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Fall Family Weekend 2014

Fall Family Weekend Schedule

Fall Family Weekend is an opportunity for your family to spend time together. You’ll have an opportunity to attend numerous campus and local events.  You can pick and choose the events you want to attend. Make sure to check with your student on what they might like to do. You can also spend downtime at your student’s residence hall or apartment. Perhaps you just might want to explore downtown DeKalb or Sycamore!

If you need special accommodations to participate in any of the events, please contact us at 815-753-4444.

 **You must include your student in your reservation if they would like to participate in Fall Family Weekend. **


Friday, October 3

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Fall Family Weekend Check-In 5 p.m.-7p.m. NIU, Holmes Student Center, Main Floor

Your first destination is to check-in for Fall Family Weekend! It’s also a great meeting place for you and your student. At check-in, you’ll receive your schedule of event, your tote bag, and goodies for the weekend!

Event-Free Time Location
Women’s Soccer Game vs. Kent State 7:30 p.m. NIU, Soccer Fields (West of Stevenson)

Come cheer on the NIU Women’s Soccer team as they take on Kent State. This event is FREE!

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Second City Comedy Tour 7:30 p.m. NIU, Convocation Center

What a great way to start the weekend! The NIU Convocation Center will welcome the Second City’s 55th Anniversary Tour. Tickets are available for purchase at the Convocation Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or Ticketmaster.com. NIU students get a $10 discounts with their NIU OneCard at the Convocation Center box office.

Event-Free Time Location
Casino Night 8 p.m.-10 p.m. NIU, Holmes Student Center, Regency Room

You feeling lucky? Come try your hand and join us for a night of Blackjack and Roulette for a chance to win prizes! Music and refreshments will be served. This event is FREE!

Event-Free Time Location
NIU Observatory 8 p.m.-11 p.m. NIU, Davis Hall

One of NIU’s best kept secrets! The Observatory in Davis Hall is simply amazing and a must during Fall Family Weekend.  The telescope will let you see the moon, stars, planets, and deep sky clusters. This event is FREE.

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Time Stands Still—School of Theatre and Dance performance 7:30 p.m. Huntley Middle School Auditorium, 1515 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, Illinois

Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies is a performance by NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance.  Time Stands Still is a love story that takes place against the backdrop of the Iraq War. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.niu.edu/theatre/productions/index.shtml.

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Bowling & Billiards 1 p.m.-1 a.m. NIU, Holmes Student Center, Huskie’s Den

Bowl with your family and help NIU’s Huskie Alternative Break! You can buy a $10.00 weekend pass at the Huskie’s Den. The pass includes unlimited bowling, pool, or console gaming all weekend. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Huskie Alternative Break.

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Jonamac Orchard 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Rd. Malta, IL 60150

The Jonamac Orchard is a short drive from NIU. Celebrate the Fall Season at the Jonamac Orchard! The orchard has apple picking, store and bakery, pumpkin patch, hayrides, apple cart concessions, corn maze, and more! For more information, visit www.jonamacorchard.com/.

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Open Recreation 6 a.m.-8 p.m. NIU, Campus Recreation Center

Students love the Campus Recreation Center! Families can visit/tour the facilities and workout for FREE during Fall Family Weekend.


Saturday, October 4

Event Time Location
Fall Family Weekend Check-In 9 a.m.-11 a.m. NIU, Holmes Student Center, Main Floor

Your first destination is to check-in for Fall Family Weekend! It’s also a great meeting place for you and your student. At check-in, you’ll receive your schedule of event, your tote bag, and goodies for the weekend!

Event-Free Time Location
Open Recreation 6 a.m.-8 p.m. NIU, Campus Recreation Center

Students love the Campus Recreation Center! Families can visit/tour the facilities and workout for FREE during Fall Family Weekend. 

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Disc Golf Tournament 9 a.m.-11 a.m. NIU, West Lagoon (Near Stevenson)

Ever play Disc Golf? Well, this event is for you! Stop by for an instructional clinic and play the 9-hole disc golf course. This event requires preregistration. You’ll also receive a custom NIU disc for playing!

Event-Free Time Location
College of Business-Barsema Hall Tour 10 a.m.-12 p.m. NIU, Barsema Hall

Is your student in the College of Business? Or are you just really interested to learn more about this state of the art learning environment? Come visit Barsema Hall for a tour of the 144,000 square foot facility. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.

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Campus Tours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cole Hall

Come and learn a bit more about life at NIU from the Admissions Office.  This short tour will highlight key resources on campus and NIU traditions!

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National Association of  Black Journalists (NABJ) Car Wash 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Illini Tires Parking Lot                                 1031 Lincoln Hwy DeKalb IL 60115

Long drive to NIU? Come and get a car wash and support NABJ! $5.00 for cars, $7.00 for trucks!

Event-Free Time Location
The Anthropology Museum 10 a.m.-2 p.m. NIU, The Anthropology Museum-Cole Hall

Come visit NIU’s Anthropology Museum! The museum was founded in 1964 and houses over 12,000 objects comprised of mostly ethnographic material with some archaeological material.  This event is FREE. 

