IDEA Curriculum Fair 2014: Q & A About Entrance Fees

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What fees are there for someone attending the Keynote meal?

Keynote Meal tickets are available from local IDEA offices for $12. All tickets must be purchased in advance so that we can provide accurate numbers to the caterers. The purchase price is the same for IDEA and non-IDEA attendees. The meals in every location cost far more than $12 each and are subsidized by IDEA so that more homeschoolers can be encouraged and inspired! Since there is limited seating in most locations, anyone taking a seat must purchase a ticket, including small children. Nursing babies are of course free.

What fees are there for someone attending the Fair itself, excluding the Keynote meal?

IDEA Families - The Exhibit Halls and Workshops are available at no charge to IDEA families, including homeschoolers who are newly-enrolled for next year.

Non-IDEA Families - You are welcome and encouraged to participate! The fee charged is a small percentage of the typical admission fees for homeschool conventions that are held Outside. Admission tickets may be purchased at the door or pre-purchased at the IDEA offices. Additionally, all of the larger correspondence programs have been given an opportunity to purchase entrance tickets at a discount and then make them available to their families. Admission fee includes the Exhibit Hall and all workshops, with the exception of the Keynote meal and speech.

  • Juneau and Soldotna (one-day Fairs) - Admission is $15/family
  • Fairbanks and Anchorage (two-day Fairs) - Admission is $20/family for both days when paid at once. (Return on second day with your admission receipt or nametag from day one in order to enter without charge the second day.) If attendance will be for only one day, the admission fee is $15 for one day.

Note for Anchorage: The only facilities appropriate for our Curriculum Fair are located downtown, where there are parking fees. We apologize for the added expense and suggest that you buddy up whenever possible in order to save on parking costs. See the Anchorage Fair page for details on parking options near the Egan Center. If you park in city parking, we can validate your parking with the Egan Center validator. Validated parking costs only $4.00/day. (The regular rate is $1.25/hour.)

Why are there no entrance fees for IDEA families?

As part of our commitment to serving those interested in home education in Alaska, we have brought this large homeschool convention to several cities across Alaska since 1999. The nationally-known speakers, opportunity to see homeschool materials up close, inspiring workshops and the companionship of like-minded families add up to an experience that cannot be compared! Although we love serving the homeschool community in this way, it is a tremendous amount of work to put on a multi-city event each year, with effort and expenses that are born solely by IDEA.

Included in the many benefits of their enrollment is the opportunity for IDEA families to attend regular events and the annual Curriculum Fair at no charge to their allotment. If you pay for your admission to the Fair, and then decide to enroll in the most popular partnership program serving Alaska homeschoolers, your entrance fee can be reimbursed. All items purchased at the Curriculum Fair that support your students' learning plan are reimbursable out of allotment.