Family Weekend Instructions: Directions, Check-In, and Events

Individual Schedule Information

All pre-registered families will receive their personalized schedule for Family Weekend by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 8th via the email listed in your registration. This email will include your family’s assigned times for check-in ticketed events.

Early check-in and ticket pick-up Instructions

Early pick-up request is now closed. If you have not requested a pick-up it is likely your materials will not be ready for you on Friday. Please see us at your scheduled check-in time on Saturday.

If you’ve requested an early check-in and ticket pick-up on Friday, October 11th, please have your designated pick-up person (either registrant or UWM student) come to the Neighborhood Housing Office located in the UWM Student Union, Ground Floor, Room WG85 between 10am and 3pm. Pick-up person must show photo ID to receive tickets and information early. If your family has a balance due, you cannot participate in early check-in and ticket pick-up and must check-in on Saturday, October 12th in the Union Concourse.

Getting to Campus

Please park your vehicle prior to checking in. See “parking” section below.

Coming from N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

Due to the Panther Prowl route street closures on N. Downer Ave. and E. Kenwood Blvd., traffic taking N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. along the Lakefront will be directed North onto N. Lake Dr.. Please follow N. Lake Dr. and turn left onto E. Edgewood Ave. until you reach Klotsche and Pavilion Parking. 

Coming from South, or West of Campus (Ex: I-43 N or S, Downtown)

We recommend taking Locust St. to N. Oakland Ave. 
From Locust St. turn North onto Oakland Ave.,
Turn East on E. Edgewood Ave. to reach the Pavilion Parking garage due to Panther Prowl closures on parts of E. Hartford Ave., N. Maryland Ave.  

Please be mindful of construction and detours related to Capitol drive construction.

Parking Information

Recommended parking is available in the UWM Pavilion Parking Garage. The address is: 3409 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. You can anticipate an 8-10 minute walk from the parking garage to check-in in the Union Concourse. We discourage families from parking on the neighborhood streets surrounding the campus as parking regulations are heavily enforced.

Parking all day is $3. The Pavilion garage has pay stations throughout the garage that you will pay at departure. We discourage families from parking on the neighborhood streets surrounding the campus due to short time-restrictions, varying parking regulations, and strongly-enforced areas on the Eastside. 

If arriving after Panther Prowl events (around 1pm), the UWM Student Union Parking Garage will be available. The UWM Union garage requires you to pay when exiting. 

A map of campus is available here: http://webgis.uwm.edu/campusmap/map_color.pdf. Paper copies of campus maps will be available at check-in. 

Start your day with Check-In

Family Weekend events begin with check-in taking place on the ground floor of the Student Union in the Union Concourse. Please arrive at the recommended check-in time located in the schedule emailed to you. If your family has not pre-registered, you may arrive any time between 9am and 3pm.

At check-in, you will be able to pick-up your welcome bag, swag item, Family Weekend badges, and event tickets so you are prepared for your day.  

Please keep in mind, your designated check-in time is a recommendation to help mitigate the volume of families checking in at the same time, not a rule. Arriving earlier or later than your designated check-in time may cause the check-in process to move more slowly, and we ask for your patience as we check families in as quickly as we are able.

Please allow for 1 hour to make it from parking on campus, to check-in, and then to your first scheduled activity. 

Please Note: We cannot process refunds for any missed events. Check-in closes at 3:00pm, any family arriving after this time will forfeit their ticket reservations, bag, and swag item. 

UWM Food Center and Pantry Food Drive during Check-In

Please consider bringing non-perishable food items to check in where you can donate to students in need. Learn more about the UWM Food Center and Pantry. 

Grab and Go breakfast items will be available for purchase along with complimentary coffee until 11:00 AM.

How do I pay my registration balance?

If your family has a registration balance due, please be prepared to pay with cash or card at check-in. Any balance due will be included with your ticket envelope at check-in and is also listed in the schedule emailed to you.

MKE Luncheon Details

This event required pre-registration and is sold out. A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at check-in upon request.

Lunch will take place from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM in the Student Union Ballroom located on the 1st floor of the Union. Meet representatives from Dean of Students, Financial Aid, Career Planning and Resource Center, Neighborhood (Off-Campus) Housing, Center for International Education, Military and Veterans Resource Center, University Recreation, and more! 

Food will be available at various stations listed below: 

House Smoked BBQ Plate:

House smoked brisket, pulled pork or lentils served with corn on the cob, Texas baked beans, coleslaw and choice of housemade bbq sauces Memphis, Carolina or Texas.

Wisconsin Stations:

Fresh Fired Cheese Curds
Milwaukee Pretzel Company Pretzel with beer cheese dip
Brachos- UWM’s take on Wiscanchos
Housemade potato chips served with local brats, cheese sauce, caramelized onions and horseradish mustard- Made to order

Dessert:

Build your own sundae
Caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, brownie bites, cherries, sprinkles and many more fun toppings.

Cash Bar:

Mimosas with fresh house pressed juices, Bloody Mary’s, Local Beers, Wine and soda.

***Dietary Restrictions or Requests***

All allergen information will be clearly labeled at each station, so your family members can choose options that meet their needs. 

