Jeremy Newman

Jeremy Newman
Texas Home School Coalition

Jeremy Newman served as a policy analyst for the 2013 THSC Watchmen and became THSC’s director of public policy the same year. A homeschool graduate, he moved to Texas from California at an early age and became involved as a homeschool student. The third of six children, Jeremy now lives with his wife Addi in Dallas. He teaches Lincoln-Douglas debate in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA), a national homeschool speech and debate league.

Stephanie Lambert

Stephanie Lambert
Texas Home School Coalition

Stephanie Lambert was homeschooled before it was officially legal in Texas. Her parents had a vision for instilling strong values and providing quality education to their four children. Since graduating, she volunteered on President George W. Bush's campaign and served as staff for Texas Governor Rick Perry's campaign, among others.

Stephanie ultimately dedicated her life to serving Christ through her local church and through her work with the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), the advocacy and support organization for Texas homeschoolers and families.

She has served as THSC’s director of events, director of development and now as executive director. She is passionate about empowering and encouraging parents to raise children who know Christ and who are prepared to be our nation’s next generation of leaders.

Tim Lambert

Tim Lambert
Texas Home School Coalition

Tim Lambert, president of Texas Home School Coalition, the largest state advocacy organization for homeschool families in the country, has led the organization for almost 30 years. Tim has a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and has been politically active at the state and national levels, having represented Texas on the Republican National Committee for eight years.
Recognized as an authority on home education and parental rights, he regularly engages with government agencies such as the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Social Security Administration in defense of homeschooling and parental rights.

Laurie Hafely

Laurie Hafely

Laurie Hafely is from Houston, Texas and mother to three wonderful children. She homeschooled her daughters from birth to college, with her oldest daughter graduating in 2018 from the University of St. Thomas with her degree in International Affairs and her younger daughter graduating also from St. Thomas next year as a Music Major in piano. Her son is in seventh grade and learning is more difficult for him due to Autism and related learning disabilities. These challenges grew Laurie’s vision of homeschooling as she incorporated new ideas and methods into his education. With her background as a bank trainer, auditor, and author on consumer laws and regulations, and owner and president of RegCom LLC, Laurie uses her technical writing and presentation skills to write and speak on her homeschool experience and issues related to special needs. She hopes by sharing her family’s journey to inspire other homeschool families.

Chrystal Evans Hurst

Chrystal Evans Hurst
ChrystalEvansHurst.com

Chrystal is a life-loving “girl-next-door” who encourages others to fulfill their potentials in Christ. With humor and vulnerability, Chrystal tells it like it is but does so with grace, integrity and love.
She is the best-selling author of “She’s Still There,” “ Kingdom Woman” and the newly-released “Show Up for Your Life.” Chrystal regularly shares encouragement via podcasts and blogs where she poignantly reflects on faith and speaks with frank honesty and practical wisdom about experiences that affect women every day. Chrystal firmly believes God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans that I have for you…” and she desires to help other women believe and apply that truth to their lives. You can find Chrystal sharing chronicles of the journey at her site ChrystalEvansHurst.com.

Ryan and Laura Dobson
Rebel Parenting

Ryan Dobson
Ryan Dobson is leading a rebellion not for the faint of heart—one that fights for the hearts and souls of parents and families. Our culture has been tipped on its head over the past 20 years, and therefore the approach to helping families get healthy has to be profound. It was this mindset and understanding of culture that prompted Ryan and his wife, Laura, to found REBEL Parenting. Ryan has combined his natural abilities and passion for public speaking to significantly engage and challenge parents and families in every stage of life in a revolutionary way. It is this atmosphere of total honesty, grace, truth and love that the messiness of this life can find wholeness.

