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Homecoming features lineup of family-friendly activities

By : Steve Seepersaud

While Homecoming 2007 is primarily a time for alumni to visit their alma mater, not all of the fun planned for the weekend is for grownups. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has worked with campus partners to add family-friendly events to the schedule for Saturday, Oct. 6.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Art Museum will hold workshops for children of alumni.
At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Friends of the Nature Preserve will lead tours there. Families can enjoy the fall foliage and see beaver lodges and dams. The Friends will have special “Tyke Hikes” for kids 6 and younger.

Families can enjoy lunch in their own way at the All Alumni Luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Union Food Court. Seating will be available by class year and special interest group, so the adults can meet up with classmates. Children ages 3 to 12 will have a special seating area with activities such as face painting, balloon creations and small crafts.

The E.W. Heier Teaching Greenhouse will be open from 1 to 3 p.m., so alumni and their families can see an array of exotic plants from around the world.

From 2 to 5 p.m., astronomers from the Kopernik Observatory and Science Education Center in Vestal will lead a sidewalk astronomy exhibition. Even in the daytime, participants will be able to view a number of celestial sights.

After taking a skyward gaze, find a good spot along the Brain to see student and alumni floats in the annual Homecoming Parade. This year’s theme is 007, based on the popular series of James Bond movies.

From 5:30 to 11 p.m., adults can leave their children in reliable hands before heading out to the many activities on Saturday night’s schedule. A Kids’ PJ Party will take place at the East Gym, a secure facility. Children ages 5 to 12 can enjoy pizza, games, activities, movies and a magic show.

Parents should register their children as soon as possible so appropriate plans can be made.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08