The following items will be Gluten Free:
  • BBQ Brisket
  • Pulled Pork
  • Corn Cobs
  • Baked Beans
  • Cole Slaw
  • All sauces are gluten free
Additional Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Options

Families are encouraged to explore Milwaukee as they seek out breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Grab and Go breakfast items will be available for purchase along with complimentary coffee until 11:00 AM. The Gasthaus will also be open with a limited menu from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, located on-campus in the Student Union. The Gasthaus menu for Family Weekend will include at al la cart pricing (see flyer in Family Weekend bag for details):

  • various appetizers
  • burgers, sandwiches, and chicken tenders
  • potato sides
  • beverages

Please note: other restaurant operations (Taco Bell, Burger Kind, City Subs, etc.) on the 1st floor of the Union will be closed. 

Lakefront Bike Ride Additional Details

Families must first check-in in the Union Concourse (ground floor of the Student Union) to receive Family Weekend badges and tickets prior to going on the Lakefront Bike Ride AJ Heil will reach out via email requesting additional rider information and that a waiver be signed prior to the bike ride.

Please arrive ten minutes prior to your assigned trip departure to get ready for the ride. Your assigned time is located in the schedule emailed to you. The Klotsche Center is attached to the Pavilion parking structure. This is about a 10-minute walk from the Union Concourse located in the Student Union Please contact AJ Heil heila@uwm.edu, (414) 229-7261 in Outdoor Pursuits – University Recreation for more details or if you have any questions or concerns. 

This event will take place rain or shine, and will be cancelled only in the event of severe weather.

Planetarium Show Additional Details

This event is sold out and required a pre-registration. If interested in this event, ask check-in staff if tickets have become available at check-in on Saturday.

The UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium is a 5-10 minute walk from various areas on campus. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time in schedule emailed to you. Please have Family Weekend badges and Planetarium Show tickets available when you arrive. You must attend the show time designated on your tickets. The Planetarium will feature the specialty show, “Life of a Star”. This show lasts about 40 minutes.

Milwaukee Photo Bus Tour Additional Details

This event is sold out and required a pre-registration. If interested in this event, ask check-in staff if tickets have become available at check-in on Saturday.

Bus Tours depart from the Union Concourse (Ground Floor of the Union) behind the check-in curtain. Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled time in the schedule emailed to you. Please have Family Weekend badges and Bus Tour tickets available when you arrive. The guided bus tour lasts about 75 minutes and offers two photo opportunities for your family. 

You must attend the tour time designated on your tickets. Tours leave promptly at the designated times, and refunds and ticket exchanges will not be available for families who miss their scheduled tours as the event is sold out.

Admirals Game Additional Information

This event required pre-registration. A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at check-in upon request.

Families will receive their tickets to the Admirals game during check-in in the Union Concourse (Ground Floor of the Union). Tickets must be picked-up on-campus in the Union Concourse before check-in closes at 3pm. 

Game Information:

Location: UWM Panther Arena
Address: 400 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Panther Arena Website: https://www.uwmilwaukeepantherarena.com/
Game Time: 6:00pm
Recommended time to leave the parking structure on campus if going directly to the Panther Arena: 5:15pm
If you plan to eat dinner downtown before the game, it is recommended to leave campus by 4:00pm.

Families are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Panther Arena located in Downtown Milwaukee. It is highly recommended to consider budgeting in some extra time to eat dinner downtown and/or find parking prior to the game at 6:00pm. 

Directions from UWM’s Campus: 2200 E Kenwood Blvd. (13 Minute Drive, 3.5 Miles)

  • Head south on N Maryland Ave to N Farwell Ave – 4 min (0.9 mi)  
  • Head west toward E Kenwood Blvd – 108 ft 
  • Turn right onto E Kenwood Blvd331 ft 
  • Turn left onto N Maryland Ave0.8 mi 
  • Continue on N Farwell Ave. Take E State St to N Water St9 min (2.1 mi) 
  • N Maryland Ave turns right and becomes N Farwell Ave1.2 mi 
  • Turn left onto N Franklin Pl0.1 mi 
  • N Franklin Pl turns slightly right and becomes N Prospect Ave0.2 mi 
  • Turn right onto E State St0.6 mi 
  • Drive to E Kilbourn Ave2 min (0.4 mi) 
  • Turn left onto N Water St453 ft 
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto E Kilbourn Ave – Panther Arena will be on your Right 

Parking:

Allow 15-20 minutes in your schedule for parking downtown. Most parking near the UWM Panther Arena on an event night will cost $15 or more. The Park Milwaukee website is a useful guide in finding convenient parking garages. Nearby street parking is extremely limited.

Comedy Sportz Show Additional Information

This event required pre-registration. A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at check-in upon request.

Tickets must be picked-up in the Union Concourse before check-in closes at 3pm. Families may begin arriving to the 2nd floor Wisconsin Room in the Student Union 15-20 minutes prior to the show start at 7:00 pm. The show is expected to last 90 minutes. Comedy Sportz is family-friendly and the longest running comedy show in Wisconsin. Complimentary popcorn and a cash bar will be available. 

Fall Choral Showcase Tickets Available

Additional questions may be answered by visiting our FAQ’s page. If you cannot locate the answer to your question, please email Amanda at housing@uwm.edu. On the day of Family Weekend, please call the Union Information desk (414) 229-4825 if you have questions.