Parent & Family Weekend

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Parent & Family Weekend 2021

This year’s event will be held November 5-7. Registration for the weekend is now closed. We will accommodate on-site registrations as we can, based on space available. There are several virtual opportunities if traveling to campus doesn’t work for your family.  

Parent & Family Weekend is a great time to visit campus to enjoy some of the great activities available on campus and explore the day-to-day of your student’s life. Most importantly, we hope you are able to enjoy good quality time with your student. Next, we look forward to providing you with some education, fun and the opportunity to connect with other families, staff and faculty.

Parent & Family Weekend Events

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Educational Sessions (included)

Sessions will be held on Friday, November 5th, Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th.  Attendance at all educational sessions is included in the PFW registration. Session topics include: Housing for 2022, career support, managing stress in college, study abroad, exploring majors. 

***All Friday afternoon Educational Sessions will be live streamed and recorded for those not able to attend in person. Families not attending in person do not need to register to view the sessions remotely. 

Educational Sessions Schedule

Thursday, November 4

 

  • Managing Stress in College: How can you talk to your students about their stress, and help them build the skills to achieve their academic goals? Two-in-five University of Minnesota students say they are unable to manage their stress. Learn about the major stressors on campus (which may surprise you!), the wide breadth of resources are available for free on campus, and the ways that unmanaged stress is associated with health and academic success.
    Time: Noon-1pm

    Location: Online only  LINK: https://z.umn.edu/PFW21Stress

 

Friday, November 5

  • Career Tracks: In this session, you will learn about (and be invited to use) some of the tools available to your students as they plan for their careers and begin searching for jobs and internships.
    Time: Noon-12:50pm
    Location: In person - Coffman Memorial Union Theater
                     On-line LINK: https://z.umn.edu/PFW21Career

 

  • Housing 2022: It may feel early to think about housing for the next year, but the time for signing a lease or extending a contract is already here. Learn about housing options on campus and in the U of M community as well as important details about what to look for when signing a contract. This session will include representatives from Housing & Residential Life, Off-Campus Living and Student Legal Service.
    Time: 1pm-1:50pm
    Location: In person - Coffman Memorial Union Theater
                     Online  LINK: https://z.umn.edu/PFW21Housing

 

  • Going Global: Going abroad is one of the most exciting parts of the student experience, but it requires family support, forethought, and planning. Learn how students incorporate international opportunities into undergraduate programs. Hear about the impact of study abroad on career preparation, and empower your future U graduate to distinguish him/herself in the global workforce.
    Time: 2pm-2:50pm
    Location: In person - Coffman Memorial Union Theater
                     Online LINK: https://z.umn.edu/PFW21Global

 

  • Don't Ask Me What My Major Is: Understanding the Importance of Major Exploration:  Choosing a major can be a sometimes stressful and challenging process for students (and their parents!). This session will introduce major exploration, the myths related to choosing a major, University resources to assist students with finding a major that is a good fit, and ways to support your student as an ally in the exploration process.
    Time: 3pm-3:50pm
    Where: In person - Coffman Memorial Union Theater
                 Online LINK: https://z.umn.edu/PFW21Majors

Saturday, November 6

CLA Career Preparedness: Your Jumping Off Point to the Future: As we are all entering the next stage of the pandemic we are noticing that things are not “normal”. We have not time warped back to 2019 but instead are creating a new type of normal. This adjustment to our new normal is not without its challenges. As advisors and career staff we work with students from orientation through graduation. Take advantage of the insights we are finding as our students are on campus this semester. We will offer some recommendations on helping your student in this current transition and as they build up to their post graduation plans. How can we support our students in: -brushing off rusty academic tools and re-engage deeply in learning? -building relationships with others? -managing the feelings of being overwhelmed? -not feeling behind and rushed to catch up with experiences? -continuing to build their career core competencies for the new normal?
Time: 2:30pm-3:20pm
Where: Coffman Memorial Union, Theater

National Student Exchange: Study away in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Canada through the National Student Exchange (NSE)! Students can spend a summer, semester, or year at another campus while continuing to pay U of M tuition and receiving U of M financial aid. Credits easily transfer back to the U of M. The most popular destinations in recent years include: Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Florida, New York, and Puerto Rico. Learn more at this session or on our website.
Time: 3:30pm-4:20pm
Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Theater

Sunday, November 7

Housing 2022: It may feel early to think about housing for the next year, but the time for signing a lease or extending a contract is already here. Learn about housing options on campus and in the U of M community as well as important details about what to look for when signing a contract. This session will include representatives from Housing & Residential Life, Off-Campus Living and Student Legal Service.

