It's time for Family Weekend in Oxford, Ohio!
From Friday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 3, 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. 1 from 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Oxford Lane Library (441 S. Locust St.)
On Friday at 10:30 AM, bring the little ones (ages 6 and under) for Sidewalk Stories behind the Oxford Lane Library (weather permitting). Or for those 11 & under, stop by the Children’s Department for a new scavenger hunt (and prize!) each month. After the story, stick around and enjoy the children's section of the library which includes a play area with toys, puzzles, and tons of children's books for all ages.
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: Friday, Oct. 1
Where: Church Street Social
Church Street Social(107 E. Church St.) is a family-friendly establishment with food, drinks, and games for all ages in addition to a tv and video game system in the corner of their children's section. New this fall is the Build Your Own Grilled Cheese Menu starting at 11 AM. Stop by on Friday for a Pop Up Shop with Gingham Girl from 12 PM-2 PM for Halloween cards and papercrafts. At 9 PM on the patio, there will be live music featuring the Band 500 Miles to Memphis.
When: Friday, Oct. 1 from 5 - 8 PM
Where: Uptown Parks (2 E. High St.)
Miami University's Asian American Association (with the Bangladesh Student Association as co-host) will be holding their annual Asian Cultural Festival in the uptown parks. This free and family-friendly event is open to the public. Come uptown and enjoy live performances, food, and an opportunity to learn about the cultures of different Asian countries.
When: Friday, Oct. 1 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Where: Oxford Community Arts Center Theatre (10 S. College Ave.)
Free Admission! Popcorn and water are available for sale before the performance.
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
**October tie-in: Wear a costume and get one free bag of popcorn to take home! Our costume contest winner gets four tickets to any Magic Carpet Theatre production!*
This film is rated PG.
When: Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 - 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. Make sure you stop by the Miami Activities & Programming table to decorate your own donut! And, what goes with donuts? Coffee with a Cop courtesy of the Oxford Police Department.
When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2&3 from 10 AM- 4 PM
Where: Hueston Woods State Park (6924 Brown Road by the golf course)
Hueston Woods is a gorgeous state park located just outside of Oxford. By car you'll get there in under 15 minutes. In addition to free nature programs, hiking, and fun on Acton Lake, it’s Apple Butter Festival time! Visit the Doty Homestead, the Pioneer Barn and theTownship house for Bluegrass music, Naturalist Presentation, crafts, food, and of course Apple Butter Making! Cost is $4 per adult, children 12 and under admitted free.
For directions to the various locations around the park, call Hueston Woods at (513) 523-6347.
When: Saturday, October 2 from 3 PM-5 PM
Where: Goggin Ice Center (610 S. Oak St.)
Goggin Ice Center has public skating hours that are perfect for every member of the family, from the littlest little one to the tallest teenager. So bring the kids, strap on some skates, and beat the heat by gliding around the rink.
Miami students and their guests can skate for free. Skate rental is available for $3.50 each.
When: Saturday, Oct. 2 from 7:30 PM- 10 PM
Where: Uptown Park (2 E. High St.)
All students and their families are invited to celebrate Miami Family Weekend at Uptown Family Fest! Enjoy free live entertainment featuring Mwenso & the Shakes: Love Will Be the Only Weapon (more below), participate in family-friendly activities, ride a Ferris Wheel in Uptown Park, and grab a bite to eat from some of the area's most popular food trucks!
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.