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Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Join us for the 8th Annual Family Weekend, a campus-wide event created just for families!

You're invited to spend time with your student, have fun, and learn more about the UC San Diego experience. See a tentative schedule below. Prepare for tons of Triton fun and a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your student!


  • Friday, October 16 from 12 noon – 4 p.m. (Price Center East Foyer)
  • Saturday, October 17 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Price Center East Foyer)

See information below for a tentative 2015 program outline. Please note that all activities are subject to change. A full schedule of Family Weekend will be available in the summer.

Friday, October 16

International Cafe on the patio

Climb Time | Between 1–4 p.m. (last group taken at 3:30pm)
Outback Adventures Climbing Center

The UC San Diego Climbing Center is a custom-built indoor facility on campus that offers a wide range of climbing experiences.

7 years of age and older. All participants must sign a waiver and parents/ guardians must be present to sign a waiver and supervise minor participants. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toed-shoes!

NOTE: This event is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Zipline and Family Challenge with Outback Adventures | Between 1–4 p.m. (last group taken at 3:30p.m.)
UCSD Challenge Course, Grove Reserve near Spanos Track

All activities are facilitated by trained UCSD staff. The UCSD Challenge Course provides a challenge course experience for family members weighing between 75–300 lbs. All participants must sign a waiver and parents/guardians must be present to sign a waiver and supervise minor participants.

NOTE: This event is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Research Presentation

Show Your Smarts: Undergraduate Research Showcase | 2–4 p.m.
Price Center East Ballroom 

UC San Diego undergraduate students are extremely accomplished researchers. Learn about innovative and cutting-edge research conducted by our very own undergraduate students.

So Your Student is Graduating | 3–4 p.m.
Career Services Center 
This is a special session for undergraduate seniors and their families. Learn information to prepare for your student’s commencement in June and how you can make this a special day for your soon to be graduate.

Friday Night Event | 8–10 p.m.

Enjoy a hilarious, fast-moving family-friendly show. 

Saturday, October 17

A Continental Breakfast of Tritons | 8–10 a.m.
Town Square 

Enjoy a family continental breakfast before heading to your Triton Ed Sessions below.

Triton Ed Sessions 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. | Session 1 from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. & Session 2 from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Various Locations

Sessions will include:

  • The Truth About Med School, It's No "Grey's Anatomy"
  • A Session about Study Abroad
  • A Session for parent & families of students first to go to college 
  • A Session for families of sophomores and juniors
  • Your Well-Being: Your Success with The Zone
  • One Stop Triton Resource Expo

UCSD Recreation Presents Wacky Pants Zumba | 9 –10 a.m.
Town Square (by Student Services Center)

Get your blood flowing and join the UCSD Recreation staff and fellow Triton Family members’ for a morning zumba class. Wear your wackiest zumba pants and win a prize!


Enjoy a fun-filled time at your student's College.

UCSD Tritons at the San Diego Zoo | 2 – 5 p.m. (general admission)

Panda at San Diego Zoo

Enjoy regular admission to the San Diego Zoo and explore the zoo in its entirety.   

UCSD Night at the San Diego Zoo (San Diego Zoo & Dinner) | 5 – 8p.m. (exclusively for UC San Diego families)

The San Diego Zoo will remain open exclusively for our Triton Families! Enjoy a family dinner, unlimited soft drinks, a skyfari ride, face painting, caricature activities, and a live student performance. 

Sunday, October 18

Community Service Project Linus | 9 - 11 a.m. Linus
Multipurpose Room

Since 1998, Project Linus provides warmth, love and security for children whom are ill through blanket-making.  Join us in making blankets for our local San Diego hospitals while learning about Project Linus.

Farewell Green Eggs and Ham Family Brunch and Family of the Year Announcement | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price Center East Ballroom

Join us for a delicious brunch before heading home and saying “see you soon” to your student. The Family of the Year Award will also be presented. Don’t miss out on this final event of Family Weekend, with a slide show of photos capturing the weekend’s events. 

Throughout the weekend

UC San Diego Bookstore 
Price Center West

Special promotions for Family Weekend - Pick up your coupons at the check-in tables

  • Friday – 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – Closed 

UC San Diego Recreation Facilities

Enjoy access to all campus recreation facilities. This includes RIMAC (weight room, cardio equipment, racquetball/squash courts, locker rooms, etc.), the Canyonview Aquatic Center (two outdoor 50-meter pools), tennis courts, Main Gym complex, and track.

Visit recreation.ucsd.edu for facilities’ hours of operation.

UCSD Recreation’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) Mission Bay Aquatic Center
1001 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109
Friday‐Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

While you’re visiting campus, take a short trip down to Mission Bay, San Diego’s aquatic playground for a free rental of a stand up paddle board or kayak. The rental includes a short orientation. No prior experience is required. The MBAC is UCSD’s gateway to Mission Bay and offers classes, and rentals for sailing, surfing, wakeboarding, paddling, rowing, and windsurfing. A perfect place to get out on the water! 

FREE STAND UP PADDLE BOARD OR KAYAK RENTAL is granted with your Family Weekend badge at UCSD Recreation’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center! Show your lanyard at the front desk to redeem your rental.

Questions about the MBAC? Please call (858) 488‐1000.


For more information contact the Parents' Helpline at (858) 534-7273, or email parents@ucsd.edu.

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2014 Family Weekend schedule

The Family Weekend 2015 schedule is coming soon! Check back mid-July. 

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Contact Us

Parent & Family Programs
(858) 534-7273