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Parent & Family Weekend 2018 - October 19-21

Check out the Parent & Family Weekend 2017 Schedule of Events for a glimpse into weekend festivities!

Check out our event line-up...we are really excited to bring new, collaborative events and activities to our 2017 schedule! Please check back regularly for schedule updates and announcements.

Friday, October 20

Event Activity

Activity Location

8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Open Campus, Family Time & Check-In

All guests arriving during this time block are asked to check-in at the University Center, Lower Level in Suite B120

Various Locations

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Open Air Art Exhibit: Art From Study Abroad Students

University Center - Palo Duro Lounge

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

UTA Parent & Family Advisory Council Meeting

University Center - Sabine Conference Room

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own & Family Time

Recommendations: Dine & Shop at the College Park District

Various Locations - College Park District

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Check-in & Hospitality Center at the University Center

University Center - Palo Duro Lounge

1:30 pm - 4:00pm

UTA Schools & Colleges hosts the Mav Family Classroom Experience

Parent & Family Weekend guests are encouraged to visit the various representing UTA Schools and Colleges.

Faculty and staff from each college will help families navigate the various learning opportunities your student has access to, and the many possibilities for research and development.

Families are encouraged to attend the event related to their student's major but are not limited to visiting one school or college. Make plans to attend these events TODAY!

Participating Schools & Colleges:

Friday, 10-20-17

College of Business

  • Mix & Mingle Reception with COB faculty and staff

College of Engineering Lab Observations

  • Civil Engineering Lab

  • Computer Science & Engineering Lab

  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Lab

  • Electrical Engineering Lab

College of Liberal Arts

  • Radio & Television Studio Tour (3-4pm)

College of Science Lab Observations

  • Chemistry Lab

  • Biology Lab

  • Math Resource Lab

Saturday, 10-21-17

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

  • Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Post-Game Reception (3-4pm)
  • Smart Hospital Tours (12-2pm): Only 15 Tickets Available at the Hospitality Center

NOTE: A detailed event card, with detailed activities and descriptions for each college, will be provided during Parent & Family Weekend Check-In

Various Locations

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Planetarium Show: Astronomy 101

Planetarium, Chemistry & Physics Building

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

(time block includes welcome party, dinner and activity times, some activities may last up to 10 pm)

Maverick Family's Day Out

Catch the Maverick Spirit…Maverick Family’s Day Out a day you certainly will not forget!  Pick an activity below that allows you and your family to explore and experience the spirit of UTA and the City of Arlington, but first, join us at Grease Monkey for dinner!

The Parent & Family Weekend official kick-off and welcome Party at Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club beginning at 4:00 pm.  Guests can come and enjoy the fun, vibrant activities of the evening, receive the weekend forecast of events as well as hear any updates from the Parent & Family Center regarding weekend festivities.  The Kickoff also serves as a great gathering location for all Maverick families.  

Maverick Family’s Day Out Combo Deals

NOTE: Combo & VIP Tour tickets are in addition to the cost of Parent & Family Weekend 2017-Prices may vary based on the activity chosen.
  • Dinner and a Movie Combo $5.95/person*
  • Dinner and a Volleyball Game Combo $5.95/person*
  • Dinner and a Planetarium Show Combo $5.95/person* (showtimes all weekend)
  • Dallas Cowboy Stadium VIP Tour $22.00/person @ 7:30 pm

*Dinner is $5.95, however beverage and tax amounts not included.  Activity within the combo (movie, volleyball game, planetarium show) is sponsored by the Parent & Family Center and FREE to registered Parent & Family Weekend Guests!

The Parent & Family Center will incur the cost of credit card and processing fees on behalf of guests that choose to attend the VIP Tour.  VIP Tour Guests are encouraged to attend dinner prior to their scheduled private tour time.

Activity Details & Locations

  • Featured Blockbuster Movie: Stephen King's The Dark Tower at the UTA Rosebud Theater, and dinner at the Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club
  • Planetarium Shows at Chemistry & Physics Building throughout the weekend, and dinner at the Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club
  • Dallas Cowboys VIP Stadium Tour does not include the cost of dinner at the Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club ($10 UTA Group Discount).  We welcome you to join us at Grease Monkey where you will also be eligible for the $5.95 discount.  An invitation will go out to interested guests regarding purchasing tour tickets soon.
  • Tour Time: 8:00 pm

NOTE: Maverick Family's Day Out Combo Tickets can only be purchased for the Parent & Family Weekend Kickoff & Welcome at the Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club

Saturday, October 21

Event Activity

Activity Location

8:00am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Check-In & Hospitality Center @ the Studio Arts Center

Check-In & Hospitality Center @ the Maverick Activity Center

Studio Arts Center

Maverick Activity Center

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Breakfast

Special Guests: Division of Student Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, and our sponsoring partner, Wells Fargo

Studio Arts Center Courtyard

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Studio Arts Center Experience

  • Glassblowing Demonstration

  • Encaustic Painting Demonstration

  • Print Making Open House

  • Bronze Sculpture Pour Demonstration
  • Studio Art Center Art Gallery Tour

Various Studios, Studio Arts Center (SAC)

Multiple Show Times

Planetarium Shows & Times

1:00 pm - One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

2:00 pm - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

6:00 pm - Stars of the Pharaohs

7:00 pm - Pink Floyd

Planetarium, Chemistry & Physics Building

10:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Open Houses & Tours

  • Central Library Open House (10-1pm)

  • Smart Hospital Tours (12-2pm)

    • Limited to 3 Groups of 15 people, adults and children 15 and above allowed
  • Apartment & Residence Life Open House (12-2)
  • Welcome Center Campus Tours at the Dan Dipert University Center (12:30-2pm)

Various Locations

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own & Family Time

Recommendations: Dine & Shop at the College Park District

Various Locations - College Park District

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wells Fargo Presentation: You & Your Money

Maverick Activity Center

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Blaze’s Fall Extravaganza

  • Maverick Family Games Competition
  • Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Game: Men's Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas Mavericks (Game Time: 1:30 pm)
  • Pumpkin Painting Contest

  • Mav Family's In It To Win It Derby

  • Photo Booth with Blaze @ the UTA Wranglers

  • Mini Resource Fair

  • College of Nursing & Health Innovations Classroom Experience with the Department of Kinesiology

Maverick Activity Center

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Maverick Family Awards & Pre-Dinner Show hosted by Mr. & Miss UTA

Rosebud Theater-University Center

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner with the President with a special guest performance from the UTA Broadway Mavericks

Bluebonnet Ballroom-University Center

Sunday, October 22

Event Activity

Activity Location


Explore Arlington

A great activity your family can participate in on your own.

Various Locations

Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Multiple Show Times

Planetarium Shows & Times

1:30 pm - Astronaut2:30 pm    Spacepark 360: Infinity

Planetarium, Chemistry & Physics Building

2:00 pm

Dallas Cowboys Neighborhood Watch Party Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49'ers (Game Time @ 3:05 pm)

J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill

400 E Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010


Dine and Shop at the College Park District

Various Locations

Note: Event times and activities are subject to change.

Parent & Family Weekend is made up of a variety of events so families can create a custom schedule based on their interests.  The dress code for ALL Parent & Family Weekend events and activities is comfortable and casual.