First Summer Activities

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UConn First Summer Experience

Formal UConn First Summer activities are considered an essential part of the First Summer experience. These events, as well as the many other opportunities to have fun and take part in campus community offered by our program, Student Recreation, Student Activities, Residential Life, Storrs Downtown and others are what make First Summer about more than taking two classes.  The more you invest in First Summer, the better it will prepare you for your UConn career ahead--so jump in!

UCFS Welcome and Ice Cream Social
When: Sunday, July 9 

Where: NextGen Hall
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
• Check-in and attendance is required
• Students will receive information packet

• Meet with Residential life immediately following the reception

UCFS Film Series



Week of First Summer


Tues. July 11th



Tues. July 18th



Tuesday July 25th



Tues. Aug 1st


TBD Tues, Aug 8th 5th (last)



UCFS Show at the Jorgensen Theatre

What: Newsies
When: July 14th
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $6.00
Please reserve tickets with Tommy Lee (UCFS Coordinator).

UCFS Green Campus Tour
For those who want to dig in deeper to UConn EcoHusky experience and understand why UConn is one of Sierra Clubs top 10 Cool Schools, join Rich Miller, Director of UConn’s Office of Environmental Policy, on a shuttle tour of camps, which will highlight many of the green initiatives that make UConn special.  The tour will culminate with a visit to the student-run Spring Valley Farm near the Depot Campus. Seats are limited for the tour, so sign up now!
Where: Shuttle Bus from NextGen Hall
When: TBD
Time: TBD
Cost: Free
Please rsvp with Tommy Lee (UCFS Coordinator).

UCFS Dive-in Movie - UConn Recreation
What: Watch a movie while swimming in the UConn pool!
Where: Brundage Pool, UConn Recreation Center
When: TBD
Time: TBD
Cost: Free with UConn ID

UCFS Lightning Round: What UConn Has for U
What: We are here for you. A lightening fast series of presentations from representatives of various support services from around campus. Invited speakers include: Academic Advising Center, Library, Q Center, W Center, Career Services, Community Outreach, Clubs and Organizations, Student Government, Cultural Center, Recreation, and more. Enjoy light refreshments as you mingle with UCFS classmates and speakers.
When: TBD
Time: TBD
Where: TBD
Check in when you arrive with UConn First Summer Student Mentors

In addition to formal First Summer activities, we point you in the direction of an array of activities that go on around and off campus during the summer, including:

UConn Recreational Activities
Student Recreation Facility:

Adventure Center:
UConn Outdoors provides equipment, instruction/guidance, and transportation for all of its trips. We are based out of the UConn adventure Center on the 2nd floor of the Student Union and rent gear to students.

Climbing Center:

Bodywise classes are run in the Bodywise Studios located in the Putnam Refectory and are open to all students. Please check the website for Summer session 2, schedule.

Brundage Pool:

Weekend Trip Schedule with UConn Outdoors
Outdoor weekend trips from Campus rec have included Stand-Up Paddleboarding, mountain biking, day hikes, rock climbing and more!

Summer Activities Around Campus

Visit: for more information.

2017 Student Activities:

Tons of Fun Tuesdays! (ice cream and more)

TBD  Personalized Cell Phone Covers
TBD  Airbrush Pennants
TBD  Make Your Own Bamboo
TBD  Letter Art
TBD  Photo Magnet Frames

Grab n' Go Wednesdays

TBD  Mac N’ Cheese Bar
TBD  Make Your Own Trail Mix
TBD  Make Your Own Salsa
TBD  Make Your Own Sandwich
TBD  Make Your Own Candy Bag

Thursdays in the Hall!  (activities in your residence hall: food and fun!)

TBD Mason Jar and Beverage Bar
TBD Airbrush Tattoos
TBD Personalized Pillow Cases and S’Mores Night
TBD Outdoor Movie- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
TBD Sandy Candy

Tours from Storrs!
See Summer Student Activities website for up-to-date event information and schedule about "Tours from Storrs!"

Boston Duck Tours
Date 2017 TBD
Destination Prudential Center, Boston, MA.
53 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Depart From Student Union @ 9:00 am (tour at 2:30 pm).
Please arrive at 8:45 to load the bus
Depart From Drop Off Location @  8:00 pm
Please arrive back at 7:45 to re-load the bus
Cost of undergraduate
student ticket
Cost of non-undergraduate
student ticket
Description of Trip: Students and their guests will get to spend the day in Boston and partake in a land and water tour of Boston hosted by Boston Duck Tours. Tickets include round trip bus ride to Boston and Duck Tour.
Hartford Yard Goats
Date TBD
Destination Dunkin Donuts Park- 231 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Depart From Student Union @ 5 pm.  Game starts at 7:05 pm.
Depart From Dunkin Donuts Park @ 10 pm.
Cost of undergraduate
student ticket
Cost of non-undergraduate
student ticket
 Description of Trip: Student will get to spend a night with the Hartford Yard Goats, Connecticut’s minor league baseball team! After watching the Yard Goats vs. the Harrisburg Senators game, students will enjoy a fireworks show and receive a free bobble head!  Ticket includes bus ride to and from the game and admission into the park!

The William Benton Museum of Art
The Benton always has interesting exhibits, and during the summer they often offer art walks (with parasols!) and other fun activities.

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center

CT Repertory Threatre’s 2016 Nutmeg Summer Series
Additional details to follow.

July 6 - July 16, 2016

July 6, 7:30 pm - Preview

Friday July 7, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

Saturday July 8, 2:00 pm

Saturday July 8, 8:00 pm

Sunday July 9, 2:00 pm

Tuesday July 11, 7:30 pm

Wednesday July 12, 2:00 pm

Wednesday July 12, 7:30 pm

Thursday July 13, 7:30 pm

Friday July 14, 8:00 pm

Saturday July 15, 2:00 pm

Saturday July 15 2017, 8:00 pm

Sunday July 16 2017, 2:00 pm

Storrs Center Downtown
Storrs Downtown - visit for up-to-date information on events, activities, shops, restaurants, etc.

Storrs Downtown always has fun stuff going on in the summer, including:

Live Music every week!
*UCFS Sponsored* 2017 Summer Concerts on the Square

What: TBD-visit
When: TBD
Where: Mansfield Downtown
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Friendly Fire Board Game Nights
What: Each Wednesday night Friendly Fire hosts an entirely free Board Game Night. Players are encouraged to come join us play any number of board games, either from the store Demo Shelves or players can bring their own.

In addition to the plethora of board games being played there will be a Featured Board Game, this board game will not just be demoed, but will also be 10% OFF for that night only.

New players are always welcome and this is a great event to get to know new people that share similar interests.
Where: Friendly Fire Games, 9 Dog Ln Storrs, CT 06268 USA
When: Every Wednesday evenings
Time: 6:00 - 11:00 pm

Moonlight Movies
What: TBD

When: TBD
Where: Mansfield Town Square
Time: TBD
UConn Dairy Bar ice cream truck will be on hand for your delight!

Storrs Farmers Market
When: Every Saturday

Where: Mansfield Town Hall
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Since 1994, Storrs Farmers Market has provided fresh, local foods for the greater Mansfield community. Everything sold at the Market is grown or produced in Connecticut, so the offerings change with the seasons.