It's time for Family Weekend in Oxford, Ohio!
From Friday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 23, Miami University families will flock to Oxford to join their students on the most beautiful campus that ever there was (so says Robert Frost) in the best small town around (so says us).
If you're a visiting family looking for some fun stuff to do around town, in addition to the many events Miami has planned, you're in the right place. Keep reading for our suggestions on making the most of your Family Weekend here in Oxford.
When: Friday, Oct. 21st at 12:10pm and 8:15pm; Saturday, Oct. 22nd and Sunday, Oct. 23rd at 3:15pm
Where: Goggin Ice Center (610 S Oak St.)
Gather your friends and family and head to the Goggin Ice Center for a public skating session! Great fun for all ages and experience levels and a perfect addition to a heart healthy lifestyle. Figure or hockey skates may be worn and both are available for rent in infant size 6 to adult 14. Skate Aids are available for kids ages 9 and under. Their aids are designed to encourage proper skate motion and safety for our new skaters. Free Wi-Fi available.
Bring the whole family along for a relaxing and educational trip through one of our museums. The Miami University Art Museum (801 S. Patterson Ave.) is open Friday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Saturday 12 PM-5 PM and includes three new exhibitions (which you can read about here), as well as permanent collections of original art and diverse materials. MUAM is FREE and open to all, with on-site parking.
The Hefner Zoology Museum (100 Upham Hall on the Miami University campus) is another fun option, open Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM and Saturday from 10 AM- 2 PM. It includes exhibits, collections and specimens, and interactive programs to help engage visitors of all ages. Learn more here.
The McGuffey House and Museum (401 E. Spring St. on the Miami University campus) is open Thursday - Saturday from 1 - 5 PM. Come explore this beautiful National Historic Landmark full of exhibit materials related to Williams Holmes McGuffey. Learn more here.
When: Fri Oct. 21st and Sat Oct. 22nd at 7:30pm, Sun Oct. 23rd at 2:00pm
Where: Oxford Community Arts Center Theatre (10 S. College Ave.)
Production coordinated by Rebecca Howard
Last year’s highly acclaimed extravaganza, All the Roles I’ll Never Have, gave their talented performers the chance to present a variety of roles that they would love to be cast in, but would never likely be able to do. This year, they are offering a variation on that theme–providing our local talent the chance to recreate roles that they loved the most!
Once again, it will be an eclectic mix of comedy, drama, singing, and maybe even some dancing. More than a simple “talent show,” this production showcases the extraordinary talent in our community with the high-quality production values that OxACT has always embodied!
When: Every Saturday from 9 AM - 12 PM
Where: Uptown Park (2 E. High St.)
Uptown is where you'll want to be on Saturday morning! Peruse our farmers market from 9 AM - 12 PM. There will be friendly vendors selling local, fresh produce as well as crafts, flowers, and more. There will also be children's activities provided so make sure to bring the youngins.
When: Saturday, Oct. 22nd from 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Phi Delta Theta Gate (1 S. Campus Ave.)
Miami University’s Department of Comparative Religion will host Peter Williams (Professor of Comparative Religion Emeritus) and Curtis Ellison (Professor of History Emeritus) for a walking tour entitled the “Sacred Sites of Oxford: Traditional and Modern”. Taking an expansive view of the concept of the “sacred,” the tour will assemble at the Phi Delta Theta Gate, and review the role that Oxford institutions such as the Presbyterian Church and Bagel & Deli have played in the historical formation of Miami’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The tour will continue on campus, covering the history of the campus seal, the Sesquicentennial Chapel, the Armstrong Student center (and its predecessors), and the Upham Arch. The tour will conclude at the Old Manse, once home to Miami’s Department of Comparative Religion and, prior to 1970, the United Campus Ministry.
This tour is a kick-off for a series of events leading to the Department’s celebration of its centennial in 2027. RSVPs to Shelley Pieklik, email@example.com.
When: Saturday, Oct. 22nd from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: Uptown Park
Grab your friends and family then head Uptown Park to join Miami Activities and Programming for our Family Weekend festival! From ferris wheels and giant slides, to yummy funnel cakes, games and crafts, you don’t want to miss out on the memorable moments and fun!
When: Saturday, Oct. 22nd 3:30pm
Where: Yager Stadium (700 Weeb Ewbank Way)
Join Miami University in cheering on the RedHawks for their game against Western Michigan this Saturday. This is fun for the whole family, and a woderful way to spend a Saturday.
Don't feel like going to the game, but still want to watch? Grab a bite to eat at Left Field Tavern and watch the game on one of many TV screens!
When: 2 - 10 PM every day
Where: Spring Street Treats (321 W. Spring St.)
Have an afternoon snack of delicious soft serve at Spring Street Treats. With a huge menu of toppings, the possibilities are endless. They also have hot dogs and nachos if you're looking to have some lunch before dessert.
Once you're done eating, run around the playground and get some energy out while playing on the swings or with the tether ball, hula hoops, and more.
When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2&3, 12 PM- 8 PM
Where: You're Fired (6 N. Beech St.)
Take a load off and sit in the cozy, colorful space of the paint-your-own-pottery studio, You're Fired. With walls lined with pottery pieces just waiting to be painted, there will be something for every member of your family to choose from. We're talking plates, mugs, animal figurines, and pumpkins ('tis the season, after all, be aware of supply chain disruptions). If you have a large group make sure to call ahead and reserve a table! Miami students and families will have ½ price studio fees.
Click here for our other blog post which includes activities and locations like the community park, disc golf, bowling, and more.