Family Game Night

Why It’s Not All Fun and Games by Jennifer Maurer You know the saying, “It’s not all fun and games.” Except sometimes it is, which is what we discovered at a PlayShop we recently hosted on a snowy night at our local YWCA.   Family Game Night from The Fun Conspiracy on Vimeo.   It was fun watching families of all ages…

Vision Boards

Vision Boards and Why We Love Them

Charting Your Course with Creativity Every time we host a Vision Board Playshop, we fill up—fast. These creative playshops attract artists, dreamers and doers, healers and newbies with what seems to be an almost irresistible magnetic force. Maybe it’s all the glitter we keep on hand for such occasions. Or maybe it’s something else. You may have first heard of…

Play at Work

Why Play Is Serious Business. Everyone experiences burnout at work at one time or another — often brought on by the perfect storm of overwhelming and competing deadlines, lack of sleep and perhaps a mid-life crisis. Those of us who have weathered these storms may recall waking up at some point, our keyboards imprinted on our sleep-addled faces, wondering “what is…

Gingerbread House

Holiday High Jinks

Five Ways To Make Your Holidays More Fun by Jennifer Maurer It seems that every year we are bombarded with an avalanche of commercial messages urging us to buy, wrap and spend our way through “the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s no wonder we often feel snowed under with stress (with nary a shovel in sight) and not, truth be told,…

Toilet Paper Tug of War

Having Fun with Toilet Paper Games

by Jennifer Maurer Proving that all the world’s a playground and everything’s a toy, we submit that even a roll of humble toilet paper can provide hours of fun beyond its immediate utility (of which every camper “roughing it” is sorely aware, pun intended). Toilet paper can be fun? This may not be a newsflash to parents of toddlers who have faced…

Food for Thought: Hungry for Fun

Poets Play With Words To Slam Against Hunger by Jennifer Maurer Last month, The Fun Conspiracy co-hosted the Cosmic Happy Slam with Soulspeak Asheville because, well, we were hungry for fun. We’d already experienced a taste of the talented youth poet community here in Asheville, and we wanted more. We must confess, we did fill up on some delicious and, yes, cosmically happy…

fun is the conspiracy

Following A Playful Path with Bernard De Koven

by Jennifer Maurer We were delighted recently to connect with the “Shaman of Play,” Bernard De Koven, much-beloved play theorist, new games designer, and author of the seminal The Well-Played Game and, most recently, A Playful Path. Bernie has been a great source of inspiration for our Conspiracy, and his playful games have generated many giggles and wonderful bonds at…

Spitting Joy at the Cosmic Happy Slam

Asheville Youth Poets Take on a Happy Challenge by Jennifer Maurer On Nov. 1, some of the area’s best youth slam poets, sponsors, judges and fans showed up to our first annual Cosmic Happy Slam. It is probably fair to say that some of us showed up with more than a few doubts. Could we really devote an entire poetry…

Surfing Thrills

You Can’t Bottle Joy

And You Don’t Have to Buy It! by Ginny Hunneke I am grateful to have discovered that life is so much sweeter without the crutches of drugs and alcohol. If someone told me this 20 years ago, I’m not sure I would have believed that you could have fun in sobriety. Like most of us raised in our alcohol-soaked culture,…

Root Beer Float – October 5th

Join us for a FUN River Float Adventure! The Fun Conspiracy is hosting a family-friendly French Broad River float on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Your ticket includes a choice of raft, kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board (depending on river conditions), PFD, transport to Bent Creek put-in and of course, a root beer float or ice cream treat at take out. After the float, stay and…