Family Day Schedule

Below, you'll find the Family Day schedule for 2023. It will continue to be updated regularly.

We are excited to have you back to campus for Family Day.  This year your registration fee of $40 per person over the age of 8, covers your Family Day shirt,* morning activities, the Eagle Family Lunch and Musical Showcase, afternoon on-campus activities, event supplies, and administrative costs. If you have children under 8, they are welcome to come join us at no cost, but please do not register them.  You will need to register each additional family member, including your student.  Winthrop students are not charged for participating in Family Day. 

Please complete the registration form to reserve your spot. Registration closes at midnight on September 28.

Note: All participants must wear your official Family Day nametag for admission into events.


Friday, October 6, 2023 

While Friday is not officially part of Family Day, we recognize that some families come into town early. Thus, we have put together this list of some activities and local restaurants for you. The Rock Hill area has so many great food options and local flavors for you to explore during your visit!

Campus Map


19th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival

7:00 - 11:00 p.m. | Tom S. Gettys Center Corner | 201 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC 29730

Music lovers come on Friday Oct 6 for the annual Blues & Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Arts Council of York County. The festival's Old Town Crawl features eight bands in seven Rock Hill locations from 7 to 11 pm on Oct 6 rain or shine. A $20 wristband allows entry to all venues. Click here for more information about tickets.


First Fridays Rock Hill

5:00 - 11:00 p.m. | Old Town Rock Hill, 157 E Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730

First Fridays Rock Hill takes place inside the shops, restaurants, galleries, and venues located in Old Town Rock Hill, with different happenings at each one.  Visitors can expect to hear music, see art, and shop pop-up markets. Many restaurants will  have food and drink specials during First Fridays Rock Hill.


9th Annual Fort Mill Scarecrow Crawl

200 Tom Hall Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715

Come take a stroll in Downtown Fort Mill to see all the amazing Scarecrow entries created by individuals, schools, businesses, organizations, churches and more.



Mr. Putty's Fun Park

Ends at 10:00 p.m. | 2333 Dam Road, Tega Cay, SC 29708

Each of our adventure-filled excursions is something that everyone in the family can enjoy.  Whether you're 2 or 102, you'll find thrilling recreation activities at Mr. Putty's that you'll enjoy.  We offer Miniature Golf, Axe Throwing, Bungee Jumping and SO much more!    


Mr. Putty's Fun Park




Saturday, October 7, 2023 

Today's the day! Family Day on Saturday is broken into two parts below: Morning and Afternoon, a reminder, Family Day registration includes all Saturday on-campus morning activities, the Eagle Family Lunch and Musical Showcase, most Saturday afternoon (unless cost is otherwise listed). You must be wearing your official Family Day nametag for admission into all events.


Saturday Morning

Family Day Registration and Check-In

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Tuttle Dining Room, McBryde Hall

Welcome, Eagle families! All registered participants should check-in for Family Day to receive their name tag, lunch ticket, and other Family Day items. Have some time after check-in and before the first session? Enjoy refreshments, visit the Winthrop Bookstore in the DiGiorgio Campus Center, or take a moment to explore our campus in the fall! 

If you arrive after 10:45 a.m., please go to the DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby for late check-in until noon.


Eagle Family Welcome

10:15 a.m. | McBryde Hall

We are thrilled to see you back on campus for Family Day 2023! Join us for this kick-off session and hear from Dr. Peter Judge, Provost and Shelia Higgs Burkhalter, Vice President for Student Affairs, who will welcome you back for the day!

Office of New Student & Family Programs, and Division of Student Affairs


Academic College Showcase

10:45 a.m. | Various Locations (see below)

Learn about the academic opportunities within your student's Academic College and hear highlights from students and professors. Highlights can include current research, special projects and events, academic successes, and more!



Saturday Afternoon

For the afternoon, choose your own adventure and explore all that campus and Rock Hill have to offer! All events included unless otherwise listed.


Eagle Family Lunch and Musical Showcase

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Byrnes Lawn         *McBryde Hall - Rain Location

Enjoy a delicious picnic meal while listing to the sounds of the Winthrop University Department of Music as the musical ensembles come together for an afternoon of harmony during your lunch. 

Students - please swipe your Winthrop ID card.

Dining Services

Department of Music, Winthrop's Vocal & Instrumental Ensembles, College of Visual & Performing Arts


Pumpkin Decorating

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Margaret Nance Lawn         *West Center: Rain Location

Celebrate the season with us and decorate a pumpkin to take home! Our pumpkins are local from Cotton Hill Farms.

