Zoomerang Showcase Event and Pre-conference

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We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Zoomerang Showcase at the Ark Encounter this year! Plus, we have added an extra day that will equip your leaders to embrace a life-affirming worldview. Join us on January 28 for the Life Is Precious conference and on January 29 for the Zoomerang Showcase Event.

Life Is Precious Conference—This conference at the Answers Center features an Australian animal encounter in the morning (plus the opportunity to explore the Ark Encounter’s Ararat Ridge Zoo and meet some additional Australian animals, weather permitting), and sessions from Ken Ham, Dr. Georgia Purdom, Stacia McKeever, and Camille Cates that will encourage your leaders as they prepare to teach your kids the Zoomerang message that all life is valuable. The cost for this conference is $50, which includes a free Ark Encounter ticket that can be used any time over the following year (we will keep you busy, so you won’t have time to tour the Ark Friday or Saturday—instead, plan to come a day early or return another time throughout the year).

Zoomerang Showcase Event—This event at the Answers Center will provide your entire team with an overview of Zoomerang, from directing to decorations to crafts to the drama. You’ll be able to network with others from around the US and have your questions answered about how to pull off your best VBS yet! The cost for this event is $25 per person or $20 per person for groups of 5 or more. Or, take advantage of the early-bird discount by registering by December 31, 2021—$15 per person or $10 per person for groups of 5 or more. (Registration includes access to the Ark Encounter grounds but not the Ark itself—plan to purchase a Life Is Precious Conference ticket to visit the Ark before the event, or return another time throughout the year to check out everything at the Ark Encounter.)

Check out the current schedule for the event below. We have repeated several of the breakout sessions throughout the day so that you won’t miss anything!

  • 8 a.m.—Gates open to the Ark Encounter

    Arrive early, take the bus to the Answers Center, and treat yourself to some coffee and Zoomerang snacks!

  • 9 a.m.—Zoomerang Showcase begins

    Welcome/Overview of Zoomerang

  • 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.—Breakout Sessions

    Main auditorium: Zoomerang Bible Lesson Overview

    Session A: Science Experiments/Crafts/Games demonstrations—Get an overview of the various science experiments, crafts, and games at Zoomerang. This will be repeated throughout the day so that you’ll be able to attend when you can!

    Session B: Make-and-Take Decorations, part 1—Hands-on decoration ideas that you can take home with you. This provides a great start to your Zoomerang decorating! The decoration session will be repeated throughout the day, so attend when you can!

    Session C: VBS Digital PRO Overview—Find out how the myAnswers portal can expand your reach as a director through online registration and the digital library!

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Lunch/Breakout Sessions

    Non-directors may enjoy lunch during this time at the Olive Leaf Café (sandwiches and wraps) or at Emzara’s Kitchen.

    Main auditorium: Director Get-together—Large churches (300 kids or more)

    Session A: Director Get-together—Medium churches (101 to 299 kids)

    Session B: Director Get-together—Small churches (0-100 kids)

    How do you handle arrival and dismissal? What about security? How do you handle behavioral issues? Bring your questions and plan on asking them to other directors and our experienced leaders!

  • 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.—Lunch/Breakout Sessions

    Directors may enjoy lunch during this time at the Olive Leaf Café (sandwiches and wraps) or at Emzara’s Kitchen.

    Main auditorium: Drama Overview/Set Building—Get a sneak peek of the scripted daily drama and find out how to build your own set. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with the Zoomerang scene-setter build!

    Session A: Science Experiments/Crafts/Games demonstrations

    Session B: Make-and-Take Decorations, part 1

    Session C: Music/Missions/Memory Verse Overview—Learn how and why to incorporate these favorites into your VBS program!

  • 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.—Breakout Sessions

    Main auditorium: Decoration Tips and Tricks

    Session A: Science Experiments/Crafts/Games demonstrations

    Session B: Make-and-Take Decorations, part 2

    Session C: Follow-up ideas/How to lead a child to Christ – Get equipped to establish long-term relationships with your VBS kids and find out how to get to the heart of sharing the gospel with children.

  • 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.—Breakout Sessions

    Main auditorium: Final Thoughts/Panel Discussion—Submit your questions throughout the day and let us answer them for you!

    Session A: Science Experiments/Crafts/Games demonstrations

    Session B: Make-and-Take Decorations, part 2

  • 4:30 p.m.—Event Ends

    Buses return everyone to the parking lot

During these events, you’ll be able to take advantage of the 25% discount (which ends on January 10) on Zoomerang products.

With this move to the Ark Encounter, we’ll have a lot more room, so invite your entire team and anyone else who wants to come! And, if you will be joining us from out of town and are in need of a place to stay, visit the Ark Encounter's hotel page to get started.

We are looking forward to sharing Zoomerang with you and encouraging you as you return your kids to the value of life!


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