Winter Family Weekend

We are pleased to welcome parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends to enjoy the Cushing experience at Winter Family Weekend.

Winter Family Weekend
February 23-24, 2024

We're so excited to invite you and your family to join us on campus for our Winter Family Weekend.

You'll have the chance to meet with teachers and advisors, attend sporting events and performances, network with other Cushing families, and get a first-hand sense of the Cushing experience.

Be on the lookout for registration information at the beginning of 2024!


2023 Winter Family Weekend

Our 2023 Winter Family Weekend was a great success. Families had the chance to meet with teachers and advisors, attend sporting events and performances, network with other Cushing families, and get a first-hand sense of the Cushing experience.

Here are some images from the weekend:

Flickr album: 2023 Winter Family Weekend | Height: 700px | Theme: Columns | Skin: Default - Transparent



Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Have to Register to Attend?

Yes. If you are planning to attend Winter Family Weekend please register all family members that will attend so that we can provide name tags and plan for meals.

Can Grandparents and Siblings Attend?

Absolutely!  All family members are welcome.

How Do I Make Appointments With Teachers and Advisors?

You can schedule individual meetings with teachers and advisors. The system is called Pick-a-Time. To access Pick-a-Time please login to MyCushing and go to the RESOURCE board. You will see a yellow post-it note icon. If you are unable to attend or fit an appointment into your schedule you may email a teacher for a phone call or Zoom appointment after the weekend.

Can I Take My Student Off Campus?

Yes. A student can leave campus (after checking out properly using the REACH system) after their last commitment for the weekend. Students will not be excused from an athletic game. It is a long weekend. Boarding students return by Monday, February 27 at 7:30 pm.

Can Students Stay On Campus All Weekend?

Yes. Not all students have family attending and will be on campus. Dorms are open and supervised and meals and activities are planned.

What Is the Dress Code for Families?

Winter Family Weekend is all about comfort and showing your Penguin spirit by wearing Cushing garb or purple and white if you have it!! The dress code is casual, even for the reception. You will do a lot of walking around campus so please wear comfortable footwear.

Where Do I Park When I Arrive to Campus?

Parking will be available on School Street and Academy Street as well as the Iorio Arena and Watkins Fieldhouse parking lots. Please contact the Advancement Office if you have a family member with mobility issues and we can assist.

I’d Like to Make a Gift to the Cushing Annual Fund.  How Do I Do So?

You can make your gift online, by Venmo, or by sending a check payable to Cushing. Find additional information on our Giving Overview Page.



Making Plans

Lodging options in the area are extremely limited. We recommend that you book as soon as possible. Please see a list of options below as well as a list of places to eat in the area.


The Colonial Hotel
625 Betty Spring Road
Gardner, MA 01440
(6.5 miles)

Great Wolf Lodge
150 Great Wolf Drive
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(9 miles)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
99 Erdman Way, 
Leominster, MA 01453
(14 miles)

Springhill Suites by Marriott – Devens Commons Center
27 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA
(23 miles)

Inns and Bed and Breakfasts

The Maguire House
30 Cobb Rd.
Ashburnham, MA01430
(1.5 miles)

The Monadnock Inn
379 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(20 miles)


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