Family Friendly Weekend

We're delighted that you are planning a return to Grounds this spring. If you are traveling with children or grandchildren, please know that they are welcome at Reunion. When you arrive on Grounds and check in, you will find activities in the lobby to occupy them while you pick up your registration packet, catch up with friends or learn about new initiatives from various Darden departments. The Barbecue and Field Day on Saturday is planned with children in mind, offering moon bounces, face painting, crafts and room to play. Nursing moms in need of a quiet space should stop by our registration desk for assistance.

For your convenience, we are pleased to offer child care services for children older than 6 weeks and younger than 10 years on Friday (6:30–11 p.m.) and Saturday (5:00–11 p.m.) evenings. We have contracted with the UVA Child Development Center, a licensed and insured facility, located less than a mile from Grounds. The Center will offer dinner on both nights, age-appropriate activities and sleeping arrangements for young children. Parents do not need to bring pack-n-plays for their children. Any food or breast milk should be clearly labeled with the first and last name and the date, and may be stored in refrigerators on site. There are two buildings, so families will be assigned based on whether infant/toddler care is needed; we will keep older children with their younger siblings, though the infant/toddler center is better equipped for children under two.

Please indicate your need for child care when you submit your reunion registration online or by mail. Space is limited, so please register early. If you elect to use the child care you will have to complete the emergency release form, as well as provide a recent photo of your child. Directions to the facilities will be provided before you arrive on Grounds. Please note that it is the center’s policy, and for the safety of the children, not to release children to parents whom they feel may be intoxicated.

If you prefer to secure private child care at your hotel room there are several options in Charlottesville:

UVA School of Nursing maintains a babysitter list. To obtain this list, please contact the Office of Engagement at +1-434-243-8977.

Local Nanny Network provides premier on-site childcare for events in the Charlottesville area. You simply reserve the days and times that you need childcare and they will arrive at your hotel or wherever you need their services. Their nannies are screened, CPR certified, have at least three years of childcare experience and are personally interviewed. You can find their nanny bio and picture on the website. The nannies arrive in uniform fully stocked with games, books, and crafts to keep the children happy and engaged while parents can enjoy the reunion without worry.

Note: The Office of Engagement does not endorse nor does it screen any outside caregiving services. All services must be agreed upon by the vendor and client.

While in Charlottesville, you may find the Charlottesville Family website helpful for kid-friendly activities, parks and playground locations and more.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.