Siblings Weekend

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Siblings Weekend is a weekend of fun for siblings, cousins, young friends, and other school aged guests who come to visit a Calvin student!

Of course you can visit anytime, but Siblings Weekend is geared for kids! All meals are included in the registration, and a variety of events and opportunities are available.

  • Your registration fee covers all meals and all activities.
  • After on-line registration ends, you can register in-person.

Helpful Information about Siblings Weekend »

Your registration fee covers any and all meals in the dining halls (Friday dinner through Saturday dinner), admission to all of the Siblings Weekend activities* (*the Rangeela performances on Friday and Saturday are not included—ticket information below).

The visiting siblings will be given special Siblings Weekend Siblings Weekend ID cards, which will get them into all activities and meals. (Note: if you come earlier than Friday evening or stay beyond Saturday evening, additional meals are at your own expense).

A special discounted registration fee is available for siblings of Calvin students who live off-campus.  This special registration fee covers all activity options, including bowling, tie-dye (t-shirts available for $5), and on-campus movies, but does not include any meals. Alternately, you can also pay a la carte at any of the events where a cost is listed on the schedule.

Rangeela will be performed Friday and Saturday night in the Covenenat Fine Arts Center auditorium. Tickets for these performances are purchased separately through the Calvin Box Office at (616) 526-6282 and typically go on sale the first week in February.

What happens after we register on-line? Do we have to check-in somewhere when we arrive?

After completing the on-line registration, the person registering the siblings will receive a confirmation email with helpful information. This email will also be copied to the Calvin student host. A finalized schedule and Siblings Weekend Siblings Weekend ID card (for meals) will be available for pick-up , anytime after noon in the lobby of the Rooks-VanDellen residence hall, which will be the on-site check-in headquarters for Siblings Weekend.

Note the Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your plans, please contact us by phone at (616) 526-6948.

Where do siblings sleep?

Generally siblings stay in the same room as their college student sibling, sacking out on the couch or on the floor. Girls or boys 13 and older should stay in a women's or men's room, as applicable, and the Calvin student host is responsible for making these arrangements (Resident Directors and Resident Assistants can assist as well).

What should siblings bring?

Bring a sleeping bag and pillow, warm clothes, and a toothbrush. You might also consider extra money for off-campus activities or pizza at midnight, and any items related to the options for the weekend, such as clothing to tie-dye at the tie-dye party on Saturday morning (white t-shirts will be sold at the event and can be charged to your miscellaneous account), gym clothes, swimming suits, or ice skates.

Is this only for younger siblings?

All siblings are welcome, and there is a regularly scheduled Fridays at Calvin on Friday so older siblings might want to combine their visit. Some of the events during Siblings Weekend are geared more for younger siblings, but most are appropriate for all ages. And olders siblings often find it easier to "hang out" with their Calvin sibling without needing as many planned activities.

If the sibling will only be there for a portion of the weekend, is there a discount?

Rather than pricing things individually, we've gone with the "package deal" for the last several years, and it provides a great value for most siblings (and is the easiest for us to administrate). If your sibling is only here for one meal and is not staying overnight or attending any activities, you could consider paying for the meal individually at the dining hall and not registering. Otherwise, please use the registration process. If you have individual questions, we'd be happy to discuss this in person. Call Robin Zylstra at (616) 526-6948 or email rjz2@calvin.edu.


Schedule of Events - Winter 2015

Friday - February 27
Dinner 5:00-7:00pm Knollcrest Dining Hall
Climbing Wall - Teen Climb (13 and up) Sign up AT THE WALL begins Feb 19, 2015 - early sign up is recommended as it is first come first serve. Don't forget to turn in your signed waiver. See link below. **Waiver signed by parent/guardian required. Sign waiver before arriving at the Climbing Wall for event. 5:30-7:00pm Climbing Wall, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex (Waiver required)
FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card
$5.00 all others
Open Swimming 5:00-7:00pm Venema Aquatic Center
Open Gym

5:00-9:00pm

Hoogenboom Recreation Center

Fitness Center (age 16 and up)