Ryan is no stranger to strengthening marriages and parents. He is a product of successful parenting, living a very public life as the son of America’s foremost family expert, author and radio broadcasting parenting specialist Dr. James Dobson. He launched his own radio broadcast with the purpose of “building passion and identity in Christ followers.” He then helped his dad found “Family Talk” and also served as the vice president of the broadcast. With that rich background, he left “Family Talk” to begin REBEL Parenting because “to impact a culture like ours, sometimes you have to start a REBELLION.” Why? Because marriage is hard, parenting is harder. The struggle is real. But, it’s always worth it. As Ryan has said, “The value of having a great marriage is beyond description. Being close with your kids, beyond comparison.”

Laura Dobson
“Don’t just sit there, do something” has been the narrative of Laura Dobson’s life. Tracing her history of doing the right things at the right time will encourage you to join with her newest endeavor. Her ministry experience and leadership began before she graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in public health administration. She was a leader and facilitator with Youth With A Mission for over 10 years. Through “Surfers for Missions International Outreach”, she led international surf missions in a number of countries including Portugal, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Morocco and the Netherlands. And as a board member and coach with GAP Youth Training, Laura embodies the ministry's heart and passion to empower, inspire and help people to impact their community.

Laura, along with her husband, Ryan, founded REBEL Parenting, an organization that speaks boldly to couples and parents covering "taboo" topics in a way rarely visited in Christian circles. Frederick Douglass said, “…the thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.” Her unique ministry experience, along with the seasons experienced by most couples—courtship, marriage, kids, school decisions—has given her particular insights, making huge differences in the landscape of relationships. Marriage and parenting in our world is in a state of chaos and in need of someone to lead the charge to stop the decline. Without apology, Laura and Ryan have decided to confront the issues destroying lives, speaking frankly and directly to bring healing. Laura is able to use her non-judgmental style to ask hard and awkward questions without condemning. Her vulnerability encourages and allows people to share core issues. Some have rightly described her as strong and yet gentle and gracious—qualities that have placed Laura at the leading edge of helping families to become whole and healthy.

Girl Defined

Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal
GirlDefined

Cynthia Tobias
cynthiatobias.com

Woodlands Only

For over 30 years, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias has been teaching people of all ages how to discover and use their natural learning style and strengths to succeed in virtually any situation. She is a popular speaker whose insights, humor and practical strategies have encouraged and motivated educators, parents, business people and students to focus on their strengths to achieve success. With a special gift for understanding and bringing out the best in the strong-willed child, Cynthia has brought hope and life to countless families, but she remains humbled by the way God uses her message to make such a difference.

Cynthia has an impressive background that includes over 25 years of private practice, 8 years of teaching high school, and 6 years in law enforcement. She knows the importance of embracing the unique, useful and necessary traits of a strong-willed person. Cynthia’s insight and expertise have been recognized by parents, teachers and law enforcement professionals across the nation and around the globe.

Through personal stories and positive insight, Cynthia has taken a subject that many experts have studied and has applied her own learning style with amazing results. From her insight, the audience is able to recognize that many of the learning style traits in their children that are inconvenient or irritating are actually signs of their greatest potential. This passion for the potential of a strong-willed person is what motivates her to share the powerful message that will change the lives of many.

John Erickson

John Erickson
Hank the Cowdog

John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller’s knack for spinning a yarn. Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck head of ranch security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the west Texas Panhandle. This series of books and audios is a favorite in schools and libraries across the country, has sold more than nine million copies, is a Book of the Month Club selection, and is the winner of an Audie Award for Outstanding Children’s Series from the Audio Publishers Association. Publishers Weekly calls Hank a “grassroots publishing phenomena” and USA Today says the series is “the best family entertainment in years.”

Hank the Cowdog made his debut in the pages of The Cattleman, a magazine for adults, and when Erickson started getting “Dear Hank” letters, he knew he was on to something. So, in 1983, he self-published 2,000 copies of “The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog,” and they sold out in six weeks.

When teachers began inviting Erickson to their schools, Hank found his most devoted fans. Teachers, librarians and students alike love Hank. The lively characters make excellent material for reading and writing lessons, and turn even the most reluctant readers into avid Hank-fans.

Erickson lives near Perryton, Texas, where he and his wife live today on their working cattle ranch. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. His advice to young writers is, “Write about something you know. Try to leave your readers better off than they were before.”

