A UNH Tradition: Family Weekend

A UNH Tradition: Family Weekend

Here are the dates for next year's Family Weekend - September 25, 26 & 27, 2015


Below is the list of events from 2014 - so you can get an idea of the types of events and activities that are a part of the UNH Family Weekend.  I hope you plan to come to Family Weekend in 2015!


2014 Family Weekend

Weekend Long Geocache Event

Pick up your Geocache PASSPORT at the check in locations when you check in during Family Weekend! Visit 5 out of 8 designated UNH locations during detailed timeframes during the weekend and get your PASSPORT stamped and pick up fun UNH items at the same time! Then turn in your completed PASSPORT at any Passport location to be entered to win one of six $50.00 Gift Certificates to the UNH Bookstore!

Family Weekend Activities - Friday, October 24th:

9 am to 5 pm

UNH Bookstore open. UNH Logo clothing, Gifts, books, dorm room essentials, snacks, etc. available. Located on level 1 of the Memorial Union Building (MUB).

9 am to 5 pm

UNH Computer Store open. level 2 across from the Granite Square Station mail boxes, Memorial Union Building (MUB).

9 am

New for 2014 – First Annual UNH Veterans Charity Golf Tournament – all are welcome! - $  Sponsored by the UNH Student Armed Forces Association.  This scramble format golf tournament will be held at Nippo Golf Course in Barrington NH.  Cost includes continental breakfast and lunch, green fees, cart & prizes - $100 general admission / $90 for students.  Click here to register to play.  For more information contact Chris Peterson at cjm86@wildcats.unh.edu or Cassie O’Brian caa238@wildcats.unh.edu or go to www.unh.edu/veterans

10 am to 4 pm   

UNH Museum Exhibit “Bringing the University to You: A Century of Service to the Granite State”, commemorating UNH Cooperative Extension’s 100th Year.  Museum is also open 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday.  UNH Museum, Level 1, Dimond Library. 

3 pm to 5:30 pm

New for 2014 - Narrated UNH Marine Sciences Piscataqua River Cruise SOLD OUT 

Join directors of the UNH Marine Sciences programs for a Piscataqua River cruise on the M/V Heritage from 3 to 5:30pm on Friday, Oct. 24th.  The focus of the river tour will be the 2 UNH facilities: the Judd Gregg Marine Research Center and the Jackson Estuarine Lab.  The tour departs from the boat’s dock in Portsmouth, we will be heading out to view the UNH Judd Gregg Pier and US Coast Guard Station and then we will be going to Jackson Estuarine Laboratory in Great Bay. 

Director of the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, and Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration, David Burdick; and Deputy Director, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and Director of the New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program, Jonathan Pennock; and Director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory; Jennifer Seavey will all be on board to discuss the research going on at the UNH research locations.  To see a video clip about the Marine Biology Bootcamp, part of the UNH Marine Sciences program, click here

We will be returning to Portsmouth to disembark.  Cost is just $20.00 per person.  Boat capacity is 45 passengers - so sign up early!  Refreshments will be available for purchase during the trip!  For more information and to register and purchase tickets, click here.    

3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

UNH Instrumentation Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.   Ceremony celebrates the new facilities and new equipment.  Meet the new Director Shawn Banker.  Refreshments will be serviced, Parsons Hall

5 pm to 8 pm

Special Family Weekend Dinner for Families - $ (pay at door) Holloway Commons is hosting a special Apple Harvest dinner.  Holloway Commons also offers other exciting concepts featuring an array of chef-inspired creations. $9.00 per person, pay at the door, students can use their meal plans.  

6 and 9 pm

Movie at the MUB - Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Theater 1 in the Memorial Union Building. Tickets go on sale 1 hour before showtime.  $4 for students with UNH ID; $6.00 for all others. 

7 and 9:30 pm

Movie at the MUB - How to Trains Your Dragon 2 - in 3D. Theater 1 in the Memorial Union Building. Tickets go on sale 1 hour before showtime. $4 for students with UNH ID; $6.00 for all others.  $2,00 charge for 3D glasses.

7 pm

Women's Volleyball vs. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Lundhom Gym at the Field House.

