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Family Weekend

Each fall, UMKC opens its doors to families and friends, and invites everyone to attend events around campus and throughout Kansas City. Family Weekend is a great opportunity for families to spend time with their student, visit campus, and take part in the UMKC student experience.

While you’re here, you’ll meet other Roo families, faculty, staff, and UMKC leaders. We’re here to help you with getting around and finding great places to eat, sleep, and explore.

Save the date! Family Weekend 2019 takes place September 27-29, 2019!

Family Weekend Registration is $20 per family member. UMKC students are free.

Family Weekend tickets include a Family Weekend t-shirt for each individual, a Family Weekend giveaway for each family, and access to all Family Weekend events.

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For questions regarding Family Weekend, please contact our office: families@umkc.edu or 816-235-1407.

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Family Weekend 2019 Schedule

Our Family Weekend schedule is still growing. Please check back for more updates leading up to this event.

Please note that parking is free in the Cherry Street Parking Garage after 5:00pm on Friday, September 27 and throughout Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. If you arrive prior to 5:00pm and would like to park on campus, please purchase a UMKC one-day visitor permit available for $7 per vehicle. More details about this permit can be found on the UMKC Parking and Transportation website.

Friday, September 27

Family Weekend Check-In
Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm, Location: Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Student Union 320
Details: Stop by the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) to pick up your Family Weekend Check-In materials. Check-In materials include your Family Weekend t-shirt, Family Weekend giveaways, and a schedule of the weekend.

UMKC Family Weekend Sale at the UMKC Bookstore
Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm, Location: UMKC Volker Campus Bookstore, Student Union 2nd Floor
Details: Show off your Roo spirit with some new UMKC Roo gear! Show your UMKC Family Weekend Bookstore coupon to receive 30% off. See store for details.

LGBTQIA Rainbow Lounge Open House
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm, Location: Room 325, Student Union
Details: Join LGBTQIA Programs & Services for an open house in the Rainbow Lounge (Student Union, Room 325). Students and staff will be available to answer questions about services, resources, and involvement within the LGBTQIA community! For more information about LGBTQIA Programs & Services, visit the website.

Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM) Open House
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm, Location: Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM) Office, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC) 2nd Floor
Details: Stop by for a quick tour of the services available to support students in their learning. Student leaders and staff in Academic Support and Mentoring will share information about Supplemental Instruction, The Writing Studio, Tutoring, and Student Success Seminars.

UMKC History Tour
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm, Location: Meet at the University Walkway south entrance of the Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: History is alive at UMKC if you know where to look. Join us on the UMKC Historical Walking tour to learn the stories behind the monuments, historical milestones, and traditions of the UMKC Volker Campus. See the birthplace of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep), walk in the footsteps of President Harry Truman, visit the university’s art treasures, and experience much more. This walking tour lasts one hour and is approximately ½ mile. Space is limited so please RSVP to families@umkc.edu no later than Monday, September 23.

Family Weekend Kick-Off
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm, Location: Student Union Room 302
Details: Stop by the Family Weekend Kick-Off to mingle with other Roo families and enjoy some light refreshments.

Warkoczewski Public Observatory
Time: 7:30pm, Location: Roof of Royall Hall, UMKC Volker Campus
Details: The “Warko” Public Observatory is open to families starting at 7:30pm. Public programs include a tour of the night sky, along with viewing through the telescopes. This event is weather permitting.

Union Programming Board Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets 2
Time: 7:00pm, Location: Student Union Theater, Student Union 1st Floor
Details: Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses. Enjoy this family-friendly movie on our big screen, and indulge on delicious popcorn and drinks. For more information about Union Programming Board (UPB), visit https://info.umkc.edu/get-involved/events-and-entertainment/union-programming-board.

Haunted UMKC Tour
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm, Location: Meet in front of Student Union Bookstore
Details: Did the ghost of a dead actress haunt the University Playhouse? Why are there monsters painted on the walls of Haag Hall? Who killed University of Kansas City beauty queen Leila Welsh? What really happened in Epperson House? On the Haunted UMKC campus tour, your host UMKC historian Chris Wolff will regale you with these and many more tales of the darker side of the university’s history. This wallking tour takes about 90 minutes and is one mile long. Space is limited so please RSVP to families@umkc.edu no later than Monday, September 23.

Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at KCRep
Time: 8:00pm, Location: Spencer Theatre
Details: KCRep is the largest professional theatre in Kansas City, and theatre-in-residence at UMKC. One of the most powerful plays of our time, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, runs throughout Family Weekend at KCRep’s Spencer Theatre. Family Weekend attendees can receive $10 off by using promo code UMKCFAMILY at KCRep.org or by calling our Box Office at 816-235-2700.

