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2018 Schedule of Events

***The 91st Annual K-State Family Day will take place Saturday, October 26, 2019. Although the date is set, an official schedule of events is not. The schedule below serves as an example to what next year's schedule of events may entail. For further questions, contact the Parents and Family Association at pfa@ksu.edu.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Workout with your Student

Parents may utilize the Chester E. Peters Recreation Center when accompanied by their student on September 14th from 8am-8pm free of charge.  Parents will need to sign a waiver prior to use of the Recreation Center on the day of their visit. 

Cost: FREE

Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex

K-State Women's Soccer vs. Missouri State

Cheer on the K-State women's soccer team as they take on the Missouri State Bears on their home field! 

Students are granted FREE admission with a valid student ID.

Cost: Learn more about buying tickets here!

K-State Soccer Complex
By reservation

Locked Manhattan

The first escape room adventure in Manhattan, Kansas focused on providing an unforgettable adventure for all of our players. The escape rooms are intricately designed through countless hours of research and planning. The idea behind escape room games is that you and your friends are locked in a room which is filled with puzzles that will lead to your hopeful escape. You have one hour to investigate the room, piece together clues, and solve puzzles in order to find your way out. 

For reservations: http://www.lockedmanhattan.com/book-now/ 

116 S 4th St #122a, Manhattan, KS 66502

Straight Upp Creative Studio

Make some pottery to celebrate Family Day! Straight Upp Creative Studio provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages and skill levels.

More information: http://www.straightuppstudio.com/ 


Go Bowling at the K-State Student Union

Wabash CannonBowl, the Union's bowling center, is your one-stop shop for recreation on the K-State campus. 

Basement level,        K-State Student Union


Behind the Scenes Tour of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a "Behind the Scenes Tour" of the Veterinary Health Center. Visit the Anatomy lab and take a tour through the Small Animal and Large Animal Hospitals. Learn what it takes to become a veterinarian and what veterinarians do on a daily basis. 

Cost: FREE

College of Veterinary Medicine, Trotter and Mosier Halls
7:00PM-8:30PM and 9:00PM-10:30PM 

Family-Friendly Film 

The Union Programming Council presents two available showings of a family-friendly film (TBD) for Wildcats of all ages! Please visit @kstateUPC for more information.

Cost: FREE with K-State Student ID, $3 for non-students, $1 for military or children under 12

Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

 Saturday, September 15, 2018

Hours vary

Need a place to eat with your student??

Derby Dining Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Breakfast is $8 per person, lunch is $11 per person, and dinner is $13 per person for all-you-care-to eat food in Derby. Children ages 5-10 are $7 when accompanied by a paying guest and children under 4 years of age are free when accompanied by a paying guest. View the menu

Jardine Cornerstone Coffee & Bakery (2000 Tunstall Circle), located in the Jardine Apartments Plaza Neighborhood, will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A variety of gourmet coffees, tea, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies are available, in addition to delicious house-made pastries. Cornerstone also offers snacks, beverages and convenience items.

JP's Sports Grill, located next to Cornerstone, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a special game day menu.

Union Station by JP's Gastropub, located in the K-State Student Union, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This is the place to be on college football Saturdays! With 18 beer and wine taps, 20 TVs (including a gigantic 90” flat screen), and great food and drink specials, you will not be disappointed. A special game day buffet featuring many of the popular items from the full menu will be available for $15.95 for adults, $1 per age for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. Check out the full menu.

K-State Campus 

10:00AM- 2:00PM

Residence Hall Tours

Tours of the K-State residence halls, Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House and the Honors House will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours can be requested at the front desk of any of the residence halls or houses during that time. 

K-State Campus

Fun in The Gardens

Football fans - looking for something to do before tailgating for the September 15th afternoon football game? Visit the K-State Gardens and join in the fun and games for kids and adults.

Fun in The Gardens runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with scavenger hunts, bean bag toss, a gardening contest or two, flower popularity poll, light refreshments, and more. Master gardeners will be available for mini garden tours and/or gardening information. It's a great opportunity to enjoy The Gardens with extra activities included. 

K-State Gardens

Berney Family Welcome Center  

The Welcome Center will be open to visitors, and Admission presentations will take place in the Theater.

Presentations will be given at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30, and will last a half-hour.

Cost: FREE

Berney Family Welcome Center

K-State Legacy Pinning Ceremony & Brunch

Celebrate your family's K-State tradition! The K-State Parents and Family Association will host this traditional celebration of loyalty to K-State. The ceremony recognizes the commitment of K-Staters across generations and concludes with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and others pinning current K-State students as a symbol of shared loyalty to the purple and white. Family members who are not alumni are honored with K-Stater by Choice recognition. Participants will enjoy a delicious brunch followed by the program and ceremony. 

