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  • February 26, 2016–February 27, 2016

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.

Note: Tickets for the Rangeela performance are sold separately; these are on sale at the Box Office.

  • 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 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 & activities plus the complete schedule of events will be available at the Student Life Office beginning at noon on Friday, Feb. 26. Your sibling/guest does not need to be present—you are encouraged to stop by any time between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. to pick up the materials prior to their arrival.

    Friday after 6 p.m. and Saturday morning on-site registration will be available at the Rooks Van Dellen Residence Hall front desk.

    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.

Friday, Feb. 26

Time
Event
Location - Campus map
5–7:30 p.m.
Dinner
Knollcrest Dining Hall
5–9 p.m.
Open Swimming
Venema Aquatic Center
Siblings must attend with their Calvin student and bring their Siblings Weekend ID for entrance.
5–10 p.m.
Open Gym
Hoogenboom Recreation Center
Siblings must attend with their Calvin student and bring their Siblings Weekend ID for entrance.
5–7 p.m.
Fitness Center (ages 16 and up)
Spoelhof Field House Complex
Siblings must attend with their Calvin student and bring their Siblings Weekend ID for entrance.
7–9 p.m.
Climbing Wall (siblings 13 and up)
Spoelhof Field House Complex
Pre-registration required. FREE for registered sibling and host with ID card. $5 all others (Waiver required).
7 p.m.
Movie: Pixar's The Good Dinosaur
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
Luckily for young Arlo, his parents (Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand) and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dino when he meets Spot (Jack Bright), a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family. FREE for registered sibling and host with ID card. $2 all others. (Tickets available in advance at the box office)
7–10 p.m.
Craft: DYI Dry Erase Boards
Johnny’s Cafe
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card. $2 all others. Look for a photo op with Joust tonight!
8–10 p.m.
Rangeela performance
Covenant Fine Arts Center
A cultural variety show by Calvin’s International Students. Tickets purchased separately from the Calvin Box Office. They are not included in the cost of Siblings Weekend registration.
8:30–11 p.m.
Make your own Sundae Bar
Johnny’s Cafe
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card
$2 all others.
8:30–10:30 p.m.
Siblings Weekend PHOTO BOOTH
Johnny’s Cafe
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card. $2 all others.
8:30–11:30 p.m.
Karaoke Night
Johnny’s Cafe
Discover your unknown talents and sing your heart out (or try to).
9 p.m.
Movie: Pixar's The Good Dinosaur
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card. $2 all others (Tickets sell out fast & are available in advance at the Box Office at noon on Friday with ID Card).
10 p.m.
Residence Hall Hangin’ Out
Play pool, ping-pong, or foosball; check-out board games from the front desk; or just hang out with friends.

Saturday, Feb. 27

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Knollcrest dining hall
9:30–Noon
Climbing Wall (younger siblings climb 8 and up)
Spoelhof Field House Complex
Signed waiver from parent/guardian required. Sign up at Hoogenboom Recreation Center. First come, first served. FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card (Waiver required).
9–4 p.m.
Open Gym
Hoogenboom Recreation Center
10–Noon
Tie-Dye and Face Painting Party
Spoelhof 104 (Art department in the Spoelhof College Center basement)
Tie-dye T-shirts will be sold (while supplies last) for $5 or you may charge it to your misc account. FREE for registered sibling and host $2 all others.
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open swimming
Venema Aquatic Center
Siblings must attend with their Calvin student and bring their Siblings Weekend ID for entrance.
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fitness Center Hours (ages 16 and up)
Spoelhof Sports Complex
Siblings must attend with their Calvin student and bring their Siblings Weekend ID.
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Knollcrest Dining Hall or local restaurants
Noon–5 p.m.
Shopping/shuttle
A shuttle will be provided from Calvin to Woodland Mall and AMF Eastbrook Lanes for bowling (which is the shuttle drop off point for CenterPoint Mall). Meet in the FAC parking lot by the Campus Store. Keep in mind that the last shuttle back to campus will depart the mall at 4:45 p.m. Shuttle is FREE for all registered Sibling and host. $1 all others.
1–4 p.m.
Bowling
AMF Eastbrook Lanes
The same shuttle that takes you to the mall will also drop you off and pick you up at the bowling lanes. FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card, $5.00 all others. (The last shuttle back to campus departs the mall at 4:45 p.m. Shuttle is FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card, $1 for all others)
4:45–6:15 p.m.
Dinner
Knollcrest Dining Hall or local restaurants
7 p.m.
Movie: Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card. $2 all others. (Tickets available in advance at the box office)
8–10 p.m.
Rangeela Performance
Covenant Fine Arts Center
Experience the cultures of Calvin’s international students as they present song, dance and skits from around the world. Tickets are on sale now and must be ordered separately by calling the Calvin Box Office at (616) 526-6282. They are not included in the cost of Siblings Weekend registration.
9 p.m.
Movie: Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
FREE for registered Sibling and host with ID card. $2 all others. (Tickets sell out fast & are available in advance at the Box Office at noon on Friday with ID Card)
10 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Rangeela Fest
Fieldhouse
Enjoy Rangeela’s after party which features food, games, crafts & dance. (Sponsored by Nite Life)
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