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Family Programming

Throughout Reunion there are many family programs offered by classes and the College. These events are designed for families to participate together, and children cannot attend without a parent or guardian present. As Reunion approaches, check the schedule for more information about what is being planned for this year. A printed schedule of all of the family-friendly programs will also be available at Alumni House when you arrive. 

Some classes may also plan evening activities for children at their headquarters, separate from the Children’s Reunion Evening Program. A parent or guardian must be present for these activities. If parents or groups of families privately contract with babysitters to watch their children while they are at events, that arrangement is between the parent and babysitter, and beyond the scope of what a class or the College can provide. The College also cannot provide lists of names of local sitters, or our student workers. We do suggest checking out websites like Sittercity.com and Care.com. Please note: Care.com and Sittercity.com are private for-profit businesses and are in no way affiliated with Amherst College. You may want to inquire what your class has planned before signing up for the College-sponsored evening program if you would like to have your children nearby, or if your child is under the age of four.

Children's Reunion Evening Program

The Children’s Reunion Evening Program is a service sponsored by the College that runs on the Friday and Saturday nights of Reunion from 5 -10 p.m. Due to Massachusetts regulations, the Children’s Reunion Evening Program can only accept children over the age of four. In order to participate, a child must be four years old by May 30, 2019.

Susan Foley, the coordinator of the program, is a 29-year veteran of the Amherst College Children’s Reunion Program. She will be joined by adult childcare professionals and student assistants.

Registration, Check-in and Pick-up

Children who are not registered may not attend the program. Registration for the Children's Reunion Evening Program is part of our online Reunion registration system, which will open in early January. You must be registered for Reunion to register your child for Children's Reunion. If you prefer not to register online, please contact the office of Alumni and Parent Programs at 413-542-2313 or e-mail reunion@amherst.edu.

Check-in for you and your child will be at the Alumni House Reception Center. As you check yourself in for Reunion, please check in your child at the same time. Your child will receive a bracelet and name tag identifying them as a children’s evening program attendee. When you bring your child to the program at 5 p.m. you will need to bring the packet you received at Alumni House. You must also sign in your children at the Keefe Campus Center when you drop them. You must sign them out any time you pick them up.

Registration will only be available at Alumni House. If you are planning to bring your child after 6 p.m., please be aware that they may not receive the full meal that has been planned. In order for your child to have a complete meal, please make sure they arrive no later than 6 p.m. Registration requires the completion of a variety of forms, so please plan your time accordingly.

  • Children's Reunion Program - Liability Form (required)
  • Leave at Will Form (optional for ages 12+)
Cost (per child)

$40 for Friday
$40 for Saturday or
$75 for both days


Dinner is included with your fee for each night. If your child requires special dietary accommodations, please let us know when registering for Children's Reunion. Dinner is promptly served at 6 p.m. and begins wrapping up at 6:45 p.m.

Program Hours

5 - 10 p.m. on Friday, May 31
5 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 1


Friday, May 31, 2019
5 - 6 p.m.
Games and crafts
6 - 7 p.m. Dinner
7 - 8 p.m. "Michael Wald's Comedy Magic"
8 - 10 p.m. Movies* and popcorn
- Assorted videos (ages 4 - 7)
- (ages 8+)

Saturday, June 1, 2019
5 - 6 p.m.
Games and crafts
6 - 7 p.m. Dinner
7 - 8 p.m. Mad Science - "Science of Superheroes"
8 - 10 p.m. Movies* and popcorn
- Assorted videos (ages 4 - 7)
- (ages 8+)

*Age-appropriate movies will be shown in two groups: children ages 4-7 will remain in the Friedmann Room, while children 8 and older may watch a movie in the movie theater downstairs.

If siblings need to be together and are not in the same age group, older children will be placed in the younger child’s age group.

  • Please include a change of clothing for each child.
  • Label all belongings.
  • Include special toys or other comfort objects your child may enjoy.
  • Please tell your child about the Children’s Reunion Evening Program in advance.
Lost and Found

Items left at Children's Reunion will be returned to Alumni House, where they will be held until the end of Reunion. See our Lost and Found policy.

We look forward to seeing you and your children at Reunion!