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2015 Funshops

Ultimate, Banana, Everyone Is It Tag

All different names for same funshop! Everyone is it tag and don’t get tagged. Hosted by Joel Berrelleza.

Fairy Flower Crowns

Come and make your own flexible flower crown or Forest King leafy headdress, made from faux flower & silk leaves, and custom sized with ribbon ties. A whole bouquet or a single bloom – in any color you like – there is no wrong choice for a flower crown. Everyone looks beautiful with a flower crown. Little fingers will need big person help braiding and wrapping. Hosted by Robyn Coburn.

Nitrogen Ice Cream

Everyone loves the moment when the liquid nitrogen pours and the clouds of white rise – then out of the cool mist comes delicious, light ice creams and sorbets made on the spot with our fresh ingredients. This has become a conference tradition since I first started facilitating this at the Boston Live and Learn. Held on the closing picnic, it works best when people bring a wide selection of ingredients for their favorite ice cream recipes.

We can make small batches of everything from vanilla to espresso to mint chocolate chip to jalapeno jelly strawberry. And it works just as will with non-dairy drinks like soy, almond or rice milks and juices. Generally served in small cones or paper cups for the gluten-free. I could use some helpers – so please don’t hesitate to approach me at the conference. Hosted by James Coburn.

Ultimate Werewolf

Werewolf is moderated role playing game of hidden identity and deduction. It’s the classic scenario of good guys vs. bad guys or to be more precise, werewolves vs. villagers. Up to 60 people can play! Recommend age is 6 or older. Younger kids are welcome but may need support in order to keep their identities secret. Hosted by Renita Keatley.

Awesome 80’s (& Slightly 70’s) Dance Party

Break out your legwarmers and crimping iron for an hour of nonstop dancing to the best of the 1980s (and some of the 70’s). Neon colors, blue mascara, and giant plastic jewelry encouraged — but not required. This event will happen during the Friday Family Fun Night. Hosted by Colleen Paeff.

American Girl Dolls

Bring your 18″ dolls and join us in our American Girl Dolls funshop! We just want to share our love of dolls with the people at LIFE Is Good and that’s what we’re gonna do! :)

You can see some things we do with our dolls on our doll youtube channels!
Viola: DynamicDollies
Aliana: UnicornDollies
Hosted by Aliana & Viola Cerullo, aka the twins!.

YouTube Share and Tell

Bring your laptop to show us your favorite YouTubers. Meet others who watch your favorites. Find new YouTubers to follow. If you have your own you tube show come show us so we can follow you.

Some of our favorites:
Vlog brothers (Nerdfighters DFTBA! And maybe we’ll do something to decrease world suck)
Tyler Oakley
The Wing Girls
Jack & Dean
Miranda Sings
Mamerie Hart

Or maybe you watch YouTube stars that make bank by out of boxing, gaming or life hacking:
Crazy Russian hacker
Kan & Aki

(If your favorite You Tuber isn’t listed contact Renee Cabatic via Facebook to update the list.) Co-hosted by Sabine Winkler & Renee Cabatic.

Nerdfighter Meet-Up

Nerd Fighters unite to decrease world suck!
Don’t forget to be awesome. (DFTBA)

Super Smash Bros Wii U Tournament

Come play Super Smash Bros on our Wii U in a double elimination tournament.
Only omega stages.
No items.
No custom fighters.
One v one. Possible team matches.
We provide Wii U, TV, a game cube controller adaptor and several controllers.
Co-hosted by the Chapman-Knight clan and the Cabatics.

Self Publishing for Fun and Massive Profit

Learn how to self-publish books on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, hard copies, and Google Play in a way that grants you the most chance of monetary success. This talk will be geared towards adults and will have to move very fast to cover everything necessary in one hour. if younger children are interested, a parent should come too, in order to capture and understand all the material. Children CAN do this with the help of a parent. And even make money. Look at the success of Eragon. I published my first book on January 21st of 2014. In July, my husband quit his job. I don’t have any great talent, but I did have a good teacher. There’s a definite pattern to success and I’ll share it. My pseudonym is Lisa Ladew if you want to look me up. Hosted by Lisa Weber.

Real-life Quidditch

Back by popular demand, a 2-hour event run by the Portland Quidditch League! (1 hour of learning and drills, 1 hour for scrimmaging).
Quidditch started in the Harry Potter books and movies, but it has come to life in recent years as a real sport, while keeping the fun and magic of the original game. Come learn how to play with the leaders of the Portland Quidditch League! We’ll spend the first hour learning to play and the second hour playing a few games. Make sure to bring water and enthusiasm! Hosted by Tasha Robertson & Benji B’Shalom.

Anglophiles’ Afternoon Tea Party

Come join us for a cuppa! British-themed cosplay, bad fake British accents and Gluten Free-option donations are welcome but not required. Hosted by Joey & Anne-Marie Fjeld.

Decoding a Job Listing

Job seekers have to customize their résumés and cover letters – but how to do that? It starts with fully understanding the job listing. I can show you how to read a want ad, how to find the important keywords, and little ways to make your résumé fit the bill a little better. I will bring examples, but do bring any listings to which you’d like to apply. Hosted by Robyn Coburn.

Repurposing Cork

In this funshop we will be figuring out many ways to repurpose corks. We will make earrings, key chains, small figurines, cork animals and much more. If you have a project you would like to do bring any supplies you might need. I will provide corks (however, feel free to bring any you can collect between now and the conference). I will provide all supplies for the keychains, animals and earrings. I could most definitely use extra hot or any temp glue guns. Hosted by Stephanie Cutler.

Duct Tape Creations

Duct tape is awesome and it’s awesome for making duct tape flip flops, wallets, bags, flowers, pretty much anything you can imagine. Join us! We’ll provide tape (but donations will be greatly appreciated) and some ideas and you bring thumbs and creativity. (People without thumbs welcome too). Hosted by Kathryn & Edward Robles.

Poetry Marathon

Turn your editing brain off and come write poetry in this fun and fast-paced group! Any level of reading/writing is welcome, including bringing someone to take dictation for you. We’ll write poems in a “round robin” style, writing quickly and then passing our poems along as prompts for the next writer. Marina and Roya have been writing poetry together for 17 years now, after meeting in a poetry workshop at a homeschooling conference. Or was it a stained glass workshop? Anyway, come write poems with us. Hosted by Marina Shuman & Roya Dedeaux.

Mutant Toy Making

Make your own mutant toys! Cut Barbie’s hair, replace G.I. Joe’s arms with octopus tentacles, or add wheels to My Little Pony. We’ll supply the tools and the toys, you bring your imagination and sense of humor… and keep your fabulous creations, of course! Check out these pictures from a past event for inspiration! Hosted by David Lowe.



More Funshops will be added soon!