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Family Weekend 2014
November 7 - 9

Parents and family members of all ages are invited to campus to reconnect with their student. Family Weekend includes a variety of casual events, activities and receptions that will allow families to experience student life on campus while enjoying the beautiful fall weather in Philadelphia. The weekend takes a "choose your own adventure" approach, which allows you to pick and choose the activities you want to participant in.

Family Weekend Tickets and RSVP

Family Weekend event tickets sales and registration closed Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 12 p.m.

Registration is not required to attend Family Weekend. However, several events do require that you purchase tickets to attend. We also ask that you RSVP to free events as noted in the schedule, so we have a good idea of how many people to expect. 

Ticket Will Call and Concierge Service

Paid tickets, schedules and Family Weekend merchandise will be available throughout the weekend in the Recreation Center lobby and Nesbitt Hall (33rd and Market streets). Specific times will be posted on the schedule of events below. All tickets for events must be picked up during these times.

Meals are not included as part of the Family Weekend schedule so families can spend quality time together during those times. Reference our Family Weekend Restaurant Guide [PDF] for suggestions on local restaurants and to make reservations before arriving on campus. We will also host a concierge service to assist with travel and reservation information on-site.

Schedule of Events

  • Most events occur on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 on the University City campus
  • Events marked with an asterisk (*) are free events that require registration
  • Events marked with a dollar sign ($) are ticketed events that require ticket purchase
  • Events prices are for students and family members
  • Be sure to purchase tickets and register for your student when selecting events
  • Do not purchase tickets directly from the tour companies unless you would like to take part in a sold out tour on your own. Most Family Weekend tours are private tours and tickets must be purchased through the University.
  • Visit the Family Weekend online store to buy your tickets and RSVP for free events.
Friday, Nov. 7
5 - 8 p.m. Ticket Will Call and Concierge Service
Pick up a printed copy of the Family Weekend schedule, campus map and your pre-paid tickets for events. Stop by for information about event locations, restaurant information or other questions.
Recreation Center Lobby
6 p.m. Shabbat Services*
Join students and families for your choice of Conservative or Reform Shabbat evening services. RSVP and find out more at drexelhillel.org/familyweekend.
Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building, 3rd floor
7 - 9 p.m. Shabbat Dinner ($)
Join us in celebrating Shabbat with a delicious and festive meal. Vegetarian options provided. Dietary laws observed. Free for students; $18 suggested donation per guest. RSVP and find out more at drexelhillel.org/familyweekend.
MacAlister Hall, City View Room (6th floor)
7 - 9 p.m. Terror Behind the Walls ($) SOLD OUT
One of the top 10 haunted attractions in the country, in its 22nd year, Terror Behind the Walls is a massive haunted house with six atrtactions located in the 11-acre historic Eastern State Penitentiary, open from 1829 to 1971. Be prepared to be scared. Not recommended for children under the age of 12.
Bus pick-up at Hagerty Library (33rd and Market streets)
9 p.m. Shabbat Oneg*
Join us for celebration, refreshments and learning with Ruthie Braffman, JLIC Educator at Drexel Hillel. Sponsored by Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC). RSVP and find out more at drexelhillel.org/familyweekend.
The Left Bank, 3131 Walnut St.

Saturday, Nov. 8

7 - 10:30 a.m. Ticket Will Call and Concierge Service
Pick up a printed copy of the Family Weekend schedule, campus map and your pre-paid tickets for events. Stop by for information about event locations, restaurant information or other questions.
Nesbitt Hall Lobby
9 - 10:30 a.m. Philadelphia City Six 5k Charity Run ($)
Registration opens at 7 a.m.
Join hundreds of runners and walkers from around Philadelphia to support the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer. Find out more and register at phillycity6.com/5k-run.html.
Recreation Center
Fitness Plaza
33rd St. and Lancaster Ave.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Philadelphia Zoo ($) SOLD OUT
Take the shuttle, leaving from campus throughout the day to enjoy America's first zoo and its more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals from around the world in its 43-acre Victorian garden.

Bus pick-up to the zoo at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Return to Drexel at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
You are welcome to arrange your own transportation to come and go at different times.
Bus pick-up at Hagerty Library (33rd and Market streets)
10 a.m - 1 p.m. Academy of Natural Sciences ($) SOLD OUT
Take the shuttle, leaving from campus throughout the day to enjoy the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, where you can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. Explore ecosystems from around the world through our historic dioramas or be transported to the great outdoors through our hands-on discovery center for children. Visit our Special Exhibits Gallery for our newest exhibit (Chocolate: The Exhibition) or watch scientists at work in Science Live or our Fossil Prep Lab.

Bus pick-up to the Academy at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Return to Drexel at 1 p.m.
You are welcome to arrange your own transportation to come and go at different times.
Bus pick-up at Hagerty Library (33rd and Market streets)
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Brunch with Mario ($)
Join Student Affairs for a meet and greet with Mario the Magnificent, Drexel's larger than life mascot. Current students will be on-hand to lead arts and crafts activities for young children. Light refreshments will be served.

Van Rensselaer Hall Ballroom

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dragon Fest*
Bring the entire family and join the Drexel community as we celebrate fall in the city. Games, arts and crafts, performances and a variety of other autumn-themed activities will be available to enjoy throughout the day. Fall snacks and beverages will be provided and Recreational Athletics will be on hand to showcase their teams and programs.