Time: 10:45am-11:45am
Location: Recreation and Wellness Center, Beacon Room

 

College Specific Opportunities (included)

Your student’s college wants to connect with you!  Here are some of the college specific opportunities on the schedule:

Carlson School of Management: Parent and Family workshop on Friday, November 5th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Toaster in Walter Library.

College of Biological Sciences: Check out some of the amazing work being done in laboratories hosted by CBS faculty.  Tours will be available Friday, November 5th starting at 3:15pm and 4:15pm. Meet in the lobby of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building (MCB) 15 minutes early. 

College of Design: The College of Design Fabrication shops will host an Open House on Friday, November 5th from 2pm-4pm in Rapson Hall 139. Visitors can get a tour of the space and have any questions answered. The College of Design Fabrication Shops are open labs where students enrolled in a College of Design course have access to equipment and support to work on assigned projects. Our spaces include a woodshop, metal shop, digital fabrication tools, and a materials store.

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences: Friday, November 5th from 3-5pm in Coffey Hall, Room 125. Meet college representatives from campus resources and academic departments and treats from the St. Paul campus Meat and Dairy Salesroom.

CANCELED: College of Education and Human Development: Join CEHD staff for a Parent and Family Meet and Greet!  Ask us your burning questions, tell us how your student is doing, and grab some CEHD swag and snacks.  We look forward to meeting you!

Friday, November 5th - 4pm-5pm  Burton Hall 2nd Floor Atrium

College of Liberal Arts: Saturday, November 6th during the Family Tailgate. CLA will be your host for yard games and other pre-game pep! 

College of Science and Engineering: Join the College of Science and Engineering to learn more about experiential learning opportunities for students in the Anderson Student Innovation Labs. The Innovation Labs are meant to be a student's laboratory, playground, and gateway to innovation and creativity. They are filled with all kinds of equipment and tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools and more. Training and documentation is available for all students so that they can dive right in. Learn more at cse.umn.edu/andersonlabs. Light refreshments will be provided and visitors will receive a laser cut Minnesota Block M! NOTE: Due to construction around the Mechanical Engineering Building, please enter the building using the south entrance near the metal Platonic Figure statue. The Lab is on the second floor.

Friday, November 5 - 2pm-4pm, Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 2-134

 

Gopher Get Together (included)

Friday, November 5th from 5:30-8pm (Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union): Mingle with staff, families and animals at this year’s Gopher Get Together, an open house style event where you can come and go! Enjoy performances from student groups, snacks, and even a visit from our furry friends from the on-campus resource, Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS). Attendance to this event is included in the PFW registration.

Watch student performances and the engagement panel here at about 5:45pm. 

Visit with the following support resources:

Family Tailgate (included)

Saturday, November 6th beginning three hours prior to game time***: Gear up to cheer on the Gophers at the Family Tailgate just outside 3M Arena at Mariucci. We’ll be outside, so dress for the weather! 

Tailgate snacks will be provided with more substantial food available for purchase. Enjoy lawn games and pre-game prep hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and have a front row view of the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band as they get fans excited before the game.

Sunday Morning at the Rec! (included)

Sunday, November 7th from 9am-noon.

Get active with your student and attend a class at the Rec! RecWell is offering three options to registered families: yoga flow at 10:15am, bouldering and crate stacking throughout the morning. Yoga mats will be available on-site. Light breakfast items will be available. Make sure to wear athletic gear and bring your PFW wristband.

Celebrating Gopher Families Brunch (additional cost)

Sunday, November 7th from 11:00am-12:30pm (McNamara Alumni Center)

Does your family’s Gopher connection span generations? If so, then this brunch is for you! The University of Minnesota Alumni Association invites families with U of M alumni (e.g. parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, and/or other family member) to celebrate the special legacy they are passing on to their student(s). This event will feature photos with Goldy and a special pinning ceremony for students and their alumni family members.

