Family Weekend Frequently Asked Questions

When is Family Weekend?

Family Weekend officially takes place Saturday, October 12. Many families choose to visit their students for the entire weekend.

Are all families welcome?

Yes!! Many families make visiting their student during Family Weekend an annual tradition.

Is there a registration deadline?

We strongly encourage families to pre-register for Family Weekend as soon as they are able to as many paid events will reach capacity well in advance of Family Weekend. Pre-registration will close in the week leading up to the event in order to ensure all families packages are prepared. Families can register on the day of the event, however there is no guarantee for ticket availability at that time.

Do I include my student(s) or small children in my registration numbers?

Our general rule of thumb is if a person needs a seat at any event, they will also need a ticket. Students should absolutely be included in your registration numbers. If you have a small child that will sit on the lap of a family members at events, they will not need a ticket.

What is the cost of Family Weekend?

Families must register for a minimum of $10 of tickets in order to receive the swag item and your family weekend pass to the free events.
Costs of events are as listed below (while availability lasts):
Lunch: $15 per attendee
City of Milwaukee Bus Tour: $5 per attendee
Planetarium Show: $5 per attendee
Comedy Sportz show: $5 per attendee
Admirals Game: $10 per attendee
Lakefront Bike Ride: $5 per attendee
View all family weekend events.

I was not able to pay for my registration after completing the registration form. What should I do?

The best way to ensure your registration is finalized and your tickets have been reserved is to complete the registration process through the payment process. If you were unable to pay through the US Bank payment portal at the time of registration, simply re-submit your registration and complete the payment at that time. The Family Weekend registration team will see duplicate registrations and delete the unpaid registration.

Unfortunately, the registration team is unable to process payment for registrations after the fact, which is why it is necessary to re-register.

How do we get to campus?
Where and when do we check-in?

Saturday check-in will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Concourse (ground level) of the UWM Student Union, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd. All registrants will receive a Family Weekend Badge, UWM swag item and a welcome bag. You will receive your event tickets when you check-in.  If you are also walking or running the Panther Prowl, we encourage you to check-in after.

Can we check-in and pick up our materials early?

Yes! New for 2019, families may elect to have their student pick-up their registration materials, tickets, and swag item on Friday, October 11th in the Neighborhood Housing Office from 10am-3pm. Families will be asked to choose their pick-up date in late September.

Parking Information

Parking is available around campus, but we encourage families to park in the in the UWM Pavilion Parking Garage. Parking all day is $3. We discourage families from parking on the neighborhood streets surrounding the campus as parking regulations are heavily enforced.

Discount parking is available all day for $3 and can be paid at the meter, no special pass is needed. We encourage families to park in the Klotsche Parking Pavilion because some roads around campus may be closed for the Panther Prowl.

Are we supposed to attend all the events?

Only if you want to. Family Weekend is designed to appeal to a variety of interests, so we offer different options. Choose the option that fits your family.

How does scheduling work for Family Weekend? Do we pick our time or are they assigned for us?

The Family Weekend registration team will build an individualized schedule for every family. If you have event time requests, please note that in the comments box at the end of the registration form. The Family Weekend registration team will do their best to accommodate any timing requests.

There are so many events, how do we choose?

We’ve created a jam-packed event schedule for families to ensure the fun never stops throughout your time on-campus and in the City of Milwaukee. Some families may choose to split up with parents going to the photo tour of Milwaukee and kids checking out the planetarium show. Others may want to attend events as a whole family, and there is no one way to do Family Weekend. If your family of 4 does choose to have 2 attend 1 event and 2 attend another, please note that on your registration form so the registration team can schedule accordingly.

Is there time for my family to participate in the Panther Prowl and attend all the Family Weekend paid events?

Yes! Many families choose to participate in the prowl and head over to check-in to receive their registration materials in the Union Concourse once they have completed the prowl.

We have special needs/dietary restrictions/mobility accommodations. Who should we contact?

The registration form includes requests for dietary accommodations and special needs. You can also contact panther-families@uwm.edu with any questions. Please let us know if you will be bringing a stroller or a wheelchair so we may plan schedules accordingly as strollers and wheelchairs affect event capacities and we want to ensure you have a smooth experience at Family Weekend.

Where can we find out about overnight accommodations?

Please visit our lodging page for more information about staying overnight during Family Weekend.

I need a refund. Who should I contact?

Refunds may be granted before September 27 upon request via email. No refunds will be granted the week of, day of, or after the event. You can contact panther-families@uwm.edu with any questions.