Family Day

Family Day 2019 will be held on October 12!

Please check back soon for event updates.

Family Day 2018

2018 Schedule of Events

Events are subject to change. Check back often as more events are being added!

Family Day will proceed as planned rain or shine. In the event of lightning, some activities may be delayed until the scattered storms pass through the area. We hope to see you on campus! Go Bears!

Friday, October 5

Art Gallery Exhibit

The Baum Gallery will be open for viewing our current exhibit:
Peter Pincus: Color and Form
Art Process: Drawings and More

10:00 am-5:00 pm – McCastlain Hall | Free | Click here for more information

Planetarium Show: “Edge of Darkness”

Enjoy a tour of the universe! Doors open 30 minutes before the show.  No admittance once show has begun.

8:00-9:00 pm  –  Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium, UCA Conway Corporation Center for the Sciences (Bruce Street)  | Free |  Click here for more information

Saturday, October 6

How to Have the Full College Learning Experience

UCA offers many exciting academic opportunities for students inside and outside the classroom. Join us for coffee and learn from a panel of experts about how students can take advantage of opportunities for internships, study abroad, service learning, and academic research. Open to students at all levels (freshman through senior).

9:00-10:00 am – Student Center Ballroom 

White Coat Ceremony (School of Nursing)

The School of Nursing will hold their Third Annual White Coat Ceremony for current students. 

9:00 am – Reynolds Performance Hall

CAF Red Tail Squadron “RISE ABOVE” Traveling Exhibit

The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a mobile movie theater that features the original film “Rise Above” created by Emmy Award-wining filmmaker and aviation cinema specialist Adam White of Hemlock Films. This inspirational piece of cinematography highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen who served our country in World War II and features spectacular footage of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang taking viewers on a trip through time, then through the air.  Because of it’s dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the Traveling Exhibit creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in a P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. Housed in a climate controlled 53’ semi trailer with expandable sides, the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is equipped with a ramp and hydraulic lift to ensure access to all. This event will take place on October 6 and October 7!

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.   |  Free

Students & Families Brunch

Enjoy brunch with UCA faculty and staff, and phenomenal guest speaker, Dr. Amy Baldwin, director of UCA’s Department of Student Transitions. Tickets required.

10:00-11:30 am – McCastlain Ballroom  |  $10 (Tickets Required)

Click here to purchase tickets

Academic Building Tours

UCA’s Academic Buildings will be open from 10am-2pm for self-guided tours.

10:00 am-2:00 pm

Information Fair & Bookstore Open House

UCA offers numerous support services to ensure our students succeed.  The Info Fair will provide you with more information on these resources, and staff will be available to answer questions about tutoring services, financial aid, housing, and student activities. The information fair will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the UCA Bookstore will open at 12:00 p.m.

11:00 am-1:00 pm – Information Fair, UCA Student Center, 1st Floor

12:00 pm-5:00 pm – UCA Bookstore Open 


Conway Eco + ArtsFest

Hands-on activities for kids of all ages, demonstrations by UCA sculpture students, performing arts, art exhibits, paper making, and much more!

11:00 am-4:00 pm – Laurel Park | 2310 Robinson Ave, Conway, AR 72034 | Click here for more information

UCA Men’s Soccer vs University of Evansville

2:00 pm – Bill Stephens Track/Soccer Complex  |  Free |  Click here for more information

Picnic Lunch

Satisfy your hunger with a free hamburger or hot dog!

2:00-5:00 pm (or while supplies last)  –  Practice Field  |  Free | corner of Farris Road and Bruce Street; see map below


Come grab a snack with some free funnel cakes, popcorn, and cotton candy!

2:00-6:00 pm  –  Practice Field | Free | corner of Farris Road and Bruce Street; see map below

Entertainment and Attractions

Fun for the whole family! Enjoy one of the many inflatable attractions, play some lawn games, have your picture taken at the photo booth, or get your face painted! Additionally, there will be other games and activities for you to participate in provided various UCA student organizations.

NOTE: To participate in activities a liability waiver must be signed at the welcome booth.

2:00-6:00 pm  –  Practice Field   |  Free |  corner of Farris Road and Bruce Street; see map below


2:00-6:00 pm  –  Bruce Street (Purchased Tailgating Spots Only)

BBQ Sauce Contest

UCA’s Residential Colleges will host their annual BBQ sauce contest during the tailgate! Purchase a pork sandwich, choice of faculty/student sauce, chips, and a drink for $5. All proceeds will go to the UCA Bear Essentials Food Pantry.

2:00-6:00pm (or while supplies last) –  Residential College tent, Bruce Street  |  $5 

President’s Reception and Tailgate

President Houston Davis and Mrs. Davis invite you to enjoy refreshments at their home.  Stop by and say hello to UCA’s first family!

3:00 pm – President’s House, Corner of Donaghey Avenue and South Street  |  Free |  Shuttles will be provided from the practice field area.

“Jack and Jill” Puppet Performance

Part of the Eco + ArtsFest events, Mark Blashford gives a performance with a water awareness theme.

5:30 pm – Farris Hall, Presentation Room

UCA Football vs. Houston Baptist University

Specially-priced Family Day tickets ($8) available online at using promo code: BEARFAM18

6:00 pm Kickoff  –  Estes Stadium 

Light Up the Night

ArtsFest presents live music, hands-on art activities, and art exhibits!

6:00-10:00 pm – Kings Live Music | 1020 Front Street, Conway, AR 72032

 “The Water About Us”

This Underwater Music/Dance/Film/Poetry Event by Core Dance and HEARding Cats Collective is part of Conway Eco + ArtsFest and requires timed tickets.

7:00 pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm performances – HPER Center, Swimming Pool | Click here for more information, including tickets

Planetarium Show: “Edge of Darkness”

Enjoy a tour of the universe! Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.  No admittance once show has begun.

8:00-9:00 pm  –  Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium, UCA Conway Corporation Center for the Sciences (Bruce Street)  |  Click here for more information

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do I park?

  • There is no designated parking for Family Day.  You are allowed to park in any parking space on campus that is not reserved or a designated handicap space.

Have other questions? Feel free to email us at

We look forward to seeing you at UCA Family Day 2018!

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Conway Family Bowl