2018 Children’s Activities

Children’s Program: Ages 5+

We are planning an amazing program for kids of all ages! The conference will be jam-packed full of fun for the children while the parents attend workshops. Workshops, educational classes, and fun and engaging activities will be available for the kids to choose from throughout the conference.

We have an amazing artist, Spramani Elaun who will be holding an Open Art space for kids (and adults) to come in and do self-directed art projects through the day. Spramani will also be sharing her artistic knowledge as a leader in the Choose Your Own Adventure Art Progam.

Our children’s coordinator, Theresa Bovenzi, will be incorporating fun activities for the 5 and over crowd both indoors and out. . Children can expect to be thoroughly engaged with a wide range of activities. All children’s activities will be taking place on the beautiful grounds at Hotel Real de Minas.

Our hope is that every child will find something that resonates with them and that this weekend will be filled with fun, learning, adventure, and new friends!

The Children’s Program at Family Adventure Summit will be split into 2 parts: Full Group Activities and Adventure Crew Time. The Adventure Crew Time is an opportunity for the children to split into smaller, interest-based groups. These groups will meet each day for approximately 2 hours and be the same group of children each day- enabling the crew to work on multi-day projects.

Adventure Crews

  • Artful: Young artists will have the opportunity to be creative and get their hands messy experimenting with fun and diverse media and technique. Dia de Los Muertos skull painting with acrylic paint, creating a Mexican Motif by cutting patterns and making mono-prints, getting your craft on by designing and embellishing Mexican Sundials- are just some of the offerings! If you like to make art and be crafty- this is the Crew for you! ***Messy art projects. There will be smocks on hand, but parents should send their children with clothes that can get paint on them***
  • Theatre Performance: Actors! Singers! Dancers! Poetry Readers! Acrobats! Musicians! Performers of all kinds and all levels of experience- join us for a Theater Performance! We will create an original jukebox musical to be performed for the Family Adventure Summit community. Our jukebox musical will include original short scenes and pre-existing songs from genres such as world music, show tunes, rock, and folk. The show will pay tribute to Mexico’s celebration of Dia de los Muertos, focusing on honoring our ancestors and ourselves, and igniting the magic of entering other worlds. With joy, focus and teamwork we will take on the challenge of putting on a show in just a few days. This is an opportunity to share the talents you’ve always had and to discover new talents in a safe, open-minded environment. ***This Crew is designed for children ages 7 years old and up. There is also some prep required prior to the Summit, especially for those children who would like to take a lead role in the production. If you are joining this crew, expect to have a little extra homework!***
  • Sportathon: For those who like to move and keep active, Sportathon is where you’ll find the time to join in on big group sport games such as Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, California Kickball, Capture the Flag and more! We’ll also break it up with shorter, international field games such as Cat and Mouse, Catch the Dragon’s Tail, Sardines, etc. Have a game of your own that you’d like to share with friends? Or want to join in on a game of Grounders on the playground? Sportathon is the Crew for you!
  • All A Board: Monopoly! Settlers of Catan! Jenga! Apples To Apples! The Game of Life! Dungeons and Dragons! Crazy 8’s! Cribbage! Rummy! If you like playing board games and card games- this is the Crew for you! Learn a new game or teach your friends your favorite! Play an epic, 4 hour game of Risk and take over the world!! Make up your own game with friends, or show off your card trick skills- the choice is yours!
  • Tech Heads: Ready to get techie with friends? During Tech Heads we will engage in group project possibilities such as building a Dia de los Muertos themed world in Minecraft, taking part in Digital Scavenger Hunts, learning to build a basic website using Wordpress, experiments in combining technology and books using Ink and Storybird, exploring silly, creative, and downright weird websites, participating in a Freerice.com Challenge, learning the basics of photography, photo and video editing, and lots more! All that is required to be in this Crew is that you can bring your own device to work on- such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Little’s Program: Ages 2-4 (and 5 year olds who would do better in this program)

The 2 to 4 year-old crowd will be playing with their very own facilitator, Rebecca Bernard, who will be creating a program of fun activities to keep our youngest attendees busy and happy while parents are enjoying the conference.

If you would like you 5 year old to join the Little’s program, just let us know! Some 5-year-olds aren’t quite ready for the Children’s Program and could use a little extra attention. In the Little’s Program, there is a higher ratio of adult caretakers to children participants (1:3-4), and fewer overall child participants than the larger, FAS Children’s Program.

Activities in the Little’s Program are being planned to be age appropriate- so don’t worry! It will still be engaging for your 5-year-old. But you can be rest assured that your 5-year-old will have that extra little bit of attention that he/she needs to thrive.

Children under two years old are required to remain with their parents.

Activities are scheduled whenever the adults are in their sessions so parents can enjoy the workshops and discussions while the children are engaged in their own fun programming. There will be extra long lunches scheduled each day so families can do their own exploring over the lunch break.