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp
Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy

Kathi Lipp is a former homeschooler who loves giving real help and how-tos with humor and wisdom to move people forward in every area of their lives. Kathi is the bestselling author of 17 books including “Clutter Free,” “The Get Yourself Organized Project,” “The Husband Project,” and “Overwhelmed.” She is the host of Clutter Free Academy podcast, runs the Facebook group called Clutter Free Academy, and speaks at conferences across the U.S.

She is featured on Focus on the Family, MOPS International, Crosswalk.com, Girlfriends in God and Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a number of other media outlets around the country. She’s a featured expert on clutter for Women’s Day Magazine and has been named “Best of Broadcast” on Focus on the Family twice.

Susan Seay
Mentor 4 Moms

Susan Seay is a mom of 7 that shares from her own parenting mistakes AND successes as an 18-year veteran homeschool mom. Her passion is to help families face the facts with the chaos in their lives so that they can overcome it, not be overwhelmed by it.

Steve Demme

Steve Demme
Building Faith Families

Dallas Only

Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Down syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Steve has served in pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has also served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.

Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler
ZanTyler.com

Zan Tyler is a respected author, consultant for BJU Press and the Home School Legal Defense Association, and is the founder of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). She is also the former director of Apologia Press and derives deep joy from speaking to and encouraging parents around the globe.

Zan and Joe Tyler have been married for 32 years and successfully homeschooled each of their three children from kindergarten through high school. Most importantly, their children continue to love the Lord and remain very involved in each other’s lives.

Speaker Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings
Compelled

Woodlands Only

Paul Hastings is a homeschool graduate, a serial entrepreneur, and an award-winning filmmaker. In 2013, Paul served as the Public Policy Director of the Texas Home School Coalition and launched the THSC Watchmen program which has shaped the course of home school freedoms in Texas for the last 7 years.

Paul is the host of "Compelled", a podcast telling unique stories of God's work in people's lives. Paul, his wife, and their children live near Austin, Texas.

David Swarbrick

David Swarbrick
One Day Academy

David currently teaches mathematics at the local community college and serves as the executive director of One Day Academy, an academic resource for homeschool families around Texas. David has degrees in engineering, mathematics and divinity, spending 15 years in vocational ministry and 12 years as college faculty. David and his wife Laura live in Austin. They have been married 35 years and are blessed with four adult sons and two granddaughters.

Tom Clark
VideoText Interactive Homeschool Math

Woodlands Only

Thomas Clark, as a lifelong teacher of Mathematics, knows that everyone can understand math. He has developed programs that challenge traditional instruction, concentrating on the “why” of Mathematics. He has helped parents become more effective instructors and is a presenter at many homeschool conferences. His programs, “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, are available in hard copy, and online. He is the president of VideoText Interactive, specializing in bringing textbooks to life through technology.

Mary James
Smoothing the Way Ministries

Mary James lives in Austin, Texas, and she has been homeschooling her eight children since 1989. In 1999, she established Smoothing the Way, which is a non-profit organization that offers support, encouragement and mentoring to homeschooling parents. She also serves on the board of THSC.

Woody Robertson
Lumerit Unbound

Woody is a first generation homeschool graduate passionate about reaching the next generation. If you hang around Woody, you’re sure to hear words like, “live life to the fullest,” “purposeful living,” or “world-changer” and he’s helped young adults successfully navigate life decisions for years. An entrepreneur and visionary, Woody has been a principal player in several start-up companies. In 2004, he co-founded CollegePlus (now Lumerit Unbound) and earned his accredited BSBA in General Management in 18 months for under $10k from a State University! A frequent motivational speaker at conferences nationwide, Woody’s information-packed sessions are innovative and inspiring. Attend his sessions and be prepared to get knocked outside of your box! Characterized by a high level of energy and enthusiasm, Woody blends each session with motivating and practical information attendees can put immediately into practice.

As a member of the Lumerit Unbound team, Woody lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife Gina—the girl of his dreams!

