Schedule of Events

Friday, Oct. 6

5 - 7:30 p.m. l Check-In, Registration & Information l ZipAssist, Simmons Hall Lobby

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 8.59.22 AMStop by any time between 5-7:30 pm to check-in, get your wristbands and UA Family Weekend Information! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26; GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 

5 - 8 p.m. | Brew With A Roo at Thirsty Dog! | Sponsored by: ZipAssist, Athletics, & the Alumni Association

UnknownStop by a local favorite, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., for a cold brew and camaraderie with fellow parents, family members, UA staff, and alumni. Take your commemorative pint glass and enjoy our Family Weekend & Homecoming special, any pint for $5! Best place to park: north or south side of the Thirsty Dog building. For overflow parking - street parking across from 529 Grant, lot on McCoy, lot on Corner of Grant and McCoy. GPS Address: 529 Grant Street, Akron, OH.

Please note that the 529 Brewery Tasting Room is CASH ONLY.

 

6 - 8 p.m. l Pizza and Pics l ZipAssist, Rec Center

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 8.56.35 AMAfter checking in, start off UA Family Weekend right with free pizza and pop! Also get fun photos with your family at our selfie station and photo booth! Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron

 
6 - 8 p.m. l Family Fun Carnival l Rec Center

Rec CenterJoin us in for a Friday night party in our award winning Student Recreation and Wellness Center! We’ll have giant inflatables, corn hole, kan-jam, spikeball, music and more! Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron

Free, waiver required, family members MUST be accompanied by their UA student.

Saturday, Oct. 7

7 a.m. l 207 UA5K Homecoming Run/Walk

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 1.54.16 PMSport Science and Wellness Education, the Sport Science Academy, and Student Recreation and Wellness Services present the 7th Annual University of Akron Homecoming 5K!

For more information on registration, event details and the event schedule, please visit the 2017 UA 5K Homecoming Run/Walk page.

8 - 10 a.m. l Breakfast of Champions sponsored by PNC Bank l ZipAssist, Simmons Hall Lobby 

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 8.59.22 AMGet your Saturday morning started off right by joining us for free coffee, doughnuts, bagels and more! PNC Bank will be in attendance and will be providing information to students and families on everything you need to know about your bank on campus. Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. l Check-In, Registration & Information l ZipAssist, Simmons Hall Lobby 

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 8.59.22 AMStop by any time between 8:30 a.m. -  3 p.m. to check-in, get your wristbands and information or ask questions! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 
9 - 11 a.m. l Breakfast & Blankets Service Project l Student Union Lounge by Starbucks

Join serveAkron, UA’s volunteer office on campus, for breakfast snacks and the opportunity to give back to the local Akron community!  This drop-in service project will provide you and your favorite Zip the opportunity to create t-shirt pillows or assemble a blanket! All supplies and breakfast is provided…all items created will be donated to shelters near campus. Free, sponsored by serveAkron. Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39.  GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. l UA Dance Studios Tour l Guzzetta Hall

Visit the Dance Institute of The University of Akron, a pre-professional dance program founded in 1967 and nationally recognized for its excellent faculty and successful students. During your tour of Guzzetta Hall, there will also be dance classes in session in their technology-enhanced studios. Go to the Dance Institute Office, room 294, located right inside the East Buchtel Avenue entrance to the building to begin your tour. Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26 and walk across the street.  

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Don’t Text and Drive Station sponsored by AT&T l Simmons Hall

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 4.34.17 PMStop by and try out AT&T’s interactive driving simulator at Simmons Hall to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving! Best place to park: Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 


 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Slow Down Move Over Trailer sponsored by The Ohio Department of Transportation l Simmons Hall

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 4.36.00 PMStop by The Ohio Turnpike Commission’s trailer and try out one of the simulators to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 

 

 

9 a.m. - 10 p.m. l Student Recreation and Wellness Center l SRWC

Experience one of UA students' favorite parts of campus! Everything from the cardiovascular and strength training equipment floor, leisure pool, basketball courts, and walking/jogging track will be available for you to enjoy throughout the day. Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron, OH.