7 pm

Women's Hockey vs. Quinnipiac. - $  Whittemore Center arena

9 pm

Dueling Pianos - FREE live performance.  Don’t miss this exciting performance - just like Jake Ivory’s! Challenge these talented pianists with your favorite song requests! Complete with hot appetizers and dessert! Strafford Room at the MUB, level 2.  


Family Weekend Activities - Saturday, October 25th:

9 am to 10 am

Parents Coffee - Sponsored by the UNH Annual Fund, at the Elliott Alumni Center, True Lounge, 9 Edgewood Road.

Unsure of what to do on Saturday morning while waiting for your UNH student to wake up?  Come join other UNH parents for a cup of coffee and refreshments in the Elliott Alumni Center. UNH Parents Council volunteers will be on hand answering questions and sharing their experiences. All are welcome; maps and Family Weekend activity handouts will be available. Free parking at Elliott Alumni Center is available to all in attendance.

10 to 11 am

Presentation by noted UNH Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Ken La ValleyThis talk is part of the UNH Cooperative Extension’s 100th Year anniversary celebration. Held at the Elliott Alumni Center, 1925 Room, 9 Edgewood Road.  (Don’t miss the UNH Museum exhibit held in conjunction with this talk.)

11 am to 4 pm

UNH Museum Exhibit “Bringing the University to You: A Century of Service to the Granite State”, commemorating UNH Cooperative Extension’s 100th Year.  UNH Museum, Level 1, Dimond Library.

12 noon to 3:00 pm

University Picnic sponsored by the Parents Association - $ - SORRY - THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT AS OF 10/20/14

UPDATE: The picnic is has been moved to Lewis Field beyond the Football Stadium - it is being combined with the Student Fun Fest prior to the Football game. A Football game ticket is not required to access this picnic.   A fun time for the whole family – all are welcome!  Picnic held rain or shine.

$10.00 per person – Lewis Field (beyond the Football Stadium). (students with UNH id and children under 12 - $5.00.)  Click here to order your tickets in advance.   We urge you to order your tickets online to avoid the lines at the event.  As this is a catered event, we cannot accept UNH Meal Plans for students.  (We urge you to walk to this picnic event, as on the field parking must be reserved in advance ($) and parking lot A is also a pay per spot situation on game day.)  Lewis Field can be accessed via Main Street to College Road then Library Way - under the railroad tracks to Colovos Road.

University Picnic Menu:

Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork on Brioche Slider Buns or Cranberry-Maple Glazed Grilled Chicken

Served with Tortellini Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Artichoke Hearts; Baby Spinach and Romaine Salad with Dried Cranberries and Grilled Red Onions, with Wild Maine Blueberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette; Dessert: Cookie & Brownie Assortment; Local Apple Cider.

(If you have specific dietary needs, we suggest that you go to Holloway Commons for your meal.)

3 pm

Football Game, UNH vs. Stony Brook University at Cowell Stadium. - $   Online ticket prices: General Admission $13.00, Youth Tickets ( ages 3 to 12) $7.00.  Click here for tickets.  UNH students get in free with their UNH student ID.   Tickets on game day are $18.00 for Adults and youth/senior $10.00

3 pm

A capella Performances - $

Come and hear all the UNH a capella groups perform their best songs.  Featuring The New Hampshire Notables, Maiden Harmony, Not Too Sharp, The New Hampshire Gentlemen, Off the Clef & Alabaster Blue.   Murkland Hall auditorium, 115.

4:30 pm

FREE Performance Free Performance – Craig Karges – one of the top mentalist acts in the country!  Come early to make sure you get a seat at this popular performance!  Granite State Room at the MUB.  Free Popcorn!

Sponsored by the Memorial Union, Campus Activity Board (CAB) and the Parents Association.

6 and 9 pm

Movie at the MUB - Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Theater 1 in the Memorial Union Building. Tickets go on sale 1 hour before showtime. $4 for students with UNH ID; $6.00 for all others.

7 and 9:30 pm

Movie at the MUB - How to Trains Your Dragon 2 - in 3D. Theater 1 in the Memorial Union Building. Tickets go on sale 1 hour before showtime. $4 for students with UNH ID; $6.00 for all others. $2,00 charge for 3D glasses.

