Don't miss this opportunity to spend time with your student at this Redbird tradition. The Family Weekend schedule of events will be updated as new events are added.
Time: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Student Fitness Center
Take a self-guided tour of the 170,000 square-foot facility throughout the weekend. Staff will be on hand to provide Campus Recreation information and answer questions.
Time: 9:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location: University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, Normal; Free parking is available for one hour in the parking deck directly above University Galleries
On view during Family Weekend will be:
Exhibition—Dianna Frid: It Takes Time: Dianna Frid, a Mexican-born Chicago-based artist, makes fabric artist's books, sculptures, site-bound installations, and woven two-dimensional works. She cites her interest in "themes of time, process, death, and the transformation of matter."
Exhibition—Erin Washington: New Work: In her humorous collages and chalkboard drawings, Chicago-based artist Erin Washington investigates heady topics such as art history and physics.
Time: 1 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Location: Bowling and Billiards Center (next to Bone Student Center)
The Bowling and Billiards Center offers bowling, billiards, table tennis, and more. Fun for the whole family! Each student may bring up to four guests who can also receive the student rate for activities.
Time: 7 - 10 p.m.
Location: Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
Travel out of this world at Family Weekend! Enjoy the movie Space Jam and snacks along with other free activities for the whole family.
Sponsored by the University Program Board
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: ISU Planetarium (white domed building at the end of Felmley Hall of Science, corner of College Avenue and School Street); Free parking is available in parking lot F-67, located on the east side of School Street
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.
Tickets may be purchased in the Planetarium Gift Shop, next to the Planetarium, beginning 20 minutes before the show. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. Cash and personal checks only; no debit or credit cards. Admission is $4 for adults; $3 for children ages 5-12, ISU students (with ID), and seniors; and $2 for Preschoolers ages 3 - 4. Children under 3 are free. For more information, please call the Planetarium's Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit the website.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Performing Arts Theatre
The School of Theatre and Dance invites families to attend the spectacular production of She Kills Monsters in the CPA Theatre. This play is suitable for middle school children and older.
She Kills Monsters is the story of Agnes Evans who, after the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, discovers Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons module, or map. Agnes decides to play the game and embarks on an epic, comedic journey of discovery and action-filled fantasy role playing in the imaginary story that Tilly created as a world of wish fulfillment. The imaginary monsters Tilly battles in the game are metaphors for the true monsters of her high school world: bigotry, bullying, gender and sexual orientation discrimination, fear, indifference, and intolerance. Through this journey, Agnes discovers the true soul of her sister as well as the geek and warrior within herself.
Discounted tickets for Family Weekend are available for $10 each. (Non-discount: Adult ticket price is $17; Student ticket price is $12.) Please call the College of Fine Arts Center for the Performing Arts box office at 309-438-2535 and use the code FAMILY to guarantee your seats. Tickets are sold on a first-come basis.