Free, waiver required, family members MUST be accompanied by their University of Akron student. 

9:30 - 11 a.m. l Downtown Akron and Akron Civic Theatre Tour Akron Civic Theatre

Join the Downtown Akron Partnership on a tour of Downtown Akron! With a diverse urban culture with sites and happenings for everyone, your time as a UA family is a chance to experience the excitement of the city of Akron!

The Akron Civic Theatre, built in 1929, is long recognized among the community's cultural landmarks. Among facilities of its size, the Civic is one of the only five remaining atmospheric theaters in the country where patrons experience a twinkling star-lit sky and intermittent clouds moving across the horizon, all while sitting inside the auditorium.

Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Simmons Hall main door entrance off of Buchtel Avenue. From there, we will walk to the downtown Akron area. 
 
 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Morning Yoga | Rec Center

Yoga

Start your Saturday off with a relaxing yoga session in our state-of-the-art Student Recreation & Wellness Center! Just show your wristband at the door to enjoy this FREE class! Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron

Free, waiver required, family members MUST be accompanied by their University of Akron student.

 

 
 

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. l Student Union Bookstore l Student Union, 1st floor, Bookstore

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 10.03.13 AMStop in the Student Union Bookstore in the Student Union to stock up on your Zips gear! Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39.  GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. l Climbing Rock Wall
Student Recreation and Wellness Center 

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center offers a state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility. Designed by Entre Prises, the climbing wall stands an impressive three stories tall reaching 53.5 feet into the air and is accompanied with a specialized 12 foot tall bouldering arch. Whether you're a beginner climber or a seasoned climbing machine, you can come here and push your fitness level to new heights! Best place to park: Lot 43 or Athletics Fieldhouse Parking Lot 10. GPS address: 382 Carroll St, Akron, OH.

Free, waiver required, family members MUST be accompanied by their University of Akron student.

10:55 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Ride the Train: National Park Scenic Excursion

TrainTake a scenic train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. During the National Park Scenic Excursion, you will have the opportunity to explore a wealth of natural and human history in the Cuyahoga Valley.

It is strongly encourage to purchase tickets online in advance, as their trains do sell out at times. Ticket price: $16/adult and $11/child...depart from Akron Northside Station. Please check the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad website or call toll free 1-800-468-4070 for any questions. Also available from 2:50 - 6:30 p.m.

 

11 a.m. | Insomnia Cookies | 367 South Main St. Akron

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.25.52 PMStop by Insomnia Cookies on Main Street to try these delicious treats that have now become an Akron food staple!

Insomnia Cookies will be offering a discount to UA students and families during UA Family Weekend - buy 4 get 2 free (traditional cookies only. In-store only. Valid 10/6 at 11 a.m. through 10/9 at 3 a.m.). Valid with the wristband that will be handed out at UA Family Weekend check-in.

 

Noon - 2 p.m. | Pumpkin Painting | Simmons Hall Lobby

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.29.54 PMFall is here and who doesn’t love painting a pumpkin! Join us for a family fun pARTy and learn about the various resources available at UA. Free pumpkins, art supplies, and snacks available. The best pumpkin submitted in the I Love UA Pumpkin Contest will win a gift card!

 

 

Noon - 3 p.m. | Alumni Pre-Game Party | Lot 10 Behind Fieldhouse

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.27.53 PMHello UA alumni! Join us for our pre-game party event as we celebrate with a DJ, cookout food, spirit station, bar, and a fun party atmosphere!

The alumni package:
For $12 you receive GA ticket, and all you can eat food.
First 300 alumni to arrive receive a Go Zips stadium cushion. First
100 students to arrive also receive a cushion. Season ticket holders must purchase food package at $10 to receive cushion.

 
 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. l Supporting Your New RooSimmons Hall Auditorium

Join Academic Advising as they host a Discussion and Q and A about resources and other first semester challenges about student’s experience! Snacks will be provided! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. Go to the front information desk to get directions inside the building.

