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FAMILY DAY 2016: Saturday, October 1

Family Day Registration

Family Day Registration is now open. Families can register by clicking HERE.

Registration will close Friday, September 16, 2016. Please note the deadline to cancel and receive a refund is Friday, September 16.

Family Day 2016 Fee Information

The registration fee for Family Day 2016 is $25 per person (students and children 6 and under are free). Your registration fee covers a ticket for you and your student to attend the Family Day Picnic and Festival, continental breakfast, all other Family Day activities (excluding the optional activities), Family Day giveaways, and administrative costs.

Family Day T-Shirts

Commemorate this exciting event by purchasing a Winthrop University Family Day T-Shirt! Please click HERE (PDF) to see the design. T-shirts are $5 (sizes S-XL) and $6.50 (size 2XL).

Payment Information

Your student's account will be charged for your Family Day registration fees. Your student's account needs to be settled to avoid any possible complications with course registration. After completing your Family Day Registration, you will be given two options for payment: "Pay by Credit Card or Echeck" or "Pay Later."

Please note that the charges for your Family Day registration will not appear on your student's account until the next business day. However, you can still make a payment for the registration and settle your student's account on the same day you register. Winthrop accepts MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Visa. You will be charged at 2.75% convenience fee if you choose to pay by credit card; there is no charge to pay by electronic check (Echeck).

When you click on the "Pay by Credit Card or Echeck" button, you will be taken to the Cashier's Payment Website that will give you more instructions and the link to log in to make a payment. If you choose to pay later, please note that you will still need to make a payment to your student's account at a later date to avoid any issues with course registration.

If you have any questions about the registration or payment process, feel free to contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at 803/323-2387 or via email at

Family Day 2016 Schedule of Events

The Family Day 2016 Schedule of Events can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Please note that all registered participants should check in for Family Day between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. in the lobby of the DiGiorgio Campus Center. The first events will begin at 10 a.m.

Family Day Schedule (PDF)
(Please note this is a draft schedule and is still subject to change. You will receive a final schedule via e-mail the week before the event and at check-in.)

Family Day Activities

Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour
Join Walter Hardin for both an informative and humorous behind-the-scenes look into Winthrop’s campus and illustrious history. Tours will leave at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections Exhibit
Celebrate South Carolina’s unique history by visiting the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections. The Collections, numbering over 1500, have been deposited in the Archives and come from a variety of sources, including the personal papers of many well-known figures. Organizational records include those of the South Carolina home Economics Association, the York County Democratic party, the Episcopal Church Home for Children in York, the Perihelion Club of Rock Hill, and the state branch of the National Organization of Women, among others. Come enjoy a look into Winthrop’s history as the Archives Department displays some of our campus’ most treasured pieces from its past.

West Center Rock Climbing Wall
West Center, 701 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29733
Test your rock climbing skills on the West Center’s rock wall! Located immediately off of the main lobby, this 36 foot climbing wall features eight different climbing routes with both manual and auto belay systems.

Billiards & Ping Pong Tournament
DiGiorgio Campus Center-Recreational Area, 701 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29733
Join in the friendly completion in this billiards and ping pong tournament! Compete against other Family Day participants while enjoying the recreational activities that the DiGiorgio Campus Center has to offer its students and family members. Participants must sign-up during Registration and Check-in to participate.

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
1860 Black Hwy, York, SC 29745
Jump into fall by visiting the Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill! With plenty of activities to keep all members of the family entertained, this family owned and operated apple orchard is a great family activity. At Windy Hill you can pick your own apples, enjoy fresh pressed apple cider, fresh made apple products like the hot apple cider doughnut, and award winning Hard Cider. Entry to Windy Hill Orchard is free, but additional costs vary by activity.

