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Family Day

****Stay tuned for the announcement of Family Day 2020****

2019 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 25, 2019

5:00 PM

K-State Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

K-State alumni, friends and the Manhattan community gather for the highlight of Homecoming week! Each year special K-Staters are selected to serve as grand marshal. K-State students show off their parade entries and Homecoming-themed floats throughout downtown Manhattan and Aggieville.

Immediately following the parade, join K-Staters for the spirit-filled pep rally at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park! The pep band, cheerleaders, Classy Cats and Willie will be on hand to rev the crowd for Saturday's football game against Oklahoma.

The winners of each Homecoming event and the overall Homecoming winners for each category will only be announced at the pep rally.

Aggieville/ City Park

8:00 PM

Men's Basketball Exhibition Game

K-State Men's Basketball will be taking on Emporia State in an exhibition basketball game!

Costs: Tickets

Bramlage Coliseum

Workout with your Student

Parents may utilize the Chester E. Peters Recreation Center when accompanied by their student on October 25th 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
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: https://www.lockedmanhattan.com/escape-rooms/

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. 

Lower level,        K-State Student Union

 Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Family Photo Balloon Wall

Put on your purple, bring your phone and snap a FREE pic at the Family Photo Balloon Wall.  Showcase your purple pride and share your photos with @kansasstateuniversity.

K-State Student Union, 1st Floor

11:00AM-4:00 PM

Beach Museum of Art Open House and Art Beyond Sight Celebration

Come see the fall exhibitions and experience the Beach Museum of Art with all your senses. This event is being held as part of the Museum's Visual Impairment Awareness month activities. Featured exhibitions are Beyond Gravity, Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisana Trail Riders, and John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within. 

K-State Campus


8:00 AM

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

10:00 AM

Admissions Presentations 

K-State Admissions Representatives will be presenting at 8:30-9:00 and 9:30-10:00 over the admissions and scholarships process, academic programs and campus life. 

The Berney Family Welcome Center will be open from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM for prospective students and families to visit!

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. Are you a first generation family? If so, we look forward to celebrating the beginning of your legacy.  Participants will enjoy a delicious brunch followed by the program and ceremony. 

Pre-Registration required. (Registration has closed for this event.)

Ballroom,K-State Alumni Center 


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! You can help support two of K-State’s most unique student success initiatives by donating new or lightly-used business professional attire, as well as food and hygiene items, to help us FILL the Closet and the Cupboard. To access our wishlist, click here!
Courtyard, K-State Student Union

Bounce Around at the K-State Student Union

Enjoy Family Day with a bounce house and many more activities, provided by Union Programming Council (UPC)!

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 14th annual event, formerly known as Family Time in Cat Town. Event Check-In will begin two and half hours prior to kick-off. Every K-State parent, family member, and student is invited to register for 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. Oklahoma 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: For information about purchasing football tickets, contact 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com. 

Pre-Registration required. (Registration has closed for this event.)

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

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


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

Three hours prior to kick-off

St. Isidore's Tailgate

Join Fr. Gale and the St. Isidore's staff for a tailgate prior to the game! Students, alumni and families are welcome. Beer, brats and burgers are all provided. Cat Town is located on the south end of the west parking lot by the baseball stadium. Look for a pair of men in all black with white collars flipping burgers. 

Cost: Free!

Cat Town

8:00AM-10:00 AM

Hale Library Open House

The K-State family is invited to tour the newly constructed Dave and Ellie Everitt Learning Commons located on the first floor of Hale Library. This is the first completed phase of the Hale Library Renovation & Restoration Project after the May 2018 fire. 

Hale Library

 Sunday, October 27, 2019

1:00 PM

K-State Soccer vs. West Virginia

Cheer on the K-State Soccer team as they take on the WV Mountaineers on their home field!

Cost: Tickets 

Buser Family Park