Family Weekend

Family Weekend

September 22-24, 2017

Penn State Altoona welcomes families to campus each fall for this annual tradition to spend time at their student's home away from home. We'll have such annual events as family spirit bingo, a coffee house performance, a carnival, movie night, a local walking tour, and so much more! If you have questions regarding Family Weekend, please email aastudentlife@psu.edu.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Port Sky Café Open 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Book Store Open 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Check in and Registration

8:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. | Slep Student Center Information Desk

Make sure to check in with the Center for Student and Civic Engagement so we can count you as attending and give you all the information you’ll need to make your Family Weekend a success. Family Weekend T-shirts will be available for free, while supplies last!

Sign up for different events to guarantee your ability to participate, and, for those who have pre-registered for meals, pick up your tickets for the weekend.

Family Spirit Bingo

9:30 p.m. | Location TBD
Hosted by the Campus Activities Board

This event is free and will surely be one of your favorite events of the weekend. Your chance to win one of our great prize Penn State-themed baskets is significantly higher if you attend! Arrive early to guarantee yourself a seat. Don’t be afraid to show up decked out in your favorite Penn State gear. 

Movie Night

11:00 p.m. | Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center


Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Port Sky Café Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Book Store Open 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Check in and Registration

9:00 a.m. - noon | Slep Student Center Information Desk

Make sure to check in with the Center of Student and Civic Engagement so we can count you as attending and give you all the information you’ll need to make your Family Weekend a success! Family Weekend T-shirts will be available for free, while supplies last!

Sign up for different events to guarantee your ability to participate and, for those who have pre-registered for meals, pick up your tickets for the weekend.

Student & Family Carnival

Noon - 4:00 p.m. | Smith Parking Lot, Laurel Pavilion

Enjoy the beauty of our campus while having some fun with your favorite people. We will have tons of great, free activities for you to participate in:

  • Amusement Rides
  • See how high you can go on the In-Line Extreme Air attraction, if you dare!
  • Try out the inflatable obstacle course, Turn Around!
  • Play some of your favorite carnival and tailgating games
  • Listen to some awesome music
  • Get keepsakes of your weekend with a photo keychain (for free) at the Lion Shrine
  • Take a picture with the LION mascot from 12:30-2:30pm
  • Enjoy some Penn State Creamery Ice Cream, while supplies last
  • Enjoy the various offerings from student organizations.

Movie Night

9:30 p.m. | Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center


Sunday, September 24, 2017

  • Port Sky Café Open 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m.
  • Book Store Closed

Local History Tour (this event is tentative)

11:00 a.m. | Location TBD

Block Booked Hotels

The following blocks of rooms have been reserved as a courtesy to our incoming families. Please note we cannot guarantee availability nor do these blocks serve as an endorsement of a particular hotel. You must call the phone numbers to book a room at the rates noted below; their web services do not offer the special rates.

Days Inn & Suites

458 Sabbath Rest Rd, Altoona, PA 16601

15 Double rooms and 10 king rooms have been held on a block for $99 plus tax per night. If you would like to book rooms for Friday, September 22 or Saturday, September 23, please call 814-944-4499 by August 22. Use "Penn State Altoona Family Weekend" as the block name.

Microtel

1601 Valley View Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602

20 two queen rooms and 5 single queen rooms have been held on a block for $89 plus tax per night and will include a hot breakfast. If you would like to book rooms for Friday, September 22 or Saturday, September 23, please call 814-946-1400 by August 23. Use "Penn State Altoona Family Weekend" as the block name.

Hampton Inn

180 Charlotte Dr, Altoona, PA 16601

15 Double rooms and 10 king rooms with a sofa bed have been held on a block for $139 plus tax per night. If you would like to book rooms for Friday, September 22 or Saturday, September 23, please call 814-941-3500 by September 2. Use "Penn State Altoona Family Weekend 2017" as the block name.

Parking Information

We ask you to park in Ivy Lot. For this weekend, please refrain from parking in the first row designated for "visitors". Visit our Campus Map for more information.

Church Service Information

Information will be provided at registration.