Dawn Spence
SPED Homeschool

Woodlands Only

Dawn is a homeschool parent, a department coordinator of her local homeschool co-op, and a group facilitator. She has been married to her husband, David, for 13 years and has a son and twin daughters.

Before becoming a homeschooling mom, Dawn worked as both a mainstream and special education teacher for 10 years. She taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade for 7 years. Then, she was blessed to teach Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) and children with autism in an Academic and Behavior Learning Environment (ABLE) unit. This is a unique classroom that provides a highly structured classroom for those on the Autism Spectrum and those with developmental delays. She has written Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals both as a special education teacher and for her homeschooled daughter.

Upon the birth of her twin daughters, Dawn decided to leave teaching and stay home full-time. One of her daughters has sensory issues and has been diagnosed with multiple health and developmental delays. Because of these challenges, Dawn has learned how to adapt her curriculum to provide her daughter with a hands-on sensory approach that allows her to learn at her own pace.

Dawn served as a co-moderator of the THSC Special Needs Support Group for two years from July 2015-July 2017. She also helped to lead the special needs support break-out sessions at the 2016, 2017 & 2018 THSC Woodlands Conventions. Through the work Dawn has done for both THSC’s Special Needs Department and now through Special Education (SPED) Homeschool, she has been able to share from her special education classroom as well as homeschool experience, helping parents learn how to modify existing curriculum to adapt it to their child's specific needs. Her faith in God led her to this new journey and she gives Him all the glory. She feels He has equipped her to help her children and others with special needs. A blog post published by THSC, and written by Dawn under the pen-name Marie Prince, is titled, Should You Home School Your Special Needs Child?

Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas
Institute for Creation Research

Dallas Only

Brian Thomas received a masters in biotechnology in 1999 from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, and will complete a doctorate in paleo-biochemistry in 2019. He has taught junior high and high school at Christian schools in Texas, as well as biology, chemistry, and anatomy as an adjunct and assistant professor at Dallas-area universities. In 2008 Mr. Thomas joined the Institute for Creation Research as a science writer and editor, contributing news and magazine articles, speaking on creation issues, and researching original tissue fossils. He is the author of “Dinosaurs and the Bible” and a contributor to “Guide to Creation Basics,” “Creation Basics & Beyond,” “Guide to Dinosaurs,” “Guide to the Human Body” and “Guide to the Universe.”

Jackie Schlegel

Jackie Schlegel
Texans for Vaccine Choice

Sheraton Dallas Hotel

400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Call 1-214-922-8000 for a discounted room in the THSC room block.

Sheraton Dallas Hotel

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Call 1-281-367-9797 for a discounted room in the THSC room block.

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel

Dallas

On-site parking fee: $23 USD daily
Valet parking fee: $31 USD daily
Electric car charging stations: 3, Complimentary

Off-site parking varies. Here are some nearby parking options.

Transportation

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
Visitors can ride McKinney Avenue's nostalgic trolley between Dallas' Arts District and the McKinney Avenue Uptown neighborhood, enjoying the route's eclectic offering of antique shops, restaurants and clubs. The restored, historic, vintage streetcars are also available for private events. Runs 7 days a week 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. FREE.

NOTE: There is a trolley stop across the street from the Sheraton Hotel. Round trip take about an hour.

DART Light Rail
DART Light Rail, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Light Rail, is a light rail system in Dallas, Texas and its suburbs owned and operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The system comprises 93 miles among its four lines — the Red Line, the Blue Line, the Green Line, and the Orange Line. Tickets are inexpensive and can be purchased from vending machines at any train station.

NOTE: There is a train stop across the street from the Sheraton Hotel.

UBER or LYFT
Uber and Lyft are the two ride-sharing apps that are very commonly used in Downtown Dallas. To ride with Uber or Lyft, you’ll open the app and follow the on-screen instructions to hail a ride. Each app will show you a map of your current location and show you the available cars nearby. When you enter your destination and request a ride — and get an quote of how much it’s going to cost — a nearby driver will accept the request. You’ll be able to see your driver’s profile, complete with his or her name, a headshot, information on the make and model of their car, a photo of said car, and an estimate of how many minutes it’ll take the driver to get to you. On the ride to your destination, you’ll be able to sit back and relax as the driver navigates to your destination. (You can also check your route in the app.)