Legal Remedy Brewery Tour
129 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Take a tour of the Legal Remedy Brewing Company, a vacant autoshop dealership turned custom craft brewery and brewpub. Get a behind the scenes look at this 11,000 square feet brewery house that uses its 17-barrel brewing system to produce up to 10,000 barrels a year. Participation is free, closed-toed shoes are required, and this activity is for patrons sixteen years of age and older.

DSU Presents: Timmons Brothers’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show
DiGiorgio Campus Center-Dina’s Place, 701 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29733
The Timmon’s Brothers Trivia game is a family friendly competitive trivia game that spans the decades of music history. It overviews the phases of rock n’roll music and relates it to the musical styles of today. It is guaranteed fun for the entire family!

Optional Activities (Additional Fee Required)

Historic Brattonsville: Liberty or Death?
1444 Brattonsville Rd, McConnells, SC 29726
Liberty or death? The choice is yours. In this interactive tour, participants will learn how people from all walks of life were drawn into the Revolutionary war. Participants will experience life as a Revolutionary war soldier as they march and train as a militia unit, witness a musket firing demonstration, and tour a Revolutionary War battlefield where local Patriots defeated the British. Preregistration is required and admission is $10 per person.

Anne Spring Close Greenway Fall Frolic
250 Dairy Barn Ln, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Kick off the fall season on the Greenway with this family-friendly Fall Frolic festival, packed with activities for all ages! Entry into the festival includes a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, a 4 acre corn maze, hay bale mazes, pedal carts, barnyard buddies farm animals, duck races, corn hole games, and a cow train. With entry you are also able to participate in one of the following activities: lead rope horse rides, gem mining in historic Steele Creek, or Kayaking on Lake Haigler. Preregistration is required in order to obtain a Family Day discounted ticket. With preregistration, admission is $10 per person (plus a $5 parking fee).

SCarowinds Halloween Haunt
Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273
Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” to a “scream park” at SCarowinds – the Carolinas' largest Halloween event. Experience the thrills on your favorite rides and scream at the chills of over 16 different haunted shows and attractions. Whatever you fear is here! Preregistration is required in order to obtain a Family Day discounted ticket. With preregistration, admission is $37 per person (including parking).

Traditional Dinner & Dance
Catawba Indian Reservation, 996 Avenue of the Nations, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Experience an authentic Catawba dinner with us! Enjoy a meal of marinated chicken breast with squash/zucchini medley, corn, sweet potato bread, and one of our scratch made cobblers. A 45-minute presentation from our drummers and dancers will introduce you to the different dance styles. In addition to the traditional Catawba dances, enjoy competitive style dances found at most pow wows. Preregistration is required and admission is $34 per person.

Rock Hill Revolutions
Rock Hill Galleria, 2225 Dave Lyle Blvd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Looking for a fun indoor activity in the Rock Hill area? Check out Revolutions at the Rock Hill Galleria! Featuring a full service restaurant, 20 VIP bowling lanes, a “Stadium” Sports Ampitheatre, live entertainment, arcade, & laser tag, Revolutions is fun for all members of the family. Family Day coupons for bowling at $3.95 per person per game (for 2 games), plus $2.95 per person for shoe rentals will be available at Check-In.

Things My Mother Taught Me
Johnson Hall, 1920 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Check out Winthrop’s Theatre Department’s production “Things My Mother Taught Me". Olivia and Gabe are ready to start their new lives together, until their parents show up, much to Olivia's surprise. The parents quickly begin to clean and do all they can to help. With this comedy about young love, old love and families, Katherine DiSavino explores the lessons parents pass on to their kids, sometimes without even knowing it.” Preregistration is required in order to obtain a Family Day discounted ticket. With preregistration, admission for non-student attendees is $8. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 with a Winthrop ID and $10 for all non-student attendees.


Family members attending Family Day who arrive on Friday, September 30 or choose to stay overnight on Saturday, October 1 will need to make any overnight arrangements. Parents and family members who are attending Family Day can view a list of hotels that give a Winthrop discount by clicking HERE (PDF).

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