Families at Reunion
There are a wide range of family-friendly events happening throughout Reunion weekend. See the 2014 listing>>
The college sponsors free family programs during the day on Saturday to supplement programs offered by classes. Past examples include: concerts, a circus performance and participatory event where kids learn to juggle, walk a tight rope, and spend lots of energy, family swims at the pool and more. These events are designed for families to participate together. Children cannot attend without a parent or guardian present. Classes also often offer family programs such as: bouncy houses, pony rides, organized games like kickball or lawn games, concerts and magicians. Check the printed and online schedules as well as class communications for more information.
Some classes 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 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. (NOTE: Care.com and Sittercity.com are private for-profit businesses and are in no way affiliated with Amherst College.) You may want to check out what your class is planning before signing up for the college evening program if you would like to have your children closer by, or if you child is under 4 years old.
Children's Reunion Evening Program
The Children’s Reunion Evening Program is a service sponsored by the college.The program 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 4 years old. In order to participate a child must be 4 years old by May 29, 2015.
Susan Foley, the coordinator of the program, is a 26-year veteran of the Amherst College Children’s Reunion Program. She will be joined by adult childcare professionals and student assistants.
We look forward to seeing you and your children at Reunion!
Registration, Sign-in and Pick-up
Children who are not registered may not attend the program. Registration for you and your child will be at the Alumni House Reception Center. After you have registered yourself for Reunion, please register your child at the Children’s Reunion Evening Program desk. He or she will receive a bracelet and name tag identifying him/her as a children’s evening program attendee. When you bring your child to the program between 4:30 and 5 p.m. you will need to sign them in at the Keefe Campus Center. You must sign them out any time you pick them up. On-site registration will also be available at Keefe Campus Center from 4-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. If you are planning to bring your child after 6 p.m., please be aware that they may not receive the full meal planned. In order for your child to have a complete meal, please make sure they arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. to the program. Registration requires the completion of a variety of forms, so please plan your time accordingly.
Cost (per child)
$40 for Friday
$40 for Saturday or
$75 for both days (per child)
Dinner is included with your fee for each night. If your child requires special dietary accommodations, please note that on their registration form. Dinner is promptly served at 6:00 p.m. and begins wrapping up at 6:45 p.m.
Friday, May 29: 5 - 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 30: 5 – 10 p.m.
5-6 p.m. Games, crafts
6-7 p.m. Dinner
7-8 p.m. Live entertainment (TBA)
8-10 p.m. Movies and popcorn
- 4–7-year-olds (Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center)
Assorted age-appropriate videos will be shown.
- 8–12-year-olds (Movie Theater, Keefe Campus Center)
Age appropriate movies will be shown
If siblings need to be together and are not in the same group, older children will be placed in the younger child’s age group.
- Please include a change of clothing.
- 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
“Lost and Found” articles will be available at Campus Police after 11 p.m. Saturday evening.