 


 
1 - 3 p.m. l Nutrition Center Tours l Shrank Hall South room 210

Walk through the culinary garden, tour the Nutrition and Dietetics food production kitchens with current Dietetics students, and see the Nutrition Center offices! All University of Akron students are eligible for free nutrition assessments and consultations. Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37. GPS Address: 240 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 

 

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Zips Fest presented by Summa Health | Stiles Athletic Field House

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.55.50 PMFeaturing inflatable games, prizes, balloon art, face painting, photo opportunities, kid’s music, and more, Zips Fest has something for Akron fans of all ages! The party officially begins two hours prior to kick-off, and incorporates some great Akron traditions, including the Football team arriving as soon as we open! Best place to park: Lot 1 – Parking will be available for $10 in Lot 1, however alternative parking options can be purchased in advance through the ticket office by calling or texting 888-99-AKRON.

 
2 - 3 p.m. l Moving Off-Campus: What Parents and their Students Should Know Simmons Hall Auditorium

Join The University of Akron School of Law Civil Practice Clinic as they host a program that covers everything you want to know about your rights as a tenant. Not sure what should and shouldn’t be covered under your security deposit? Do you want to know what to look for in your lease agreement? These questions and more will be answered for all of our UA students living or looking to live off-campus. Snacks will be provided! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26. Go to the front information desk to get directions inside the building.


 

2 - 8 p.m. | Brew With A Roo at Thirsty Dog! | Sponsored by: ZipAssist, Athletics, & the Alumni Association

UnknownStop by a local favorite, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., for a cold brew and camaraderie with fellow parents, family members, UA staff, and alumni. Take your commemorative pint glass and enjoy our Family Weekend & Homecoming special, any pint for $5! Best place to park: north or south side of the Thirsty Dog building. For overflow parking - street parking across from 529 Grant, lot on McCoy, lot on Corner of Grant and McCoy. GPS Address: 529 Grant Street, Akron, OH.

Please note that the 529 Brewery Tasting Room is CASH ONLY.

 

3 p.m. - Midnight l Game Room: Bowling & Billiards l Student Union Game room

Enjoy 8 bowling lanes and 13 billiard tables in the Student Union Game room! Free. Show wristband at door of Game Room. Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39. GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 
3:30 p.m. l Homecoming Football: Akron Zips v. Ball State
l InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field

Join us to cheer on the Akron Zips football team as they play Ball State in UA’s official Homecoming game! Best place to park: Stadium Lot 6 or Spicer/Exchange Lot 9.

 
 
6 - 6:45 p.m. | It's Magic Time | Student Union Starbucks
Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.58.10 PMCome one, come all, to our special event magic show! If you believe in magic then join us for a spectacular presentation of the supernatural by renowned magician Louis Paul! Stop by during this time and get one dollar off your Starbucks drink! Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39.  GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

 
7 - 9 p.m. l Cosmic Bowling l Student Union Game Room

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 9.39.42 AMCome down to the Student Union Game Room (1st floor) for two special hours of Cosmic Bowling reserved just for those visiting for Family Weekend. Free. Guests must show wrist bands at door of Game Room. Best place to park: Shrank Deck/Lot 37 or Exchange Deck/Lot 39. GPS Address: 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH.

Sunday, Oct. 8

9 a.m. - Noon l Pancake Breakfast with Zippy and Involvement Fair l Rob's Café

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 9.37.27 AMEnd your weekend with a delicious pancake breakfast in our UA Dining Hall, Robs! Pay at the door, Dining Meal Plan or $1 per person with coupon (receive at check-in)! While at breakfast, stop by our Involvement Fair tables on site to meet with various staff from UA departments and learn about all of the different resources available to Zips! Best place to park: North Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26 and walk across Buchtel Avenue

 
 

9 - 11 a.m. | Balloon Man on Campus | Rob's Café

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.22.25 PMWhile enjoying your Pancake Breakfast with Zippy, be sure to stop by our Station in Rob’s to have your very own balloon animal made! Best place to parkNorth Campus Parking Deck/Lot 26; GPS address to Simmons Hall, located directly next to the parking deck: 277 East Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH.

 

 
 

Remainder of Day l Free time with your student

Take this time to explore the UA campus with Zip as well as all of the fun attractions downtown Akron has to offer!