How much food, entertainment and fun can you handle? Find out at K-State's Open House, and explore campus during this carnival-like event.
Start planning your Open House visit now. When you show up:
- Pick up a map and program in the Union.
- Don't forget to fill out your passport for a chance to win prizes.
- Get instructions at the information table in the Union.
No reservations are required at this free event.
This schedule is representative of events you'll find at Open House.
Nine Colleges, a World of Options
- College of Arts and Sciences
Get hands-on with physics in our user-friendly demonstrations and interactive activities at 11:30 p.m. in 103 Cardwell Hall. See all Arts and Sciences events
- College of Engineering
Cheer on students and faculty as they race bicycles powered by grass trimmer motors between Rathbone and Seaton halls. See all Engineering events
- College of Business Administration
Take a stroll through CBA Land and experience exciting activities full of anecdotes and history. See all Business Administration events
- College of Education
Young (and young at heart) visitors will enjoy a petting zoo, balloon animals, snacks and more in Bluemont Hall. See all Education events
- College of Agriculture
Stop by Waters Hall for an airbrush tattoo, then make your way to fascinating exhibits, like a milking demonstration and bug-petting zoo. See all Agriculture events
- College of Human Ecology
Can you hear me now? Get a free hearing screening in the audiological suite from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 127 Campus Creek Complex. See all Human Ecology events
- College of Architecture, Planning & Design
Help build BOXhattan and try your hand at city planning using recycled materials and Lego bricks on the third floor of Seaton Hall. See all Architecture, Planning & Design events
- College of Veterinary Medicine Learn basic pet care for dogs and cats, visit the kids' pet clinic and explore all of the wonderful booths and exhibits located in Trotter and Mosier Halls. See all Veterinary Medicine events
- K-State Polytechnic
Visit the polytechnic campus in Salina to take to the skies using the Garmin Glass Cockpit. Feel like you're operating a Cessna 172! See all Kansas State Polytechnic events
- K-State Olathe
Participate in fun, sensory-based activities and grab a snack at our Kansas City-area campus. See all Kansas State Olathe events
Food for All, All for Food
- Rise and dine
It's an Open House tradition! Stop by the pancake feed in 142 Seaton Hall from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to get your fill. Don't forget the syrup!
- Just dough it
For years, K-Staters have stopped by Shellenberger Hall to pick up their homemade baked goods. Follow the delicious smells to 204 Shellenberger Hall.
Make your way to Justin Hall patio to grab a bowl of frozen yogurt.
- Grillin' it
Stop by Bosco Student Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a barbecue lunch that's sure to fill you up.
- Real deal
Get a real K-State experience at the Kramer and Derby dining centers when you purchase breakfast, lunch or dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Charge up
It's a must-do in Manhattan, and it's right on campus. Stop by Radina's Coffeehouse in the Leadership Studies Building or Engineering Hall for your caffeine fix.
Treat your ears to this campus singing sensation, which can be heard on Bosco Student Plaza at 9:50 a.m.
- Swingin' Spurs
Put a little country in your day by watching K-State's Swing Dancing Club show their stuff at 10:30 a.m. on Bosco Student Plaza.
- K-State Marching Band and Drumline
The Pride of Wildcat Land will demonstrate true K-State passion at 2:30 p.m. on Bosco Student Plaza.
- Lecompton Reenactors
Take a step back in time and watch the Lecompton Reenactors display their historical acting skills at 10 a.m. on the Quad.
- Jordy Searcy
Sit back, relax and enjoy the music of Jordy Searcy at 12:45 p.m. on Bosco Student Plaza.
- K-State Tap Ensemble
Get ready for high-energy action with the K-State Tap Ensemble at noon on Bosco Student Plaza.
Wildcats of All Ages
- Math whiz
Students compete in the Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad from 9 a.m. to noon in 146 Cardwell Hall. Competitions for grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.
- Hands-on fun
Build a toolbox and join in fun simulations at children's displays throughout the Engineering Complex.
- No work, all fun
Calling all future Wildcats! Join us in front of Bluemont Hall to take a turn in the bounce house, a ride on a train and a kettle corn treat.
- Creepy crawly
Be a “pollinator-for-a-day” and cheer on your favorite cockroach during the cockroach races at west Waters Hall.
- Warm up
Take a spin as a K-State athlete and experience some of the athletic training activities they do to prepare for game time in 146 Justin Hall.
- Space to play
Want to show off your creativity and design skills? Stop by Weigel Library in Seaton Hall and spend some time contributing to Lego creations.
- No appointment needed
Kids can bring their stuffed animals for treatment at the stuffed pet clinic. Small animal lobby of Mosier Hall.
10 Can't Miss Stops at Open House
- Scoop of purple pride ice cream
This tasty, campus-made treat is a K-State tradition. Stop by the dairy bar in Call Hall for an authentic experience.
- Visit the nuclear reactor
How many people can say they spend their Saturday checking out a nuclear reactor? Visit Ward Hall for a tour.
- Take a selfie with Willie
Willie the Wildcat is always up for pictures, and there is no better way to display your purple pride than with a profile picture featuring K-State's favorite cat!
- Get lost in literature
Explore Hale Library and pick out your study spots. Visit the Great Room and find out why students refer to it as the Harry Potter Room.
- Climb the rock wall
If you have a current K-State student ID, or a friend who is a current student, tag along to the Rec Center and try your luck on the indoor rock-climbing wall.
- Show your spirit
Visit the K-State Bookstore in the Student Union and pick out a K-State T-shirt to remember your time on campus.
- Learn to Wabash
The K-State Marching Band — commonly referred to as The Pride of Wildcat Land —will perform throughout the day. Learn to Wabash with the best of them!
- Claim a lane
Challenge your friends and family to a game of bowling at the Union Bowling Center, located in the basement of the Union.
- Sip a local treat
Visit Radina's Coffeehouse, a Manhattan favorite, located in the Leadership Studies Building. Locations are available around town, but this spot is right in the middle of the action.
- Visit a residence hall
Even if you aren't yet sure of your housing preference, visit a residence hall for a tour and to get a feel for what living on campus is like.