Imagination Fair

Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

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Imagination Fair 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017 — 10am-12pm (tentative)

Peace Lutheran Church (tentative)

20 Northdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448

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The Imagination Fair Make-It-Happen group is coordinated by Nic Rosenau. She is seeking other homeschool parents (and community members) to help organize the 2017 Imagination Fair.

You can volunteer to help organize the 2017 Imagination Fair by joining the Yahoo Group at

Contact Information: imagine(at)

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What is an Imagination Fair?

The Imagination Fair was created to accommodate those creations that fall outside conventional categories of the traditional science fairs, tech fests and art shows: board games and video games, music, animations and performances, novels, short stories and comic books, contraptions, LEGO® masterpieces and MINDSTORMS® marvels, robots, rockets, models, architecture, dioramas, and other products of the imagination that either don't fit into the traditional art show categories or must be distorted to qualify as a traditional science fair project.

The Imagination Fair is more than an art show! More than a science fair! More than a tech fest! It's a space for homeschooled children of all ages to display, demonstrate and discuss the products of their creativity.

While the Imagination Fair welcomes traditional artistic endeavors and scientific explorations, it's also the perfect place to showcase your child's "outside the box" creativity!

How can I help?

  1. The Imagination Fair Make-It-Happen group is coordinated by Nic Rosenau. She is seeking other homeschool parents (and community members) to help organize the 2017 and 2018 Imagination Fairs. You can volunteer to help organize the Imagination Fair by joining the Yahoo Group at
  2. Volunteer to participate as a mentor at the 2017 Imagination Fair
  3. Spread the word! Talk to your friends and family about participating in the event as exhibitors, mentors, advertisers, sponsors and guests.
  4. Place an advertisement in the Exhibit Catalog to simultaneously promote your organization and help cover the costs of the Imagination Fair.
  5. Donate small prizes for the Exhibit Bingo game.
  6. Make a cash donation. The Imagination Fair is an all-volunteer zero-profit endeavor, but it is not recognized by the IRS as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you'd like contribute to help cover costs, please contact us at imagine(at) — just understand that any contributions made will not be tax deductible.
  7. Help find a no-cost or low-cost location for the 2017 Imagination Fair (please review the space requirements first)

Certificates of Participation and Mentors

The Imagination Fair does not rank projects, but invites mentors from all walks of life to sign up to talk to the children about their projects.

For every mentor spoken to, each child will receive a sticker on their participation certificate. Certificates and stickers are provided by the Imagination Fair, but mentors are encouraged to create their own design (that fits on am Avery 5293 1⅔-inch round label).

Mentors are asked to visit as many exhibits as time allows and talk to the children about their projects. The only requirement is that you be comfortable with talking to children about their big ideas.

We are aware that "mentor" is not the right word for this, but we couldn't come up with a better one — suggestions are welcome.

Imagination Fair 2016 Mentor Button Stickers

Tom AndersonVanessa ArboledaKim Chase-KozakKatelynn Dinslage
Dana KernikMichelle LehmanEric MuchowskiEmily Oaks
David PetersJess PetersToni PetersTheresa Redfern-Hall
Julie RoemenMarlo RosenauNic RosenauTiffany Skidmore
Walt SkidmoreErin SousterLindsey WildViktoriya Tatur


Imagination Fair Certificate
Example of a 2014 certificate

Imagination Fair 2014 Game Card

Exhibit Bingo

  1. Pick up an Exhibit Bingo card at the door.
  2. Visit an exhibit and ask at least one question.
  3. Earn a stamp from the exhibitor.
  4. Repeat until you've got 5 stamps in a row — down, across or diagonal.
  5. Find a game moderator and show your 5-in-a-row to receive a small prize.
  6. Repeat! Win up to 5 prizes!

Who may attend?

Registration is open to homeschooled students of all ages.

The Imagination Fair is an all-volunteer zero-profit secular, inclusive homeschool event. The Imagination Fair does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or handicap, veteran status, economic status, religion, or homeschooling philosophy or style.

The Imagination Fair is serious about inclusivity. All homeschooled children are welcome to participate.


Guests: The community is invited to come and see all the amazing products of the imagination, and participants are encouraged to invite their friends and family to attend the Imagination Fair as guests. All guests are encouraged to consider volunteering as a mentor.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to be help organize the Imagination Fair or to be a mentor!

We hope to once again defray the cost through donations and exhibit catalog advertising sales.

The organizers will request a small fee per exhibit to help cover costs for the 2017 Imagination Fair. The fee for 2017 is currently projected to be less than $10 but more than $5. A scholarship rate will be available on request.

Advertising space in the Exhibit Catalog is offered to help offset the cost of the fair.


How does my child sign up?

Registration is not yet open for the 2017 Imagination Fair.

Register will be at

What is HSAdventuresThe Imagination Fair is organized by members of Homeschool Adventures which provides a support structure and network for individual homeschoolers to set up successful homeschool events.
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Information subject to change. Please check with Imagination Fair for the most current information. Last updated on Tue, Nov 22, 2016.