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CWU Family Weekend: May 10-12, 2019

Central Washington University welcomes Wildcat families
to Ellensburg on May 10, 11 and 12

Family Weekend is a longstanding tradition at CWU. During this weekend we invite family members to campus to visit their students and participate in fun activities.
 


Step 1: Explore the Family Weekend schedule of events and save the date!

Step 2: Register for Family Weekend

Step 3: Purchase tickets for Family Weekend events


Family Weekend Check In


FRIDAY: 3 - 7 p.m.
Student Union & Recreation Center
Pick up your welcome packet, info and tickets.

 

SATURDAY: 9 a.m. - Noon.
Student Union & Recreation Center
Pick up your welcome packet, info and tickets.
 



  


Schedule of Events 

(Some details are subject to change. Check back regularly for updates)

FRIDAY, MAY 10

 

Family Weekend Check In
3 - 7 p.m. • Student Union & Recreation Center
Pick up your welcome packet, info and tickets.

Greenhouse Exploration
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. • CWU Greenhouse
The CWU greenhouse facility is composed of four separate rooms or "houses." Each room has a different environment. Our greenhouse is utilized for faculty and student projects, classroom visits and tour groups. Plants in the greenhouse are from all over the world - from the southwestern desert to tropical rain forests. The greenhouse is located off of D Street north of the Science building.

Barrio Festival
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. • Barto Lawn
Traditional Filipino arts & crafts festival with cultural performances, music and authentic food from Lutong Pinoy.

CWU Ring & Medallion Ceremony
4 p.m. • SURC Ballroom
Students and alumni who’ve ordered class rings and their guests; students, alumni and staff who’ve earned the Traditions Keeper medallion and their guests. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and music with students, alumni and administrators, followed by the Presentation of the Class Rings and Traditions Keeper Medallions. This is a free, fully hosted, event.

Central Theatre Ensemble presents “Hunchback of Notre Dame”
7:30 p.m. • McConnell Auditorium • www.cwu.edu/tickets
A New Musical, Based on the Victor Hugo Novel and Songs from the Disney Film. The sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Parental Guidance recommended.

Comedian: Tyler Boeh
8 p.m. • SURC Theatre
Join us for a night of laughs with Comedian Tyler Boeh, whose comedy has been described as high-energy, intelligent, physical, and silly. His quick wit and award winning “beat-boxing” talent bring audiences to hysterical heights. He continues to perform across the country at comedy clubs, colleges, and theaters bringing his incredible brand of humor wherever he goes. You can hear his comedy on iTunes, Sirius XM Radio, and Pandora, but don’t miss the chance to see Tyler perform live!

 

SATURDAY, MAY 11

Family Weekend Check in
9 a.m. - Noon. • Student Union & Recreation Center
Pick up your welcome packet, info and tickets.

Kittitas County Farmer's Market
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Rotary Pavilion/4th Ave., Ellensburg
Family Day at the Farmers Market! www.kittitascountyfarmersmarket.com

Yakima River Float
9:45 a.m. check in, departs Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals (OPR) at 10 a.m., returns at 2 p.m.
enjoy the beauty of the Yakima River Canyon, one of the most scenic areas in the state. We'll provide guides, transportation, gear and lunch! *Must be 12 years of age to participate.

Wild Horse Wind Farm Tour
10 a.m. check in, departs SURC East Patio at 10:15 a.m., returns by 12:15 p.m.
12:45 p.m. check-in, departs SURC East Patio at 1 p.m., returns by 3 p.m.
Check out those wind turbines up close, see an impressive solar array and examine the fascinating exhibit at the visitor center.

CWU PUSH 5k for Hunger
9:30 a.m. check in/Zumba, race begins at 10:30 a.m. • Barto Lawn (Chestnut Mall)
Join the CWU PUSH club in a 5k run/walk around campus! Enjoy free snacks, giveaways, music, and be sure to come early to get in your Zumba warm-up at 9:30am.

Thorp Mill Tour & Museum
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. • 11640 N. Thorp Hwy, Thorp WA 98946
Guided tours are available Saturday & Sunday during the summer travel season (May-August). Throughout the entire year, visitors are welcome during daylight hours to take a self-guided tour of the mill grounds and view an interpretive exhibit about the site's history. *Transportation NOT provided.

