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Siblings Weekend 2018

  • February 23, 2018–February 24, 2018
  • $6–$28

Siblings Weekend is a tradition at Calvin College where current Calvin students welcome siblings, or those whom they love as siblings, to participate in a weekend of laughter, activities, friendship, and the creation of great memories.

Of course you can visit anytime, but Siblings Weekend is geared for school-aged kids!

Registration Dates & Details

Online registration will be open on Jan. 18, 2018 and closed after Feb. 18, 2018.

Register online to receive a personalized Siblings Weekend ID card and a discounted rate of $20 per person. A special discounted registration fee of $6 is available for siblings of Calvin students who live off-campus or to those who prefer not to eat in the dining hall. Add a Siblings Weekend t-shirt you can tie-dye for $8.

We will have on-site registration available in the student life office from Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23 for an increased rate of $30 per person with meals, or $10 without meals. On-site registration includes a non-personalized ID card. Cash or check only. Add a Siblings Weekend t-shirt you can tie-dye for $10.

Your registration fee covers all Siblings Weekend activity options, including bowling, on campus movies, craft, tie-dye, etc. Note: Tickets for the Rangeela performance are sold separately at the box office.

Billing Options

Siblings Weekend online registration requires a credit card as a form of payment. We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card and Discover Card.

Refund Policy

Except for extenuating emergency situations, the registration fees are non-refundable. If you have any questions, please call the student life office at (616) 526-6948.


Upon completing the online registration process, you will be directed to a confirmation invoice. A link to this invoice will also be sent to your email address. If you have any questions about registration or any part of Siblings Weekend, please have this invoice available so we are able to serve you better.

  • Helpful information about Siblings Weekend

    Your registration fee covers any and all meals in the dining halls beginning Friday dinner through Saturday dinner and admission to all of the Sibling Weekend sponsored events. The Rangeela performances on Friday and Saturday are not included.

    Your online registered sibling(s) will be given a personalized Siblings Weekend ID card. This card is needed to get siblings into the dining halls for meals and all of the sibling weekend sponsored activities. Siblings Weekend t-shirts are available for purchase and can be used during our tie-dye event on Saturday.

    A special discounted registration fee of $6 is available for siblings of Calvin students who live off-campus or to those who prefer not to eat in the dining hall. This special registration fee covers all activity options, including bowling, on campus movies, craft, tie-dye, etc.

    What happens after we register online? Do we have to check in somewhere when we arrive?

    After completing the online registration, the person registering the sibling will receive a confirmation email with helpful information. This email will also be copied to the Calvin student host. The official ID card(s) for meals and activities plus the complete schedule of events will be available at the student life office beginning at noon on Friday, Feb. 23. Your sibling/guest does not need to be present—you are encouraged to stop by any time between 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up the materials prior to their arrival.

    Friday after 5 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9, on-site registration will be available at the Rooks Van Dellen Residence Hall front desk for $30 with meals and $10 without meals. (Cash or check only, please.)

    Where do siblings sleep?

    Generally, siblings stay in the same room as their college student sibling, sleeping on the couch or 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 late-night pizza, and any items related to the options for the weekend, such as gym clothes, swimming suits, or ice skates. SW t-shirts to tie-dye at the tie-dye party on Saturday morning (sold at the event for $10) can be charged to your miscellaneous account.

    Is this only for younger siblings?

    All siblings are welcome, and there is a regularly scheduled Fridays at Calvin program 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. Older siblings often find it easier to hang out with their Calvin sibling without being involved in 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 register online for $6 or on-site for $10—meals not included.

    If you have individual questions, we'd be happy to discuss this in person. Call Robin Zylstra at (616) 526-6948 or email

Siblings must attend with their Calvin Student and show their Siblings Weekend ID to participate in activities. Pre-registration sign up is recommended for the climbing wall - signed (waiver required) to be able to climb.

Remember, for those wishing to participate in climbing wall activities, please fill out the release form before hand.


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