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Bear Club

Family Programming during Reunion at Thurtene Carnival

​"It was a great feature of Reunion, and made attending events much more enjoyable. Our daughter had a blast at Bear Club. It was cheaper than babysitting, and she had way more fun than staying at home."


Bear Club is designed to allow alumni to enjoy their Family at Thurtene Reunionweekend while knowing that their children will be entertained and cared by licensed and bonded professional nannies from TLC for Kids assisted by Washington University staff and current students.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, we will offer child care for babies and infants as well activities for kids ages 2 years and older. Additional family-friendly programming os offered Saturday.

Children may participate in all or portions of the scheduled activities. A Washington University Staff member can be reached at all times during Bear Club hours via cell phone. The phone number will be provided to all registered parents upon arrival.


Programming Tracks

Bear Club is divided into five recommended tracks to ensure age-appropriate and engaging activities for all participants.
Grizzly Bears: Ages 12+

Older children will take part in a cooking workshop. They will also have the opportunity to play video games, foosball, board games, pool, etc. in the Student Fun Room.


Cub Club: Ages 2-5

Pre-K children will enjoy a show with Juggling Jeff and an age-appropriate Science workshop. A movie and arts and crafts to add to the fun! 

WashU Bears: Ages 6-8
Ursa Bears: Ages 9-11

Children will participate in engaging activities that are both exciting and educational.  Activities include a Science workshop and a show by the amazing Juggling Jeff. 

Baby Bears: Under 2

Child care is available for infants and toddlers during both Bear Club sessions. Care and age-appropriate activities will be provided by staff from TLC for Kids, a licensed and bonded temporary child care service, and supervised by Washington University staff.

2017 Schedule of Activities

2018 Schedule of Activities coming soon.


Friday, April 21

Session 1* | 5:15 – 9:45 p.m.
5:15 p.m. Registration/Sign In/Free Play
​5:45 p.m. ​Dinner
​6:30 p.m. Cub Club: Juggling Jeff
Ursa and Grizzly Bears: Student Performance
​7 p.m. Cub Club: Edible Craft
​7:15 p.m. Ursa and Grizzly Bears: Juggling Jeff
​7:45/8 p.m. Cub Club and Ursa Bears: Movies, Arts and Crafts, and Games
Grizzly Bears: Student Fun Room Activities
​9:45 p.m. ​Sign Out/Pick Up

Saturday, April 22

Family Friendly Events Highlights (check back soon for more details.)

8 - 11:30 a.m.

Explore the Saint Louis Zoo
$15 Adult/$10 Child (ages 6 - 17)/
Free for children ages 5 and under

​12 - 2 p.m.   Alumni BBQ
$15 Adult/$5 Child (ages 6 - 17)/
Free for children ages 5 and under

Session 2* | 6:15 – 11:15 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

Registration/Sign In/Free Play

​6:45 p.m.

Cub Club and Ursa Bears: Dinner 
Grizzly Bears: Student Fun Room Activities

​7:30 p.m.

Cub Club and Ursa Bears: Science Workshop
Grizzly Bears: Cooking Demo and Tasting (includes dinner)

​8:45 p.m.

All: Student Performance

​9:15 p.m.

Cub Club and Ursa Bears: Cookie Decorating
Grizzly Bears: Mama's Pot Roast Improv

​10 p.m.

Cub Club and Ursa Bears: Movie, Arts and Crafts, and Games
Grizzly Bears: Student Fun Room Activities

​11:15 p.m.

​Sign Out/Pick Up

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