Pre-Registration required. Register today by clicking HERE!

Cost: $15 per person. Registration required. NO REFUNDS. 

Ballroom, K-State Alumni Center 
8:00AM - 3:00PM

Let's FILL the Closet & the Cupboard!

Looking for a way to give back to the K-State Family? The Career Closet and Cats' Cupboard, the K-State Food Pantry, have just the "FILL"anthropy event for you! By donating new or lightly-used business professional attire, as well as food and hygiene items, you can help us FILL the Closet and the Cupboard while participating in interactive stations and learning more about these unique student success initiatives.

To access our wishlist, click here!

Courtyard, K-State Student Union

K-State Gardens

The K-State Gardens will be open from dawn to dusk so stop by and see all the beautiful sights. Free parking is available for Gardens and Insect Zoo visitors only (no football parking).

Cost: FREE

K-State Gardens

1500 Denison


Konza Prairie

Located in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, Konza Prairie Biological Station is a native tallgrass prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University and managed as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology. Take one of three hikes, explore the great outdoors, and experience this beautiful spot with your family! No pets, no bikes. For directions, trail maps, etc: http://keep.konza.k-state.edu/visit/

Konza Prairie 


Varsity Donuts

Grab a donut and some coffee before you start your day! This donut shop in Aggieville has a fun atmosphere, great homemade treats, and bikes for rental, as well!



K-State Family Tailgate

The K-State Parents and Family Association is pleased to host this 13th annual event, formerly known as Family Time in Cat Town. Registration will begin at 12:30pm. Every K-State parent, family member, and student is invited to this event. 

Held in conjunction with Family Day, this casual pre-game event begins two hours prior to kick-off of the K-State vs. UTSA football game. The event will feature great food, the chance to purchase tickets to win $2,000 in FREE tuition for your student, fantastic door prizes, a fun-filled tailgate experience area, a photo booth, a visit from Willie the Wildcat, and the opportunity to meet and interact with other parents, families, and K-State administrators.

NOTE:  A limited quantity of discounted football game tickets are available with registration and must be purchased separately.

Pre-Registration required. Register today by clicking HERE!

Cost: $15 per person. Registration required. NO REFUNDS.  

Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex, SE corner of Bill Snyder Family Stadium

Learn more about CliftonStrengths!

Families will learn about the K-State CliftonStrengths initiative on campus and how we can use our Strengths to live healthy, happy, productive lives.

Cost: FREE

Berney Family Welcome Center


Grab Ice Cream at Call Hall: Campus Dairy Bar

Grab a bite to eat at our campus dairy bar! With homemade ice cream, plus other yummy items, it sure is a campus favorite! All products are produced from the K-State farm units. 

144 Call Hall


Campus Tours

Tours of the K-State Campus will take place departing from the Berney Family Welcome Center. Walking tours will depart at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 12:30PM, and will last a half-hour. 

Cost: Free

Berney Family Welcome Center 


Latin Jazz Band

Hear the musical stylings of the ever-talented K-State Latin Jazz Band. Take a seat and bob your head up and down OR get up and dance! 

Cost: FREE


K-State Insect Zoo

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the Insect Zoo for only $1 per person. 

1500 Denison in the K-State Gardens
11:00AM- 4:00PM

Family Day at the Beach

Come see the new exhibition "Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Art of Norma Bassett Hall." A special display on printmaking tools and techniques will help you to better understand the print making process. Also on display: The Common Work of Art, chosen to complement K-State's Common Book, "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas.

Cost: FREE

Beach Museum of Art, at the intersection of 14th Street and Anderson Avenue

St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center Tailgate in Cat Town

St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center is pleased to host a tailgate in Cat Town on Saturday, September 15th. All St. Isidore's students, families, and alums are invited to attend. This pre-game event will begin three hours prior to kick-off. It promises to be a great time for all and an opportunity to meet and interact with other fellow St. Isidore's parents, families and alums. Please go to www.stisidores.com to find more information. 

Cost: FREE

Cat Town (next to Bill Snyder Family Stadium)

Connect with the K-State Student Union Ambassadors!

Union Ambassadors will have an information table for parents and students to learn about the K-State Student Union, the recent updates to the facility, and go on building tours. 

K-State Student Union

7:00PM-8:30PM and 9:00PM-10:30PM

Family-Friendly Film 

The Union Programming Council presents two available showings of a family-friendly film (TBD) for Wildcats of all ages! Please visit @kstateUPC for more information.

Cost: FREE with K-State Student ID, $3 for non-students, $1 for military or children under 12

Forum Hall, K-State Student Union