 

Saturday, September 28

Get Active at Swinney Campus Recreation Center!
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm, Location: Swinney Campus Recreation Center
Details: Enjoy shooting some baskets at our historic Old Swinney Gym. Take a jog or walk around our 200-meter indoor track. Break a sweat working out at our fitness center. Family members are welcome to visit Swinney Campus Recreation Center with proof of Family Weekend registration. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times (UMKC students over the age of 18 do not count as a legal guardian); guests under the age of 18 are permitted on the basketball courts and indoor track only.

Family Weekend Check-In
Time: 10:00am-1:30pm, Location: Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC), 1st Floor Lobby
Details: Stop by the Family Weekend table to pick up your Family Weekend Check-In materials. Check-In materials include your Family Weekend t-shirt, Family Weekend giveaways, and a schedule of the weekend.

UMKC Family Weekend Sale at the UMKC Bookstores
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm, Location: UMKC Volker Campus Bookstore, Student Union 2nd Floor
Details: Show off your Roo spirit with some new UMKC Roo gear! Show your UMKC Family Weekend Bookstore coupon to receive 30% off. See store for details.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Deaf Cultural Festival
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm, Location: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 45th and Oak, Kansas City, MO
Details: The Deaf Cultural Festival is a free festival honoring the rich history of Deaf and hard of hearing art, identity, and empowerment. Learn about American Sign Language through hands-on art activities and live entertainment. Admission to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is free every day! Parking is $10 in the Nelson-Atkins Parking Garage, and there is additional free parking on Rockhill and 45th Street. For more information about this festival, please visit https://nelson-atkins.org/festivals.

Brunch
Time: 11:00am-1:30pm, Location: UMKC Dining Center, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet at UMKC’s Dining Center. Family members eat free when they show their proof of Family Weekend registration.

Support Your Roo!
Time 11:00am-1:30pm, Location: Outside UMKC Dining Center, UMKC Dining Center, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Family members will have an opportunity to write a note of encouragement to their Roo. Letters will be sent later in the semester.

Be a Hater: A Conversation with Dr. Wes Parham, UMKC Alumni and Organizational Scholar
Time: 1:00pm, Location: Room 236, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Is Taylor Swift the Most Dangerous Person Alive? Can you learn Cognitive Psychology from Gucci Mane? Is there something seriously wrong with Supergirl’s ethics? And what does all that have to do with YOU? Come learn how all these concepts come together and how you may have unwittingly fallen into the “Hater Mindset” in this presentation by UMKC Alumni and Organizational Scholar Dr. Wes Parham.

UMKC Volleyball versus Cal Baptist University
Time: 1:00pm, Location: Swinney Recreation Center
Details: ROO UP with the Roos Women’s Volleyball team as they take on Cal Baptist University! Tickets are available for $5 per family member registered for Family Weekend. These tickets are available by calling 844-UMKC-FAN or at the box office window on game day. UMKC students with I.D. are ALWAYS free admission to all Kansas City Roo Athletics events.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Drop-In Gallery Tours
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Location: Location: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Details: Join us for a casual opportunity for visitors to engage with artwork through informative conversations with Museum docents. Ask questions about the artwork on view and enjoy informative and lively dialogue. No reservations required, just “drop in” and learn something new! The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is open Tuesday–Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please visit the Kemper Museum of Art Website.

Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at KCRep
Time: 2:00pm, Location: Spencer Theatre
Details: KCRep is the largest professional theatre in Kansas City, and theatre-in-residence at UMKC. One of the most powerful plays of our time, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, runs throughout Family Weekend at KCRep’s Spencer Theatre. Family Weekend attendees can receive $10 off by using promo code UMKCFAMILY at KCRep.org or by calling our Box Office at 816-235-2700.

Parent and Family Council Information Meeting
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm, Location: Room 236, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: The UMKC Parent and Family Council strives to create a partnership between parents, family members, and the university community, working towards common goals of student learning, development, and success. Learn more and get involved in this brand new UMKC initiative!

Helping Your Student When Things Get Tough
Time: 3:00pm, Location: Room 236, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Students transitioning to college, whether from high school or another institution, will eventually run into barriers. This presentation will address the “Big 5” transition issues of Time Management, Homesickness, Unsure of Major, Difficulty with Course Material, and Interpersonal Conflict. Come hear directly from advisors and faculty about how these difficulties can present, how we address such issues and resources on campus that are available to help. Knowing where and how to direct your student can turn a barrier into a bump and help your student stay on track for an on time graduation!

