Fun at the UC

Enjoy a Variety of Activities for All Ages

All work and no play . . . that's not what the UC is about. Reward your hard work with fun, engaging events alongside fellow attendees.

Party at Balboa Park

Join thousands of your colleagues in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Enjoy great food, awesome entertainment, interactive games, beautiful museums, and fun activities for the whole family.


  • Party is Thursday, July 13, from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Wristbands are required for entry. Additional wristbands for family and friends (not attending UC) are available for $50 each. Both can be picked up at the Activities or Information Desk in the main lobby of the convention center on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Round-trip shuttle transportation will be provided from the San Diego Convention Center to Balboa Park—and back, after the party.
  • Kids 12 and under are free.

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Share the Fun at the Kids Fair

The UC Kids Fair is a fun way to learn about the world of GIS. Esri staff and educators will be on hand to guide you through age-focused stations that include activity booths, a hands-on computer lab, and a demonstration theater. The Kids Fair is ideal for children ages 5-15 and is free and open to everyone. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


  • The Kids Fair is open from Tuesday, July 11 to Thursday, July 13.
  • Location:
    San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel – Marina Ballroom Salon D
  • Hours:
    Tuesday — 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Wednesday — 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Thursday — 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Family Night at the UC Expo

Introduce your family and friends to GIS at the UC Expo. Explore partner exhibits and enjoy fun activities, food, and drinks. Family Night is open to anyone accompanied by a registered UC attendee.


  • Family Night is Wednesday, July 12, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Register for Child Care

Although Esri does not provide child care, our trusted partner, KiddieCorp, provides a program for children ages 6 months through 12 years.


  • Services will be provided from July 10 to 13 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel.
  • Hours:
    Monday — 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Tuesday — 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Wednesday — 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Thursday — 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Register with KiddieCorp

Join Us at the Ball Game

Stick around San Diego for three nights of fun as the hometown Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park, July 14-16.


  • Discounted tickets are available for all Esri User Conference attendees. Receive up to 20% off single game tickets when you purchase through Esri’s unique partner portal on the San Diego Padres website.
  • To purchase discounted tickets, simply click the "Buy Tickets" button and enter ESRI2017 in the Password field on the Login screen.

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