One thing that people love about Uber and Lyft is that they’ll never need to fumble with cash or a card, which makes it considerably more convenient than a traditional cab. Additionally, it is an affordable way to hire a “native” guide which allows you to avoid trying to navigate the often challenging roads around Downtown Dallas.

The Woodlands Parking and Directions

Parking

Complimentary off-site parking
On-site parking, fee: $6 hourly, $18 daily
Valet parking fee: $26 daily

Parking Map

Make your Convention Experience Hassle-Free!

We want you to enjoy your entire Convention experience and that includes getting there and parking. Download a PDF version of parking options.

If you can’t find a place to park or you find yourself stuck in traffic, please consider these directions and options:

Due to the nearby events likely on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening, attendees arriving mid- to late-afternoon are encouraged NOT to exit on Woodlands Parkway, as traffic can become very congested there.

Parking Options

Town Center Parking Garage - FREE while space lasts
2002 Timberloch Place, The Woodlands

This is a shared garage and will likely fill to capacity. Please be courteous and proceed to an alternate parking option when this takes place.

Marriott Hotel Garage - $6/hour, $18/day
1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands

24 & 25 Waterway - $15‐25/day
24 Waterway Ave, The Woodlands

Phish Lot -  $15/day
At the cross of Six Pines & Lake Robbins

NOTE: Convention attendees are encouraged NOT to park in the Tinseltown or Mall parking lots as towing is enforced.

Dallas Area AttractionsThe Woodlands Area Attractions

Special Offers

Dallas CityPASS

CityPASS Admission includes:
-- Perot Museum of Nature and Science
-- Reunion Tower GeO-Deck
-- The Sixth Floor Museum
-- Dallas Zoo OR George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum<

NOTE: All attractions are accessible by the DART Light Rail or Trolley, except the Library which requires an additional bus ride (included with Dart ticket).

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Discount: Adults $38.95 & Kids $30.95 (Save up to $22 per person) Use Code: VISITD383

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture

Discount: BOGO (of equal or lesser value). Code: DCVB001

Six Flags Homeschool Day

Six Flags Over Texas invites homeschool groups, associations, and families to enjoy an exclusive day at the park on Thursday, May 9. The learning continues with our hands-on educational opportunities. Reinforce basic math and science skills, along with experiencing physics concepts in motion on many of your favorite rides. Download our educational workbooks to enhance your child's understanding of these concepts.

Discount:
May 9, 2019
11am – 6pm
$38 + tax (normal is $81.99 + tax)

Can order Online/Phone/Mailer
Promo code: HOMESCHOOL

Also, there are educational workbooks families can download to reinforce math/science/physics or history skills.

More info from the THSC Calendar

Dallas Area Attractions

Dallas Farmers Market
The Dallas Farmers Market was established in 1941 as the a municipal farmers market. Historically, it was the central hub for farmers to bring their produce, meats, and dairy to the city. Today, with the development in downtown Dallas, the Dallas Farmers Market has been transformed to be the farmers market for the future. The addition of food entrepreneurs along with farmers and ranchers, makes this a place to taste the diverse flavors and cultures of Texas. The Market is open daily with a variety of eateries and shops. The Shed is open over the weekends as the an open-air farmers market. Come meet the people that grow, raise and make your food!

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop.

Dallas Heritage Village
Dallas Heritage Village is home to the largest and finest collection of 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. These buildings, moved from throughout North Central Texas to Dallas’ first city park, line the tree-shaded 20-acre setting of Dallas Heritage Village. Stroll the grounds and discover what life was like over 100 years ago for ordinary Texans.

Dallas Holocaust Museum
Founded in 1984, the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. See VisitDallas for a coupon for this attraction.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop.

