The MPE Kids Program 

Our wildly successful home-grown MPE Kids Program now have their own website at http://mpekids.com/. Click on the link to:

  • Apply to be a volunteer (for teens and adults 13 years and up) now! As of Feb. 24, all positions are filled. Please apply to be a youth host instead by going to 

    https://midwesthomeschoolers.org/attend-events/conference/conference-youth-volunteers/

  • Register  children 5 – 12 years (4-year-olds accepted if they are attending with an older sibling). As of March 17, online registration is closed. Please register at the door.

Join MPE Kids for an amazing journey with their 2017 theme, “The King’s Quest”! The King’s squires are sent on an adventure to recruit allies for the kingdom, and battle the forces of the dark kingdom. We will learn what it means to be in the King’s army, as well as how we have been equipped to face the darkness ourselves. There will also be worship music, memory verses, unique games, an inflatable obstacle course and a variety of crafts! So come and join us for a fantastical quest that you won’t want to miss.

Cost

$20/child/day for early bird registration online up through February 28.

$25/child/day online till registration closes at midnight, March 16.

$30/child/day at the door.

Parents are only charged for the first two children. Additional siblings are free.

Schedule

The children’s schedule is designed to fit around the general MPE schedule so parents won’t have to miss a single session. Friday and Saturday’s children’s schedule tentatively is as follows:

Friday, April 7

8:00 AM – Children’s Program opens for child drop off; late registration/payment area opens

9:00 AM – Children’s program begins

12 NOON – LUNCH: Parents pick up children for lunch; Children’s Program closes

12:45 PM – Children’s Program reopens for child drop off

6:30 PM – Parents pick up children for the evening; Children’s Program closes.

Saturday, April 8

8:00 AM – Children’s Program opens for child drop off; late registration/payment area opens

9:00 AM – Children’s program begins

12 NOON – LUNCH: Parents pick up children for lunch; Children’s Program closes

12:45 PM – Children’s Program reopens for child drop off

4:00 PM – Parents pick up children, Children’s Program closes.

The MPE Conference Policy on Children

Children are very important to MPE, since it is for their benefit that we exist to encourage and equip parents as educators. The MPE conference, however, is intended for parental enrichment and therefore the general policy is that children under 13 not be in attendance at the conference workshop sessions (except nursing babies). This is due to seating limitations and to keep potential disruptions to a minimum during workshops. As always, parental discretion should be used throughout the conference to preserve the conference experience for other attendees. MPE reserves the right to dismiss unruly attendees.

MPE has made the following accommodations for children.

• All children accompanied by parents are welcome in the Vendor Hall.

• Nursing babies are welcome in the conference workshops. However, if your child is fussy or disruptive in any way, you should quietly exit the workshop so that the others will not be disturbed. A room will be available exclusively for mothers to nurse and diaper their babies.

• Parents with children under 5 are encouraged to pre-arrange for child care in order to attend conference workshops.

• Children between the ages of 5 and 12 (4 year old children accepted if they are attending with an older sibling) can be enrolled in MPE Kids – Children’s Program.

• Children age 13 and up are encouraged to attend the workshops and visit the Exhibitor Hall with their parents; they are admitted for free when accompanied by a parent at Registration.

Due to congestion, strollers, wagons, and other wheeled carriers are not permitted in the workshops. Be sure to bring baby carriers or backpacks to transport nursing babies. Wheeled carriers are allowed in the Vendor Hall.