Funshops are Opportunities to explore new ideas and interests and learn from fellow attendees. While some Funshops might work better for some than others, all are non-age discriminatory. Try new things! Play!
ATC-Artist Trading Cards                         Erika Davis-Pitre
Open to all ages. 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
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 embellishment. 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!*

Bananagrams                                        Beth Toolan
This conference is bananas (b-a-n-a-n-a-s.) Join Beth and other bananagrams fans for a no holds barred, creativity counts, flexible rules round of bananagrams unlike any you have played before.

Beachbody Fit Club                                 Melissa Cabral
I started my fitness journey a tear ago and had so much success I became a coach. I LOVE inspiring others to improve their health and fitness, and it brings me so much JOY when people that I've helped also get results. Part of coaching is also continuing on my own fitness journey, so I thought as I would be working out every day, some of you might like to join me! Every workout has a modifier so it will be good for every level of fitness!

Beginning ASL                                        Michael Greenspan
Come learn the basics of American Sign Language! This beautiful language is a great tool to help you communicate with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or nonverbal people of any age (yes, even babies!). It's also a great way to chat with hearing, verbal people in a crowded room or bus

Bling Your Name Tag                         Michele James-Parham
Come decorate and personalize your name tag with Michele. Pony beads, markers, and stickers provided, but supply donations appreciated.

Chinese Paper Lanterns                                                Aaron Mercier
Let's make paper lanterns to celebrate the coming together of our unschooling community! Colorful lanterns have been used in Asia for generations as a way to celebrate. Let us spread light and joy around the conference!

Guitar         for beginners                                        Julian Baptista
Musician and songwriter Julian Baptista introduces you to guitar. We'll have a bunch of guitars, and Julian will teach some basic cords and a song that we can play together at the talent show. Bring your own guitar if you have one!

Henna!                                                        Sonali Karim
Come get a fun temporary tattoo at this funshop. Henna has been used for many years in India and other cultures to decorate the body, usually the hands and feet, with intricate designs and patterns. Henna is natural and safe and designs wash out completely in a week or so.

I Like Trains: Build a Backyard Railroad Empire                Rick Cabral
Slideshow and discussion on the opportunities Garden Railroading provides for learning and family fun. This funshop will include a live demonstration of a "large scale" train on a 20' loop in the room.

Instant Pot Cookery                                        Traci Meiler
If you often hear the words "Mom (or Dad), what's for dinner?, this funshop is for you. We'll share ideas for creating delicious one pot meals that cook in a fraction of the time as slow cookers and come out equally delicious. If you already have an instant pot, bring your favorite recipes. Or come to learn more about this economical, time-saving, and sanity promoting way to prepare yummy foods for your family.

It's All On the Wrist! Macramé Bracelets                 Sylvia Woodman
Come make easy Macramé bracelets for yourself and your friends. It's a simple as tying an overhand knot. There will be several different easy styles of bracelets to choose from.

Knitting (and other handwork) Circle                                Beth Toolan
A calm and relaxing time to knit, crochet, tat, or whatever your personal favorite. Bring your own projects, and we'll help each other turn heels, make borders, and figure out the difference between a knit and a purl.

Making Slime                                        Sarah "Rose" Esmonde
Making slime, step by step, with different kinds of fluffy slime and normal slime. Bonus: if we have time, slime stress balls!

Makeup Funshop                                        Ayanna Baptista
Come and share and learn makeup skills and fun. We'll have some makeup to play with, but bring your own too. If you've ever wondered about what to do with your eyebrows, Ayanna is an expert!

Nature Crafts and Games                                Deanna Fahey
This Funshop will explore different cultures and how they create beautiful pieces of art and games using the natural materials around them.

Playdoh                                                        Kenzie Corcoran
Squish it, squeeze it, model it…we all remember how good playdoh feels. Join us, and we'll create, remember, and enjoy sweet smelling, home-made playdoh and lots of playdoh toys. Recipes available.

PONY BEADS!!!                                        Michele James-Parham
Come take these classic plastic beads and make some necklaces, raver "candy", keychains, or bracelets with Michele. Huge stash of beads and various cording provided but donations appreciated.

Self Care Share                                Brenda Laporte and Karen Small
Do you take time for yourself to avoid burnout, to nurture your mind/body/spirit? Do you have a favorite ritual, activity, or practice that works for you? This funshop is for sharing these things we do for ourselves, in whatever way you wish, Bing a sample of the self-care that you really love. Pass around your coloring book. Demo your favorite yoga pose for the group. Discuss your meditation practice. Share your favorite dessert recipe. Tell us how you relax, rejuvenate, replenish. One note: if your practice involves something scented, it should be enclosed to keep the space accessible to those with allergies and asthma. Come join us and support the notion that prioritizing ourselves is vital, important, necessary, and fun!

Self Defense for All                                Emilie Desmarais
Practical self defense basics that you can use no matter what your size, strength, or experience. Learn in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. This funshop is open to anyone interested.

Sugar Skull Ornaments                                        Alexis Mercier
Decorate sugar skull ornaments with all kinds of glitter and paints.

Sushi                                                                Beth Toolan
If you dream about sushi and many of your waking hours are spent thinking about sushi, where to get it, what to get, and why, after ten years, you still don't like wasabi, you'll be in good company as a sushi aficionado helps you roll basic but satisfying vegetarian maki.

Tannagrams                                                        Jim Woodman
Tangrams are an ancient Chinese puzzle where you use seven simple pieces to make thousands of simple shapes. Come try them out!

Tarot                Melissa Marshall and Ken Butler
Come learn about all the interesting ways you can use Tarot cards, and get a reading.

Watercolor Painting                                                Kevin Mercier
Join artist and unschooled teen Kevin Mercier and unlock your inner creativity with watercolors. Try out different techniques for mixing colors and using a variety of brush strokes to transform the vision in your head into a masterpiece.

Womens' self defense                                 Emilie Desmarais
Practical self defense basics that you can use no matter what your size, strength, or experience! Learn in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. This funshop is for women and nonbinary people only. (If you're a man and interested in learning self defense let me know and if there's enough interest I can arrange an informal workshop for all genders at a different times.

This is a list of the 2017 funshops. They're different every year, but it will give you some idea of what to expect.