10 Ways to Keep Your Parents Busy During Family Weekend

Posted by Alanna Witowski on September 12, 2017

Family Weekend 2017 is right around the corner! If you're like me and you struggle to keep your family entertained during their visit, here are some surefire ways to keep them occupied.

Pig out on some BBQ

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Don't want to use those precious meal plan dollars on your parents? Bring them to the Family BBQ, taking place Saturday on the Peace Quad. The Multicultural Family Reunion runs simultaneously with the BBQ, and will feature games, performances and more! Even if you don’t have a pre-purchased ticket to the BBQ (it's sold out!), grab some food in the MarketPlace and come back out for the festivities in the Peace Quad.

Stay warm at the bonfire

Cider and donuts? Say no more! Join us at the Family Fun Bonfire on Friday. Stay warm and chow down on some delicious chocolatey treats.


Explore the Nature Preserve

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Get out there while the weather is still nice, and take your parents with you! Tours of our gorgeous Nature Preserve are being offered on Saturday and Sunday. 

Chuckle at the comedy show

Here's a barrel of laughs! Colin Quinn from SNL takes the stage with Chris Gethard and Joe List on Saturday.


Get cultured

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Interested in seeing what we have to offer on campus? The Multicultural Family Reunion is happening on Saturday with enough food, prizes and entertainment to keep everyone happy. 

Get your art on

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University Art Museum with us! There will be a black tie-optional gala reception held Friday to showcase the works that the University has collected over the years -- from prints by Picasso to ancient Chinese vases. 

A-capella = Aca-mazing

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Binghamton's a capella groups are ready to serenade your family on Saturday, in the Anderson Center. 

Say "cheese!"

Explore your inner movie star! Binghamton is offering free family portraits on Saturday and Sunday. 


Visit the petting zoo

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Did your parents only bring themselves and not the family pet you actually wanted to see? Don't worry, the Zoomobile is coming Saturday!

Walk for a cause

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End your weekend on a high note by getting your whole family to take a stand against hunger in Broome County. Join us at the CHOW Hunger Walk on Sunday to make a difference.

Check out the full schedule of events for Family Weekend.

Alanna Witowski is a senior majoring in English from Chalfont, PA. She is interested in pursuing a career in marketing and public relations after graduation, and spending an unhealthy amount of time watching Netflix to procrastinate on homework. 

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