Dallas Museum of Art
DMA has free general admission with hours on Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. If your kids need to unwind, the Center for Creative Connections is a kid-friendly space with plenty to do. The Museum’s Sculpture Garden is also a great place for kids to play.

NOTE: 10 min walk from Sheraton Hotel.

Dallas Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck
The most recognizable building on the iconic Dallas skyline sits at the western end of downtown. At GeO-Deck, you can enjoy the view and interact with Halo, the deck’s digital information system, to learn about Dallas and its landmarks.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop. See CityPass for a discount.

Dallas Segway Tour
Discover downtown Dallas on a 1.5-hour Segway tour that takes in the city's landmarks at a relaxed pace. After your guide provides easy-to-follow instructions on operating the Segway, set out on your fun and eco-friendly Segway to visit places such as Dallas City Hall, Pioneer Plaza and the Dallas Arts District. Minimum age: 14.

Dallas World Aquarium
The aquarium portion displays interesting marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, leafy, weedy and ribbon seadragons. Black-footed and blue penguins can be seen swimming as guests enjoy the outdoor South Africa exhibit. The Dallas World Aquarium is a for-profit aquarium and zoo located in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas, USA. It aids conservation and education by housing many animals that are threatened or endangered as part of a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the world.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop.

Dallas Zoo
Named one of the “20 Best Zoos” by USA Today, the Dallas Zoo offers a global perspective on wildlife and their habitats. Catch a glimpse of the zoo’s Golden Girls, a herd of elephants that call the Elephants of the Savannah exhibit home. For a more hands-on experience, the giraffe ridge is the place to be for an eye-level encounter as you hand feed the tallest animal on land.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop. See CityPass for a discount.

Escape Room
A Room With A Clue hosts the best escape rooms in Dallas, right in the heart of Deep Ellum!   In an escape room (also called puzzle room), players immerse themselves in themed scenarios built around an exciting and multi-layered mystery game.  Players must rally together, hunt down clues, solve puzzles, and escape a room before time runs out. To succeed takes sleuthing ability, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, communication skills, adrenaline, and sheer determination.  A sense of humor and a taste for adventure round out the makings for a good team. For 60 minutes, you become a living part of an adventure game. Unlike a movie or a video game, you and your team truly become the main characters. You're in control of advancing the story, beating the clock, and sealing your fate. Win or lose, A Room With a Clue offers an amazing team building experience and a fun filled adventure for friends, families, co-workers, dates, and even strangers-turned-teammates. Are you ready to play? Hours 5-10pm.

Klyde Warren Park
Grab a table and catch up on your reading or a board game from the kiosks at Dallas' living room, Klyde Warren Park. The urban park is perched above an eight-lane highway, though you'd never guess it wandering through the playground or enjoying live music or yoga classes offered regularly. Need a bite? Make it a picnic with a burger and fries from Relish, a walk-up window on the green.

NOTE: Accessible by the Trolley.

John F. Kennedy Memorial
Designed by the Kennedy’s family friend, renowned architect Philip Johnson, the memorial is an open-roofed, concrete-walled monument symbolic of an open tomb.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
A unique venue boasting a million dollar sound and light system, arena style seating that can accommodate up to 1000 guest, an authentic jousting tournament and four-course feast. Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed during our ALL-NEW SHOW. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun & more excitement than ever before. As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty. Hang on to your helmet. The show is about to begin.

NorthPark Center
NorthPark Center is the finest shopping experience and the preeminent shopping center in the Southwest with more than 230 stores and restaurants, including more than 70 market exclusives. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s, NorthPark Center offers an unparalleled collection of luxury boutiques set amid internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art, award-winning architecture and extraordinary landscaping, as well as a 1.4-acre garden, CenterPark, a state-of-the-art movie theatre, AMC NorthPark 15, and a brand new VR experience, Dreamscape. Hours: 10am - 9pm.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop.

