Family Weekend 2016

Family WeekendSept. 23-25, 2016

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Participants from 2015 Parents Weekend meet in the Nebraska Union

Reasons to Attend


Meet your student's friends and their families.


Get to know UNL — including a tour of the football stadium!


Become part of your student's college experience.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see your student once he or she has gone off to college. Your student will have been at UNL long enough to tell you how things are going, what classes are like, and update you on new friends. During the weekend, you'll have an opportunity to catch up, participate in fun activities, meet other UNL families and create memories together.

All family members can attend the weekend. However, please note that there is a lot of walking. In case you have a very small child or someone who may need assistance with walking, you may find a stroller or wheelchair to be helpful.

Thank you for joining us for Family Weekend 2016. Check back in late spring for the Fall 2017 Family Weekend dates.

Lodging Information

The following hotels have agreed to work with the UNL Parents Association and to provide special rates for the weekend. Additional hotels and community information is available from the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Embassy Suites Hotel1040 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Located within walking distance from UNL Campus, the Embassy Suites offers spacious two-room suites, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception.

Eligible Dates for the Weekend:
Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
Reservation Deadline: Friday, Sept. 2
After this date, guests can see if any rooms are available at the UNL Family Weekend rate, and if there are rooms available, they will get this rate. However, rooms tend to fill quickly, so we encourage you to make reservations prior to Sept. 2.


$134 $134 $149 $164
City/State/Occupancy Taxes: Currently 16.74%. A $15 charge will be billed for each additional guest.

Hotel Parking: $9 per day for overnight self-parking. (For members of your group not staying with the hotel guest, parking will be free for the first hour and $1 each hour thereafter with a maximum charge of $9 per day. Valet parking is available for $17 per day (or current rates in effect the day of the event).

Check-in Time: 4 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12 p.m.

Book online or call 402-474-1111 and request the UNL Family Weekend block or group code UFW.

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Eligible Dates for the Weekend: Thursday, Sept. 22 through Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Reservation Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 1

Rates: $104 per night, plus applicable taxes

Hotel Parking: $1 per hour or 9 per day for on-site parking. $17 per day for valet. There is a city-owned garage nearby with in/out privileges available for $14 per day. Special event rates may apply.

Check-in Time: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 11:00 a.m.

Book online or call 402-474-7474 and request the UNL Family Weekend block.

Staybridge Suites Lincoln I-802701 Fletcher Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504

Located driving distance from campus, includes free parking. Enjoy a FREE, delicious, full, hot buffet breakfast each morning. 


Studio Suite
Studio suite, one queen with sofa sleeper $87.99 + tax
One Bedroom Suite
One bedroom king suite with sofa sleeper $101.99 + tax
Standard Room
One bedroom double/double with sofa sleeper $117.99 + tax
One Bedroom Handicap
One bedroom - handicap with sofa sleeper $87.99 + tax

Limited rooms available at this rate; please reserve as soon as possible. Please mention that you would like the "UNL Parents Association Family Weekend" rate when making your reservation.

Check-in Time: 3 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12 p.m.

Book online or call 402-438-7865 and request the UNL Parents Association Family Weekend rate.

Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket808 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Breakfast is included in your rate.

Eligible Dates for the Weekend: Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Reservation Deadline: Friday, Sept. 2

Rates: $125 per night, plus applicable taxes

Hotel Parking: $15 per day for valet. Parking in nearby garage is $14 per night. Special event rates of $25 for self-parking and $30 valet. 

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.

Book online or call 402-904-4800 and request the UNL Parents Association rate.

Hyatt Place Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket600 Q Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Free hot breakfast, complementary wi-fi, and dozens of restaurants and shops within walking distance.

Eligible Dates for the Weekend: Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Reservation Deadline: Friday, Sept. 2

Rates: $129 per night, plus applicable taxes

Hotel Parking:Parking is available in the Red 1 Garage next door to the hotel for $10 per day with in/out privileges.

Check-in Time: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.

Book online or call 402-742-6007 and use group code G-NEPW.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 23

3-5 p.m.

Early Check-in, International Quilt Study Center & Museum (33rd & Holdredge)

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Check-in, East Campus Union (1705 Arbor Drive)

6:30-8 p.m.

Welcome Dinner at East Union, Great Plains Room (1705 Arbor Drive)
Entertainment will be provided by UNL's Boots and Cats, a popular all-female a cappella group.

Saturday, Sept. 24

9 a.m.

Nebraska Union & Caffina Cafe located inside Union open (14th & R Streets)
Caffina Cafe will be open for those who wish to purchase coffee. A reminder though that outside beverages are not permitted in the stadium.

9:15 a.m.

Meet your group for the Memorial Stadium Tour, The CRIB (Nebraska Union, 14th & R Streets)
Enjoy a guided tour of Memorial Stadium including the Trophy Room and walking through the tunnel to the field. Stadium tour includes breakfast and photos on the field with Lil' Red and cheerleaders. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

12 p.m.

Lunch on your own
Choose from the Nebraska Union and restaurants in the Haymarket. Participating restaurants will provide discounts if you wear your UNL Family Weekend button (see the list of participants in your packet at check-in).

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Geocaching, City Campus (map provided)
Campus Recreation Rock Wall Climbing, Outdoor Adventure Center, City Campus
Available throughout the day as families have time.
Golf Simulator, Recreation & Wellness Center, East Campus
It is recommended that you reserve the simulator a day or so in advance to ensure that this popular feature is available. Includes more than 50 different courses from around the world! To participate, sign in at the front desk.
Tour the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center (located adjacent to the Nebraska Union on City Campus)
Tea time at the Kawasaki Reading Room (Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, 3rd floor)

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Keynote Reception (Nebraska Union, 2nd Floor Ballroom)
Dean Steven Waller, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will speak followed by door prizes including free hotel stays for future visits and a $100 University Bookstore gift card! Raffle drawing will take place (must be present to win). UNL Dairy Store ice cream provided while supplies last.

**Schedule Change**
6:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free Hotdogs & Football Watch Party (Stadium)
You and your student can watch the Huskers take on Northwestern in Evanston at the Nebraska Union (1st floor). Hot dogs available to first 300 guests.

Sunday, Sept. 25

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bunch/Lunch with your student (Dining Halls)
Meal tickets provided.

3-5 p.m.

5K Fun Run (Harper-Schramm Smith parking lot, 14th & Salt Creek Roadway)
Parents and students can participate. Run alongside or cheer your student on! Participating parents will need to sign a waiver. Check in at 3 p.m. Run begins at 4 p.m.

All events subject to change.

More to See

City Campus
  • UNL Campus Recreation
    Available with a Family Weekend name tag as your ticket. Includes access to the recreation equipment, pool, Outdoor Adventures Center and the new Recreation and Wellness Center on East Campus.
  • Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center
    Visit the nation's largest multicultural center with meeting and conference rooms, student organization offices, a music room, a kitchen and computer lab.
  • Lied Center Events
  • Mary Riepma Ross Theater
  • Morrill Hall University of Nebraska State Museum
  • Nebraska Union
    Attractions include the Nebraska Union Gallery, the UNL Bookstore, seating with televisions and the food court.
East Campus
Around Lincoln