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2016 Funshops


“Catch!” simplifies juggling by paring it down to the one ball moves that jugglers combine to create complex tricks. Start as a pre-juggler and end as a show-off who can manipulate 3 balls in complex ways. Suitable for any age that can pick up and hold a ball.

Hosted by Rhys Thomas of Jugglemania

Learn Magic: The Gathering

We will be teaching kids to play Magic: The Gathering.

 “Expansive worlds, explosive spells and extraordinary creatures await you. Magic is driven by riveting stories, populated with Planeswalkers – powerful mages with the ability to travel between worlds. Discover the many tales of Magic.” 

Hosted by Adam Delean-de.

Mom & Dad Makeovers at the LIFE is Good Salon

Bring your parents to the LIFE is Good Salon for a makeover! Let their faces be your palette. This is your opportunity to transform their look with makeup and a new hairstyle. What would your dad look like with blue eyeshadow and rosy cheeks? How about your mom in in up-do with shiny red lips? How they look is up to YOU! We’ll bring gobs of cosmetics and hair accessories so you can discover your inner stylist.

Hosted by The Betts Family.

Pokemon Go Walk

Join us on a Pokemon Go walk and discover (or revisit) Pokestops and Gyms, hatch eggs, set lures, and catch some awesome Pokemon. Meet new friends! Everyone welcome! We’re planning a happy collaborative walk with friendly rivalries, if you belong to a different team. Wear your Pokemon swag if you like and bring whatever makes you comfortable on a walk. Bring your lunch or a snack! Let’s meet in the first level Foyer at the Ballroom Entrance at 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Then let’s do it one last time at the picnic on Monday!

Hosted by Senna Bentley & Eliot Cyphers.

Improv Theatre Games

Join us to learn and play some quick, easy Improv games. No theater experience is needed, as we will also teach some basics to Improv. A few of the games that we will play are: Freeze Tag, I’m a Tree, and Kitty Wants a Corner.

Hosted by Paige Murphy, Maya Huck & Olivia Smith.

Two Rooms and a Boom

Want a fun way to meet new people? Two Rooms and a Boom is a social party game of hidden roles, deceit and deduction along the lines of Werewolf or The Resistance, but it’s super quick (~15mins) and works best with 10-30 people. Each player gets a card assigning them a secret role: Red Team has the Bomber who will explode at the end of the game, Blue Team has the President who needs to be kept safe.

Players are split randomly into 2 “rooms” (or corners of a room) with no idea who’s on their team – and this is where the social part kicks in. You’re given a few mins per round to chat people up and try and uncover who your teammates, enemies and allies might be, then decide which “hostages” to exchange to the other room. Lie, scheme and strategize all you want. At the end of 3-5 rounds time runs out! If the Bomber explodes in the same room as the President, Red Team wins. If the President is safe in the other room, Blue Team wins.

We’ve had devious kids as young as 6 catch on to this game, but it’s usually recommended for ages 10+. Non-readers can memorize the roles, or team-play with a reader till they catch on.

Hosted by Gillian Mayer, Effie Mayer, Erich Isocki, Autumn Isocki & Alex Bucknum.

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.

Finding Center Amidst Chaos: Meditation Practice for Unschoolers

Being mindful and present is essential to someone who chooses to forgo society’s prepackaged mainstream developmental offerings in exchange for the joyful honor of creating their own wonderful life. This session invites parents, teens and young children of unschooling families to practice finding center amidst the chaos of unschooled life. Topics include establishing a meditative practice, basics of meditation, support tools and most importantly real time practice with the ones you love. Babes in arms welcome, come as you are, ready for more calm, focus and peace.

Hosted by Kristen McKee.

Cosplay Extravaganza!

A funshop where everyone can wear a cosplay. Talk about anime, TV, books, movies, etc. There will be a fashion show, showing off the wonderful cosplays. And people can learn the basics of cosplaying.

Hosted by Addy Abrahams.

Children’s Storytime

Stories, songs and games especially suited for the Unconditional and Unschooled. Everyone is welcome with the knowledge that content will be geared toward the younger set (4-7).

Hosted by Kristen McKee.

Drawing Club

Come hang out, sketch a little, show off your sketchbook, or join in one of the our drawing challenges (for example-3 marker challenge, themed challenge, or timed challenge). Digital and traditional artists welcome.

Hosted by Renita Keatley & Olivia Smith.

Self-Publishing for Fun and Massive Profit

I self-publish for a living. I’ll talk about the industry, what it really takes to be an author these days, and how you can do it too. I’ll answer any questions you have. My pen name is Lisa Ladew. Steamy romance, so don’t pick up one of my books if you don’t already read that kind of stuff. ;)

Hosted by Lisa Weber.

Smash Brothers for WiiU Tournament

Double Elimination
4 minute format / 2 stocks
Best of one
Omega stages only
No custom characters
Wii Remotes, nunchucks and game cube controllers provided
Two tournaments; 12 and under, and an all ages.
Pre-registration at the same time as bag/info pick up
Expect the tournaments to run longer than one hour. Last year it was very popular! It lasted almost four hours!
Prizes to be won!

Hosted by the Chapman/Knight family & the Cabatic family.

Drinking Cup Mania

Join us to use piles of plastic drinking cups to have fun. We will…
* go bowling using the cups as pins
* make cup crafts
* build pom pom launchers for a basketball style game
* carnival style games (penny toss, clothes pin drop)
* good old fashioned building towers
* whatever else we can think of!

Hosted by Misty Murphy.




More Funshops will be added soon!