COLLEGE PARK, Md - The University of Maryland celebrates the 25th anniversary of Maryland Day, which returns on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. The beloved annual, campus-wide festivity of learning, discovery and fun will feature hundreds of free exhibitions and events and a special guest; “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author, illustrator and Terp alum, Jeff Kinney (‘93).
Guests will have an opportunity to meet-and-greet with the best-selling children’s author at the STAMP Student Union at 10 a.m. Visitors can further explore family-friendly activities held on UMD’s expansive campus through its Learning Neighborhoods: Terp Town Center, AG Day Avenue, Art & Design Place, Science & Tech Way, and Sports & Rec Row. Each neighborhood on campus will offer interactive events with endless possibilities of learning and fun. Highlights include:
Do Good Sculpture Unveiling – The University of Maryland is proud to be the nation's first Do Good campus. Join us at 11 a.m. for a celebration as we unveil a new sculpture just outside Thurgood Marshall Hall, a symbol of our commitment to tackle society's grand challenges and do good in our community.
Discover Do Good – Pick up an activity card and embark on an adventure across campus to discover all of the ways UMD is doing good in our community. Visit four events for a chance to take home an exclusive Do Good T-shirt, while supplies last.
Gymkana Obstacle Course – Let the adventure begin with the School of Public Health. Watch the spectacular members of Gymkana show off their acrobatic skills, and take your turn participating on an obstacle course.
Insect Petting Zoo – Go on a mysterious adventure learning about creepy crawly tarantulas, millipedes, scorpions and more.
DIY Seed Bombs – Beautiful and helping out the climate? Learn how to make sustainable seed bombs to take home and enjoy the beauty while helping the environment.
Blown Away by the Wind – Experience the power of the wind in the Glenn L Martin Wind Tunnel, actively involved in aerodynamic research and development since 1949.
Make-and-Take Printmaking – In celebration of the David Driskell Center's new exhibition, "Ringgold | Saar: Meeting on the Matrix," learn a printmaking process and take home your print.
Costume Shop Open House –Take a peek behind the curtain and visit the Costume Shop at The Clarice Performing Arts Center to view costume displays and drape your own fashions.
Visitors can also pay a visit to the Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium at noon to watch the Maryland football team cap off their spring practice schedule with their annual Red-White spring game. For a complete list of activities, visit marylandday.umd.edu.
Maryland Day will take place rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. The university is also accessible via the Green and Yellow Metro lines at the College Park–University of Maryland Washington Metro station. Complimentary Shuttle-UM bus transportation will service main parking lots and garages.
To learn more, visit marylandday.umd.edu and join the conversation on social media using #MarylandDay.