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
The beautifully restored Old Red Courthouse contains some of Dallas County’s most fascinating historical artifacts.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, you can race a T. rex, challenge friends in robot competitions, explore the astonishing links between dinosaurs and modern-day birds, experience a simulated earthquake, journey through the universe, and test what it means to “be human”. Everything from dinosaurs to DNA to diamonds are packed into five levels of hands-on discovery and adventure. We built a Museum to inspire the life-long learner in all of us.

NOTE: See CityPass for a discount for this museum. Accessible by the Trolley.

Pioneer Plaza
In 1995, the Texas Trees Foundation dedicated Pioneer Plaza to the City of Dallas providing a focal point with historical significance for downtown Dallas. The Plaza commemorates Dallas' beginnings by celebrating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas. The site features native plants and trees and a flowing stream in a natural setting and a re-creation of a cattle drive in bronze with longhorn steers being driven by three cowboys on horses. Each piece of bronze art was created by artist Robert Summers of Glen Rose, Texas. It is located adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center at Young and Griffin between the historical Pioneer Cemetery and the Dallas Convention Center. Pioneer Plaza represents the largest public open space in the central business district. Other features of Pioneer Plaza include a waterfall, man-made cliffs, native plant life and the small historic details on the sculptures.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
The life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

NOTE: Walking distance of DART light rail train stop. See CityPass for a discount.

Texas Horse Park at the Trinity
The Texas Horse Park builds upon the years of history and rich equestrian traditions of Texas. Deep in the heart of the Great Trinity Forest, the Texas Horse Park is an exciting new equestrian facility located on 302 acres featuring stylish architectural elements in a beautiful pastoral setting.

Saddle-up with the two non-profit organizations, Equest and River Ranch Educational Charities and experience the fun of riding horses in the big city. These first-class operators welcome people of all ages to the park whether they are attending modern day city-slicker programs, corporate or family events or therapy-focused services. The Texas Horse Park provides a break from city life. It opens up a world of equestrian adventure and a glimpse into the early days of Texas ranching and farming along the Trinity River.

NOTE: Equest is a Handicap riding facility (might be of interest to our Special Buddies)

Thanksgiving Square
Thanks-Giving Square is a place that inspires gratitude and honors the great American and world traditions of thanksgiving. Designed in 1976 by architect Philip Johnson, this island of serenity in the heart of downtown Dallas contains a landscaped meditation garden with cascading fountains and a chapel open to people of all faiths and traditions. Gabriel Loire's dramatic "Glory Window” and Norman Rockwell's “Golden Rule” mosaic are highlights of the art collection on display. Throughout the year Thanks-Giving Square hosts an array of events, exhibitions, and community celebrations that promote the spirit and unifying value of giving thanks. Visitor guide available in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Russian, Arabic. Braille/tactile signage available. Admission is free; donations are accepted.

NOTE: 5 min walk from Sheraton Hotel.

Special Offers

The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park

Discount:  Buy One, Get One discount for the Docent-Guided Historic Buildings Tours (3 historic buildings and art gallery), available Thursday - Sunday. Attendees will need to call and make advance reservations to take advantage of the discount. Call: 713-655-1912, ext. 103

Houston CityPASS

Save 47% on admission to Houston’s top 5 attractions and skip most ticket lines with CityPASS tickets. Valid for nine days beginning with the first day of use. Cost: Adult, $62 (value $116); Child ages 3-11, $52 (value $88).

Includes:
-- Space Center Houston General Admission, including Independence Plaza and NASA tram tour
-- Downtown Aquarium General Admission to Aquarium Adventure Exhibit (rides and games not included)
-- Houston Museum of Natural Science Exhibit Halls General Admission
-- Houston Zoo General Admission  – OR – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston General Admission
-- The Kemah Boardwalk Valid for All-Day Ride Pass (Stingray Reef, Boardwalk Beast and Iron Eagle not included) – OR -- Children’s Museum of Houston General Admission (Adults must be accompanied by a child.)

