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Family-friendly events

THE LAB SCHOOL, 459 WYOMING ROAD

Looking for a way to give back during Alumni Weekend? Join fellow Blue Hens at the Lab School to improve our nature learning area. The Outdoor Nature Classroom is the first of its kind in Delaware and is used by 3–4 year olds as their full-time learning space. Work will include trail maintenance (pruning overgrowth, raking, mulching, trail marking); trash clean-up in woods, creek and James F. Hall trail; and making and mounting signs along the trail.

CENTER FOR COMPOSITE MATERIALS, 101 ACADEMY STREET, ROOM 106

Learn to hack, build and observe! Build a microscope from commonly found objects that you can use on your computer. Each child (recommended for ages 10 and up) will build a functioning microscope, with assistance from a UD alum, and will be able to take it home! $15 for each participant building a microscope; free for friends and family to attend and observe.

UD APIARY, SOUTH CAMPUS NEXT TO ALLEN LABORATORY

Back by popular demand! The UD apiary is home to over 20 beehives with millions of resident honeybees playing an active part in the teaching, research and outreach programs in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. While the bees are really gentle this time of year, veils and other protective gear equipment will be provided for adventurous participants who want to go “hands-on.” Shuttles will be making multiple trips from Gore Hall to South Campus before and after the event.

COURTYARD BETWEEN ALISON HALL AND ALISON WEST

Alumni, families and children are invited to explore STEAM activity stations on The Green. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Future Blue Hens will enjoy STEAM-based art projects and activities, while parents and teachers learn how UD's Children's Campus incorporates STEAM into their curriculum. Hosted by the Early Learning Center, Laboratory Preschool, The College School and the Office of Educational Technology. Registration is requested for planning purposes but walk-ups are welcome.

CAESAR RODNEY DINING HALL, 350 ACADEMY STREET

Bring your family to the Caesar Rodney Dining Hall for Saturday brunch with YouDee and Baby Blue. While you will enjoy some of the favorite foods that fueled your way through college (and a mimosa), you will enjoy fun-filled activities like face painting and balloon artists. On your way out, stop by our green screen booth for a photo in front of your favorite UD campus scene. $15 for everyone ages 12+; $10 for children 3–11; free for children age 2 and under.

SOUTH CAMPUS, ADJACENT TO THE FRED RUST ICE ARENA

Visit the UDairy Creamery for a behind-the-scenes tour of the store and processing facility. Learn how ice cream is made from the cow all the way to the cone, and witness our most popular flavors being made. Yes, taste tests are included! Register quickly as this is the only day of the year that tours are offered. Shuttles will be making multiple trips from Gore Hall to South Campus before and after each tour. $5 per person.

MORRIS LIBRARY, 181 S. COLLEGE AVE, CLASS OF 1941 LECTURE ROOM

Meet and take pictures with two of your favorite children’s book characters! Enjoy story time and activity pages, and then pick a gently used children's book to take home along with a treat. This family-friendly event is open to all ages. Drop in anytime between noon and 1:30 p.m. Check back for updates of the confirmed characters who will be there. Cost: $5 per child, parent observers free

SPENCER LAB FIRST FLOOR, 130 ACADEMY STREET

Check out what Mechanical Engineering has going on in the newly upgraded Design Studio. The Design Studio is a 5,500 square foot makerspace on the first floor of Spencer Laboratory that includes space for fabrication, collaboration and design validation. Come take a tour during our open house and see why engineering at UD is in high demand.

100 DISCOVERY BOULEVARD, STAR CAMPUS

The College of Health Sciences welcomes you to the Tower at STAR where big ideas, new discoveries and transformational approaches develop. Step inside our state-of-the-art Demonstration Kitchen and join one of our stellar nutrition faculty members as they prep, chop and create a deliciously healthy recipe! Following the demo, you are invited on a tour to see how we are changing the future of healthcare here at the STAR Campus. $10 per person.

THE NORTH GREEN

Come stroll The Green and enjoy getting your UD spirit on! Take pictures at our larger-than-life selfie station, get your face painted (kids and adults alike can participate), make a UD inspired craft, and enjoy complimentary UDairy ice cream, phone charging and lemonade. Plus, you can score free UD swag! So, come by the Delaware First Tent to see how Blue Hen Spirit is sweeping the campus. All these stations are free and fun ways to enjoy being back on campus and are sponsored by the Delaware First Campaign.

EVANS HALL, ROOM 130 MAKERSPACE

A makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing. It houses a variety of maker equipment, including 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC machines. Access to this environment rapidly transitions ideas and concepts to reality. Participants will engage in 3D printing, laser cutting and robotics demonstrations. All participants over the age of 10 will make a “scrappy circuit.” $5 per participant; friends and family are welcome to observe for free.

OLD COLLEGE LAWN (ON THE CORNER OF MAIN STREET AND N. COLLEGE AVENUE)

Romance is in the air! If you and your spouse both graduated from UD, you are Double Dels and we want to celebrate you! As a way to recognize your special connection to UD, please join us for an ice cream social in your honor. A professional photographer will be on hand to take your picture at our beautiful location on the Old College Lawn. This event is free but registration is requested for planning purposes.

HARRINGTON TURF

Grab a partner for our 4th Annual Corn Hole Tournament. Compete for the chance to win intramural champion T-shirts and major bragging rights. This tournament will be single elimination, so throw until you lose. Please note that only non-alcoholic beverages will be permitted during this event. $5 per team (2 players)

DEPARTS FROM THE GREEN (OUTSIDE GORE HALL)

Join a Student Alumni Ambassador on a guided stroll around campus. Meet at Gore Hall (facing The Green) and be sure to bring your walking shoes and camera. Highlights include Laird Campus with its new buildings, landscaping and footbridge; the Carpenter Sports Building (Little Bob); the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab and more. Get an introduction to the UD Bucket List and plan how you will start checking things off your list.

LAIRD CAMPUS

Future Blue Hens (ages 11 and under) are invited to race in the Kids Fun Run before cheering on their parents and friends in the Blue Hen 5K. The Fun Run course is located on the Laird Campus (North Campus) turf and is free for all kids. Free parking is available in the Laird Campus parking lots. Registration in front of Pencader Dining Hall.