Pre-registration is required and includes a delicious brunch buffet and gift for all

Attendees. Cost for UMAA members: $10/per person, cost for non-UMAA members: $15/per person

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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When

When
Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 7, 2021

What you can expect

What you can expect
Programming will begin in the afternoon on Friday, November 5 and will wrap-up by noon on Sunday, November 7. Consider what works best for your family as you plan your attendance. Some families choose to come for the entire weekend, while others may pop in for a quick visit. Keep in mind that the U of M is a large campus, and visitors will do a lot of walking. Comfortable shoes and appropriate layers for outside activities are essential. 

Registration and cost

Registration and cost: Registration is open!
Parent & Family Weekend Registration includes attendance at educational sessions, Gopher Get Together, Family Tailgate (includes light tailgate snacks), Sunday Morning at the Rec (light breakfast and RecWell Activities), all weekend RecWell access, a clear game bag for the family and a PFW bracelet.

Registration cost

Per person registration

Early Bird (through October 5)

Regular (after October 1)

Adult/Guest 18+

$20.00

$30.00

Current/Future Gopher (10+)

$12.00

$20.00

Under 10

No charge

No charge

 

Please click here to access our registration site.  


 

Athletic Events

Athletic Events
As part of Parent & Family Weekend, families are invited to cheer on our Golden Gophers as they take on the University of Illinois on Saturday, November 6th. All Gopher Families can click here to purchase tickets to the game at a special family rate.

A few important notes:

  • The game time is 11 AM on Saturday, November 6.
  • If your student has season tickets, you have some options. First, your student can sit in the student section while your family sits in the seats you purchase. You can meet up before and after the game.  Or, after you check in with your student, you decide as a family that you'd all like to sit together, your student can transfer their ticket to another student and you can purchase a ticket for them to sit with you. It is not possible for families to sit in the student section.  
  • Purchasing football and other athletic tickets is a separate process from registering for Parent & Family Weekend. 

If you have questions about tickets, please connect with the Gopher Ticket Sales & Service Office at [email protected] or call 1-800-U-GOPHER.  For questions about Parent & Family Weekend, please contact [email protected].

Travel Plans and Hotel Reservations

Travel Plans and Hotel Reservations
As you are making travel arrangements, do what works best for you and your family. Oftentimes, families coming from a distance choose to travel to campus on Friday and return home on Sunday afternoon. 

We’ve secured room blocks with special rates for families at two nearby hotels. Historically, these blocks fill up about 6 weeks prior to Parent & Family Weekend. Please plan ahead and if you need to cancel your hotel reservations, do so at least one month in advance so other families can take advantage of the space.  

Everyone is welcome!

Everyone is welcome!
Parent & Family Weekend is not only for families of first-year students and it’s definitely not just for parents. All families, extended families, grade school siblings and supporters are welcome to join us! We know our families of sophomore students missed out on a typical family weekend, so keep an eye out for some just-for-you opportunities. Keep in mind that the U of M is a large campus, and visitors will do a lot of walking. Comfortable shoes and appropriate layers for outside activities are essential.

Check-in with your student

Check-in with your student
Students are typically eager for a visit from home by this time in the semester. They may be tired, overwhelmed, or stressed and in need of some family time. By November, students are generally settled in and have a regular routine. Ask them to take you to their favorite study spot or explore a nearby restaurant they've been wanting to try. Make sure to discuss your student’s schedule for the weekend in advance. Classes are still in session on Friday and your student may have study group or student group activities already on their calendar.

Check-In

Friday, November 5, 11:00-4:30pm
Coffman Memorial Union, Theater Lobby (First Floor)

Pick up your PFW wristband that will serve as your ticket to events (excluding the football can and Celebrating Gopher Families). Please make every effort to check in on Friday. Check-in will also be available in the Great Hall during the Gopher Get Together on Friday night from 5:00pm-7:30pm. Your student can also check-in your family!

 

Questions about Parent & Family Weekend?

Call our Parent & Family Weekend Helpline at 612-625-2914 or email us at [email protected]!

Registration Information

Registration for Parent & Family Weekend 2021 is closed!

Early Bird registration is open until October 5th.  Regular registration will be open until noon on November 3rd. After November 3rd, registration will be on site and based on space availability.  

