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Family Programming

Throughout Reunion there are many family programs offered by classes and the College including: concerts; a circus performance and participatory event where kids learn to juggle, walk a tight rope, and spend lots of energy; pony rides and more. These events are designed for families to participate together. Children cannot attend without a parent or guardian present. Check the printed and online schedules as well as class communications for more information about what is being planned for this year.

Some classes 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. 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 the age of four. In order to participate a child must be four years old by May 26, 2017.

Susan Foley, the coordinator of the program, is a 28-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. You must be registered for Reunion to register your child for Children's Reunion. If you prefer not to register online, please contact 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. After you have checked yourself in for Reunion, please check in 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 at 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 p.m. 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 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
Friday, May 26 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 27 5 – 10 p.m.
5 - 6 p.m. Games, crafts
6 - 7 p.m. Dinner
7 - 8 p.m. Live entertainment
Friday: TBD Saturday: TBD
8 - 10 p.m. Movies* and popcorn

*Ages 4 - 7: Assorted age-appropriate videos will be shown in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
*Ages 8 - 12: Age-appropriate movies will be shown in the Movie Theater, Keefe Campus Center

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 until the end of Reunion. See our Lost and Found policy.


Please contact Alumni and Parent Programs at 413-542-2313 or e-mail reunion@amherst.edu.

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