PARENTING & HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCESince 1984, CHEA has been hosting an annual homeschool event that features workshops for homeschoolers at all stages, an exhibit hall with curriculum, resources, and services, children's and teen conventions, high school graduation, and much more. Join other homeschool families from across the state as you are encouraged and equipped for the school year ahead. This is an event you don't want to miss! Register Now
Children’s & Teen Conventions
While mom and dad are busy soaking in all the information in their own sessions and browsing the Exhibit Hall, let your kids and teens attend their very own conventions, with activities geared just for them.
Please note the deadline to register for Children’s Convention and Teen Convention is June 30, 2023 or until full. Limited at-the-door registration may be available, as space allows, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
At CHEA, we pride ourselves on offering the best quality programming that we can – for both parents and their kids.
Unfortunately, this year, it’s taking a bit longer than anticipated to finalize the details for our Children’s Convention. While we do plan to offer a Children’s Convention on Friday and Saturday as we have in the past, and we’ll be sharing more information once our plans are finalized.
Watch our website, social media, and other communications for those details in the coming weeks.
Children’s Convention is available on Friday or Saturday for children ages 5-12.
Medical Release Form
Each child attending the Children’s Convention must have a completed medical release form when checking in at the Children’s Convention. You will need to provide a printed/signed medical release form before you can leave your children at the Children’s Convention.
Lunch & Snacks
No lunch is provided. Children will need to be picked up for lunch at 12:40 p.m. and returned by 1:40 p.m. If you would like your child to have any snacks during the day, you will need to provide them.
Children’s Convention Check-In and Check-Out
If children are pre-registered for the Children’s Convention, they will need to be checked in beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Children must be picked up at the conclusion of the day at 4:45 p.m. If your children are not pre-registered for Children’s Convention, please visit the Registration booth. At-the-door registration may be available as space allows, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Presented by HSLDA’s Generation Joshua
This immersive simulation gives students a taste of what a legislator encounters when he or she tries to draft and pass laws and resolutions at the federal level. Participants choose between competing priorities such as personal legislative goals, the goals of his or her party, and the professional agreements he or she has made with other members of Congress. Students begin by drafting legislation in a small committee and will progress to an official legislative session where they will have the chance to debate and vote on their legislation (and possibly get it passed!).
Teen Convention is available on Friday and Saturday for students in grades 7-12. Registration is $70 for both days (single day registration is not available).
Teen Convention Guidelines
Only teens (grades 7-12) registered for the Teen Convention are permitted in the teen workshops. At other times of the day, teens may attend sessions and visit the Exhibit Hall. CHEA will provide volunteer adult chaperones for the Teen Convention; however parents are responsible for their teen’s safety and behavior during the Convention. We recommend that parents and teens read over the Convention materials together, select workshops, and arrange meeting times and locations. In consideration of all in attendance, we request teens follow these basic guidelines:
- Wear modest, casual clothing.
- Remain seated during the sessions.
- Do not loiter outside the rooms during sessions.
- Be attentive to the speaker.
- Turn cell phones to vibrate.
- Please do not use your cell phone during the sessions. If you must take a call from your parents, please step outside.
- Review your program schedule with your teen so you can be found if needed.
- Have lunch together.
- Teens will wear one wristband for the two days (there is no one-day Teen Convention registration). This wristband will be a different color from the Family registration wristband.
- Wristbands will be included in the parents’ packet at check-in.
- No medical release is needed for Teens attending the Teen Convention.