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Family Weekend Welcome

Family Weekend 

Explore UNI. See robots in action, enjoy a Renaissance Faire, marvel at the chemistry magic show and cheer on the football team. Many fun activities are planned for you and your family. Check the event schedule for details!

If you are a student or parent/guardian with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in Family Weekend, please contact or call 319-273-2815 at least one week prior.

Parking lots on campus are open on Family Weekend with the exception that some lots near the Dome are reserved for Panther Scholarship Club members for Saturday's game. If you plan to keep your car on campus overnight, use the C and R lots. 

For lodging information, visit the Cedar Falls Tourism website. 

Ticket information for the Family Feast Tailgate, football game or Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center performance of Camelot.

Family Weekend schedule

Family Weekend Schedule

Friday, Oct. 17

Wellness/Recreation Center open to families 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Lap and leisure pools are open 5 - 7:30 p.m. Climbing wall open 4 - 8 p.m.)*

The International Dance Theatre and Orchesis Dance Company will perform at 7:30 p.m., in Bengtson Auditorium, in Russell Hall. Free!

View the night sky with the Earth Science Department's large computer-controlled telescopes from 8 - 10 p.m., at the Hillside Observatory, on Jennings Drive.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Welcome /check in 9:30 - 11 a.m., in the GBPAC lobby

Get a schedule of events and some fun giveaways; free T-shirts are available to the first 500 attendees. TC and TK will be on hand as well as the UNI spirit squads. Alumni will have a chance to win a UNI license plate!

Wellness/Recreation Center gyms, fitness areas, racquetball courts open 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; lap pool open 9 - 11:30 a.m.; and leisure pools and climbing wall available, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.*

Open houses

College of Business Administration, Curris Business Building (CBB)
  • Global opportunities information sessions, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., in CBB 125
  • Picnic lunch and student organization fair for UNIBusiness students and their families, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., South Veranda, CBB
College of Education, Schindler Education Center (SEC)
  • Open house and tours, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., SEC Lobby
  • Welcome from Dwight C. Watson, dean 11 - 11:20 a.m., in 244-246 SEC
  • Camp Adventure Program, 11:30 a.m. - noon, in 244-246 SEC
  • Picnic lunch for UNI College of Education students and their families, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the SEC Lobby
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Fun for all ages; stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Engage in hands-on activities in one of the following program labs.  

  • Archaeology-- Explore prehistoric and historic artifacts from the Midwest and see some of the field and lab equipment, Bartlett Hall 0111.
  • Interior Design-- Blend art and science to learn how spaces are designed to be functional, sustainable and attractive, Latham Hall 205.
  • Psychology-- Tour the new research labs in Psychology and see the results of a recent experiment, Bartlett Hall 0071.
  • Textiles and Apparel-- Discover the process of product development in the fashion industry and what it takes to design your own label, Latham Hall 251.
College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

UNI Gallery of Art open noon – 5 p.m. Exhibits include: "Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention" organized by Art works For Change, Inc. "String Theory and the Superconducting Super Collider Series" - large-scale paintings by Vermont-based artist and writer Lucinda Mason (1974-2007).

  • Biology--Live animals, skeletons, plants, 9 a.m. - noon, McCollum Science Hall 025  
  • Earth Science-- Planetarium shows, rocks, minerals and fossil displays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Latham Hall
  • Physics-- robotics  and "super cold physics" demonstrations alternating between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Begeman Hall 114
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry--Chemistry magic show at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Lantz Auditorium, McCollum Science Hall
  • Technology--Wear UNI apparel and have a family photo taken with UNI's First Family - President and Mrs. Ruud and their dog Fuzzy! 10 - 11:30 a.m., in the Industrial Tech Center Lobby. To reserve your sitting, call 319-273-2562.
University Honors Program

Open house, 10 a.m. - noon, Honors Cottage, on College Street.

Rod Library - Digital Media Hub

Enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Book Bistro and record a special video with your student, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


10 a.m. - 1 p.m., the Botanical Center greenhouses will be open for self-guided tours.  Stop in and wander through the extensive and diverse collection of plants. Visitors can also tour the Hosta and perennial gardens outside the greenhouses.

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., UNI Museum/Marshall Center School tour, west side of Schindler.

11 a.m. - Campus tours departing from the GBPAC lobby.

1 p.m., Behind-the-Scenes Tour in Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library. Tour starts on the main floor (2nd) by the east entrance (Maucker Union side). Limited number of seats available. Please RSVP to

Family Feast Tailgate, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Rialto and Piazza. Cost is $8 at the door. Students can use their flex meals for guests or guests can pay with cash or check.

Check out all that downtown Cedar Falls has to offer! A bus will make a loop traveling between the east side of Lang Hall and downtown, from 1 - 4 p.m. No charge.

Magic and Illusions of Eric Michaels at 1:30 p.m., Maucker Union. See one of Iowa's favorite magicians. Free fun for the whole family!

See the Tony Award-winning musical "Camelot" Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., GBPAC. Tickets, 319-273-7469.

UNI Football vs South Dakota State, 4 p.m., UNI-Dome. Tickets can be ordered online after Aug. 1. Adult price is $25, youth is $15 (ages 2-12). Orders received after Oct. 9 will be held in Will Call.

Sunday, Oct. 19

Wellness/Recreation Center open to families 1 - 8 p.m. (lap and leisure pools 3 - 8 p.m. and climbing wall opens at 7 p.m.)*

The International Dance Theatre and Orchesis Dance Company will perform at 2 p.m., in Bengtson Auditorium, in Russell Hall. Free!


Ticket Info

Ticket Information

Family Feast Tailgate, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Rialto and Piazza. Cost is $8 at the door. Students can use their flex meals for guests or guests can pay with cash or check.

See the Tony Award-winning musical "Camelot" Saturday, Oct. 18 at 3 and 8 p.m., in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 319-273-7469. Show details are available on the GBPAC website.

The Panthers take on South Dakota State, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, in the UNI-Dome. Order tickets online after Aug. 1. Adult price is $25, Youth is $15  (ages 2-12). Orders received after Oct. 9 will be held in Will Call at the McLeod NW Plaza Ticket Office.

Note: If a UNI student wishes to sit with his/her family for Family Weekend (instead of in the student section), they must visit the ticket office in person to purchase their family member's tickets.  At that time, the student should also show his/her student ID and receive a paper ticket (for the reserved section) that will replace his/her free student section ticket.  Please note that if a student goes through this process to replace his/her student section ticket with a reserved seat next to family members, that student forfeits his/her student section seat for the Oct. 18 game.