Family Weekend Offers Activities For Family Fun
by AFURE ADAH, CSU Communications Student Staff
Family Weekend is almost here.
Every fall semester, Family Weekend provides a great time to have your family visit and join you for some awesome events.
Here is a run down of all the events that will be happening during Family Weekend, October 12-14.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Noon – 6:00 p.m.: Registration / Check In (for those that did not pick up their registration information prior to the event), New Student and Family Programs Office, Preska Residence Community 103
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Memorial Library Open House and Tours, Memorial Library – Brief tours highlighting the different library services and resources available on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.
5:00 – 11:30 p.m.: FREE Cosmic Bowling and Billiards, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union – All lanes/tables will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
5:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union – Free admission to registered families. Concessions available for purchase.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Head for a great workout, play some basketball, or do many other activities in our campus recreation center. Just sign in at the desk and enjoy your time at the Rec Center! Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. Open Gym, Walking/Jogging Track, Weight Room, Cardio Area and Racquetball Courts. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.
7:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union – Free admission to registered families. Concessions available for purchase.
7:07 p.m.: Maverick Hockey vs Boston University, Verizon Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – Individual game tickets go on sale the first Monday of October at the Verizon Center ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations or call 800-745-3000. Reserved Adult $16-35; Reserved Youth $8-14 (ages 3-17)
8:00PM – 9:00 p.m.: Family Weekend Feature: Wacky Chad, Bresnan Arena, Taylor Center- Wacky Chad is an award-winning pogo stick performer who appeared twice on America’s Got Talent twice and at a Superbowl event. Prepare to be amazed! Show includes:
- Award Winning Pogo Stick Tricks
- Tall Unicycle (5′, 7′, or 9′)
- “Dangerous” Juggling
- Skateboard Tricks
- Tiny Bicycle
- Comedy with Audience Participation
- Other Miscellaneous Tricks
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Star Gazing, Andreas Observatory – You can reach the observatory by a short walk south on the gravel road from Green Parking Lot 1. Weather permitting; check the Family Weekend Schedule online for cancellation updates.
9:30 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Registration / Check In (for those that did not pick up their registration information prior to the event), Myers Field House (near the entrance to the track)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Learning Community Meet and Greet, Heritage Room, Centennial Student Union – Meet and greet for Learning Community students and their families. Members of the Learning Community team will be available to answer questions or just say hello!
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.: FREE Cosmic Bowling and Billiards, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union
9:15 a.m.: Family Weekend Kids Stomper Sprint, Fitness Trail Entrance/Outdoor Track, near the MSU softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1 – Calling all kids to join Stomper for a Kids Fun Run on our outdoor track! Event includes 100-meter fun run for kids ages 4 and under and a 400-meter (1 lap) fun run for kids ages 5 and up. No pre-registration. Meet at the entrance to the track (right next to the start of the 5K) by 9:10 a.m. A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian the morning of the event in order for the child to participate.
9:30 a.m.: Family Weekend 5k Fun Run/Walk, Fitness Trail, near the MSU softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1 – Join us for a FREE non-competitive 5K fun Run/Walk on our paved fitness trail by the softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1. T-shirts are provided to the first 200 participants who check in at the 5k registration table on the day of the event starting at 8:45 a.m. A separate pre-registration is required for this event. Registrations are accepted starting at 8:45 a.m. A waiver must be signed by all participants the morning of the event in order to participate.
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Family Fun Carnival, Myers Field House – Enjoy games, caricatures, photo booth, indoor rock wall climbing, inflatables and other fun things for the entire family, brought to you in part by the Residence Hall Association (RHA).
10:30 a.m.: Alumni Legacy Brunch, Centennial Student Union Ballroom – The Office of Alumni Relations presents a brunch for students who have family members who are MSU alumni. Invitations will be sent via email to Legacy Families. If you are a Legacy Family and have not received an invitation, please contact the Alumni Office at 507-389-1515 or firstname.lastname@example.org. An RSVP is required.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Pictures with Stomper, Myers Field House – Have a professional photo taken with the Maverick mascot, Stomper. You will have the opportunity to have a photo emailed to you or order online after the event.
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.
12:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union
1:00 p.m.: Maverick Football vs. Minot State, Blakeslee Stadium- General admission is $5 for adults (normally $10) and FREE for youth ages 17 and under (normally $5). Current MSU students get in free with MavCARD.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Open Swim, Highland Center Pool
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Disc Golf, near Parking Lot 1 – Play a round on MSU’s 9-hole Maverick Disc Golf course! Our very own par 3 disc golf course is open for you to play year-round, dawn till dusk. Meet the Campus Recreation staff at the northwest corner of Lot 1 (right field fence of the Women’s Softball diamond) to grab a scorecard, map and check out a disc to use. Feel free to bring your own disc golf discs, too.
3:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Outdoor Rock Climbing, Outdoor Rock Climbing Wall – Enjoy our outdoor rock climbing wall! The feel and texture of this climbing wall is amazingly realistic, allowing climbers to use natural features and attached handholds to climb unique routes up the wall. Take on the challenge of climbing this 35-foot pinnacle! Come to Green Parking Lot 1 and take a short walk down the gravel road.
7:07 p.m.: Maverick Hockey vs Boston University, Verizon Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – Individual game tickets go on sale the first Monday of October at the Verizon Center ticket office and all Ticketmasterlocations or call 800-745-3000. Reserved adult $16-35; Reserved youth $8-14 (ages 3-17)
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Star Gazing, Andreas Observatory- Weather permitting; check the Family Weekend Schedule online for cancellation updates.
8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m.: Mavericks After Dark: The Price is Right, Ostrander Auditorum, Centennial Student Union – Three shows! Please arrive 30 minutes early to the show. Limit 350 people per show – get your free tickets now! mnsuevents.com. Over $2,000 in prizes! Back by popular demand, the Student Events Team will be hosting the “The Price is Right” game show. Students and families will have a chance to win prizes such as groceries from Hy-Vee, kitchen appliances, free bowling at Wow Zone for a Semester, and so much more!
Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: 2018 Deep Valley Book Festival, Mankato Event Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – The FREE, day-long festival includes authors Lorna Landvik, David Geister, and more than 40 Minnesota authors, illustrators, publishers and literary organizations. The Festival provides the chance for guests to interact with their favorite authors and meet new ones. For more information, visit www.mnheritage.com/bookfestival.html.
11:00 a.m.: Mass with the Catholic Mavs, St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, 1502 Warren St. – Begin your day by celebrating with the CatholicMavs. Coffee and donuts to follow Mass. All are welcome!
Noon: Watch Minnesota Vikings vs the Arizona Cardinals, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union – Watch the game on one of the many TV’s in the Maverick Bullpen lounges.
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Free access for our Family Weekend guests. Open gym, walking/jogging track, weight room, cardio area and racquetball courts. No minors in weight room or cardio area.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Open Swim, Highland Center Pool
Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact New Student and Family Programs at 507-389-5498 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least five days prior to the event. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling the above numbers.