Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

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This year we attended our first Free to Be Unschooling Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, September 29-October 2, 2016. We had a total blast! I wanted to share some of our photos and videos.

Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

We met our friends from Vegas, Erin and Matt and their two kids Brooklyn and Ivy (pictured below with my 2-year-old son, Oliver).

Hanging OutFree to Be Unschooling Conference 2016
Kate Erin and Ivy Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

https://youtu.be/R0jZ79kt3Wo

The hotel, Embassy Suites in Scottsdale was really nice and very affordable, and the staff was great.

Hotel Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

Our view of the pool. Definitely would go back to this hotel. Very comfortable and family friendly!

Eating Breakfast Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

The free breakfast buffet was amazing. Omelettes, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, cereal — pretty much anything you want.

And they had a happy hour every night with free beer and wine. The parents loved it!

Brooklyn Erin Ivy and Kate Coloring Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

There were lots of fun activities every single day including arts and crafts.

Ollie and Kate painting Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

Ollie enjoyed finger painting.

Kate and Brooklyn Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

My introverted 9-year-old, Kate, even had fun in the crafts room. But of course, Kate loves drawing.

Kate's Drawing Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

This is a drawing Kate did on her iPad of her brother Oliver and Jennifer (our nanny).

Picking Out Drawing Markers Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

We made a trip to the art store to buy markers.

Kate at the Art Store Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016
Ollie At the Art Store Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

Ollie has fun wherever he goes.

Watching Jungle Jill Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

One of the best things we went to was Jungle Jill’s wild animals presentation.

https://youtu.be/MnIzXaBwY7Y

She showed us tarantulas.

Jungle Jill Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

And an owl.

https://youtu.be/Ggcw7Us5s9o

Here’s Ollie enjoying the show. He kept saying, “Oh, yeah!” When she brought out the tarantulas, he yelled out, “Oh, God!”

Ollie After His Nap Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

This is right after he woke up from a nap. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuNFfWYcP2w

The Australian Kookaburra was amazing!

Ollie and Jungle Jill's Cart Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

Ollie really loved Jungle Jill’s cart. He loves anything with wheels!

Swimming Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

We spent every afternoon in the pool.

https://youtu.be/kWueNsQ261M

Ollie at the Pool Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

This is Ollie after swimming — cold and hungry!

Eating Lunch Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

And lots of time just hanging out, playing and making new friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy4R0AHNyhM

And rolling down hills.

https://youtu.be/f7Yn-He5BxM

And dancing. 🙂

If you are unschoolers, we hope to see you at the Free to Be conference next year!

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