10 Things to Do for Virtual Family Weekend

Posted by Lauren Kidd on October 21, 2020

Family Weekend may be virtual this year, but it is still a great time to become immersed in the Binghamton experience. Whether together or apart, you and your family can still participate in Family Weekend events. I know that I will be watching the live performance of ‘Macbeth’ with my family. From a cappella performances, to contests and conversations, there is something for every family to do.

Attend a pet show

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Show off your cute pet! The CIW community will host a virtual pet show from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Students and their families can register their pet to be showcased in the pet show and on social media. Whether you enter a pet or not, you can show up and vote for pets in different categories, like Most Creative Name. Register for the event here!

Enjoy an a cappella performance

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My favorite Family Weekend activity will always be the a cappella shows. Though their performances may be virtual this year, you can still enjoy the angelic voices and sick beats of Binghamton’s a cappella groups. Nine groups will have performances that you can watch on your own time. Links will be provided on the Family Weekend page.

Take the Edge off

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Looking for a way to relax? Wendy Neuberger, associate director of Harpur Edge, will lead a class on mindfulness and meditation. Join her from 4-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 to learn about the basics. 

Enter the B-Healthy Walking Contest

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Take a walk with your family and enjoy the fall foliage! B-Healthy is sponsoring a walking contest and will award the top five families with the most number of steps taken over the weekend. Enter your family’s step total at the bottom of the page here by Sunday night. Feeling photogenic? Snap a family selfie and email it to bhealthy@binghamton.edu.

Watch a live performance of ‘Macbeth’

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Calling all patrons of the arts! The Theatre Department's first digital performance is Shakespeare’s Macbeth. With witches, prophecies and superstition, this is a great play for the Halloween season! You can catch performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 25. Tickets are one per screen and can be purchased here

Connect with out-of-state parents

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Feeling chatty? For any out-of-state parents that may be having challenges, the Out-of-State Parent/Family Happy Hour & Conversation is a chance to connect with other out-of-state parents and get your questions answered. Join the conversation with parents and families from all of the country at 6 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 24. Parents can register here.

Rock out at a virtual concert

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Rock out to a live, virtual concert with your fam! Collegiate Professor Dana Stewart and her band, Voodoo Highway, will perform live from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. This event will be livestreamed, so keep checking back for updates on the Family Weekend page to access the link.

Have a conversation with the Vice President of Student Affairs

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This is an event for all you early-risers out there. Grab your morning coffee and join Brian Rose, the vice president of student affairs, for a conversation from 9-10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. He will provide an update on the University and discuss other topics such as campus life. Register here.

Meet the Parents Leadership Council

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Calling all proud Binghamton parents! Join other Binghamton parents who are members of the Parents Leadership Council for a light-hearted, informative conversation from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. They will answer questions, share their experiences, give advice and talk about how to be a supportive parent at Binghamton. Interested parents can register here.

Win a meal plan with Binghamton University Dining Services

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It’s time to test out your BUDS knowledge! BUDS is hosting a 24-hour trivia contest beginning at noon Oct. 23. Those with the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a meal plan for the Spring 2021 semester. The winner will be announced on BUDS social media pages (@bingcampusfood) at 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Check here for information on how to register and learn the rules.

Check here for the full list of things to do over Family Weekend! Links and registrations are constantly being added to the list.

Lauren Kidd is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations, and a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in graphic design. She loves photography, writing and listening to music.

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