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Discounts:
-- Enjoy more than 60% off the general admission ticket at the Houston Museum of Natural Science with use of this coupon. Explore four floors worth of permanent exhibits such as the 30,000 square foot dinosaur hall, all new Wiess Energy Hall, Hall of Ancient Egypt, gems and minerals, and many more. Ticket cost is $10.00 per person with the coupon vs. $25.00 without. This coupon (code CPV-CCA) must be presented at the box office either printed or digitally shown on mobile device.
-- Enjoy more than 25% off admission into the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Walk through a living butterfly habitat, marvel at spectacular live and preserved specimens of some of the world’s largest and weirdest arthropods, and enjoy interactive games and quizzes. Ticket cost is $8.00 per person with coupon vs.$12.00 without. Coupon Code is CPV-CCA and must be presented at box office either printed or digitally shown.
-- Enjoy 40% off the Art of the Hunt Exhibit + General Admission ticket at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Ticket cost with coupon is $17.00 per person vs $30.00 full price. This coupon (code CPV-CCA) must be presented at the box office either printed or digitally shown on mobile device.
-- Back by Popular Demand! Enjoy 40% off the Death By Natural Causes Exhibition + General Admission ticket at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Ticket cost with coupon is $17.00 per person vs $30.00 full price. This coupon (code CPV-CCA) must be presented at the box office either printed or digitally shown on mobile device.

The Woodlands Area Attractions

Space Center Houston
With more than 400 things to see and do, including a variety of ever-changing exhibits, films and live shows, Space Center Houston is a must-do group destination. We invite you to experience space exploration through its exciting present, its dramatic history, and its compelling future, all of which is included with your Space Center Houston paid group admission ticket.

The Space Center Houston discount tickets are on the Called to Teach Homeschool Convention (The Woodlands) registration form. After selecting any ticket, the Space Center Houston tickets will be revealed and are located at the bottom of the registration form.

1940 Air Terminal Museum
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is housed in the original art-deco Houston Municipal Airport building at present-day William P. Hobby Airport. The museum showcases the rich heritage of civil aviation, including the airlines, general aviation and business aviation. Exhibits include Houston's fascinating aviation history.

Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts Houston house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically-maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.

Brazos Bend State Park
Looking for a “wild” experience? You will find it at Brazos Bend State Park, just 45 miles from downtown Houston! (Please note that some areas of this park are closed due to Hurricane Harvey damage. Please check their website for more information).

Children’s Museum of Houston
With 90,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, our all-inclusive admission ticket provides access to hundreds of activities, workshops, special performances and every exhibit at the top-rated Children’s Museum of Houston. Celebrate your child and make memories to last a lifetime with every visit!

Downtown Aquarium
Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks—Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Water Works building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully-equipped ballroom, aquatic and geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all!

The Health Museum
In the heart of Houston, The Health Museum inspires passion and curiosity in health, the medical sciences and the human body. With over 2.5 million visitors, we are the most interactive and popular science learning center of its kind and a favorite among Houstonians.

The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
Tour authentically restored buildings that span the city's history from before statehood to the oil boom of the early 20th century. See furnishings that reflect the lifestyles and cultural influences of Houston's earliest residents. Enjoy fun family-friendly activities for learning about the growth and development of the city. Hear experts tell the stories of the people who came to Houston seeking new opportunities. Experience Houston's history through exhibitions about the city’s diverse population. Celebrate Houston here!

Discount: Buy One, Get One discount for the Docent-Guided Historic Buildings Tours (3 historic buildings and art gallery), available Thursday - Sunday. Attendees will need to call and make advance reservations to take advantage of the discount.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States and one of the most attended venues in Houston, the museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and much more. In addition, the museum frequently presents traveling exhibitions on a variety of topics.

Houston Police Department Museum
The Houston Police Department Museum is located in the lobby of Houston Police Department headquarters and features unique displays and a memorial wall honoring the ultimate sacrifice made by those officers that gave their lives in the line of duty. There is no charge for the museum.

Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston.

Kemah Boardwalk
The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily, providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.

Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf
Unique glowing experience! Family fun!

Wet‘n’Wild SplashTown
Wet‘n’Wild SplashTown is a water park located north of Houston on I-45.