5:00pm-7:00pm Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
Climbing Wall - Teen Climb (13 and up) Sign up AT THE WALL begins Feb 19, 2015 - early sign up is recommended as it is first come first serve. Don't forget to turn in your signed waiver. See link below. **Waiver signed by parent/guardian required. Sign waiver before arriving at the Climbing Wall for event. 7:00-9:00pm Climbing Wall, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex (Waiver required)
FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card
$5.00 all others
Movie: Disney's Big Hero 6 7:00pm Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
(co-sponsored by SAO)
Ticket required from Box Office
FREE for registered Siblings and their host with Siblings Weekend ID card
$2.00 all others.
Craft: TBD 7:00-11:00pm Fish House
FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card
$2.00 all others.
Rangeela Not included in Siblings Weekend Registration 8:00pm

Covenant Fine Arts Center
Tickets required
Karaoke 9:00pm-12:00am Fish House
Movie: Disney's Big Hero 6 9:00pm Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
(co-sponsored by SAO)
Ticket required from Box Office
FREE for registered Siblings and their host with Siblings Weekend ID card
$2.00 all others
Open Ice Skating

Until 11:00pm

KE Ice rink—weather permitting. Bring own skates as rental sizes are limited. Located just south of the Theta-Epsilon apartments, atop the beach vollyball court. Also open all day Saturday.
Saturday - February 28
Breakfast 8:30-10:00am Knollcrest Dining Hall
Visit the Dice Mineralogical Museum with your siblings during our open hours from 9:00 to 11:00am on Saturday, March 1. Explore our exhibits of fluorescent minerals, a 100-million year old octopus fossil, and some extra-terrestrial meteorites from several different sites including our own Grand Rapids Meteorite! Scavenger hunts and other activities will be available. 9:00am-11:00am Dice Mineralogical Museum - North Hall, 1st Floor
Climbing Wall - Younger Sibling Climb (8 and up) Sign up AT THE WALL begins Feb 19, 2015 - early sign up is recommended as it is first come first serve. Don't forget to turn in your signed waiver. See link below. **Waiver signed by parent/guardian required. Sign waiver before arriving at the Climbing Wall for event. 9:30am-Noon Climbing Wall, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex (Waiver required)
FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card
$5.00 all others
Tie-Dye & Face Painting 10:00am-Noon Art Department 104 & 105

FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card. Bring your own item to tie-dye or T-shirts will be available for $5 at the event and can be charged to your miscellaneous account.
$2.00 all others
Shop the Campus Store & get 15% off (exceptions apply) 10:00am-2:00pm Campus Store, Commons Building
Fitness Center (Age 16 and up) 10:00am-4:00pm Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
Open Swimming 10:00am-5:00pm Venema Aquatic Center
Lunch 11:30am-1:30pm Dining hall or local restaurants
Shop at Woodland Mall or see a movie at Celebration Cinema Noon-5:00pm Shuttle is provided - pick-up at Campus Store
(FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card, $1.00 for those without card - can be charged to miscellaneous account).
Open Gym noon-6:00pm Venema Aquatic Center
Bowling at Eastbrook Lanes 1:00-4:00pm

Shuttle is provided - pick-up at Campus Store
Shuttle is FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card, $1.00 for those without card - can be charged to miscellaneous account.
Bowling is FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card, $3.00 per game for all others.

Dinner 4:45-6:30pm Knollcrest Dining Hall
Res. Hall Activities
(foosball, ping pong, pool, games, and hanging out...)
evening  
Movie: Disney's Big Hero 6 7:00pm

Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
(co-sponsored by SAO)
Ticket required from Box Office
FREE for registered Siblings and their host with Siblings Weekend ID card
$2.00 all others

Rangeela 8:00pm Covenant Fine Arts Center, Ticket required
Movie: Disney's Big Hero 6 9:00pm Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
(co-sponsored by SAO)
Ticket required from Box Office
FREE for registered Sibling and host with Siblings Weekend ID card $2.00 all others.
Post Rangeela Dance 10:30pm-Midnight Fish House

 

Register!

 

Any other questions or concerns:

Calvin College Residence Life Office
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616-526-6948
Fax: 616-526-7507
Email: rjz2@calvin.edu