Cancellation policy: Families may cancel their registration up to 14 days in advance of PFW for a 100% refund. Cancellations made from October 23-November 3rd will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations made after November 3rd will receive no refund.

Questions? Email us at [email protected] or call us during business hours at 612-625-2914.

Twin Cities Weekend Activities & Events

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Art Attack!

Art Attack!

350 Artists! Four floors to explore! Find great art, gifts, home goods, and more!

The perfect opportunity to treat yourself, friend and family to unique, wonderful and local art.

When: November 5 - 7
Where: The Northrup King Building (1500 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

For more information, click here!

Bell Museum

Bell Museum

Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium is now located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Saint Paul. Take amazing journeys from the far reaches of the cosmos to deep inside the human brain in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Explore the origins of the universe, the diversity of life on earth, and take a walk through the state of Minnesota, featuring our world famous wildlife dioramas.

Engage all your senses in our Touch & See Lab with 10,000-year-old fossils, living plants and animals, and more. Wander outside on our green roof and observation deck, and explore the learning landscape of native plants, geology gardens, and solar station. 

When: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM
Location: Bell Museum (2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113)

For more information, click here!

Black Panther with the Minnesota Orchestra

Black Panther with the Minnesota Orchestra

In 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what Super Hero films could be. Rolling Stone raved, “The film lights up the screen with a full-throttle blast of action and fun. That’s to be expected. But what sneaks up and floors you is the film’s racial conscience and profound, astonishing beauty.” Now you can relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger all while the Minnesota Orchestra performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar®-winning score live to picture.

When: Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6
Where: Minnesota Orchestra Hall (1111 Nicollet Mall
, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

For more information, click here!

Bryan Duncan in Concert

Bryan Duncan in Concert

Bryan Duncan has 18 solo albums, featuring 16 number-one radio hits and more than 1.2 million records sold! His music, which spans Pop, Gospel , Soul, Blues, CCM, Smooth Jazz, and Christmas genres, has garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy. He released seven albums with Sweet Comfort Band and three with the NehoSoul Band. Duncan’s latest album is Shine.

Bryan will be coming to the Music Factory to perform 2 concerts!

When: Friday, November 5
Where: Heart of the City Music Factory (2665 4th Avenue Anoka, MN 55303)

For more information, click here!

Como Zoo and Conservatory

Como Zoo and Conservatory

Free zoo located in St. Paul!

When: Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103)

For more information, click here!

GALLIM Dance Films, featuring BOAT and Orilla

GALLIM Dance Films, featuring BOAT and Orilla

In-demand choreographer Andrea Miller’s dances emphasize the contrasts of being human—the grotesque and the sublime, the chaos and the elegance, with movement both primal and poetic. Through an innovative creative collaboration with Northrop, Miller’s company, GALLIM, debuted an evocative new dance film adapted from Miller’s 2016 piece BOAT that explores what it looks like, feels like, and means to be searching for home. Featuring the music of Northrop’s pipe organ played by University Organist Dean Billmeyer and the Twin Cities-based PopUp Choir in the score, the film takes viewers on a journey of people becoming undone, floating adrift, holding each other, building bonds, and allowing hope and dignity to grow anew. This on-demand screening will also include a bonus dance film created by Andrea Miller and Ben Stamper with Ballet Hispánico prior to their collaboration on BOAT.

When: Friday, November 5 at 7:30 PM
Where: Northrop (84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

For more information, click here!

Minnesota United FC vs LA Galaxy

Minnesota United FC vs LA Galaxy

When: Sunday, November 7 at 5 PM
Where: Allianz Field (400 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104)

For more information, click here!

Minnesota Wild vs. New York Islanders

Minnesota Wild vs. New York Islanders

Minnesota Wild vs. New York Islanders

When: Sunday, November 7 at 7 PM
Where: Xcel Energy Center (199 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102)

For more information, click here!

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum welcomes, informs and inspires all through outstanding plant displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and innovative education. We strive to create a welcoming space to learn from and connect with nature.

Founded in 1958, we are a member-driven non-profit with more than 1,200 acres of professionally-maintained gardens, rare plant collections and accessible trails. As a part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota, the Arboretum is engaged in cold-hardy plant research and has developed 27 commercial apples, including Honeycrisp, Haralson and First Kiss®. In 2019, USA Today readers named the Arboretum the best botanical garden in North America.   