Office of New Student & Family Programs


Cookie Decorating

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Margaret Nance Lawn      * West Center: Rain Location

Build your own cookie sandwich by filling it with frosting and dipping it in a sweet garnish.

Winthrop Dining Services


Photo Booth

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Margaret Nance Lawn      * West Center: Rain Location

Take home a photo strip to remember your day!


Caricature Artist

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Margaret Nance Lawn

Take home a fun family picture drawn by local artists.

Residence Life


Men's Soccer vs. Radford

2:00 p.m. | Eagle Field

Students and families come and enjoy a game of Winthrop soccer.  Free admission with Family Day lanyard!

Winthrop Athletics


Lawn Games

2:00  - 5:00 p.m. | Margaret Nance Lawn

Enjoy a friendly game of corn hole, or test your skills playinggiant Jenga!


Leaf Your Mark on Campus 

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Meet at the Little Chapel (rain plan: cancelled)

Families registered to participate in this event will receive an e-mail with additional information.

As you peruse Winthrop's lush and beautiful campus, you may notice that natural features play an important role in the overall charm. Join Winthrop's Office of Sustainability to enhance this beauty by planting a tree or other plant(s) on Family Day for future Eagles to enjoy. 

Participation in this event requires a pre-registration.  Participants: please be advised that you may get a little dirty during this event as you will be working with soil and plants, so plan to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. 

Office of Sustainability, Campus Tree Plan


Eagle Family Rock Climbing

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | West Center

Families will have the opportunity to try out our 36 foot climbing wall

Recreational Services, Office of New Student & Family Programs


Trivia with the Fam

3:00 p.m. | The Edge, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DIGS)

Showcase your smarts and team up with your family during Family Day trivia! Join us for some family fun and friendly competition. The winning team will receive a prize! Game on. The Edge is the seating located on the lower level near the food court.

Office of New Student & Family Programs


Game Time with the Winthrop Bookstore

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Winthrop Bookstore

Stop in the Bookstore Commons to play board games with your family!

Winthrop Bookstore


Eagle Family Drop-In Closing: Flower Pot Decorating and Planting

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | DiGiorgio Campus Center Community Concourse

Come join us as a family to decorate a special flower pot and plant your student a succulent to keep and remember your day together. 



Off Campus Activities


Cotton Hills Farm Fall Festivities

Full afternoon 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | 2575 Lowrys Highway, Chester, SC 29706

Join us for our fall festivities! We have a U-Pick Pumpkins, Fall Hay Rides (end at 4 p.m.), and The Market at Lowrys (closes at 7 p.m.), which is our seasonal produce stand and offers a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products like ice cream! Prices vary by activity.

Cotton Hills Farm


Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill

Full afternoon 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | 1860 Black Highway, York, SC

Jump into fall with us! With plenty of activities to keep all family members entertained, this family-owned and operated apple orchard is a great family activity. At Windy Hill, you can enjoy fresh pressed apple cider, fresh-made apple products like the hot apple cider donut, and award-winning hard cider. Go apple-picking yourselves or buy some apples from the farm stand. Live music by Electric Dreams from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Entry to Windy Hill is free, but additional costs vary by activity.

Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill


Piedmont Medical Center Walking Trail at Riverwalk

Full afternoon 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | 575 Herrons Ferry Road, Rock Hill, SC

The Piedmont Medical Center Walking Trail at Riverwalk offers scenic views of the Catawba River and is a great locale to explore Rock Hill's natural beauty and spend time with the family. The trail itself is 3.35 miles one way and offers trekkers access to flat areas, both uphill and downhill stretches, in addition to benches and bridges along the way. Walk the entire trail or just a piece - the whole family is sure to enjoy! Entry is free.

Piedmont Medical Center Walking Trail



Saturday Evening

Family Dinner

At Your Leisure

Please view this list of local restaurants for dinner on Saturday night.  The Rock Hill area has so many great food options and local flavors! This is a great opportunity to come together toward the end of Family Day and enjoy some good food together as a family.



7:30 p.m. Seating at 7:00 p.m. | Johnson Theatre

This modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman follows as the character named Everybody travles down a road toward life's greatest mystery.  Tickets are $5 for students with Winthrop ID, and $10 for General Admission.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office an hour before the show.  Trigger warnings: Use of strobe effec and strong language.

Theater and Dance


Things to Do

Looking for something to do with your family on Saturday night?  Check out some local options -  THINGS TO DO



7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273

Carowinds is transformed from a "theme park" into a "scream park" at SCarowinds - the Carolinas' largest Halloween event. Whatever you fear is here!

Entry to SCarowinds is not included in Family Day registration, and families who choose to participate are responsible for all SCarowinds costs. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the gate.