University of Wisconsin–Madison
Family Weekend logo with Bucky Badger

Family Weekend

2018 Schedule-at-a-Glance

Friday, October 12, 2018

*Events with an asterisk require additionally purchased tickets.

Times TBA – Open Classes

Sit in on popular UW classes across campus. More information on open classes and locations will be available in early October.

9 a.m. – 7 pm. – UW Parent and Family Sale at the University Book Store, 711 State Street

Need some Badger swag before your weekend starts? Mention “Parent Sale” while in-store to receive 20% off of one WI clothing or gift item. Normal exclusions apply – see store for details.

12 – 6 p.m. – Early Check-In, Union South

If you arrive on Friday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your Welcome Bag, printed program and other event materials.

4 – 6 p.m. – Badger Family Bash, Union South

Meet and mingle with other UW-Madison families at this spirited, open-air event on the plaza and pavilion of Union South. Enjoy games, Bucky Badger, Babcock ice cream and snacks, student performance groups and more!

6 – 9 p.m. – SCIENCE ON THE SQUARE, Various locations on the Capitol Square/downtown

Join the Wisconsin Science Festival as it showcases S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) in Downtown Madison. Explore dozens of venues at your own pace including informal science talks, demonstrations, tastings, hands-on activities, and more. Look for the orange lights and balloons to find science fest events. Please visit wiscifest.org for a full listing of all participating venues and more information.

Time TBA – Badger Men’s Hockey Game vs. Boston College*, Kohl Center

Cheer on the team this year as it faces Boston College at the Kohl Center on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. Discounted tickets will be available exclusively to registered Family Weekend participants in late September.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Check-in, Union South and Memorial Union

If you arrive on Saturday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your Welcome Bag, printed program and other event materials.

9 – 11:30 a.m. – Check-in, Gordon Dining and Event Center

If you are going to the Chancellor’s Welcome Reception at Gordon Dining and Event Center and have not yet checked-in, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend with your Welcome Bag, printed program and other event materials.

10 – 11:30 a.m. – Chancellor’s Welcome Reception, Gordon Dining and Event Center

Kick off the first full day of Family Weekend with UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Bucky Badger, along with representatives from the UW’s schools, colleges, and academic units. Enjoy a coffee and tea bar, and snap a pic at our Family Photobooth. If you didn’t check in for the weekend on Friday, you can officially check in here and pick up your Family Weekend materials, including a welcome bag and printed program.

11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. – Alumni Park Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the new Alumni Park! Learn about the park’s exhibits, alumni achievements, and spirited Badger traditions. Tours leave from the Welcome Plaza on Langdon Street, between the Red Gym and the Memorial Union, and will last approximately 45 minutes.

12:30 – 3:45 p.m. – Camp Randall Stadium Open House, 1475 Engineering Drive

Make a dream come true: step foot on the home turf of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. Tour guides will be at iconic stops throughout the stadium, including the Bud Selig Hall of Champions, “WOW” Room, and the field itself.

12:30 –4 p.m. – DNA EXPLORATION STATION, Genetics/Biotechnology Center Building, Room 1340

Explore how UW–Madison is a university of DNA! Check out the four Nobel Prizes awarded to researchers who have done world-changing DNA research here at UW, and then tour the DNA Sequencing Facility where UW scientists can sequence one trillion letters of DNA a day. Even try your hand at your very own experiments with DNA by extracting it, testing it, and building it (in the form of a DNA bracelet you can take home with you).

1 – 3 p.m. – Chazen Museum of Art Event, Chazen Museum of Art

Enjoy the stunning artwork at UW–Madison’s premiere art museum, and find out more about Wisconsin-made pieces from docents throughout the museum. You can also take part in free activities in the Chazen lobby to commemorate the Family Weekend fun.

1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Wisconsin State Capitol Tours

Take the complimentary trolley to visit the Wisconsin State Capitol, an architectural marvel. These tours, which last between 45 to 55 minutes, start at the Information Desk, located at the center of the rotunda as you walk in.