Lawn Games with Residential Life
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm, Location: Oak Street Courtyard
Details: Join Residential Life in the Oak Street Courtyard for lawn games and ice cream! Feel free to come and go as you please; ice cream is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Return Engagement: 2nd Annual Conservatory Alumni Concert
Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm, Location: White Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center
Details: Enjoy an evening of music and dance by the talented alumni of the UMKC Conservatory with a champagne and dessert reception immediately following the concert. Families will receive a gift certificate for 2 free adult tickets in their Family Weekend check-in materials. Concert tickets are FREE for all students with a valid UMKC student ID.

Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at KCRep
Time: 8:00pm, Location: Spencer Theatre
Details: KCRep is the largest professional theatre in Kansas City, and theatre-in-residence at UMKC. One of the most powerful plays of our time, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, runs throughout Family Weekend at KCRep’s Spencer Theatre. Family Weekend attendees can receive $10 off by using promo code UMKCFAMILY at KCRep.org or by calling our Box Office at 816-235-2700.

 

Sunday, September 28

UMKC Family Weekend Sale at the UMKC Bookstores
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm, Location: UMKC Volker Campus Bookstore, Student Union 2nd Floor
Details: Show off your Roo spirit with some new UMKC Roo gear! Show your UMKC Family Weekend Bookstore coupon to receive 30% off. See store for details.

Tailgate Brunch
Time: 11:00am-1:30pm, Location: UMKC Dining Center, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Go Chiefs! Go Roos! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet at UMKC’s Dining Center, with a tailgate twist. Family members eat free when they show their proof of Family Weekend registration.

Support Your Roo!
Time 11:00am-1:30pm, Location: Outside UMKC Dining Center, UMKC Dining Center, Atterbury Student Success Center (ASSC)
Details: Family members will have an opportunity to write a note of encouragement to their Roo. Letters will be sent later in the semester.

UMKC Women’s Soccer versus University of South Dakota
Time: 1:00pm, Location: Durwood Stadium
Details: ROO UP with the Roos Women’s Soccer team as they take on the University of South Dakota! Tickets are available for $5 per family member registered for Family Weekend. These tickets are available by calling 844-UMKC-FAN or at the box office window on game day. UMKC students with I.D. are ALWAYS free admission to all Kansas City Roo Athletics events.

Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at KCRep
Time: 2:00pm, Location: Spencer Theatre
Details: KCRep is the largest professional theatre in Kansas City, and theatre-in-residence at UMKC. One of the most powerful plays of our time, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, runs throughout Family Weekend at KCRep’s Spencer Theatre. Family Weekend attendees can receive $10 off by using promo code UMKCFAMILY at KCRep.org or by calling our Box Office at 816-235-2700.

 

Experiences Available All Weekend

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Location: 5235 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112 – Across from the Law School
Details: UMKC students always receive free admission to The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. During Family Weekend, September 27-29, 2019, the museum is offering free admission for guests of students! Up to three guests may join UMKC students free of charge. The student must be present and show their student ID in order to receive the complimentary admission. Each additional guest will be charged the regular admission prices.

Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing
Location: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Details: Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by British artist Hew Locke. Involving a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation, Locke explores the languages of colonial and postcolonial power and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. By appropriating images of coats of arms and trophies, weaponry, naval warships, public statuary, and the costumes and regalia of state, Locke subtly critiques governmental authority, its iconographies, and legacies. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is open Tuesday–Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please visit the Hew Locke exhibition website.

Jay McShann’s Kansas City Exhibit
Location: Miller Nichols Library Third Floor, LaBudde Special Collections Gallery
Details: Jay McShann (1916-2006), one of the last great pianists fluent in the Kansas City jazz style, had a lasting impact on the art form overall, and boxes of his personal effects, including letters, pictures, and music, are held in the UMKC-LaBudde Special Collections archive. This free exhibit, installed in April 2018, is a result of music history graduate students’ careful work with primary materials: it includes 12 illustrative panels that spell out details of McShann’s life–his music, his family, and his travel, while another set of panels focuses on his collaboration with other jazzers, including the great Charlie Parker. Finally, the exhibit tracks McShann’s footprints across his beloved Kansas City. Notably, Jay McShann’s Kansas City is an interactive experience, where QR codes communicate with any smart phone to allow visitors to hear McShann’s music, as well as his voice in taped interviews. For more information about this exhibit, please visit https://library.umkc.edu/news-events/mcshann-kansas-city.

Poetics of Invention Exhibit
Location: Miller Nichols Library 4th Floor
Details: This interactive exhibit follows one man’s journey to revolutionize the way modern Chinese speakers learn English by turning a nearly-forgotten ancient technology into a smartphone app. For more information about this exhibit, please visit https://library.umkc.edu/news-events/poetics.

Visit KC
Location: across Kansas City
Details: Weekdays are for recovering after a busy weekend! What are you up to during Family Weekend? Check out Visit KC for more information about events taking place throughout the Kansas City region.

 

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