Historic Downtown Ellensburg Tour
11 a.m. & 1 p.m. • Departs from Kittitas County Historical Museum, 3rd Avenue near Pine Street
Discover architecture, hidden gems, learn about the great Ellensburg fire, and discover many other interesting facts. You'll also meet merchants and hear about the events and festivals that make Ellensburg a great destination and home away from home.

Recreation Center Fitness Pass
10 a.m-11 p.m. • Recreation Center
Get your sweat on with the family in the CWU Recreation Center all day Saturday, for free! During Recreation Center hours of operation, you will have access to the facility and all of our amenities (see Climbing Wall program listing for information on bouldering). Please note that age restrictions apply, per Recreation Center policy (visit www.cwu.edu/rec for details).

2019 Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibit
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. • Sarah Spurgeon Gallery
An annual exhibition showcasing outstanding undergraduate student artwork created during the past academic year.

Bouldering at the Climbing Wall
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. • Recreation Rock Wall
Want to try to climb to the top of the 50 foot climbing wall?  Bouldering (climbing below 12 feet) is free, and harnesses are included in the price and you can rent climbing shoes to make it easier for $2.  *Minimum age is 6 yrs. old.  No experience necessary.

Planetarium Show
1 p.m. & 2 p.m. • Science Building II (Room 106)
The Lydig Planetarium is a fully digital planetarium using 6 projectors and running a World Wide Telescope. Special showings just for Family Weekend attendees!

Spring into the Farm
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. • Wildcat Neighborhood Farm, 14th and Alder St.
Join the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm for a work party to prepare and plant for its first season. All are welcome!

Challenge Course: Alpine Tower & Giant Swing
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. • CWU Challenge Course
Come challenge your family members by climbing 50 feet on our Alpine Tower or swinging 35 feet high on our Giant Swing!  Participants will get the chance to maneuver their way across a tight rope, scale the 50-foot high Alpine tower and soar through the air on the giant swing. No experienced needed. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and active clothing. *Must be 8 years of age to participate.

Central Theatre Ensemble presents
“Hunchback of Notre Dame”
7:30 p.m. • McConnell Auditorium • www.cwu.edu/tickets
A New Musical, Based on the Victor Hugo Novel and Songs from the Disney Film. The sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Parental Guidance recommended.


SUNDAY, MAY 12

Mother's Day Brunch
9 a.m. • Holmes Dining, SURC • Cash, credit card or connection card at the door.
Celebrate Mom, enjoy a delicious spread by Dining Services and some equally delightful music by The Icarus Account.
$14.00 (plus tax) at the door. Meal plan discounts apply.

Yakima River Float
9:45 a.m. check in, departs Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals (OPR) at 10 a.m., returns at 2 p.m.
Enjoy the beauty of the Yakima River Canyon, one of the most scenic areas in the state. We'll provide guides, transportation, gear and lunch! *Must be 12 years of age to participate.

Thorp Mill Museum & Tour
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. • 11640 N. Thorp Hwy, Thorp WA 98946
Guided tours are available Saturday & Sunday during the summer travel season (May-August). Throughout the entire year, visitors are welcome during daylight hours to take a self-guided tour of the mill grounds and view an interpretive exhibit about the site's history. *Transportation NOT provided.

Challenge Course: Alpine Tower & Giant Swing
Noon-3 p.m. • CWU Challenge Course
Come challenge your family members by climbing 50 feet on our Alpine Tower or swinging 35 feet high on our Giant Swing!  Participants will get the chance to maneuver their way across a tight rope, scale the 50-foot high Alpine tower and soar through the air on the giant swing. No experienced needed. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and active clothing. *Must be 8 years of age to participate.

2019 Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibit
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. • Sarah Spurgeon Gallery
An annual exhibition showcasing outstanding undergraduate student artwork created during the past academic year.

Central Theatre Ensemble presents “Hunchback of Notre Dame”
2 p.m. • McConnell Auditorium • www.cwu.edu/tickets
A New Musical, Based on the Victor Hugo Novel and Songs from the Disney Film. The sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Parental Guidance recommended.

 

(Some details are subject to change. Check back regularly for updates)

 

Wildcat Shop Hours          Recreation Center Hours       

Friday 8 a.m-5 p.m.            Friday 6 a.m-11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m-5 p.m.     Saturday 12 p.m-9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m-5 p.m.     Sunday 12 p.m-11 p.m.

 

Museum of Culture and Environment Hours

Wednesday-Friday -  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission is free to all.
1200 N. D St., Ellensburg, WA  98926-7544

 

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