7 pm

Men's Soccer vs. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Bremner Field.

7 pm

UNH Men’s Hockey team plays Colorado College – Whittemore Center Arena

Special Family Weekend pricing: $13.00.  Click here for tickets.  

Under 3 years old do not need a tickets, but must sit on a lap.  UNH students MUST have a ticket for admission to this game along with their UNH ID.  Click here for the UNH Student Ticket Policy.  http://www.unhwildcats.com/tickets/Student_Policy   PLEASE NOTE:  Tickets are limited and may not be available on game day as this game is expected to sell out in advance! 

8 pm to 10 pm

UNH Observatory Viewing Session   Check out the celestial bodies of the fall sky! Wear something warm and see the night skies up close and personal. Bring a flashlight and binoculars. Weather permitting.

Note: The observatory is a silo-shaped building located at UNH on Spinney Lane off the Mast Road Extension in Durham near the Old Durham Reservoir. Check out their website for more information and directions to the Observatory. You also might want to drive out to the site before it gets dark so you know where the observatory is located. www.physics.unh.edu/observatory/

9 pm   

CAB presents The CAB Comedian - Tracey Ashley -  Strafford Room, MUB   FREE - Don’t miss this performance!

Sponsored by Campus Activities Board (CAB).


Family Weekend Activities - Sunday, October 26th:

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

UNH Ski Sale. 2014 Annual Ski Sale - get great deals on new and used Ski and Snowboard quipment and apparel, ski helmuts, hockey skates and gear and more.  Indoor Track at the UNH Field House.

Family Weekend Finale

10 am to 12 noon

  • FREE Pancake Breakfast at the Whittemore Center. Pancakes served with Coffee, Tea, Juice & Hot chocolate! 

10 am to 1 pm

Family Weekend Finale at the Whittemore Center – FREE activities featuring:

  • Meet a UNH mascot; Wild E Cat or Gnarlz. Take photos of your family with the mascots!  Time to be announced.
  • Photo Key Chains - have your family's photo taken and all get a lucite keychain with the photo!
  • Sport Club Demonstrations – from fencing to climbing wall demos – try the wall yourself!
  • Skate on UNH ice – bring your skates if you can, limited numbers and sizes of skates will be available to rent.
  • College Woods Walks – map downloads available, options:  1 to 4 mile loops.

9 am to 4:30 pm

Traditional Sunday Brunch sponsored by Holloway Commons. - $   Tickets $9.00 per person at the door, pay at the door, students can use their meal plans. Lunch menu items will be added at 11 am.

2:00 pm

Women's Soccer vs. Stony Brook. Bremner Field 


Notes regarding Family Weekend –

UNH Family Weekend is designed to be a fun, family-oriented weekend; we encourage you and your family to take some time to explore parts of the campus you haven’t visited yet such as the University Museum, Dimond Library, the Observatory or College Woods. We try to offer low cost or free events, programs or activities that you can attend with your entire family. Events with the symbol $ require a purchased ticket.

We invite you to mix and mingle with other UNH families who are visiting for the weekend during the various events. Family Weekend has no academic component nor are there any residence hall activities. Please also note that all athletic event ticket prices and game times are set by the UNH Athletics dept.

Family Weekend Event Schedules and campus maps will be stationed at the Whittemore Center Lobby, Dimond Library and at the MUB Info. Desk as of Friday afternoon, Oct. 24th.

Click one of the following links for our Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides -

Central Campus - Extended Campus - Regional Guide.


Important Parking Notes for the weekend –

Please remember that the rules and regulations for parking are very strict at UNH.

If you are arriving on Friday, Lot C (off Mill Road) and Main Street Visitor Lot (corner of Main and Edgewood) are available for short-term parking, at an hourly rate of $1, up to four hours maximum. Buy a permit from the lot attendant. The permit requirement in this lot is enforced from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Visitors parking overnight should park in the Visitor Info Center Lot.  Click here for more visitor parking information. http://www.unh.edu/transportation/visitor/index.htm

Free day parking on Saturday and Sunday is available in lots labeled FACULTY/STAFF or COMMUTER. Do not park in campus resident lots, specially-reserved spaces, time zones, fire lanes, and no parking areas - are restricted and enforced 24/7.

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