1 – 4 p.m. – CAREER SUCCESS & YOUR STUDENT: PERSONALIZED ADVISING
FOR PARENTS & FAMILIES, University Book Store, SuccessWorks (Third Floor)

Come grab free coffee or tea and chat with a career expert about how your student can make the most of the UW Experience to get on track for career success. Feel free to come with your student, or just to learn more information for yourself.

1 – 4 p.m. – BABCOCK HALL DAIRY STORE, 1605 Linden Drive

This student-run dairy store is where the Babcock magic happens. Check out the 2nd floor observation deck to see what the UW–Madison ice cream production room looks like, and browse the selection of Wisconsin cheeses, ice cream flavors, and more. Ice cream and snacks available for purchase.

1 – 4 p.m. – Downtown Madison Cheese Walk, Participating Businesses along State Street

Explore downtown retail businesses and shops in a new and authentic way — with Wisconsin cheese. In partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Fromagination, – our local specialty cheese shop – enjoy the best of Wisconsin cheese with samples and meet-and-greet opportunities with Wisconsin cheesemakers at participating businesses along State Street. Participating businesses will also offer sales, specials, and featured items offered exclusively to Family Weekend participants. Please show your wristbands that you receive at check-in or Family Weekend program at participating locations to receive discounts.

2 p.m. – Women’s Hockey vs. Minnesota-Duluth*, LaBahn Area

The Badger women’s hockey team has made it to the Frozen Four for the past five years. Come see what they do this year as they take on Minnesota Duluth at the LaBahn Arena. General admission tickets for Saturday, 10/13 can be bought separately for $7 per person through UW Athletics here: http://go.wisc.edu/as65e4

3 – 6 p.m. – THE SCIENCE OF WISCONSIN’S FINEST FLAVORS*, Discovery Building, Steenbock’s on Orchard Restaurant, 330 North Orchard Street

Join the Wisconsin Science Festival for this Family Weekend-exclusive event, and taste the flavors of the state. Hear from farmers, scientists and other experts who specialize in different foods produced around Wisconsin, such as honey, meats, cheeses, and ice cream. Participants must have pre-registered online, beforehand. No walk-ins or day-of registration. Registration link will be available in late September.

5 – 10 p.m. – MOVIES WITH WISCONSIN UNION DIRECTORATE (WUD), Union South

Join WUD at Union South for free movie showings. Movie titles and exact times available at union.wisc.edu. Free for students and accompanying family members with student ID.

Time TBA – Away-Game Football Watch Party at Union South

Watch the Wisconsin football team take on Michigan alongside hundreds of Badger faithful at Union South.

Time TBA – By the Light of the Moon Bascom Hill History Tour, Meet at Memorial Union

Take a moonlit walking tour around some of the university’s (and state’s) oldest landmarks. Enjoy the brisk, autumn air and a sprinkling of haunted folklore throughout. Cap off the night with some warm apple cider back at Memorial Union.

Time TBA – Badger Men’s Hockey Game vs. Boston College*, Kohl Center

Cheer on the team this year as it faces Boston College at the Kohl Center on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. Discounted tickets will be available exclusively to registered Family Weekend participants in late September.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Farewell Brunch with Bucky*, Union South – SOLD OUT

We bid farewell in style: with a spirited come-and-go brunch, complete with a photoshoot with Bucky Badger, music performances from student entertainment groups , and the singing of “Varsity.”

2 p.m. – Women’s Hockey vs. Minnesota-Duluth*, LaBahn Area

The Badger women’s hockey team has made it to the Frozen Four for the past five years. Come see what they do this year as they take on Minnesota Duluth at the LaBahn Arena. General admission tickets for Sunday, 10/14 can be bought separately for $7 per person through UW Athletics here: http://go.wisc.edu/as65e4

*Events with an asterisk require additionally purchased tickets.