When: Monday - Sunday, 8 AM - 7 PM
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318)

For more information, click here!

Paisley Park

Paisley Park

Paisley Park is a place where art, music, fashion, and culture are celebrated, energized, and inspired by the visionary creative spirit of Prince. Known as his home and studio, Paisley Park now draws people from around the world to attend tours, concerts, and events, and feel the love, awe, and wonder that are expressed in Prince’s emotional words: “Paisley Park is in your heart.”

When: Friday-Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM and Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Where: Paisley Park (7801 Audubon Road
, Chanhassen, Minnesota 55317)

For more information, click here!

Patton Oswalt: Who’s Ready To Laugh?

Patton Oswalt: Who’s Ready To Laugh?

A comedian, actor, and writer, Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment. From his award-winning comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertains audiences. He recently created M.O.D.O.K., the new Marvel stop-motion animated adult comedy series for Hulu as well as voices the titular character, and currently co-stars as ‘Principal Durbin’ on the NBC Universal comedy “A.P. Bio,” produced by Seth Meyers, Mike O’Brien, and Lorne Michaels. Oswalt also recently served as the lead voice of ‘Max’ the dog in The Secret Life of Pets 2.

When: Friday, November 5 at 8 PM
Where:
State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

For more information, click here!

Planetarium at the Bell Museum

Planetarium at the Bell Museum

Tour the cosmos and beyond in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium.

When: Friday-Sunday, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Bell Museum (2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113)

For more information, click here!

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is free, requires no tickets for admission, and is open from 6 am to 12 midnight every day. Please observe physical distancing practices and maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others while visiting the Garden.

When: Monday-Sunday, 6 AM - 12 AM
Where: Walker Art Center (
725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

For more information, click here!

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Modern art museum located in Minneapolis.

When: Friday-Saturday, 11 AM - 6 PM and Sunday, 11 AM - 5 PM
Where: Walker Art Center (725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

For more information, click here!

Yoga at Union Depot

Yoga at Union Depot

Saturday Morning Yoga classes are offered for a variety of skill levels, with the first Saturday of each month dedicated to beginners.

When: Saturday, November 6 at 9 AM
Where: Union Depot (214 4th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101)

For more information, click here!

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

Inspiring wonder through the power of art. The Minneapolis Institute of Art enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures.

When: Friday-Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404)

For more information, click here!

Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center provides a place for visitors to discover their connections to the past.

This landmark building houses an award-winning museum, a library housing the state’s historical documents, meeting spaces of all sorts, a museum store, and the Market House cafe. It’s also home to the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections and archives.

When: Friday-Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM and Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM
Where: Minnesota History Center (345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St Paul, MN 55102)

For more information, click here!

Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota

Are you ready to turn on the science? Between 8.5 acres of exhibits and activities with boundless opportunities to explore and learn for all ages, there is always an opportunity to discover something new at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

When: Friday-Saturday, 9 AM - 8 PM and Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota (120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St Paul, MN 55102)

For more information, click here!

Observations: The art work of John Sterner in the Cafe Gallery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Lakota artist John Sterner suffuses his art work with his experiences of life and nature. From the majesty of a mountain to the quiet, contemplative feel of a small stream, Sterner observes and makes his mark in many different mediums. Through his art, Sterner is “pursuing the idea of what it is to be a modern, displaced American Indian,” he says, adding: “I explore different mediums and ideas, searching for the connection between me and my race in today’s world, mixing traditional and contemporary Lakota beliefs.”

When: November 5, 2021, 8 AM - 7 PM
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318)

For more information, click here!
 

 

YMCA and Relief for War Victims during WWI

“The YMCA and Relief for War Victims during WWI.” This exhibit draws from historic items from our Archives and Special Collections. Between 1914 and 1918, one of the largest, deadliest wars ravaged much of the world. As tens of millions became entangled in the conflict, men and women from the Young Men’s Christian Association [YMCA] waged a parallel fight — a fight to comfort, heal, and uphold the spirits of those impacted by the war. The exhibit explores the courageous actors and the significant aid they provided to the armies and civilians of both the Central and Allied Powers. 

When: Friday, November 5 from 9AM - 5 PM
Where: Andersen Library (222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455