Posted by: Dory Devlin | April 16, 2015

Kids’ Activities at Rutgers Day

Bubbles of all sizes will fill the air on Rutgers Day.

Bubbles of all sizes will fill the air on Rutgers Day.

Here’s a fun family challenge: Try to take in all of the hands-on (and free) kids’ activities at Rutgers Day. A parade, a petting zoo, an archaeological dig, shark-tracking, a Lego tent, and all kinds of arts and crafts are among the many kids’ activities offered across the College Avenue, Busch, and Cook/Douglass campuses.

From art to science to animals, there will be tons to explore and experience for children of all ages. Here’s a sampling from this year’s cross-campus festival:



The Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights and Alumni Band will lead a parade at 11 a.m. down College Avenue toward Old Queens. Rutgers trinkets will be tossed along the route, and historical figures will come to life as Paul Robeson, Mabel Smith Douglass, and Colonel Henry Rutgers. The best viewing spots: anywhere along College Avenue and Voorhees Mall.

Science fun

Know how to track a shark? Members of the Oceanography Graduate Student Association will teach kids how to find sharks and fish using scientific equipment. If kids are more interested in digging to discover, the Department of Anthropology is holding a mock archaeological dig, where you can learn how excavation works and how to interpret what it unearths.

Kids (and adults) can also play video games made by 2015 game production students and learn about the new ITI (Information Technology and Informatics) major at Rutgers. Or learn what kinds of questions a pediatric doctor asks at a St. Peter’s Healthcare System’s Teddy Bear Clinic.

There will be more opportunities for hands-on fun, including making DNA and riding in a solar-powered car, and experiencing all kinds of physics phenomena.

Get crafty

Face painting, bubble making, Lego building, bracelet making — those are just a few of the arts-and-crafts activities scattered throughout the Busch, College Avenue and Cook/Douglass campuses. Kids can create their own puppet characters with the Department of English on College Avenue, and make lava lamps with the Douglass Residential College STEM Ambassadors.

Animal friends

Pet a pig on Rutgers Day!

Pet a pig on Rutgers Day!

The Cook/Douglass campus will be animal central. Meet the Rutgers University Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club’s puppies, visit a petting zoo with baby farm animals, including lambs and piglets, and learn why there is a horse running on a high-speed treadmill.


The annual Rutgers spring Scarlet-White scrimmage will be played on Friday, April 24, at High Point Solutions Stadium, but there are plenty of Rutgers Day sports activities, too.

Start with the Rutgers Athletics Mini Combine and throw and jump just like Rutgers’ student-athletes do. Test your snitch-catching skills with the Rutgers Quidditch Team on the Busch campus. Or do your best Jordan Spieth putting impersonation on a mini-golf putting course with real bentgrass just like the pros play on, courtesy of the Rutgers Turf Club. Meanwhile, Rutgers Longboarding Club members will be offering skateboarding and longboarding lessons all day in the Red Oak Lane area of Cook/Douglass.

Check out the full list of kid-friendly activities and plan an action-packed Rutgers Day.

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