Family and friends weekend welcomes Simmons’ guests

By Lisa Nault
Staff Writer

The weekend of Oct. 17-18 was “Family and Friends Weekend” at Simmons College. The weekend-long event is a time during the year when Simmons hosts numerous activities both on campus and around Boston. It encourages friends and family members of students to visit the area and spend some time together—a nice opportunity for students who do not live close to home.

Some of the events were free (after registration costs) for those who attended “Family and Friends Weekend.” One attraction was the s’mores fest and glowing mini golf course; people got to taste sweet treats while enjoying each other’s company, golfing under the stars.

Students playing life-size Connect-Four
Friends play with the life-size version of Connect-Four on the Simmons residential campus. (Photo from

Another free event was the Life-Size Games, which were held on the Residence Campus. These games consisted of Jenga, Connect-Four, and Trouble. For those who have been wanting to go to “The Paint Bar,” Simmons also held a similar experience with their own Paint Night event. They had an instructor provide steps for everyone who attended so that everyone could leave with their own painting of a Boston landscape.

The events that required additional fees were also held during the weekend. People could get tickets to see the “Shear Madness” performance at the Charles Playhouse—a murder mystery comedy that involves improv. Boston Duck Tours, a popular attraction that tours the streets and waters of Boston, was offered during the weekend.

There were several dinners hosted by a variety of Simmon’s organizations over the weekend including Simmons Hillel, Organization Latino Americana, and the Black Student Organization. Guests were entertained with music, live performances, and/or catered food.

“Family and Friends Weekend” was a success; Simmons College got to showcase its wonderful groups and organizations and the students got to have fun with people they care about.