Students and family wait outside Shafer tower to enter during family weekend Sept. 16, 2017 after the Bell Tower recital. This year, another Bell Tower recital is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, along with other events families can attend on Family Weekend. Rebecca Slezak, DN
What to do with your family this Family Weekend
Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated the Atrium would be open from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. It has since been updated to reflect the proper time, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Students’ families are traveling from near and far for Ball State’s Family Weekend. This year’s celebration begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
Here’s a quick look at the events all families can enjoy during the three day period:
Friday, Sept. 21
Students and their families can purchase matching Family Weekend T-shirts for $10 a piece at the Student Center Campus Information desk located in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. The sale begins Friday and lasts throughout the weekend.
Families are welcome to attend a free showing of “Incredibles 2” at either 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. in Pruis Hall. Experience the adventures of the famous superhero family nearly 14 years after their debut on the big screen. Organized by the University Program Board, this event is for students and family members of all ages.
DSB: America’s Favorite Tribute to Journey
Overlapping with “Incredibles 2” is a performance from DSB, considered one of the greatest Journey tribute shows in the world. Beginning its performances in 2009, DSB travels and produces energetic, realistic shows that mimic Journey’s music almost identically. Comprised of distinguished musicians and a vocalist with talents mirroring Steve Perry, DSB’s show has been recognized as “The Next Best Thing to Journey.” Tickets are currently available on Ball State’s website and through the Emens Auditorium box office for $18 in advance or $23 at the door. Youth tickets cost $6 and Ball State student tickets are $5.
7th Annual School of Music Showcase
At 7:30 p.m. in Sursa Performance Hall, the School of Music will put on a sample showcase to share the talents of its students with families interested in hearing what the school has to offer. Wind and choral ensembles will accompany the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band, as well as a featured alumni from the School of Music.
Rock and Bowl
Beginning at 8 p.m., students and their families can gather in the basement of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center to socialize with other families and participate in bowling matches and billiards. There will be free T-shirts for the first 100 guests who arrive.
Saturday, Sept. 22
The early birds of the Cardinal family can join the owners of The Corner Mat studio at 7:45 a.m. in the Student Center Lawn for a 45 minute session of morning yoga. The event will include relaxing breathing techniques and a warm-up before 30 minutes of movement followed by a cool down. Yoga mats will be provided to visiting members.
From 9-11 a.m., younger family members can enjoy inflatables and carnival games including skee ball and pick-a-pop on the University Green. Families can also participate in a few games of BINGO for a chance to win a variety of prizes.
Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse
Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse, the United States’ largest university-based orchid collection, will offer free guided and self-guided tours. Families can learn about the variety of orchids growing in the greenhouse as well as edible tropical plants and other tropical species.
Bell Tower Recital
Students and families are welcome to gather around Shafer Tower at 11 a.m. for a free performance from John Gouwens, an organist and carillonneur. Families are encouraged to stay for a guided tour of the Bell Tower, which will give a unique view of campus.
Tailgating and Football Game
Beginning at 11 a.m., students and families can gather in Tailgate Town, located at the corner of Tillotson and Bethel avenues, to cheer on the Cardinals as they face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The game is currently scheduled for 3 p.m. at Scheumann Stadium.
Family Food Festival
Families can experience campus dining with their students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Atrium food court in the Arts and Journalism Building. Restaurants including Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s Pizza, Vivimos and McKinley Grill and Boar’s Head Deli will remain open for families to dine on a la carte items.
Cirque Du Late Nite
Parents don’t need to wonder about what their student does on Saturday nights anymore. Families can experience Late Nite and all that it has to offer including free bowling, free food and crafts from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. The event is free to all.
Sunday, Sept. 23
Meet the Chefs Brunch
Students and families are invited to meet with chefs from across campus to experience their cooking in a new light. From 9 a.m. to noon in Noyer Centre, stations with different brunch favorites will be open to the public. Students can use their meal swipe to pay for themselves and two free guests. After that, pricing is $8.60 for adults, $4.30 for children 2-10 years old and free for children under 2-years-old.
David Owsley Museum of Art
From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., students and their families are welcome to experience the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) and more than 11,000 pieces of art that it has to offer for free. Located in the Fine Arts Building, DOMA is both educational and engaging for visitors of all ages.
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