Last weekend (Thursday, September 20th to Sunday, September 23rd) was Rice Families Weekend 2012! If you aren’t familiar with what a families weekend is, it’s a weekend during which the university plans tons of fun, free events for students and their parents (although sometimes younger siblings do come along as well) to enjoy. Activities included guest and faculty lectures; a Wiess College Theater performance; an evening of opera scenes from The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Turn of the Screw, Street Scene, and Little Women; Rice Gallery talks; tours of campus facilities; a joint musical/comedy show put on by the Rice Philharmonics and Spontaneous Combustion; a weekend barbecue; and a home football game… just to name a few!
Even though I’m a Houston local (I graduated from a public high school in Katy, Texas), my parents still visit me every year for Rice Families Weekend. We always go to the football game together (and for some inexplicable reason always seem to forget sunblock), followed by an off-campus dinner. My parents never get a hotel room in the city or anything like that… we cram an entire families weekend into one day which seems to work fairly well. This year (due to my somewhat poor midterm exam schedule) we only went to the football game until halftime, then headed to Maggiano’s for an early dinner.