University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Family Weekend

2017 Family Weekend Events

Friday, November 3, 2017

If you arrive on Friday, we’ll get you checked in and ready for the weekend.

Open Classes
Sit in on popular UW classes across campus.

New Amazon Pickup Location
Come visit the new Amazon Pickup Location at Sellery Hall and receive prizes for trying out the new locker system.

Cross-College Advising Service and Career Exploration Center Open House
Speak with advisors from CCAS and CEC to learn how to help your student with major exploration and career development.

Getting Crafty with Wheelhouse Studios
Stop by Memorial Union’s open studio arts space and make a fun, Badger-themed item. These crafts are free as part of your weekend experience.

Meet and Greet with the Directors and Staff of University Health Services (UHS)
Meet UHS directors who will be available to answer questions and offer more information on programs that UHS offers.

First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour
Humans have called the shores of Waaksikhomik (Lake Mendota) home for 12,000 years, and UW–Madison is likely the most archaeologically rich campus in the United States. On this tour, you will visit a 1,200-year-old archaeological site and learn about the university’s ongoing relationships with the First Nations of Wisconsin, including the Ho-Chunk Nation, on whose land the university now sits.

After-Hours Shopping with the University Book Store
The University Book Store is staying open late just for parents and families! Mention “Family Weekend” while in store to receive 20 percent off of one Wisconsin clothing or gift item.*
*Normal exclusions apply – see store for details.

Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs Open House
The Chancellor’s Scholarship Program and the Powers-Knapp Scholarship Program welcome scholarship recipients and their families to an open house, where they will have a chance to meet with program staff, current scholars, and program alumni.

UW Takeover of Adult Swim at the Madison Children’s Museum
Play like a grown-up at this special Family Weekend edition of the Madison Children’s Museum’s signature event, Adult Swim. This adult-only (16+) night of fun doesn’t involve any swimming — just entertainment, food, fun, and the opportunity for students and their families to have the museum all to themselves. The theme of the night is “Discover Madison.” You won’t want to miss one of this city’s most popular events.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Chancellor’s Welcome Reception
Come kick off the first full day of Family Weekend with UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Bucky Badger, and representatives from the UW’s schools and colleges. Student groups will also provide entertainment while you enjoy appetizers to fuel your day.

Story Saturday
This is a perfect event for young Badgers! In partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Wisconsin Historical Museum welcomes you to a special edition of Story Saturday at Central Library. Award-winning children’s author Annette LeBlanc Cate will read from two of her popular books, Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard and The Magic Rabbit. After the reading, crafting and activities will be available for kids.

Football Watch Party at Union South
Watch the Wisconsin football team take on the Indiana Hoosiers alongside hundreds of Badger faithful at Union South.

New Amazon Pickup Location
Come visit the new Amazon Pickup Location at Sellery Hall and receive prizes for trying out the new locker system.

Camp Randall Stadium Tours
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.

Chazen Museum of Art Event
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 make your “mark on Madison” and explore the fun technique of embossing in the Chazen’s lobby. Experiment with collage, metal, and more to create a unique plaque to commemorate the Family Weekend fun.

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.

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.

Autumn Air Open House at Allen Centennial Garden
Explore one of the UW’s preeminent outdoor spaces. The public botanical garden — home to thousands of ornamental plants and renowned landscape architecture — serves as an outdoor classroom for the horticulture department. Enjoy roasted marshmallows and apple cider, and make your own lip balm using beeswax from Allen Centennial Garden honeybees.

The Life of Cheese: A Tasting and Science of Cheese Event with Steenbock’s on Orchard and the Wisconsin Science Festival
Enjoy an exploration and tasting of cheese as it ages, from cheese curds to Parmesan-Reggiano. This event is put on exclusively for Family Weekend.

Badger Women’s Hockey Game
Last year, the Badger women’s hockey team made it to the national championship game. Cheer on the team this year as it faces Ohio State at the LaBahn Arena.

Terrace Chair Paint Night
Paint your own terrace chair on canvas with Wheelhouse Studios.

By the Light of the Moon Bascom Hill History Tour
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.

Big Ideas for Busy People: Big Data Edition
From Dark Ages to dark matter, you’ll hear about BIG DATA at this year’s Big Ideas for Busy People event at the Discovery Building. Experts will give five-minute flash talks, followed by a lively Q&A from the audience. This event is put on by the Wisconsin Science Festival.

UW Symphony Orchestra Concert
Enjoy a performance from the talented student ensemble with conductor Chad Hutchinson of the Mead Witter School of Music. No tickets required.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunrise Shopping Spree with Fresh Madison Market
Fresh Madison Market invites all UW students, parents, and families in for a morning of grocery shopping where you can help stock your student up for the stretch run of the semester. All who attend during this time will receive 20 percent off their purchases.

Farewell Brunch
We bid farewell in style: with a spirited come-and-go brunch, complete with Bucky Badger, music performances, and the singing of “Varsity.”