Family Day 2022 Schedule



Family Day Brunch

10:00 am – 11:30 am – Student Center Ballroom  |  $10  Registration is now closed. 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Amy Baldwin, Senior Lecturer of Writing, Literacy, and Academic Success in Student Transitions. Continental brunch will be served. First-year students and families are especially welcomed. 

Hosted by: UCA Family Network



Shop the UCA Bookstore

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Student Center First Floor

Pick out something new to show your Bear pride! Textbooks and school supplies for all your class needs as well as apparel, spirit wear, gift items, and various fiction and nonfiction book titles. To find out more about the bookstore, feel free to call 501-450-3414.

Hosted by: The UCA Bookstore




10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 5th Avenue Park  |  Free

Get creative with hands-on art activities for people of all ages, watch live performances from local schools and artists, see art demonstrations up close, and grab a free hot dog grilled by Conway Kiwanis.

Hosted by: Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA)



Baum Gallery Exhibition

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – McCastlain Hall  |  Free

Come check out the Baum Gallery’s current exhibition Cig Harvey: From Red to Violet, running August 25 – October 13, 2022. This exhibition is curated by Brian Young, director, Baum Gallery with assistance from Donna Pinckley, professor of photography in the department of Art & Design, UCA.

Cig Harvey (b.1973) is a British-born artist and writer living in Maine and working in large-format color photography and poetry. Rich in implied narrative, saturated in color, and deeply rooted in the natural world, her work is devoted to the topic of what it is to feel.

Hosted by: The Baum Gallery



First Gen Families – Let’s Get Stressed!

11:30 am – 12:15 pm –  Student Center 215  |  Free 

College is stressful for students and the families supporting them. Stress does not have to be negative or detrimental to success. A certain level of stress helps us stay consistent with our goals. In this session, we will provide tips and strategies to help students and families manage the stress that comes with college.

Hosted by: Office of Student Success




Inflatables and Entertainment

11:00 am – 3:00 pm –  Practice Football Field  |  Free (Liability Waiver Required)

Fun for the whole family! Enjoy one of the many inflatable attractions, play lawn games, have your caricature drawn, get your face painted, and more! Make sure to check in at the Student Life table to complete your waiver and get some free goodies…the first 400 students get a UCA Family Day t-shirt! Concessions will be available.

Hosted by: Office of Student Life







Picnic with the President

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Practice Football Field  |  Free 

Join President Davis for a complimentary picnic lunch on the Practice Football Field. Pulled Pork Sandwiches with all the fixins’ will be served.

Hosted by: Office of Student Life




Bear Fair

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Student Center Courtyard  | Free

Stop by for more information on programs and services available to UCA students.

Hosted by: UCA Admissions Office






UCA Men’s Soccer vs. Lipscomb

12:00 pm – Bill Stephens Track/Soccer Complex  

The UCA Men’s Soccer team faces off against Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN).

Hosted by: UCA Athletics




UCA Bears vs. Austin Peay Governors

4:00 pm –  Estes Stadium  |  Buy Tickets 

Join us on The Stripes as your UCA Bears Football team takes on the Governors of Austin Peay State University.

Buy tickets online and enjoy a special discounted Family Day price of $10 for a General Admission ticket. Enter coupon code FamilyDay22 during checkout.

Hosted by: UCA Athletics




Planetarium Show

7:00 pm – Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium in the Conway Corporation Center for the Sciences  |  Free

Come visit the Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium for the one-hour presentation Unveiling the Invisible Universe. 

For thousands of years the humans observed the light coming from the night sky with their eyes. In the beginning of the 17th century, the invention of the telescope by Galileo revolutionized our knowledge of the Universe. Finally, in the 20th century with the advent of rockets, it became possible to go above the earth’s atmosphere and observe X-ray and gamma ray radiation which are the marks of the hot and violent Universe. But it is not only light that can give us information about the cosmos. Neutrinos and cosmic rays also provide vital information. Finally, the detection by the LIGO experiment of gravitational waves from two merging black holes opened a new window in astrophysics. This video presents images of the cosmos as revealed by all these different messengers.

Entry to the planetarium starts at 6:50 pm. Seating is on a first-come basis with maximum capacity of 94. No food or drink is allowed.

Hosted by: Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium




Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I park?

We encourage you to park in the lot at the intersection of Donaghey Avenue and Torreyson Street or the lot behind Donaghey Hall. There is also limited visitor parking in the lot behind Schichtl. You are permitted to park in any parking space on campus that is not reserved or a designated handicap space. View the Campus Map for help in navigating campus and parking lots.


What lodging is available for families?

The Conway Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a list of available lodging in the community.


We look forward to seeing you at UCA Family Day 2022!

Go Bears!