Siblings Weekend

Siblings Weekend Banner

Siblings Weekend: Friday, February 28 - Saturday, March 1, 2014

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.

LATE REGISTRATIONS after Friday, February 21 are $35. Registration closes on Tuesday, February 25 at 5:00PM. On-site registration is available beginning Friday, February 28, at the Rooks-VanDellen residence hall front desk.

Helpful Information about Siblings Weekend »

Your registration fee ($25 if registered by Feb. 22) covers any and all meals in the dining halls (Friday dinner through Saturday dinner), admission to all of the Siblings Weekend activities* on campus and Eastbrook Lanes for bowling. (*The Rangeela performances on Friday and Saturday are not included--ticket information below).

The visiting siblings will be given special 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).

You can also use the Siblings Weekend ID card for a 15% discount on all merchandise at the Campus Store (excluding textbooks and computer supplies).

A special discounted registration fee of $12.50 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.

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 following the link above to register on-line, 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 ID card (for meals) will be available for pick-up beginning Friday February 28, 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 by Friday, February 21, for a full refund. Cancellations received after Friday, February 21, will receive a 50% refund per registrant. Cancellations received after Thursday, February 27, are not subject to a refund.

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 for $5 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.


Register!

Schedule of Events - Winter 2014

Friday - February 28
Dinner 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Knollcrest Dining Hall
Climbing Wall - Teen Climb (13 and up) (Sign up for the rock climbing wall begins Feb 19, 2014 - early sign up at the wall 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, bring to the Climbing Wall for the event. 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Climbing Wall, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex (Waiver required)
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card
$5.00 all others
Open Swimming 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Venema Aquatic Center
Open Gym

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hoogenboom Recreation Center

Fitness Center (age 16 and up)

6:00 am - 7:00 pm Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
Climbing Wall - Teen Climb - (13 and up) (Sign up for the rock climbing wall begins Feb 19, 2014 - early sign up at the wall 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 for teens under 18. Sign waiver before arriving, bring to the Climbing Wall for the event. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Climbing Wall, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex (Waiver required)
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card
$5.00 all others
Movie: Frozen 7:00 pm Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
(co-sponsored by SAO)
FREE for registered Siblings with ID card
$2.00 all others.
Craft: DIY Ceramic Tile Coasters 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Field House Lobby
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card
$2.00 all others.
SW Winter Olympic Events
Calvin's own Hockey, Ski Jumping and Curling
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Field House Lobby
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card
$2.00 all others.
Rangeela 8:00 pm Covenant Fine Arts Center, Tickets required
Karaoke 9:00 pm - 12:30 am Field House Lobby
Movie: Frozen 10:00 pm Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
(co-sponsored by SAO)
FREE for registered Siblings with ID card
$2.00 all others
Open Ice Skating

until 11:00 pm

KE Ice rink -weather permitting. Bring own skates as rental sizes are limited. Also open all day Saturday
Saturday - March 1
Breakfast 8:30 am - 10:00 am Knollcrest Dining Hall
Visit the Dice Mineralogical Museum with your siblings during our open hours from 9:00 to 11:00 AM 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. 9:00 am - 11:00 am Dice Mineralogical Museum - North Hall, 1st Floor
Climbing Wall - Younger Sibling Climb (8 and up) (Sign up for the rock climbing wall begins Feb 19, 2014 - early sign up at the wall 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, bring to the Climbing Wall for the event. 9:30 am - Noon Climbing Wall, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex (Waiver required)
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card
$5.00 all others
Tie-Dye & Face Painting 10:00 am - Noon Art Department - T-shirts are available for $5 at the event and can be charged to your miscellaneous account.
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card $2.00 all others
Shop the Campus Store & get 15% off (exceptions apply) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Campus Store, Commons Building
Fitness Center (Age 16 and up) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Dining hall or local restaurants
Shop at Woodland Mall or see a movie at Celebration Cinema Noon - 5:00 pm Shuttle is provided - pick-up at Campus Store
(FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card, $1.00 for those without card - can be charged to miscellaneous account).
Bowling at Eastbrook Lanes 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

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

Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
(co-sponsored by SAO)
FREE for registered Siblings with ID card
$2.00 all others

Open Swimming 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Venema Aquatic Center
Rangeela 8:00 pm Covenant Fine Arts Center, Tickets required
Movie: Frozen 10:00 pm Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
(co-sponsored by SAO)
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card $2.00 all others.
Post Rangeela Dance 10:30 pm - 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