Day 1
30 Oct 2018

Opening Announcements – Full Family

We’ll be starting our day at 9 am sharp! You won’t want to miss these announcements!
Brandon Pearce

Welcome to San Miguel de Allende

A warm welcome from Guillermo Gonzalez Engelbrecht, the General Director of the San Miguel de Allende Tourism Board.

Announcements

Hear some stories from our attendees and prepare to maximize your experience at the 2018 Family Adventure Summit!

Take Kids to Children’s/Little’s Programs

It’s time for the kids to have some fun of their own! Little’s (ages 2-4) will be brought to Rebecca in the Little’s Room (Room 6). Children ages 5-18 will meet Theresa on the lawn (Children’s Program Area)!

Introductions and Icebreaker Games

Theresa and her trusty volunteers will be leading some fun games that will help the children get to know each other and set the tone for a fun, respectful, and educational kids’ program!

Pick Up Children

Time to get the kids!

Adventure Crew #1

Session #1 Adventure Crew will be a multi-day workshop in the children’s program. Children will pre-sign up for the subject they are most interested in. They’ll have a choice between Drama, Technology, Sports, Art, and Games. We’ll be sending out emails for pre-registration in September. The children will remain in these workshop groups over the first three days of the conference and will be able to work on multi-day projects and/or dive deep into their chosen subjects!

Pick Up Children

Time to pick up the kids!

Closing Announcements – Full Family

Return to the Ballroom with your family for some important announcements.
Day 2
31 Oct 2018

Take Kids to Children’s/Little’s Program

It’s time for the kids to have some fun of their own! Little’s (ages 2-4) will be brought to Rebecca in the Little’s Room. Children ages 5-18 will meet Theresa on the lawn!

Games and Announcements

Theresa and her trusty volunteers will be leading the group in some full-group games as well as making her daily announcements.

Adventure Crew Session #2

Session #2. Adventure Crew will be a multi-day workshop in the children’s program. Children will pre-sign up for the subject they are most interested in. They’ll have a choice between Drama, Technology, Sports, Art, and Games. We’ll be sending out emails for pre-registration in September. The children will remain in these workshop groups over the first three days of the conference and will be able to work on multi-day projects and/or dive deep into their chosen subjects!

Teen Panel Discussion

This session will be a panel of teens sharing their own unique perspectives, thoughts, and feelings about their experience of travel as a lifestyle! They’ll be talking about things such as:  Challenges & opportunities of travel  Travel as a catalyst for learning & growth What home means to them What they’re most excited about right now Things they’re currently struggling with or have overcome in their travels What they envision for their future How they connect to community, friends, and family in their travels, and what they value in their relationships.  Most memorable cultural celebrations or festivals they’ve experienced  Favorite places visited  Most savored foods from around the world Safety during travel, including any times they’ve needed to seek medical attention and what those experiences were like.  What a typical day in their life looks like, any routines they enjoy, and how they like to spend the majority of their time.  We’ll also address any other questions that our audience would like to ask. You’ll come away from this session feeling awed, inspired, and uplifted by what our remarkable traveling teens have to share with all of us!

Pick Up Children

Time to get the kids!

Announcements – Full Family

We’ll explain the afternoon full-family activities and options.

Full Family Activities Around San Miguel

Experiencing travel is what it is all about! Here is your opportunity to do something fun with other traveling families. We’ll have many different excursions to chose from. Your family will be able to sign up for the excursion of their choice and you’ll get to know some families…family travel style! We’ll have a wide arrange of options, some will be free, some will have varying costs.
Day 3
01 Nov 2018

Adventure Crew Session #3

Session #3 Adventure Crew will be a multi-day workshop in the children’s program. Children will pre-sign up for the subject they are most interested in. They’ll have a choice between Drama, Technology, Sports, Art, and Games. We’ll be sending out emails for pre-registration in September. The children will remain in these workshop groups over the first three days of the conference and will be able to work on multi-day projects and/or dive deep into their chosen subjects!

Pick Up Children

Grab the kids and come back to the ballroom for some exciting announcements!

Mindfulness and Closing Circle

If anyone needs a bit more time to finish off their Choose Their Own Adventure Projects, they’ll be a bit of time to do so. Theresa and her volunteers will be leading the group in some mindfulness exercises and holding a special closing circle.

Announcements – Full Family

Return to the ballroom for full-family announcements!
Day 4
02 Nov 2018

Fun, Fun, Fun Activities – Full Family

We’ll be spending the morning doing some super fun activities together. There will be flower crown making and face painting for Day of the Dead, as well as games and activities for the whole family.

Drama Production

The drama team from the kids’ program will be performing the production they have been working on all week. Be sure to attend, even if your kids aren’t in it. We’ll be heading straight into our closing ceremonies after the play!

Closing Ceremony

While there will still be plenty to do together as we explore the day of the dead festivities, this will be the last time we gather as a full group.