Family Weekend returns to campus

Along with the arrival of fall colors, UW-Milwaukee’s Family Weekend returns to campus on Saturday, Oct. 9.

“While last year we ran a fully virtual family week, we are excited to welcome families back to campus so their students can show them a glimpse of what their daily life on campus is like,” said Alyssa Conrardy, UWM outreach program manager. “It’s a great time for families and students to reunite just a little over a month into the school year.”

Panther families can explore UWM and the surrounding areas through various on-site and off-site activities. City tours, movie showings and the Panther Prowl, a 5K run/walk that raises money for scholarships, are some of the activities offered during Family Weekend.

Family Weekend includes lots of activities, including the Panther Prowl run/walk. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

All of the events will be held on Oct. 9. Family Weekend is open to all Panthers and their families, not just first-year students.

Interested families need to purchase a Family Pass for $25. The purchase includes admission to events including Little Sibs: Learn What It’s Like to Be a Panther, trivia, disc and corn hole tournaments, art projects and a showing of Disney’s “Luca” in Sandburg Residence Hall.

There are also ticketed on-campus and off-campus events that are not included in the Family Pass. Families can enjoy activities such as ComedySportz, planetarium shows, professional family portraits, a soccer game and more while on campus.

If families wish to explore Milwaukee more, they can get discounted admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum, ghost tours and Pridetoberfest.

Due to the pandemic, Family Weekend events will be cashless, and families can select their check-in times to maintain social distancing. All tickets will be electronic. Masks must be worn in UWM buildings.

“I’m excited for families to physically be back on campus and see the beauty that is autumn on our campus,” Conrardy said. “We know students and families alike are eager to explore both campus and the city of Milwaukee after the past year and a half.”

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