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WHO Convention June 13 & 14, 2014
Puyallup Fair & Events Center
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
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Friday, June 13th - 9:00 - 6:00
Saturday, June 14th - 9:00 - 4:00

Family-Friendly Activities

Alpacas at the Well

Wander on over to the Alpacas at the Well booth and meet a member of the camelid family, the alpaca.  Our adorable critters will be available to pet.  Then, discover how their fiber goes from animal to clothing, arts, crafts and more.  See demos on needle felting, spinning, carding and weaving.  See you at the convention.



Chess4Life Logo

A National Master and Special Guest will be on hand for autographs and to simultaneously challenge chess players of every age. Come out and test your skills as these chess masters take on up to 35 competitors at one time! (There will even be a blindfold demonstration against multiple opponents at one time!) While waiting to play, enjoy chess on a "giant chess set' or just play with friends.

Chess4Life will also be providing information and answering any questions that attendees may have about chess, its benefits, or anything related to Chess4Life camps, classes, tournaments, or curriculum.

Friday Schedule 
11:00 AM
 - National Master John Graves will play up to 35 people simultaneously. Anyone can participate.
1:00 PM - National Master John Graves will play up to 35 people simultaneously. Anyone can participate.
3:00 PM - National Master John Graves will play up to 35 people simultaneously. Anyone can participate.

Large Chess PiecesChess Boards





Saturday Schedule
12:00 PM - National Master John Graves will play up to 35 people simultaneously. Anyone can partipate.
2:00 PM - National Master Elliott Neff will play multiple people BLINDFOLDED! Anyone can participate.

Wolf Camp & Wolf College
Visit the Wolf College to hear stories, make a menagerie of useful and fun, hands-on projects and learn about the natural world around us.

Friday morning, you’ll learn how to spin natural materials into strong rope that can be used for lashing together a survival shelter, making fishing line, repairing a broken backpack and more. Next we’ll teach you how to make insulative grass mats that will protect you from losing precious body heat when sitting on the ground. You can take it home to use for yourself or give as a gift. In the afternoon, Chris Chisholm will give a presentation about the fascinating natural wonderland right outside your door including ideas for fun family activities. Then you’ll learn about the many uses of cattails (food, medicine and more) while weaving their leaves into a small coaster or hot pan holder to take home.

10:00 Family Activity - Making Rope
11:00 Parent Presentation -

Natural Science Backyard Journey
1:00 Family Activity - Grass Mats  
3:00 Family Activity - Weaving Cattails
Family Activity – Plant Bingo – Top Survival Foods

Chris & Charlie

Wolf Camp

Saturday morning, learn how to use a map and compass (we have an easy, 4-step process!), or natural materials and nature itself to find North, South, East and West.  Stay to hear Chris Chisholm talk about the fascinating natural wonderland right outside your door including ideas for fun family activities .  After lunchtime, explore our animal tracking mystery where you learn the signs of different animal families, practice moving how they move and look for clues to determine what happened.  We’ll end the day with a rousing game of plant bingo where you’ll learn all about how to identify and use many of our native plants in order to win!

10:00 Family Activity - Navigation, Direction & Compass for All Ages
11:00 Family Activity - Plant Bingo – Top Survival Foods
12:30 Parent Presentation - Natural Science Backyard Journey
 Family Activity - Animal Tracking Mystery

Student Expo - Deadline May 1, 2014

Have your children created something they’d like to share with the Washington homeschool community? Sign up now for the 2014 Student Expo! The purpose of this event is to recognize the efforts and reward the accomplishments of our homeschooled children in Washington state, and to encourage their further studies. All homeschooled children between the ages of 6-18 are welcome to submit an entry, and come see their work on display during the Annual Homeschool Convention, June 13th & 14th, 2014, at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Prizes will be awarded based on judging with individual age and category awards for the following age divisions: Ages 5-9 Ages 10-13 Ages 14-18. Prizes will also be awarded based on a People’s Choice vote.Click here for details and registration form.

Student Expo

History on Wheels

We are pleased to have back again this year Michael O'Kelly's extensive display of vintage vehicles.

History on Wheels

National Model Railroad Association

They will be setting up a HUGE display of model trains that are sure to be a big hit.


HS Logo

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County is thrilled be asked back once again to the WHO Contention!  We will be there with some of our adoptable cats, kittens, bunnies, and dogs.  We will also have information about volunteering, low cost pet spay and neuter, and a range of other topics.  Please stop by and see some of our adoptable shelter animals and learn what our shelter has to offer.  Hope to see you there! 

Humane Society

Humane Society 2

Prize Booth
Fabulous prizes being given away each hour. Come to the prize booth and enter our drawing to possibly win! Here is a sampling of what we will be giving away:

  • Argosy Cruises - Harbor Cruise
  • School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts
  • Canopy Tours NW - Zipline Tour
  • Wild Waves Tickets
  • Family Fun Center
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Museum of Flight Tickets
  • Northwest Trek Tickets
  • Woodland Park Zoo Tickets
  • and many more!


Prize Booth

WHO Mascot

WHO Mascot

Get your photos with the WHO Mascot!

Schedule coming soon.



More information coming soon!


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