Can you believe that the Cincinnati GHC starts in just a few days? I'm a local to the area, so I want to throw out some advice.
Pack a Snack and Water - You know you do this for your children all the time, save yourself money and pack for yourself!
Stretch Your Mind - If every year you hear the same speakers, try a little something new. Go to something that might refresh your soul like Sarah Mackenzie, S.D. Smith, or Anthony Esolen. Go hear about the beauty of Math from Ed Zaccaro or about the ancients from The Lukeion Project.
Have Fun and Feel Good - If you hear something that stresses you out, or makes you feel inadequate in your homeschool, write it down and forget it! Don't run to buy their product! A curriculum purchased while feeling self lacking and under the guise of a fix, is never really a fix. Take a deep breath, research the area while you are there and go home. Re-evaluate in a month if you still feel drawn to it.
Support the Convention - It's easy to think that the Homeschool Convention and Curriculum providers will always be there, but if we don't show up and support them, they won't.
See the Area -
If you're visiting Cincinnati, take some time to enjoy our city.
Although there isn't too much near the Convention Center, from Fountain Square you can now ride our Street Car to The Banks or to some great restaurants and shops in Over the Rhine near Washington Square. There are lots of fun and unique dining and shopping between Washington Park and Vine Street from 13th - Central Parkway.
If you're an old book lover, I recommend walking over to The Ohio Bookstore on 8th and Main Street.
For a quick bite during the convention, there are a few faster service places on 6th by Vine Street. Most of these close by 6pm. So for dinner, you'll have to treat yourself.
If you want:
Some of the best authentic Italian - Sotto
Mexican, Latin American or Spanish Inspired - Nada or Mitta
Fun Brewery - Taft Ale House (cool old Church)
There are lots of others options that are great as well!
Have Fun and see you there!