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Fall Family Weekend Tailgating 1 p.m.-4 p.m. NIU, Location Map

Celebrate with your family before NIU Football takes on Kent State! Tailgating is an experience you don’t want to miss! This event requires preregistration. Food is all you can eat (from Fatty's Pub and Grill) and includes your choice of entrees, sides, desert, and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. If you would like to view a map of where the Fall Family Weekend Tailgating will take place, please click here

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NIU Football vs. Kent State 4 p.m. NIU, Huskie Stadium

Cheer on NIU Football vs. Kent State! Tickets must be purchased ahead of time.

Families have two options for buying football tickets.

Option 1: NIU students can attend all home football games for free.  However, this is only for the student section (east side) of the stadium.  If you would like to sit in the student section of the stadium, your student must purchase ticket(s) for your seat in advance at the Convocation Center Box Office.  Students can purchase up to four tickets for $14.00.

Option 2: If you and your student would like to sit on the west side of the stadium, you will need to purchase tickets for everyone in your family at  www.ticketmaster.com/NIU-Huskie-Stadium-tickets-Dekalb/venue/33009.  Use the promo code FFW14 for the Fall Family Weekend section.  Tickets are $25.oo each.  

Event-Free Time Location
NIU Movie Night presents, Flubber 8:30 p.m. NIU, Holmes Student Center, Sandburg Auditorium

Movie night is a great way to wrap up a busy Saturday!  Join us as we relax and watch a movie on the huge screen in Sandburg Auditorium. Don’t forget the candy, we’ll provide the popcorn! This event is FREE.

Event Time Location
Bowling & Billiards 1 p.m.-1 a.m. NIU, Holmes Student Center, Huskie’s Den

Bowl with your family and help NIU’s Huskie Alternative Break! You can buy a $10.00 weekend pass at the Huskie’s Den. The pass includes unlimited bowling, pool, or console gaming all weekend. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Huskie Alternative Break.

Event Time Location
Jonamac Orchard 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Rd. Malta, IL 60150

The Jonamac Orchard is a short drive from NIU. Celebrate the Fall Season at the Jonamac Orchard! The orchard has apple picking, store and bakery, pumpkin patch, hayrides, apple cart concessions, corn maze, and more! For more information, visit www.jonamacorchard.com/.


Sunday, October 5

Event Time Location
Fall Family Weekend Check-In 9 a.m.-11 a.m. NIU, Holmes Student Center, Main Floor

Your first destination is to check-in for Fall Family Weekend! It’s also a great meeting place for you and your student. At check-in, you’ll receive your schedule of event, your tote bag, and goodies for the weekend!

Event-Free Time Location
Newman Center Pancake Breakfast 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Newman Center, 512 Normal Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115

What a great way to start your Sunday! Join the Newman Center for a Pancake Breakfast. The Newman Center is located close to the NIU Campus.

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NIU-Family Picnic Celebration 11 a.m.-2 p.m. NIU, North 40 Lot (near the Engineering Bldg)

Celebrate the official end to Fall Family Weekend by joining us for the NIU Family Picnic. This event will have great food and carnival games sponsored by NIU’s Student Organizations. This event requires preregistration.

Event Time Location
Bowling & Billiards 1 p.m.-1 a.m. NIU, Holmes Student Center, Huskie’s Den

Bowl with your family and help NIU’s Huskie Alternative Break! You can buy a $10.00 weekend pass at the Huskie’s Den. The pass includes unlimited bowling, pool, or console gaming all weekend. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Huskie Alternative Break.

Event-Free Time Location
Open Recreation 6 a.m.-8 p.m. NIU, Campus Recreation Center

Students love the Campus Recreation Center! Families can visit/tour the facilities and workout for FREE during Fall Family Weekend. 

Event-Free Time Location
NIU Women’s Soccer Game vs. Ohio Bobcats 1 p.m. NIU, Soccer Fields (West of Stevenson)

Come cheer on the NIU Women’s Soccer team as they take on the Ohio Bobcats. This event is FREE!

Event Time Location
Jonamac Orchard 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Rd. Malta, IL 60150

The Jonamac Orchard is a short drive from NIU. Celebrate the Fall Season at the Jonamac Orchard! The orchard has apple picking, store and bakery, pumpkin patch, hayrides, apple cart concessions, corn maze, and more! For more information, visit www.jonamacorchard.com/.

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Ellwood House Museum Tour 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. 509 N. First Street
DeKalb, IL 60115

As your heading out of town, stop by and visit the Ellwood House. Given to the DeKalb Park District in 1965 by Mrs. Erwin Perry Ellwood and her three children, the property is operated as a museum by the not-for-profit Ellwood House Association.The story of the Ellwood House reflects the central role of Isaac Ellwood in the development of the barbed wire industry in America. The magnificent estate is also a testimony to three generations of the Ellwood family whose tastes shaped the evolution of the house and grounds. For more information visit,www.ellwoodhouse.org/.

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Buena Vista Golf Course Call for free time Buena Vista Golf Course, 131 Buena Vista Dr., DeKalb, IL 60115

Enjoy a discounted round of 9 holes of golf at the Buena Vista Golf Course from the DeKalb Park District. Just $15.00 per person with the golf cart! What a great day and a fantastic way to end the weekend! Just call 815 758-4812 for tee time and mention "Huskie Family Rate."

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