re quick and easy to make, are very easy to do at home, and make great homemade gifts for friends or family. Hosted by Rachel Munzig.

ATC-Artist Trading Cards

What are Artist Trading Cards? Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are simply pieces of art that are made out of cards measuring 2.5”by 3.5”. You can buy special paper already cut to this size, or better yet, simply use sturdy paper you already have at home. Old file folders, card stock, greeting cards – any paper that is not flimsy – can be cut to the right dimensions and used as an ATC. Think about baseball trading cards and look for paper about that weight. Or, be creative and use materials other than paper. Just keep to the 2.5” x 3.5” size. Once you have your 2.5 x 3.5” card, what you do with it is up to you. Draw on it, paint, collage, sew, embellish, write words.
In an ATCs funshop, all of the participants share materials, themes, techniques and ideas with others in the funshop to make unique ATCs. And we always schedule time for trading/swapping finished cards too!

ATCs Supplies needed from Home for this Funshop:

    • Cardstock-Cut to the 2.5″x 3.5″ size and leftover scraps.
    • Colored paper of various weights and sizes.
    • Old gift wrap, Magazines and Catalogs for collage cards.
    • Fabric scraps, Buttons and other sewing notions for
    • Watercolor paints, Crayons, Colored Markers, Gel Pens, Colored Pencils etc.
    • Scissors, Paper Punches, Glue, Tape, etc.
    • And any other Arts and Crafts supplies that you would like to share(Most Scrapbooking Supplies work well for making ATCs).

*Even if you don’t participate in the ATC funshop, we would really appreciate donations of art supplies from everyone!* Hosted by Erika Davis-Pitre.

Improv Games

**Explore Improbable Situations with Sensational improvisation**
Come play games like taxi cab, changes, town hall, alphabet, freeze, and more!
It’s gonna be a fun time, all ages welcome and encouraged to join. Hosted by The Beegypt Bee Boys, a conglomeration of Amelia Van Brink, Max Van Landingham, Sebby Sellers, & Wilhelmina Van Brink.



More funshops will be added soon!