Recreation Center Fitness Plaza and Lancaster Walk (Rain Location: the Armory)

10:30-12:30 p.m. Big Bus Tour of Philadelphia ($) SOLD OUT
Join us as we drive you through the perfectly laid out streets that were established when the city was founded in 1682. Now you can experience the unique history and beauty of Philadelphia from the top of an authentic London double-decker buses. Enjoy the most spectacular views of the city  while a fully trained guide entertains you with fascinating facts and fun stories about Philadelphia and the people who help make the city what it is today.
Bus pick-up at Hagerty Library (33rd and Market streets)
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch Cruise - Spirit of Philadelphia ($)
Join fellow Dragons on a lunch cruise on the Delaware River with beautiful views of the city and fall folliage from the Spirit of Philadelphia. Ticket includes admission, three hour cruise, meal, non-alcoholic beverages and DJ entertainment. Cash bar is available. Transportation to and from Penn's Landing is included. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Hagerty Library to take SEPTA to Penn's Landing (tokens included). Boarding begins at 11 a.m. Casual attire recommended.
Penn's Landing
12 p.m. Wrestling - Inter-squad Dual
Join Drexel Wrestling for their first open match of the season, an inter-squad dual. Sponsored by Drexel Athletics
Recreation Center
1 - 2 p.m. Mural Arts Tour ($) SOLD OUT
See the world’s largest collection of outdoor public art during an official Mural Arts Program tour. Tours include transportation throughout, details about the murals, the artistic process, the artists and the history of the diverse communities that serve as the backdrop for this unique art form.
Bus pick-up at Hagerty Library (33rd and Market streets)
12 - 2 p.m. Eastern State Penitentiary Tour ($) SOLD OUT
This general interest tour highlights Eastern State’s fascinating 142-year history, revolutionary architecture, notorious inmates and world-wide influence. Led by a member of their guide staff.

Bus pick-up to the Penitentiary at 12 p.m.
Return to Drexel at 2 p.m.
You are welcome to arrange your own transportation to come and go at different times.
Bus pick-up at Hagerty Library (33rd and Market streets)
1 p.m. Parent's Day at the Pool with Drexel Swimming and Diving
Watch as the men and women of Drexel swimming and diving take on the Binghamton University Bearcats, with special activities for parents of team members. Sponsored by Drexel Athletics
Daskalakis Athletic Center
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Live it. LIVE!*
Seasoned students and parents will be on a panel to answer your questions. Let your Drexel family help your family. Door prize tickets will be distributed for a chance to win Drexel swag. Families and students are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Drexel Family Association

Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center

4:30 - 6 p.m.

President's Wine and Cheese Reception*
Drexel President John Fry invites you to a wine and cheese reception for you to continue networking with parents and families and other members of the Drexel community.

Bossone Research Enterprise Center Atrium Lobby

4:30 - 6 p.m. Movie Showing: Hocus Pocus*
Family members of all ages are invited to drop y the auditorium to watch this Halloween classic as an alternative to the Wine and Cheese Reception.

Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center

6 - 10 p.m. Casino Night*
Try your luck on casino-style games including roulette, black jack and craps. Family members of all ages are encouraged to participate to win a variety of prizes.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3rd Floor Atrium
6:30 - 11 p.m. Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Philadelphia ($)
Join fellow Dragons on a dinner cruise on the Delaware River with spectacular views of the city at night from the Spirit of Philadelphia. Ticket includes admission, three hour cruise, meal, non-alcoholic beverages and DJ entertainment. Cash bar is available. Transportation to and from Penn's Landing is included. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Hagerty Library to take SEPTA to Penn's Landing (tokens included). Boarding begins at 7 p.m. Business casual attire recommended.
Penn's Landing
7 - 9 p.m. Philadelphia Ghost Tour ($) SOLD OUT
Join the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight stroll along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill and Old City, where mysterious tales of ghostly spirits, haunted houses and eerie graveyards lurk in the night. Tokens wil be provided for transportation.
Depart from Bossone Research Enterprise Center
Sunday, Nov. 9
10:30 a.m. Newman Catholic Community Parent's Brunch*
Join Drexel Newman for brunch in honor of Family Weekend following  the 9:30 a.m. mass at Saints Agatha and James Church. RSVP here.
Newman Center (3720 Chestnut St.)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Annual Hillel Family Weekend Bagel Brunch*
Join Hillel for our annual Bagel Brunch for students and their families.  This year’s brunch will feature presentations about new developments in Jewish life on campus and plans for the construction of the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life, future home of Drexel Hillel. We'll also share more information about opportunities to support Hillel at Drexel and get involved as a family. Dietary laws observed. RSVP and find out more at drexelhillel.org/familyweekend.
Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building, 3rd floor
2 - 4 p.m. Public Safety Celebrates our Student Veterans and Families
Join us for a Sunday, fun-day family social. Bring your family out to meet the members of Public Safety and other student veterans and their families. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Face painting, music and games for families to enjoy together. RSVP To: Linda Moran at lmm467@drexel.edu by Nov. 2.
Drexel Park

 

Travel and Hotels

Visit the Travel and Hotels page for Drexel hotel discounts and other travel information. Please make travel plans as soon as possible. We are working with a variety of local hotels to provide parents and family members with special discounts. 

Most events occur on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, so please make travel plans on Friday and Sunday.

Parking

Families needing on-campus parking should refer to the schedule below to determine their parking location based on the arrival days and times. Vehicles do not need to be moved once parked unless they leave the lot or garage and come back during a different time noted below.

  • Friday, Nov. 7 - Drexel Parking Garage (34th and Ludlow streets)
  • Saturday, Nov. 8, before 12 p.m. - F Lot (31st and Ludlow streets)
  • Saturday, Nov. 8, after 12 p.m. - Drexel Parking Garage (34th and Ludlow streets) or F Lot (31st and Ludlow streets)
  • Sunday, Nov. 9 - Drexel Parking Garage (34th and Ludlow streets)

Please refer to the Drexel Parking Map for exact locations. Additional information about visitor parking is available here.

Be sure to register for a Family Weekend Parking pass when signing up for Family Weekend events and display the pass in your vehicle while parked on campus.