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Your Last-Minute Conference Checklist!

By April 5, 2021No Comments

We’re excited to see you at our upcoming conference on April 9-10! It can be intimidating to remember all you need to get ready, but don’t fret – we’ve got you covered.

With this handy conference checklist, you can feel totally prepared and in control … at least, for the next 10 minutes!

Note our conference addendum.

We always recommend that you research the conference workshop schedule and plan which ones to see beforehand. However, we advise you to be flexible.

As the Scottish poet Robert Burns said, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” (English Translation: The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.)

If we have a list of last-minute workshop and vendor hall changes, we will include an addendum in our conference program. You will receive it when you arrive at the conference. Make sure to check for the addendum when you get to the registration area!

If traveling, pack your vehicles the night before.

Comfortable clothes, supplies – most, if not all, of these can be laid out ahead of time to ease your journey on the day.

(If you’re looking for ideas on what to bring, see our top conference tips for newbies here.)

BONUS TIP: Check to make sure any highways or routes you take aren’t undergoing repairs or maintenance! For example, MODOT is closing 291 South to repair a bridge on April 8.

If you’re planning to drive south from the  Lee’Summit area, you can go east to MO-7, then south to MO-58, and then back west to 291-South (about a 10-mile detour).

Take everything you need for shopping the vendor hall.

Some vendors only take cash or check, so make sure you bring enough in hand in case credit cards aren’t accepted.

For extra bonus points, see our vendor list on this page and plan your must-see list ahead of time!

Pre-order workshop recordings for a special discount.

time to listenIf you pre-order all workshop session recordings by 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, you can get a hefty discount off conference pricing!

Prepare for the registration rush.

Parking is limited at this new venue. Consider yourself forewarned! If you arrive anytime after 10 a.m. Friday, be prepared to walk a long way to the entrance.

Once you’ve arrived, you can also streamline your registration process by knowing where to go. Use this handy map to familiarize yourself with the conference venue.

If you’ve already prepaid and are a current MPE member at the Family tier and higher, you can also skip the “New Conference / Membership” desk and just go straight to the “Pre-Paid Conference / Memberships” line to save time.

Bring registration confirmation if you’ve prepaid.

Some proof of your prepaid conference registration is always a smart move, just in case you encounter any difficulties at our registration desk.

We should have sent you an email confirmation if you registered online – that’s our recommended option.

If you didn’t receive an email confirmation, a Stripe receipt can also work.

Everyone should also receive a “Thank you for membership” or “Thank you for your renewal” email letter if they have prepaid. You can bring that as another option.

homeschool conference food ideasPrepare your meal plans ahead of time.

We have arranged for the following food trucks to be at the conference:

  • Brew HaHa (who has generously partnered with MPE for this
    event and will be giving back 20% of their profits during
    the weekend to us)
  • Chick-fil-A

Please treat these food trucks as an extension of our vendor hall and consider supporting them when you seek options for lunch.

You can also explore other Harrisonville eateries and recommendations in this blog post.

Remember your scavenger hunt form.

Every year we feature a scavenger hunt with a gift certificate prize drawing, good toward any booth in the vendor hall. This year, you can enter to win one of three $25 gift certificates!

Make sure you print your form so you can enter before noon Saturday, April 10. Please note: Winners must be present to collect the certificates by 3 p.m. Saturday.

Browse our silent auction.

Thanks to the generosity of our vendors, our silent auction is bigger and better than ever!

Bid on some great items while giving back to the homeschool community in Kansas City (you don’t need to be physically in person at our conference to participate!). The auction ends at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 11.

Join the #MPEHomeschool conversation!

We’ll be monitoring all our social media channels during the conference, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use the hashtag #MPEHomeschool to ask any questions you may have. We’ll respond as soon as we can.

Thanks, and see you there!

We have updated this blog post, originally published in April 2015, for timeliness and detail.

Shanxi Omoniyi

Shanxi Omoniyi

Shanxi Omoniyi (@ShanxiO on Twitter) is MPE's online content director. A homeschool alumna, Shanxi graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in journalism and English. Her company, Wordspire Media, helps businesses and nonprofits share their stories through content marketing, social media management, and email marketing.

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