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We're so excited about having EAS 2005 in Ohio, we want everyone to come. We want you to bring the whole family. For the first time in several years we're organizing a Children's Program. This will enable you to enjoy the Conference and workshops while your children are safe, happy and having a wonderful time of their own.
The program is for children age 3 to 11 and will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The program will run from 8:00 to noon and then from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. They'll have lunch with you. Our program is being run by a certified Middle School Teacher who has her Master's Degree in education. She will have plenty of help, depending on how many children we have in the program. There is another teacher who will be helping her and as many volunteers as we need.
This will not be a baby-sitting service. Our goal is for the kids to have fun, learn and enjoy each other's company. They will be doing some crafts, physical activities, preparing recipes with honey, all centered around bees, honey, beeswax. They will be learning lessons while having fun. We will also take them on short trips to the beeyard, provided parents and children are comfortable with that. Please bring their beesuits if they have one, but we will have some on hand also.
Again, our goal is to make this a trip for the whole family and we've tried to make it easy for you to bring your kids. Children 11 and under can sleep for free in the dorm rooms with parents, so bring sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. We've concentrated on keeping the costs down. The most a family would pay is $30/day - $15 for the first child, $10 for the second, $5 for the third and no extra cost for more than three children in a family.
If there is enough interest we will also organize a pizza party for the kids on Friday night while the parents attend the banquet. We have some very responsible teenagers to handle this activity. They will enjoy pizza and maybe games or a movie. We'll let you know the details on that as time gets closer.
Northeast Ohio is a great place to bring the whole family. If you come a few days early or stay for a while, there's lots to do. We have two of the largest and best amusement parks in the country - Cedar Point and Geauga Lake. Both with easy driving distance. Cleveland has The Great Lakes Science Center and The Cleveland Zoo is excellent. There's also the Cleveland Indians and our minor league team, the Akron Aeros. I've listed other information and websites that you can go to and find other things to do.
So we hope you all come to EAS 2005 and help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary. The kids will have a great time and you can relax and enjoy the conference and workshops.
Sign them up on the registration form. Meals are not included in this program, so you will need to purchase meal plans for your children also. Keep in mind the dorms have refrigerators and microwaves, and there are plenty of restaurants in the area. So weigh all your options and see what works best for your family.
See you in Ohio in August!