FAQ

When does HSC DiscoveryCon start and end?

You can check in and pick up conference packets on Friday, February 2nd, at 10:00am.  DiscoveryCon concludes on Sunday evening, February 4th, at  5:00pm.


How do I register to attend?

Registration will open soon and will remain open online until Friday, 1/27/2018 or until we sell out - whichever comes first!


Where is the best place to stay up-to-date about HSC DiscoveryCon?

We are so glad you asked!  Please visit our HSC DiscoveryCon Facebook event page for current announcements, questions and answers.


When can I get my badge and do I have to wear it?

All attendees must check in at the Registration Desk to pick up their conference badges. We recommend that you plan extra time for this before the conference begins. We will post onsite registration hours as soon as we know them!


Attendees must display badges in plain sight to attend conference functions. Replacements can be purchased for $10.

You must wear your badge in order to take part in any of the conference activities.


Can I a refund or transfer my registration to another person?

All registrations are non-refundable. There is a $10 fee per person (not per family) to transfer registrations. Please request a transfer by completing this form.


Do I need to be a member of HSC to attend DiscoveryCon?

Yes, you need to be a member of HSC to attend DiscoveryCon.  For info on being a member, please go to www.hsc.org.


Is this Conference for a particular type of homeschooler?

This conference is for every homeschooler who likes to play games!  We will be playing card games, board games, role-playing games, Minecraft, VR games, and playing Kendama....you can bet there will be bottle flipping, too!  Grown up family members who are interested in learning through play will have fun and learn, too!


Do I have to bring my own computer for video gaming?

Yes!  We will have a Minecraft Zone with both Creative and Survival servers running, and participants who wish to play Minecraft or play other online video games are encouraged to bring a laptop.  HSC DiscoveryCon is unable to provide gaming laptops or desktops at this first event.


Will anyone else be there?

Yes! hundreds of local homeschoolers will attend the conference!  It's a blast!  Be there!


Do I have to wear shoes at the hotel?

YES! It's the hotel's policy, so we've got to keep our shoes on!


What should I bring to the Conference (other than shoes)?

  • Snacks for the little ones and maybe even some to share.
  • A family emergency plan -- how and when to find each other in case of an emergency.
  • Sweaters for you and the kids for evening and the powerful air conditioning
  • Swimsuits for the pool and spa
  • An appetite for the yummy foods at the food court directly across the street from the hotel
  • A camera - or your smartphone
  • Your laptop if you want to jump on our Minecraft server or play computer games with others.
  • A fun, festive costume or outfit for the dance on Saturday night
  • Cell phones or 2 way radios to keep in touch with family members
  • A great attitude and a willingness to try new things and have FUN!


Should I bring the whole family?

Yes!  There will be fun and games for children, teens, and adults of all ages.


Is there childcare provided at the conference?

We do not offer childcare and it is important that all children under 14 have an adult nearby throughout the weekend.

Families are welcome to use cooperative childcare in order to attend workshops.  You are responsible for meeting and making arrangements with the other families.  HSC and agents assume no responsibility or liability for the cooperative childcare.


How can I keep my kids and the conference safe and comfortable for all families?

Be sure that all children are wearing conference badges.  Write your cell phone number (including your area code) on the back so that we can reunite children with lost parents in the event that you do get separated.  If you should run across a lost parent or child, please take them to the conference Registration Desk.  Don't leave children sleeping in the hotel room alone.  Do not let children play on the escalator or elevators or run down the halls.  Keep your children seated or on your lap if you're eating in the restaurant.  Those waiters have to move fast with heavy trays of breakable dishes and pots of hot coffee.  If we get in the way, it can be scary for everybody.  Carry healthful snacks and maybe some to share with new friends. Bring sweaters for yourself and your child because the hotel air conditioner can be really cold.  Speaking of clothing, everyone must wear shoes unless they are swimming.  Don't leave any child under 14 alone or with older siblings at the pool.  The hotel says that all children must have an adult supervising at the pool.  Do not bring anything to the conference that has wheels except your car, a stroller, or a wheelchair.  That includes skateboards, roller blades, skates, bikes, and scooters.  Please report any suspicious person to the conference Registration Desk or a staff member.


Will there be an opportunity for me to learn about learning through gaming and play?

Of course!  We will be offering a schedule of workshops for parents and other caregivers that will be sure to enlighten and inspire you!


How can I win some cool stuff to take home?

The HomeSchool Association of California is sponsoring a raffle as a fundraiser for the organization.  Some of our member families and sponsors have generously donated fabulous prizes to our raffle!  We also have raffle items donated by others in our community available to win at the HSC Info Table.  Please visit the Registration Booth to discover what you can win and drop your raffle tickets into the boxes of the prizes you most desire.  Tickets will be sold throughout the conference at the HSC Info Table and by folks milling about.  They are $1 each, 12 for $10 and 25 for $20.  All proceeds go toward HSC’s important work supporting and protecting homeschooling in California.  The drawing will be on Sunday at 2 pm at the HSC Info Table where a list of winners will be posted.  Please claim your prize by 3 pm.  You must be at the conference to win.


Can we swim in the pool?

Guests of the hotel can swim in the pool.  We ask that attendees do not wear swimwear in the lobby.


Can I stay up all night making loud noises? 

Only if you go home to do it.  If you are staying at the hotel, we ask that all attendees honor a 9pm curfew in the hallways, if you want to stay up later, please use the hotel's common gathering space in the lobby until they close at 11pm, after which all socializing must move to private space (hotel rooms).  Let us let parents and little kids get a good night's sleep.  Please remember that not everyone staying at the hotel is with the conference.

 

If I don't like a workshop, can I get a refund?

No refunds of registration or other fees will be made.


Can I just come to the hotel and hang out?

No, you cannot be in the parts of the hotel being used by the conference or attend any conference activities unless you have a badge.


Where should I park?

Guests of HSC DiscoveryCon will have free parking at the Sheraton Anaheim - Garden Grove South.

Do I have to stay at the hotel to attend the conference?

No, you do not have to stay at the hotel.  Feel free to drive in daily!

Is wifi free for all DiscoveryCon guests, or only those who are staying at the hotel?

Wifi is free for ALL DiscoveryCon guests, whether or not they are staying at the hotel.


Do I have to purchase my own conference pass to attend with my teen?

We are so glad you asked!  If your teen is 13-17 years old, they must be accompanied by a paying adult caregiver (not another teen sibling or friend.)


Can I help?

We'd love to have your help! Go to the volunteer page to find out how!


How do I join the Homeschool Association of California (earning me conference registration and many other benefits as well)?

Just go to http://hsc.org/join-hsc.html and all the info is right there.


Who is the HomeSchool Association of California? 

The HomeSchool Association of California (HSC) is a statewide volunteer-driven organization whose mission is to:

  • honor the diversity of homeschoolers
  • support and promote the entire spectrum of homeschooling
  • provide information
  • monitor and influence legislation
  • offer opportunities for families to get together
  • empower families to make the choices that respect the rights, needs, and aspirations of their children

The HomeSchool Association of California is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Tax ID #68-0137455.


What if I have a question that wasn't answered on this extraordinarily helpful F.A.Q. page?

Go ahead and send an email to hscdiscoverycon@gmail.com and we'll do our best to get you an answer.