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 firstname.lastname@example.org.