Activities East


Parents, grandparents, teens, kids-
we have something for everyone.


LDSHE Talent Gala:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 pm

1940's Hollywood Talent Gala! A Night to Remember! It's time to roll out the red carpet for the event you've been waiting for.

Let's celebrate talent old Hollywood style. Take a step back in time to the 1940's where we'll round up the usual suspects and stars of the era. Feel free to embrace your inner Casablanca glamor for the red carpet and paparazzi! Demure gloves, gowns, zoot suits, fedoras and oxfords welcome! "Here's looking at you kid!" We look forward to seeing everyone at the 1940's Hollywood Talent Gala! A Night to Remember!

Please send in photos of you doing amazing things for the slideshow.

Youth Contra Dance:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
8:00 - 9:30 pm

If you've never been to a contra dance before, you are in for a special treat! This activity is back by popular demand from the youth.

This unique and traditional style of dance is not quite as demanding as formal ballroom dance but is far more fun than the repetitive side-to-side shuffle. A caller will walk dancers through the steps of the dance before the music starts, then calls out the steps as the music plays to help everyone keep going in the right direction. You don't need prior experience--just a desire to participate and have a great time. Come enjoy the traditional music and dance that is regaining popularity across the country at Wednesday night's contra dance.

Storytime with Kami:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 pm

Caterpillars, Brown Bears and Butterflies.Enter the World of Eric Carle! Kids and parents are invited to join us Wednesday evening for this fun-filled activity.

Jump into the world of Eric Carle with story time by Kamela Bugg. We will read several stories by him followed by crafts and a few surprises. This actvitiy is for children 0-11 and a parent. Pre-registration is not required but RSVP's are appreciated. Click here to let us know if you plan to come!

Storytelling Event:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
1:30 pm

You'll be on the edge of your seat as a master storyteller takes us back to colonial Virginia as John Rolfe! All ages are invited.

“Dick Cheatham is a master story teller, a superb teacher, and a most gifted dramatist all rolled up into one magnificent package!…His presentation as John Rolfe is spell binding. Dick Cheatham doesn’t just keep his audience’s attention, but he involves them and brings them with him into the 1600s. Who says history can’t be interesting, entertaining, and captivating?” Bob Pettitt – President KRHP-TV 14.

Annual Family Dance:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
7:00 - 10:00 pm

It's Stars and Stripes Forever- or at least all night at the annual family dance!

Come to the Stars and Stripes family dance! Celebrate with us dressed in your Red, White, and Blue (optional, but more fun if you dress up). Come party in the USA with us. Dance your heart away... we have snacks!

LDSHE Graduation:
Friday, May 19, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for the 8th Annual LDSHE Homeschool Graduation Celebration! We know that you have worked very hard to get to this day—now let us help you to celebrate it in a special way.

LDSHE Graduation will be held after the close of the conference on Friday evening at 7:00 pm. A reception with light refreshments will follow the program.

Pre-registration is required for participating graduates. Cost is $30 and is payable on the registration page. You must also fill out the information on this webform.

Dads & Kids Activities:
May 17-19, 2017

Are you a dad or grandparent who came to the conference to keep an eye on the little ones? We have some fantastic activities planned to help you keep them busy and happy!

On Wednesday, come see military planes, trains, and jeeps (oh my!) at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum on the grounds of Fort Eustis.

  • We will take a guided tour of the museum and the outdoor parks that house nearly 100 military vehicles and view the history of transportation in the Army from colonial days to the present.
  • Everyone 16 and up must bring a valid driver's license or other type of government issued ID to access Fort Eustis.
  • You must pass through a security checkpoint to enter the base, but with a valid driver's license, registration, and insurance, there are no worries.
  • Veer to the right as a visitor and tell them you are going to the museum.
  • Muster at 9:45 am in the museum parking lot: 300 Washington Blvd, Ft. Eustis, VA 23604.


On Thursday, travel back to the 1600s at the Powhatan Indian village, James Fort and ships of Jamestown Settlement!

  • Join us on a 2.5 hour tour of Jamestown Settlement that highlights the Jamestown story and interactions of the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures.
  • The tour features visits to the re-created Powhatan Indian village, James Fort and 1607 ships, as well as the Jamestown Settlement galleries.
  • If you'd like, pack a lunch and meet us after the tour for lunch, play, and swimming at Jamestown Beach Park.
  • Jamestown Settlement is located about 16 minutes from the DoubleTree hotel, at 2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S., Williamsburg, 23185. Jamestown Beach Park is across the street at 2205 Jamestown Rd.
  • Discount group tour tickets must be purchased via the LDSHE website by May 17. Regular price tickets are available the day of the event, but you may not be able to join us on the tour.
  • We'll meet at Jamestown Settlement at 9:15 for our 9:30 tour.


On Friday, Dads and Kids activities are on-site at the DoubleTree.

  • We will have indoor and outdoor activities and games from 9:30am until noon.
  • We'll meet for swimming at the pool in the afternoon.
  • We'll join everyone else for the keynote speaker at 4pm.
  • We'll meet in the amphitheater at 9:30 to get started.


Evening Yoga
May 17-18, 2017
8:15 - 9:15 pm

Relax and Refocus with Yoga. This year at a NEW time! Join us Wednesday & Thursday nights at 8:15pm.  Adults and teens are welcome.

Take the opportunity to move and relax at the end of the LDSHE conference day on Wednesday and Thursday with an all-levels yoga class to get your body moving after you sit through conference classes. Registered yoga teacher Jessica Croker will lead unintimidating sequences from an LDS perspective that will help you process and integrate everything you learn at the conference—mind, body, and spirit. If you have a yoga mat, bring it! Now being held in the evening.

Mentor Mom Chat Room:
May 17-18, 2017
7:00 - 10:00 pm

One of the best things about the LDSHE conference is the opportunity to meet and learn from other homeschooling moms. But sometimes our busy days leave little time for us to just chat and connect.

This conference feature is particularly designed to meet the needs of moms who attend without their family and want an alternative to the family-oriented evening activities. Mingle with other moms--including homeschooling veterans who can speak from experience. Come join us to:

  • Share advice, war stories, and successes
  • Ask questions and hear answers from other moms like you
  • Support each other in our common goals and desires to educate our children

No matter where you are in your homeschooling journey, you'll find kindred spirits in the Mentor Mom Chat room!