One of my favorite childhood memories is growing up about 15 minutes away from a major university. My parents were both alumni and had an affinity towards it, but even if they weren’t, I think they still would have really made an effort to plan family outings and utilize resources of the local university.
I really love the family outings/family dates we used to do. There was a famous creamery we’d get ice cream and the world’s best chocolate milk, they would take us to see the traveling art exhibits, they made sure we each attended a few sporting events, and when special events would happen, we were there as a family! As an adult, I can appreciate all the more that I’ve seen the Imperial Tombs of China and hundreds of Terracotta Warriors just because my parents paid attention to what was going on at the local university and believed in letting their children be exposed to higher education and all it has to offer early.
Now that I’m a parent I can’t help but understand why my parents cared so much about pointing us to college at such an early age, whether we attended that local school or not. Jacob and I both feel it’s important to help our kids see what the world has to offer, to be exposed to as many academic and careers as possible, and to help point them towards the future. We are pretty darn lucky to live next to one of the top 10 largest universities in the U.S.- Arizona State University! The president has such a vision for the school and is always growing, expanding, increasing ranking, and creating amazing opportunities. I had a chance to speak with Dr. Crow at an event while I was doing my master’s degree at ASU, and I’ve always been so impressed by that man! Jacob attended ASU for his engineering degree and is so grateful for such a forward-thinking university that has the latest technology and so many study options. We love our maroon and gold, and it’s something we plan to share a love of with our children.
We recently went on one of our coolest family dates ever attending the Night of the Open Door at the ASU main campus. They do one on each campus throughout the Phoenix Metro, and it’s a family friendly night where the school shares some amazing things going on to the public.
We’re talking we saw how ASU is involved with the Hubble Telescope and people who study the images, some of the latest robotics being built, some of the latest in Biodesign (and STEM careers that go with studies), just to name a few from the science building. We let Jacob choose our route this year, which resulted in a science-heavy outing. It was fun to see all the amazing things, and as our kids get older we’ll let them tell us what they want to go see more of!
There were blow up slides, balloon animals, snacks, coloring books, games, food, meeting Sparky (the Sundevil mascot), and so much more all for free!
It made me stop and reflect upon my memories as a child soaking up university events, and it made me want to find out more about date ideas for me and Jacob, but also family dates and events we can attend on campus with our children. And you guys, there are LOTS of them! We’ve been missing out, and I’m so glad I had this moment to realize there are so many family activities in Phoenix put on by ASU. If you’re looking for more fun and educational activities you should definitely download/register for the Sun Devil Rewards App! It’s an easy place to see upcoming activities, check out current news, find Sun Devil Gear- and earn points to get it for free! In fact, if you download the app and use the secret word LOVEDEVILS you can redeem 400 pitchforks (points) now through March 9th. It’s another 100 points to sign up and link your account to social, and the minimum prize is 500 points, so check out the fun freebie just for downloading and redeeming these bonuses! Not to mention all the freebies in family dates and cool experiences you can have in the future! I am loving seeing what is coming up on campus that we can attend either as a couple or as a family through the app. It’s making planning new, unique dates so much easier!
We plan to make The Night of the Open Door a yearly tradition and hope our little Sparky fan grows up to love ASU, love the idea of college, and love having really cool family events hosted by our favorite local university, and we’re glad the Sun Devil Rewards App is helping us do that!
This post was sponsored by the @SunDevilRewards App, but our love of ASU and the amazing community events that equal free dates are all our own! #SunDevilRewards
*The first and last photos were taken by my friend Brooke who we ran into on campus enjoying their family date too!