IUPUI welcomes parents, partners and siblings for second annual Family Weekend

  • Oct. 19, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- Adding to the excitement of its first-ever fall IUPUI Homecoming, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will open its doors for Family Weekend Oct. 28 to 30. The weekend features a variety of fun and informational events to give students and their families a chance to enjoy each other and the campus community.

By hosting its second annual Family Weekend, IUPUI hopes to provide students' parents, siblings, partners and children with an occasion to experience what campus has to offer. It is also viewed as an important opportunity for families to stay involved in their students' lives, a proven factor in continuing success throughout their college careers.

Families have nearly two dozen activities to choose from throughout the weekend, from the creative to the active and from the relaxing to the celebratory.

Highlighting the schedule is the inaugural Fall Fest, presented in conjunction with homecoming, from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Campus Center. The carnival-like atmosphere will include a corn maze; opportunities to decorate pumpkins, cars for the Little Indy Pinewood Derby and Masquerade Ball masks; trick-or-treating with student organizations; costume contests; and more activities for the entire family.

Activities officially begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, with Coffee and Canvas at the Campus Center. Coffee and Canvas will repeat at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for those arriving later.

Additional activities, including those of a more physical nature, continue throughout Saturday. The lineup begins with Terrace Top Family Yoga at 8 a.m. and Turbo Kick Fitness at 10:30 a.m., both at the Campus Center.

If deep stretching and shadowboxing aren't appealing, parents and families can get a taste of the academic with IUPUI 101 -- Crash Course in the Classroom at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. In this session, participants will experience a sample course from the School of Liberal Arts, similar to one their students might take on a daily basis.

Activities close with the Family Weekend Brunch at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Campus Center. The event includes a spirit-wear competition.

Families are also welcome to attend many of the homecoming activities during the weekend. They include JagJam, a talent show Friday night, two showings of "Hocus Pocus," at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and the Little Indy Pinewood Derby at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Several ongoing activities throughout the weekend include a family social media scavenger hunt using the hashtag #IUPUIFamilyWeekend to learn more about campus; exhibits from the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at the Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery and several Herron School of Art and Design galleries; and open recreation at the Campus Recreation Outdoor Facility. Younger members of the family can test their mettle at the Students and Siblings Game Room Tournament.

Tickets for Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game are also available to Family Weekend participants for purchase online.

For full participation in Family Weekend, registration is required. Check-in on campus begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and continues at 8 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Campus Center.

A complete homecoming schedule can also be found online.

IUPUI hosts Family Weekend Oct. 28 to 30.

IUPUI hosts Family Weekend Oct. 28 to 30.

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Becky Hart