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New Family Weekend event geared toward kids

Younger siblings of students should look forward to a new event the Programming Council planned this year for Family Weekend, a Programming Council representative said.

Family Weekend Student Director and junior strategic communication major McKenzie Zieser said the Programming Council’s Family Weekend Committee scheduled a Future Frog Camp event designed for younger siblings of students Saturday during Family Weekend. Children ages 4 to 10 are invited to attend the event.

Zieser said about 450 families are registered for Family Weekend this year, which is about 110 more than last year.

Parents can drop off their children while they attend the Faculty/Family meet-and-greets on Saturday, Zieser said.

Programming Council has a lot planned for the Future Frog Camp event.

“They are going to make signs and shakers for the game against SMU that day,” Zieser said. “Then we are going to have a movie afterwards.”

Programming Council will play “The Incredibles” in the auditorium, Zieser said.

The committee will also provide activity coloring books for the children whose parents registered them to come to the event, Zieser said.

Programming Council communication liaison and senior graphic design major Sarah Reed created the activity coloring book. She said the book has word searches and a story with illustrations of landmarks on campus and around Fort Worth.

Zieser said five female students from the Family Weekend Committee volunteered to watch over the children for the Future Frog Camp event. Members from Alpha Phi Omega, the fraternity service organization, will be there as well, Zieser said.

President of Alpha Phi Omega and junior habilitation of the deaf major Samantha Kern said 10 to 12 APO members will be volunteering at the event.

“We are just going to be in there to oversee everything and make sure everything goes smoothly,” Kern said.

Zieser said Future Frog Camp will be held in the Student Organization Area on the first floor of the Brown-Lupton University Union.

Megan Affrica, a sophomore fashion merchandising major, said she thinks having this event for children is a good idea.

“It gives them something to do instead of sitting there listening to stuff that really doesn’t pertain to them,” Affrica said.

In addition to adding a program for siblings, Programming Council made efforts to make the weekend more affordable for families by reducing costs by about 60 percent, Zieser said.

Instead of having an expensive dinner Friday night, the council organized an opening reception with finger foods to reduce the price, Zieser said.

There will also be new All-Access buttons for Family Weekend, Zieser said, because the council will not be selling individual tickets for each event.

“They can basically get into every event that SGA and Programming Council is putting on campus, with the exception of the football game,” Zieser said.

According to the Family Weekend Web site, exceptions the to All-Access button include theater show “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” TCU Stars, Fall Breakaway 5K, Post-Game Coffee and Snack Attack Food/Beverage, Brunch with the Chancellor and Off-Campus Excursions.

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